The Post Horn

To most people, the post horn is an antique object rarely encountered. To most stamp collectors, it is a design element most often found gracing older stamps or within the modernized logos of many postal services around the world. If certain specialized philatelists, the post horn represents a lifetime of collecting pleasure. When I was a budding collector in rural Tennessee circa 1974-1975, I was … Continue reading The Post Horn

Trondenes Church, Norway

Trondenes Church (Trondenes kirke) is the northernmost medieval stone church of Norway and the world’s northernmost surviving medieval building. It is a parish church in the municipality of Harstad in Troms county, Norway. Located in the village of Trondenes along the Vågsfjorden, the church is part of the Trondenes parish in the Trondenes deanery in the Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland. The municipality (originally the parish) was named … Continue reading Trondenes Church, Norway

The Langeleik, or Norwegian Zither

Sometimes, it is difficult to find information about the items, places or even people pictured on postage stamps. I’m fairly good at finding enough material to expand even the skimpiest of topics but I actually had to reject several possibilities today for there being far too little information available for today’s “random stamp”. I had wanted to use a different stamp in Norway’s 1978 musical … Continue reading The Langeleik, or Norwegian Zither

Norway #728 (1978)

Norway #728 (1978)

The Kingdom of Norway (Kongeriket Norge) is a sovereign and unitary monarchy. The country has two official names: Noreg in Nynorsk Norwegian and Norge in Bokmål. Its territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of … Continue reading Norway #728 (1978)