Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day once again! This morning, there were “Day of Love” activities at my school and I have a special dinner planned this evening. Thus, I have decided to keep today’s article relatively brief, and largely photographic in nature. After all, there have been ASAD entries about this particular holiday in 2017 and 2018 as well as several articles on Philatelic Pursuits here and … Continue reading Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

Washington Statehood

On November 11, 1889, the State of Washington was admitted as the 42nd state of the United States. Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region made out of the western part of the Washington Territory, which was ceded by Britain in 1846 in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. Olympia is the state capital; the state’s … Continue reading Washington Statehood

West Virginia Statehood

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state of the United States of America. Located in the Appalachian Mountain range, the state covers an area of 24,229.76 square miles (62,754.8 km²), with 24,077.73 square miles (62,361.0 km²) of land and 152.03 square miles (393.8 km²) of water, making it the 41st largest state in the United States. West Virginia borders Pennsylvania and … Continue reading West Virginia Statehood

Kentucky & Tennessee Statehood

On June 1, 1792, the Commonwealth of Kentucky was admitted to the United States of America as the nation’s 15th state. Four years later, on June 1, 1796, Tennessee joined the Union as the 16th state. I only lived in north-central Tennessee (Nashville, Hermitage and Hendersonville) from late 1973 or early 1974 until August 1977, but during those three-and-a-half years of my childhood (aged 8-11) … Continue reading Kentucky & Tennessee Statehood

James Cook and Alaska

On January 3, 1959, the huge Territory of Alaska was admitted to the United States as the nation’s 49th state. Last year, I wrote an overview of the history of the region illustrated by U.S. Scott #800, released in 1937 as part of a series commemorating territorial possessions. The only other Alaska-related stamp currently in my collection is a first day cover of Scott #1732, … Continue reading James Cook and Alaska

United States #795 (1937)

The Northwest Ordinance

On July 13, 1787, the Northwest Ordinance (formally An Ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States, North-West of the River Ohio, and also known as The Ordinance of 1787) was passed, creating the Northwest Territory, the first organized territory of the United States. This was an act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States (the Confederation Congress) responding to … Continue reading The Northwest Ordinance

United States #897 (1940)

Wyoming Statehood

On July 10, 1890, the Territory of Wyoming which had been established on July 25, 1868, was admitted into the United States of America as its 44th state. Located in the mountain region of the western United States, the state is the tenth largest by area, the least populous and the second least densely populated state in the country. Wyoming is bordered on the north by … Continue reading Wyoming Statehood