National Stamp Collecting Month: Postcards & Postcrossing

Although people have used some form of card to send messages probably since the earliest days of postal systems, cards with some image as a part of their design have only been around as long as the postage stamp itself. Postal cards were soon being produced with an imprinted stamp with picture postcards becoming extremely popular by the end of the 19th century and the … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Postcards & Postcrossing

Russian Federation – Postcrossing (2016)

Before I start today’s account of the Russian Federation’s history and the stamp pictured above, I’d like to mention a few things on the personal side. I’ve had a life-long interest in all things Russian. Part of that stems from my own adoptive family’s history as it’s legend that my German ancestors were given land in the region that now constitutes the Ukraine and that … Continue reading Russian Federation – Postcrossing (2016)

Latvia - Ainaži Lighthouse (2014)

Latvia – Ainaži Lighthouse (2014)

  The Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republika), is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states. The total length of its land boundary is 850 miles (1,368 kilometers), of which 213 miles (343 km) is shared with Estonia to the north, 171 miles (276 km) with the Russian Federation to the east, 100 miles (161 km) with Belarus to … Continue reading Latvia – Ainaži Lighthouse (2014)

Belarus: Happy Postcrossing! (2014)

Belarus: Happy Postcrossing! (2014)

Belarus (Белару́сь), officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. The term Belorussia (Белору́ссия) first arose in the days of the Russian Empire, and the Russian Tsar was usually styled “the Tsar of All the Russias”, as the Russian Empire … Continue reading Belarus: Happy Postcrossing! (2014)