Thurn und Taxis [Southern District]

The design used for the stamps of Thurn-und-Taxis Post was somewhat similar to that used by Baden, Bavaria and Wurtemburg during the same period. They were printed in a similar manner to the stamps of those entities on paper of different colors. A contract was made with a paper manufacturer at Hanau on November 15, 1851, for a supply of suitable paper; another contract was … Continue reading Thurn und Taxis [Southern District]

Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

Today’s entry is a bit unusual in that it concerns a stamp-issuing entity that wasn’t a country, territory or a colony. In fact, it wasn’t a place at all but a family. The Tasso family began providing mail courier services for Italian city-states in the 13th century. By the 16th century, they had a monopoly on postal services, operating a network of postal routes in Spain, … Continue reading Thurn und Taxis [Northern District] #18 (1863)

Germany [German Empire] #39 (1880)

Germany [German Empire] #39 (1880)

The field of German philately is quite a complex one. I am, by no means, an expert and currently have only a very meager starter accumulation in somewhat less-than-stellar condition. However, I am inspired by my research and the German heritage of both of my adoptive parents to begin improving my holdings in this area very soon. For this blog, I have decided to break the … Continue reading Germany [German Empire] #39 (1880)

Baden #4 (1851)

Baden #4 (1851)

The Grand Duchy of Baden (Großherzogtum Baden) was a state in the southwest of Germany on the east bank of the Rhine that came into existence in the 12th century as the Margraviate of Baden and subsequently split into different lines, which were unified in 1771. It then became the much-enlarged Grand Duchy of Baden through the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1803–06 and … Continue reading Baden #4 (1851)