Franz Schubert

Franz Peter Schubert was born in Himmelpfortgrund (now a part of Alsergrund), Vienna, Archduchy of Austria on January 31, 1797, and baptized in the Catholic Church the following day. Schubert was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime, Schubert left behind a vast oeuvre, including more than 600 secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred … Continue reading Franz Schubert

Straits Settlements #15 (1867)

The Straits Settlements #15 (1867)

The Straits Settlements (نݢري٢ سلت — Negeri-negeri Selat in Malay or 叻嶼呷/海峽殖民地in Chinese) were a group of British territories located in Southeast Asia. Originally established in 1826 as part of the territories controlled by the British East India Company, the Straits Settlements came under direct British control as a Crown colony on April 1, 1867. The colony was dissolved in 1946 as part of the British … Continue reading The Straits Settlements #15 (1867)

Sri Lanka #678 (1983)

Sri Lanka #678 (1983)

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජය —Srī Lankā Prajātāntrika Samājavādī Janarajaya in Sinhalese and இலங்கை ஜனநாயக சோசலிச குடியரசு — Ilaṅkai jaṉanāyaka cōcalica kuṭiyaracu in Tamil), historically called Ceylon, is an island country in South Asia. Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.  The island lies on the Indian Plate, a major … Continue reading Sri Lanka #678 (1983)

Pakistan #63 (1952)

Pakistan #63 (1952)

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (اسلامی جمہوریہ پاکستان‎ in Urdu — Islāmī Jumhūriyah Pākistān), is a federal parliamentary republic in South Asia on the crossroads of Central Asia and Western Asia. It is the sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 197 million people. In terms of area, it is the 33rd-largest country in the world with an area covering 340,509 square miles (881,913 square … Continue reading Pakistan #63 (1952)

India #162 (1937)

India #162 (1937)

The Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with … Continue reading India #162 (1937)

Cochin #43 (1933)

Cochin #43 (1933)

Kingdom of Cochin (rendered in Malayalam as കൊച്ചി — Kocci — or പെരുമ്പടപ്പ്‌ — Perumpaṭappu) was a late medieval Hindu kingdom and later Princely State on the Malabar Coast of South India. Between the late nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, British India had hundreds of Princely States, some 652 in all, but most of them did not issue postage stamps. The stamp-issuing States were of two kinds: … Continue reading Cochin #43 (1933)

Burma #1 (1937)

Burma #1 (1937)

Burma was a part of India from 1826 until it became a self-governing unit of the British Commonwealth, complete with a constitution, on April 1, 1937. It achieved full independence as the Union of Burma on January 4, 1948, and in 1989 officially changed its name to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Pyidaunzu Thanmăda Myăma Nainngandaw — ပြည်ထောင်စုသမ္မတ မြန်မာနိုင်ငံတော်). Many political and ethnic opposition groups and … Continue reading Burma #1 (1937)

Bangladesh #8 (1971)

Bangladesh #8 (1971)

The name Bangladesh was originally written as two words, Bangla Desh (বাংলাদেশ), which means “the country of Bengal”. Starting in the 1950s, Bengali nationalists used the term in political rallies in East Pakistan. The term Bangla is a major name for both the Bengal region and the Bengali language. The earliest references to the term date to the Nesari plate in 805 AD. The term gained … Continue reading Bangladesh #8 (1971)