National Stamp Collecting Month: The Swiss Post Bus System

In the early twentieth century, earlier forms of postal transport began to be replaced by regular road-borne service. In the United States, many Railway Post Office (RPO) trains began to be withdrawn from service and the U.S. Post Office Department experimented with the distribution of mail on large buses. These brightly colored red, white and blue Highway Post Office buses were equipped similarly to the … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Swiss Post Bus System

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Mail Coach

With these early posts celebrating October as U.S. (and Philippines) National Stamp Collecting Month, I have been concentrating on the early history of the mail itself, from the earliest postal systems and methods of transporting the mail itself. Future articles will deal with aspects of the hobby including tools we collectors use and a few famous (and not so famous) stamps along the way. If … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Mail Coach

Singapore - Scott #782 (1997)

Jinrickshaws & the Expulsion of Singapore

On August 9, 1965, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia and became the only country to date to gain independence unwillingly. Malaysia had been formed on September 16, 1963, as a new political entity from the merger of the Federation of Malaya with the former British colonies of North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore. This marked the end of a 144-year period of British rule in Singapore, beginning … Continue reading Jinrickshaws & the Expulsion of Singapore

The Horse-Bus

Horse-drawn vehicles have been around for a very long time. These mechanized pieces of equipment either pulled by one horse or a team of horses typically had two or four wheels and were used to carry passengers and/or a load. They were once common worldwide, but they have mostly been replaced by automobiles and other forms of self-propelled transport. A two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle is a cart. … Continue reading The Horse-Bus

Thailand #TH-1059e (2015)

Thai National Children’s Day / วันเด็กแห่งชาติ

Thailand reserves the second Saturday in January each year to honor the Kingdom’s children and  gives them the opportunity to have fun and to create awareness about their significant role towards the development of the country, Established in October 1955, National Children’s Day (Wan Dek Haeng Chat — วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) was observed on the first Monday of October until 1964. The celebration was changed to January beginning in … Continue reading Thai National Children’s Day / วันเด็กแห่งชาติ