Michelangelo: Painter, Sculptor, Architect

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni — more commonly known solely by his first name Michelangelo — was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, known today as Caprese Michelangelo, a small town situated in Valtiberina, near Arezzo, Tuscany. He would become an Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet of the High Renaissance born in the Republic of Florence, who exerted an unparalleled influence on the … Continue reading Michelangelo: Painter, Sculptor, Architect

French Polynesia #189 (1958)

While searching for a “random stamp” to write about last night, I realized that I hadn’t yet put together a stamp issuer profile on French Polynesia despite having obtained several releases back in February 2017. They were “hidden” in the French Oceania folder and I’d forgotten about them! Today’s article will remedy that by bringing the story I’d started more than a year ago up … Continue reading French Polynesia #189 (1958)

Upper Senegal & Niger #20 (1914)

Upper Senegal and Niger (Haut Sénégal et Niger) was a colony in French West Africa, created on October 21, 1904, from colonial Senegambia and Niger by the decree “For the Reorganisation of the general government of French West Africa”. At its creation, the “Colony of Upper Senegal and Niger” contained the old territories of Upper Senegal, the Middle Niger, and the military Niger territory. It … Continue reading Upper Senegal & Niger #20 (1914)

Saint Pierre and Miquelon #300 (1942)

The Overseas Collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (Collectivité d’Outre-mer de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon), is a self-governing territorial overseas collectivity of France, situated in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean near the Newfoundland and Labrador province of Canada. It is the only part of New France that remains under French control, with an area of 93 square miles (242 square kilometers) and a population of 6,080 at the January … Continue reading Saint Pierre and Miquelon #300 (1942)

French Somali Coast #81 (1915)

French Somaliland (Côte française des Somalis, literally “French Coast of Somalis” in French or Dhulka Soomaaliyeed ee Faransiiska in Somali) was a French colony in the Horn of Africa on the Gulf of Tadjourna between the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. The area has long been occupied by two nomadic groups: the Afars of the north, and the Somali-speaking Issas of the south. Both … Continue reading French Somali Coast #81 (1915)

Niger (French Territory) #1 (1921)

The French Colony of Niger (Colonie du Niger) was a French colonial possession covering much of the territory of the modern West African state of Niger, as well as portions of Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad. It existed in various forms from 1900 to 1960, but was titled the Colonie du Niger only from 1922 to 1960. For details about the pre- and post-French colonial … Continue reading Niger (French Territory) #1 (1921)

New Caledonia #252 (1942)

New Caledonia #252 (1942)

New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) east of Australia and 10,026 miles (16,136 km) east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield … Continue reading New Caledonia #252 (1942)