National Stamp Collecting Month: The Art of Engraving & Intaglio Printing

I am intrigued by the process of printing, whatever medium it may be reproduced upon, but my favorite method has always been images created from steel (or line) engraving and printed by intaglio (or recess) printing. This, of course, is the combination that produced so many of our classic postage stamps and is also seen on currency and prints or illustrations, mainly from the 19th … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Art of Engraving & Intaglio Printing

National Stamp Collecting Month: Starting a Collection – Finding Stamps & Soaking Them

October is National Stamp Collecting Month in the United States and the Philippines and I’ve just been informed that it’s the same in Australia and Canada as well. Do other nations have similar month-long celebrations of our hobby and, if so, which months? Thailand, where I have lived for nearly 14 years, promotes stamp collecting throughout the year but especially on the anniversary of the … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Starting a Collection – Finding Stamps & Soaking Them

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)

Sweden #749 (1971)

Sweden #749 (1971)

The Kingdom of Sweden (Konungariket Sverige in Swedish) is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It lies west of the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia, providing a long coastline, and forms the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula. To the west is the Scandinavian mountain chain (Skanderna), a range that separates Sweden from Norway. Finland is located to its north-east. It has maritime borders … Continue reading Sweden #749 (1971)

Åland Islands #72d (1993)

Åland Islands #72d (1993)

The Åland Islands are an archipelago situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia.  It became an autonomous province of Finland in 1921.  Autonomy means that Åland has its own parliament (Lagtinget, formerly the county council) and a government (provincial government, formerly the provincial authority). In 1954 the region got its own official flag.  It also has its own police force and its residents … Continue reading Åland Islands #72d (1993)