A Thousand and One Posts…Going on Vacation!

According to Wikipedia, a vacation is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip or journey, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism. In the United Kingdom, the word vacation once specifically referred to the long summer break taken by the law courts and then later the term was applied to universities. The custom was introduced by William the Conqueror … Continue reading A Thousand and One Posts…Going on Vacation!

The Wright Brothers’ First Successful Flight at Kitty Hawk

The earliest years of aviation is an immensely popular subject in philately — not only as a thematic topic on stamps but also the associated postal history of those fledgling flights. As a child, I was initially more interested in ocean liners than airplanes but became fascinated with Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean around the time that the U.S. Postal Service issued a … Continue reading The Wright Brothers’ First Successful Flight at Kitty Hawk

British Post Offices in Morocco #80 (1936)

Great Britain – Offices in Morocco #80 (1936)

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Morocco used a well-organized system of internal “Sharifien” mail, and all international mail was carried out by foreign postal systems under contract. This led to a large number of competing offices in the main towns (especially the ports) run by Germany, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The British Post Offices in Morocco, also known as the … Continue reading Great Britain – Offices in Morocco #80 (1936)

Gibraltar #97 (1931)

Gibraltar #97 (1931)

Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula. It has an area of 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) and shares its northern border with Spain. The Rock of Gibraltar is the major landmark of the region. At its foot is a densely populated city area, home to over 30,000 Gibraltarians and other nationalities. An Anglo-Dutch force captured Gibraltar from … Continue reading Gibraltar #97 (1931)