The Death of FDR

On the afternoon of April 12, 1945, while staying at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, the United States of America’s stamp collecting president — Franklin Delano Roosevelt — said, “I have a terrific headache.” He then slumped forward in his chair, unconscious, and was carried into his bedroom. The president’s attending cardiologist, Dr. Howard Bruenn, diagnosed the medical emergency as a massive cerebral hemorrhage. … Continue reading The Death of FDR

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Philatelist

Happy Birthday, FDR. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, is in my personal Top 5 of favorite U.S. presidents (others on that list include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy). While he had numerous accomplishments during his 12-year and 42-day administration, what interests me most about Franklin D. Roosevelt is his philatelic activities. Not … Continue reading President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Philatelist

FDR Flies to the Casablanca Conference

The Casablanca Conference (codenamed SYMBOL) was held at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, French Morocco from January 14 to 24, 1943, to plan the Allied European strategy for the next phase of World War II. In attendance were United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Also attending and representing the Free French forces were Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri … Continue reading FDR Flies to the Casablanca Conference

Monaco #C16 (1947)

Monaco #C16 (1947)

The Principality of Monaco (Principauté de Monaco) is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France’s Alpes-Maritimes département on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its center is about 9.9 miles (16 kilometers) from Italy and only 8.1 miles (13 km) northeast of Nice, France. Monaco has a land border of 3.40 miles (5.47 … Continue reading Monaco #C16 (1947)

Haiti #C34 (1946)

Haiti #C34 (1946)

The Republic of Haiti (République d’Haïti) is a sovereign state located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 10,714 square miles (27,750 square kilometers) in size and has an estimated 10.6 million people, making it the most populous country in the … Continue reading Haiti #C34 (1946)

México #C169 (1947)

Postman’s Day / Día del Cartero (México)

November 12 is Dia del Cartero — Postman’s Day — in México. The country reserves special days for almost all trades; more than 20,000 postal workers have the day off and citizens will give them a small bonus, typically between 25 and 100 pesos, dependent on how good of a job they believe their mail carrier has done and in appreciation of the work they carry … Continue reading Postman’s Day / Día del Cartero (México)