Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'S' Saargebiet, Southern Rhodesia, USA

Before we move on from Rhodesia there is just one more stamp to show.

19 February 1964
That was the only stamp I had from there.

After university I started my working career at a UK steelworks in in the town of Scunthorpe (another 'S') so I was quite pleased to see that another single stamp in my collection shows a steelworks in what is now the Saar in Germany.

Saargebiet -1926 - Burbach Hütte

I'm pleased that there is an 'S' in the USA. However there is no doubt about the 's' in steel of which there must have been a lot in - 

Seattle World's Fair 1962 - Space Needle & Monorail
For other 'S' related posts please follow the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-156.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'R' - Rhodesia, Russia

It was Cecil Rhodes and his British South African Company which founded the territory of Rhodesia. This was to become Zimbabwe in 1980 and which provides me with a link to last week's post. 

Rhodesia and Nyasaland - 12 June 1959
The Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland, embracing Southern and Northern Rhodesia, was a,political unit created in 1953 which lasted until the end of 1963.

Rhodes's grave is in the Matobo National Park in what is now Zimbabwe.

Football this week has seen the draw for the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia next year.

I found an airmail letter in the local market some time ago with some Moscow buildings. 

  • The blue and green 100 R stamps issued 26 May 1992 show the Kremlin.
  • The 1993 300 R is the Statue of K. Minin and D. Pozharskyi which stands in Red Square.T
  • The State Library is on the 750 R stamp issued on 21 February 1995 as was -
  • The Pushkin Museum on the 1500 R stamp.
To see a Russian rooster and link to other 'R' stamps please visit Sunday-Stamps-II-155.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'Q' - Qatar and Queens

'Q' is a letter I thought I would have trouble with in my country stamp theme.

Then I found a former Emir of Qatar on my one and only stamp.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani - 15 January 1970
He died aged 84 in 2016. He was Emir from 1972 to 1995 when he was deposed by his son.

Still in that part of the world,I was surprised to learn that the Queen of Sheba was a queen in Saba, which is located in the Yemen.

Queen of Sheba's visit to King Solomon - 1 December 1967
This has been an eventful week for heads of state. When Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down it left Queen Elizabeth II as the world's oldest reigning head of state. 

In 2015 Australia issued a stamp commemorating that she had become the longest reigning monarch in British History.

Australia - 9 July 2015
She must have appeared on more postage stamps than any other Queen as she appears on many stamps from around the world as well as those from Great Britain.

There must be many buildings which commemorate her name - like this one.

Queen's Hall - 24 September 1966
If its shape reminds you of an aircraft hangar then your eyes are not deceiving you.

This is a post for 'Q' related stamps. You can find more by visiting Sunday-Stamps-II-154 where you can start in Quebec City.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z; 'P' - Persia & Portugal

In 1935 Persia became Iran, but you could say it always had been. Apparently Persia is Iran in Persian.

During WWII Iran had been cooperating with Hitler's Germany, and the Soviet Union and Britain had occupied the country from 1941-1946. In that capacity they censored all postal matter.

Iran - 6 May 1942

I found the above two stamps on an envelope in the local flea market which shows the censorship marks.

Anglo - Soviet - Persian Censorship
On the same flea market stall  I found this Express Parcels Consignment note from Lisbon to a lady in Frankfurt, Germany. As you will see it is covered in Portuguese stamps.

The date stamps shows that the parcel passed through Frankfurt airport in 1974.

Two of the stamps show a knight on horseback taken from the Seal of King Dinis who was also called the Farmer King and the Post King. He reigned from 1279 - 1325.

Marconi's centenary was commemorated in 1974 by this stamp (two on the note).

The other stamps were
Palacio Da Vila Sintra

University Tower, Coimbra
Jardim Episcopal, Castelo Branco Gardens

I have been unable to identify the scene on this stamp so far.

Having minded my 'Ps' I look forward to 'Q' on Sunday-Stamps-II-153. where you can find more 'P' stamps today.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sunday Stamps II: A-Z 'O'

I knew I would be in trouble as I have no stamps for a country beginning with 'O'.

For reasons that will become apparent I chose this instead.

Munzturm Hall - Republic   Österreich
Last week I chose an 'old' stamp deliberately, when I did the same today for Germany I came across another connection to a 'national figure'.

Germania - Deutsches Reich - 1920
The actress Anna Führing was the model used by engraver Paul Edward Waldraff. Germania wearing an octagonal crown, holds a sword and an olive branch.

It was the economic situation in Germany that lead to the issue of this stamp in 1922.

Stamp over printed 1 million marks
It was not long before the country became under the rule of - 

Adolf Hitler
He had been born in Austria and was to set Albert Speer on creating the new capital of Germania for the Reich that was intended to last for 1000 years. The great hall planned to stand near the Reichstag was intended to hold 180,000 people.

The rest we say is history.

For more 'O' related posts please  visit Sunday-Stamps-II-152.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sunday Stamps II; A-Z 'N' Maps & Zealandia

I have found another stamp showing a map of the country's location. Although the country has the name of Sabah it used to be: 

North Borneo - 1 February 1961
Now for something old as well as new - 

New Zealand - 1901
The female figure of Zealandia was intended to become a figure of national personification representing New Zealand in the same way that Britannia represents the UK.

For other 'N' related stamps please visit the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-151.

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Sunday Stamps II: A-Z - 'M'

I shall be posting on Wordpress also this week as there are continuing problems on Blogger. All  comments on posts since the letter 'D' until 23 October have disappeared into the ether and there are other ongoing errors also.

Last week comments on the Grace Kelly stamp mentioned a map in the background that was difficult to see.

It just so happens that a stamp from Macau in my collection has also maps hard to see - until I enhanced it to post here.

Macau - 7 May 1956
Formerly a Portuguese colony, the 1987 Sino-Portuguese Declaration made Macau one of the special administrative regions of China.

Macau consists of the Macau peninsular and the islands of Taipa and Coloane; the islands are connected by landfill to form Cotal.

The Kelly name also enables me to revert to that famous Australian bushranger (Ned Kelly) and the bush baby shown under 'K". Here's another from Malawi.

Malawi - 3 September 1975

Nyasaland was part of the British Central African Protectorate from 1889 until independence in 1964 when it became Malawi.

For other stamps for 'M' checkout the links at Sunday-stamps-II 150.html