Today is the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion by the Allied forces during World War II, also known as D-Day. To commemorate the anniversary, a number of issuing entities have released (or will soon release) stamps— several of which are pictured in the slideshow below as are several for previous anniversaries. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to find decent resolution images of … Continue reading The Normandy Invasion 1944-2019
I have never been a fan of bees. I am not allergic to the sting but I find them quite unpleasant and have a long history of unpleasant encounters with them, not to mention hornets, wasps and the like. At least we don’t seem to have such stinging pests in Thailand, at least not where I live. As an anti-bee person, I never gave their … Continue reading My Philatelic Pursuits #2019-12
Today is International Women’s Day. I had originally planned to write about it for today’s entry on A Stamp A Day. However, I found that I don’t have a single stamp in my collection marking this annual special day. I do have several that commemorated International Women’s Year in 1975 (including the United States and Canada, neither of which have issued a stamp for International … Continue reading International Women’s Day
Today is the birth anniversary of French author Jules Verne and I am in the middle of putting together an article about him for A Stamp A Day. As is often the case, I have more stamps and covers portraying the writer and his works than I can possibly include in the article. So, I have added a slideshow of that material here on Philatelic … Continue reading Jules Verne Stamps & Covers — A Slideshow
It’s been a busy month at work for me but still I have maintained daily articles for A Stamp A Day, all but a very small handful revolving around the theme of National Stamp Collecting Month. Today’s article gives a history of postcards, an introduction to collecting them and a discussion of the Postcrossing project. I’d chosen a Postcrossing-themed stamp from Romania to illustrate the article and planned to sprinkle scans from my meager collection of six stamps related to this topical.
At about the time I should have been wrapping up the article this afternoon, I began putting together a checklist of all of the Postcrossing stamps I could find. Not only that, but I sought out images of each of the stamps themselves (not always an easy task). I came up with a total of 20 different issues between October 2011 and early this year and 42 different stamps. Rather than simply throwing them into a slideshow, I decided to create an illustrated version of my list here on Philatelic Pursuits. Most of the images and catalogue numbers were sourced from the Colnect online catalogue with the Universal Postal Union’s WADP listings and Postcrossing providing a few others plus some information on sheet sizes and stamp designers. The listing is in chronological order.
It’s a great topical, both for stamp collectors and for deltiologists who love Postcrossing. Which reminds me: I haven’t sent or received any postcards at all in 2018 (been too busy with other endeavors, I suppose) so I think I should get cracking and write some cards this weekend.
Today is the first day of the Lunar New Year, known popularly as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; pinyin: Chūn Jié). For a number of years, my adopted home of Thailand issued Zodiac stamps usually on January 1 and then a Chinese New Year set (often depicting various deities) a few weeks later. Last year, there was … Continue reading New Issues – Thematic Wrap-Up: Year of the Dog
Happy Valentine’s Day! A week ago, I posted a blog entry about Thailand’s Symbol of Love 2018 stamp release. Of course, the Land of Smiles is not the only nation promoting the theme of LOVE philatelicly. Below are images of other stamps that have been released recently which you may wish to use on any Valentine’s Day cards you’d like to mail (people do that, … Continue reading New Issues – Thematic Wrap-Up: Love 2018
The United States Postal Service is issuing a new definitive stamp today — February 9, 2018 — at the American Stamp Dealers Association’s ASDA Winter Postage Stamp Show in Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310. The USPS’s two contract security printers — Ashton Potter of Williamsville, New York, and Banknote Corporation of America in Browns Summit, North Carolina — have each printed a coil and a double-sided pane, creating a total … Continue reading Issued Today (February 9, 2018): United States – U.S.A. Flag
Once again, the Olympics are upon us. I don’t watch many sports but I have tuned-in to watch the Olympics ever since I can remember. In fact, I can recall viewing bits of the 1976 summer games held in Montréal and being disappointed when the United States boycotted the Moscow-hosted edition in 1980. While I casually collected the U.S. stamps released for those two Olympic … Continue reading Stamps for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea
I’m just beginning work on tomorrow’s article for A Stamp A Day (and you can probably guess the stamp I’m going to feature). I am quite excited about the “Eclipse Across America” as the media is billing it as many of my friends and my immediate family live very near the 70-mile wide path of totality that will sweep coast to coast. I really wish … Continue reading Eclipse!
Wrapping up the school term – just a week-and-a-half left – while Phuket is being battered by Typhoon Vamco has put most of my philatelic pursuits into a hopefully brief holding pattern. The mail is unable to be delivered most days due to the heavy rains and high winds but I received a nice-sized stack mid-week. All, aside from a postcard from China, contained stamp … Continue reading This Week’s Mail – 18th September 2015