National Stamp Collecting Month: U.S. National Postal Museum

This is the final stamp collecting-themed article for October’s National Stamp Collecting Month this year (tomorrow’s post will be about Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”). I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at a place where collectors and others interested in stamps and postal history can go every day of the year. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: U.S. National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian: America’s Attic

On August 10, 1846, the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the United States Congress after British scientist James Smithson donated $500,000. Established “for the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” the Smithsonian is a group of museums and research centers administered by the Government of the United States. The institution is named after its founding donor, James Smithson. Originally organized as the “United States National Museum,” … Continue reading The Smithsonian: America’s Attic

Skarpsallingkarret at the National Museum of Denmark

For today’s “random stamp”, I chose one from Denmark — the second this month — which reflects my love of archaeology and earthenware pottery. In the early 1990’s, as a member of the Kansas Anthropological Society, I participated in the Kansas Archeology Training Program doing fieldwork near the Arkansas River in the southeastern portion of the state. I soon enrolled in pertinent courses at Johnson County Community … Continue reading Skarpsallingkarret at the National Museum of Denmark

Post Mill

The post mill is the earliest type of European windmill. Its defining feature is that the whole body of the mill that houses the machinery is mounted on a single vertical post, around which it can be turned to bring the sails into the wind. The earliest post mills in England are thought to have been built in the 12th century. The earliest working post … Continue reading Post Mill

Queen Nefertiti and her Famous Bust

Sometime in my early teens, my father gave me a book by Peter Tompkins called Secrets of the Great Pyramid. At the time I had a great interest in tunnels, caves and other “hidden” places and Tompkins’ maps and details of the passageways inside utterly fascinated me. I soon found myself studying Egyptology which eventually led to studies in Archaeology at Kansas State University and the University … Continue reading Queen Nefertiti and her Famous Bust

Peru #378 (1938)

Peru #378 (1938)

The Republic of Peru (República del Perú in Spanish, Piruw Republika in Quechua or Piruw Suyu in Aymara) covers 496,225 square miles (1,285,216 km²) of western South America. It borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Andes mountains run parallel to the Pacific Ocean; they define … Continue reading Peru #378 (1938)

Nepal – Patan Museum (2013)

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (सङ्घीय लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नेपाल — Sanghiya Loktāntrik Ganatantra Nepāl), is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia. Nepal is divided into 7 provinces and 75 districts and 744 local units including 4 metropolises, 13 sub-metropolises, 246 municipal councils and 481 villages. The country is of roughly trapezoidal shape, 497 miles (800 kilometers) long and 124 miles (200 kilometers) wide, with … Continue reading Nepal – Patan Museum (2013)