The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

The Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) took place on May 5, 1862, near Puebla City during the Second French intervention in México. The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French soldiers. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in subsequent battles, but the Mexican victory at Puebla against a much better equipped and larger French army provided a significant … Continue reading The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

Happy Turkey Day, America!

Thanksgiving Day — my favorite American holiday — this year falls on the same day as my favorite Thai holiday, Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง). I covered the latter in an article on A Stamp A Day in 2016; my Thanksgiving article in 2016 detailed the 1621 harvest feast held at Plymouth Plantation while last year’s account dealt with a history of the holiday itself as well … Continue reading Happy Turkey Day, America!

Happy Thanksgiving Day for the U.S.A.

Relatively few stamps have been released by the United States with a Thanksgiving tie-in, arguably one of the most purely “American” holidays celebrated in the nation. The first was a set of three stamps issued in 1920 to mark the arrival of the Pilgrims on the ship Mayflower (Scott #548-550). Issued on December 21, 1920, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the landing of the … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving Day for the U.S.A.