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
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!
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.