Thrace Under Allied Occupation #N23 (1920)

Thrace Under Allied Occupation #N23 (1920)

Thrace (Θράκη — Thráke — in Modern Greek, Тракия — Trakiya — in Bulgarian, and Trakya in Turkish: ) is a geographical and historical area in southeast Europe, now split between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, which is bounded by the Balkan Mountains to the north, the Aegean Sea to the south and the Black Sea to the east. It comprises southeastern Bulgaria (Northern Thrace), northeastern Greece (Western … Continue reading Thrace Under Allied Occupation #N23 (1920)

Ottoman Empire #256 (1914)

The Ottoman Empire (دولت عليه عثمانیه‎ — Devlet-i ʿAlīye-i ʿOsmānīye in Ottoman Turkish or  Osmanlı İmparatorluğu/Osmanlı Devleti in Modern Turkish), also known as the Turkish Empire or Ottoman Turkey, was an empire founded at the end of the thirteenth century in northwestern Anatolia in the vicinity of Bilecik and Söğüt by the Oghuz Turkish tribal leader Osman. After 1354, the Ottomans crossed into Europe, and … Continue reading Ottoman Empire #256 (1914)

Turkey #C13 (1949)

Turkey #C13 (1949)

The Republic of Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti in Turkish), is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, 97 percent in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe separated by the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles. Turkey is a democratic, secular, unitary, parliamentary republic with a diverse cultural heritage. It is bordered by eight countries: Greece and Bulgaria to … Continue reading Turkey #C13 (1949)

Cyprus #149 (1938)

Cyprus #149 (1938)

The Republic of Cyprus (Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία in Greek, or Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti in Turkish), is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean Sea. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and Palestine, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece. The Cyprus Republic has de jure sovereignty over the island of Cyprus, as well as its territorial … Continue reading Cyprus #149 (1938)

Batum #1 (1919)

Batum #1 (1919)

Batum (Batumskaya — Батумская — in Russian) is now called Batumi (ბათუმი in Georgian) and is currently the second largest city of Georgia, as well as the capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia. It’s located on the coast of the Black Sea in a subtropical zone near the foot of the Lower Caucasus Mountains.  The city is an important seaport at the end of … Continue reading Batum #1 (1919)

Austrian Offices in the Turkish Empire #7F (1876)

Austrian Offices in the Turkish Empire #7F (1876)

The Ottoman Empire (Devlet-i Aliyye-i Osmâniyye — دَوْلَتِ عَلِيّهٔ عُثمَانِیّه‎,), also known as the Turkish Empire, Ottoman Turkey or simply Turkey, was founded in 1299 by Oghuz Turks under Osman I in northwestern Anatolia. After conquests in the Balkans by Murad I between 1362 and 1389, the Ottoman sultanate was transformed into a transcontinental empire and claimant to the caliphate. The Ottomans ended the Byzantine Empire … Continue reading Austrian Offices in the Turkish Empire #7F (1876)

Aegean Islands (Dodecanese) #2 (1912)

Aegean Islands #2 (1912)

The Aegean Islands, or Dodecanese, are a group of islands just to the west of Turkey that were occupied by Italy during the Italo-Turkish War in 1912 until the end of World War II.  Although the name means “twelve islands”, there were actually fourteen in the Italian occupation including Rhodes and Castelrosso.  Overprinted Italian stamps were used for all of the islands with two stamps … Continue reading Aegean Islands #2 (1912)