National Stamp Collecting Month: The Dove of Basel

I have quite a few extremely valuable stamps in my collection. However, these all appear on other stamps released quite a few years after the originals had become classics. Stamps on stamps is definitely my favorite topical along with those showing something of our hobby (such as yesterday’s stamp album). The Basel Dove is a relatively recent addition to my collection, via it’s portrayal (complete … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Dove of Basel

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage

Before we can get to stamps, we should have a brief look at the final steps that brought about the world’s first postage stamp, the famed Penny Black. I have but one in my collection — a three-margined copy with a cut angle on the lower left corner but with my initials (“MJ“) as the control numbers. That stamp was featured on A Stamp A Day in December … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage

Welcome to National Stamp Collecting Month 2018! – PHILATEC 1964 at Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées Paris

It’s October now, which to philatelists in the United States and the Philippines means that it’s once again National Stamp Collecting Month. The month is also home to International Letter Writing Week and World Post Day as well as national Stamp Days for a number of stamp-issuing entities. The U.S. Postal Service has promoted Stamp Collecting Month with thematic issues and local events since 1981. … Continue reading Welcome to National Stamp Collecting Month 2018! – PHILATEC 1964 at Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées Paris

Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp

May 6, 1840, is a date well known to most philatelists and stamp collectors. It was on this day that the world’s first pre-paid adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system was officially released. This was a one-penny stamp printed in black ink with an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria (whose 21st birthday was celebrated that month). Released by Great Britain, … Continue reading Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp

Soaking Stamps (or, ASAD Laziness)

It’s Friday night at the end of a very long week (with six to eight hours of work tomorrow as well) and, quite frankly, I am exhausted. I started off the week with two days at one of Phuket’s largest schools (it’s still overcrowded despite the construction of a brand-new 7-floor building year) in order to test individual students in kindergarten classes. It’s the end … Continue reading Soaking Stamps (or, ASAD Laziness)

October Is National Stamp Collecting Month

Since 1981, the month of October has been celebrated as National Stamp Collecting Month in the United States and Canada. November is National Stamp Collecting Month in the Philippines. I began collecting stamps around the age of nine years old; counting a few breaks for other pursuits (girls, music, travel to name but three), I estimate that I have been involved in the hobby for a … Continue reading October Is National Stamp Collecting Month

United States #948a (1947)

Benjamin Franklin & the Establishment of the United States Post Office

On July 26, 1775, the Second Continental Congress established the United States Post Office and named Benjamin Franklin as the first United States Postmaster General. Franklin had been a postmaster for decades and was a natural choice for the position. He had just returned from England and was appointed chairman of a Committee of Investigation to establish a postal system. The report of the Committee, … Continue reading Benjamin Franklin & the Establishment of the United States Post Office

Romania #1258 (1958)

Romania #1258 (1958)

Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe. It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 92,043 square miles (238,391 square kilometers) and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh most populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth-largest city in the … Continue reading Romania #1258 (1958)