Thurn und Taxis [Southern District]

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]

Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

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)

Austria #114a (1913)

Austria #114a (1913)

It was quite difficult to choose a stamp for today’s edition of A Stamp A Day.  I have a long association with Austria and have many early examples of the nation’s stamps in my collection.  My favorites are probably Scott #5, issued in 1850 which bears a really nice postmark from Trieste, and Scott #45 from 1883 significant for a beautifully-struck Joachimsthal cancellation.  My interests … Continue reading Austria #114a (1913)