Sunday, 31 December 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'U' - Uganda, Uruguay

As we get towards the end of the alphabet it seems to be getting harder each week. However I've managed to maintain a link back to 'T'.

Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika - 1 June 1954
The Owen Falls Dam, later named Nalubaale, is on the White Nile in Uganda near the city of Jinja, 4 kilometres from the point at which the river leaves Lake Victoria.

Switching continents now to South America, 17 June 1966 saw the issue of a stamp commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Engineers.

To see more stamps just for 'U' please visit the links at Sunday-stamps-II-159.

Happy New Year everyone. 

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas at Sunday Stamps

I've discovered that I have Christmas stamps from over 15 countries, but don't worry I'll not show them all - just follow the A-Z theme.

Where better to start with Australia and an island which was named on Christmas Day 1643.

Christmas Island - Australia 
Each year I get Christmas greetings from a friend and former colleague who lives in Denmark. She never forgets to add a Christmas seal to the envelope with her card.

The stamp that accompanied this seal shows the public library and cultural centre at the European Capital of Culture in 2017.

Aarhus - Denmark
For a more traditional Christmas we turn this week to 'Z' - where else could it be but - 

For more Christmas scenes stop your sleigh at Sunday-Stamps-II-158. and visit the links that you see there - join in with the surfing Santa.

Merry Christmas to all participants and to all those who visit and read our posts at Christmas and throughout the year.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Sunday Stamps II A-Z 'T' Tanganyika, Togo,Turkey

No links to Rhodesia this week, but I have at least started with a territory in East Africa administered by the UK from 1916 to 9 December 1961 when it became the independent state of - 

Tanganyika - Independence Day 9/12/61
Its time as an independent state lasted only until 26 April 1964. It now forms part of the state of Tanzania.

Now it's time to go to the West African coast and a country sandwiched between Ghana and Benin.

Togo - 6/10/47
A German protectorate from 1884, known as Togoland, it was transferred to France after WWI and gained its independence in 1960.

And as it's nearing Christmas I guess that it's time to go a look for a --

Turkey - 1/2/71
A Turkish army officer and revolutionary name Ataturk (1881-1938) became the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey from 1923 until his death.

I'm sure that there will be enough Christmas Turkey left over Togo for sandwiches until A-Z resumes in the New Year.

For more stamps that suit you to a tee please visit Sunday-Stamps-II -157. 

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 H├╝tte

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.