The Kingdom of Württemberg (Königreich Württemberg) was a German state that existed from 1805 to 1918, located within the area that is now Baden-Württemberg. The kingdom was a continuation of the Duchy of Württemberg, which existed from 1495 to 1805. Prior to 1495, Württemberg was a County in the former Duchy of Swabia, which had dissolved after the death of Duke Conradin in 1268. The borders of the Kingdom of Württemberg, as defined … Continue reading Württemberg #O99 (1881)
The design used for the stamps of Thurn-und-Taxis Post was somewhat similar to that used by Baden, Bavaria and Wurtemburg during the same period. They were printed in a similar manner to the stamps of those entities on paper of different colors. A contract was made with a paper manufacturer at Hanau on November 15, 1851, for a supply of suitable paper; another contract was … Continue reading Thurn und Taxis [Southern District]
Today’s entry is a bit unusual in that it concerns a stamp-issuing entity that wasn’t a country, territory or a colony. In fact, it wasn’t a place at all but a family. The Tasso family began providing mail courier services for Italian city-states in the 13th century. By the 16th century, they had a monopoly on postal services, operating a network of postal routes in Spain, … Continue reading Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)
The field of German philately is quite a complex one. I am, by no means, an expert and currently have only a very meager starter accumulation in somewhat less-than-stellar condition. However, I am inspired by my research and the German heritage of both of my adoptive parents to begin improving my holdings in this area very soon. For this blog, I have decided to break the … Continue reading Germany [German Empire] #39 (1880)
A bit of a departure from my planned schedule as I’ve realized that I have now featured 100 different stamps since starting the A Stamp A Day blog back on July 1st, 2016. I have yet to miss a single day, despite there being more than a few when the Internet seemed to conspire against me (it tends to slow WAY down whenever it rains … Continue reading 100th Post!
Bavaria (Bayern) is the largest state of Germany in the southeast of the country with an area of 27,200 square miles (70,548 square kilometers), making up almost a fifth of the total land area of Germany. With 12.6 million inhabitants, it’s Germany’s second most populous state. Munich, Bavaria’s capital and largest city, is the third largest city in Germany. The Bavarians emerged in a region north of the … Continue reading Bavaria #2 (1849)
The Grand Duchy of Baden (Großherzogtum Baden) was a state in the southwest of Germany on the east bank of the Rhine that came into existence in the 12th century as the Margraviate of Baden and subsequently split into different lines, which were unified in 1771. It then became the much-enlarged Grand Duchy of Baden through the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1803–06 and … Continue reading Baden #4 (1851)
Scott #N1 of Alsace and Lorraine has the distinction of being the first occupation stamp ever issued, appearing sometime shortly after the Franco-Prussian War began on July 19, 1870. A cultural and historical region in eastern France, the areas of Alsace and Lorraine are located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland. The region was part of … Continue reading Alsace and Lorraine #N1 (1870)