Montserrat: The Irish Connection

Montserrat is the southernmost island of the Leeward archipelago in the Caribbean. The first distinctive stamp issues were stamps of Antigua overprinted ‘MONTSERRAT’ that were introduced in 1876. However, the island did not issue its own stamps until 1903 that featured the badge of Monserrat – a female figure embracing a cross, with her leftContinue reading “Montserrat: The Irish Connection”

Spain: Commemorating Goya

Spain is the home of many world renown artists including Diego Velazque, Salvador Dali and of course, Pablo Picasso – all of which have been celebrated on Spanish postal stamp issues. Another to have appeared more than once is Francisco José Goya. Indeed, Goya was the first artist to be commemorated on a Spanish postalContinue reading “Spain: Commemorating Goya”

Germany: The Hitler Provisional

A stamp issue released just days before the 1923 Munich Putsch – an attempted coup d’état by the Nazi Party led by Adolf Hitler – is often referred to as the Hitler provisional. The reference is misleading as the putsch was unsuccessful and the stamp issue itself had no other direct connection with the event otherContinue reading “Germany: The Hitler Provisional”

Anguilla: Battle for Anguilla

Anguilla is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin. Dedicated postal stamp issues for the small Caribbean island begin in 1967 and celebrate its peaceful and colourful culture. However, a stamp issue of 1976 provides insight of the military battles fought on landContinue reading “Anguilla: Battle for Anguilla”

Bahamas: The Interinsular Stamp

The Bahamas post office became independent in 1859 following the publication of a report by the English novelist and civil servant, Anthony Trollope. The first distinctive stamp issue clearly identified that the mail posted externally from the Bahamas remained under the control of London. Despite full independence postal services just a year later, the ‘intersecular’Continue reading “Bahamas: The Interinsular Stamp”

Netherlands: Computer Generated

Early postage stamp issues for the majority of countries predominantly feature images of leaders – kings, queens, presidents, ministers as well as mythological characters and celebrities. These were definitive stamps – part of a regular issue – that broadened out to include national emblems and coats of arms. The first commemorative stamp issue is believedContinue reading “Netherlands: Computer Generated”

Barbuda: On the Map

Barbuda is one of many small Islands in the Caribbean that form a chain known as the Leeward Islands. It is now part of the sovereign nation of Antigua and Barbuda, with Barbuda located just north of its larger sister island. The first stamp issues were released on 13 July 1922 – stamps of theContinue reading “Barbuda: On the Map”

The Bahamas: 1967 Definitive Issue

In 1966 the Crown Colony of The Bahamas introduced decimal currency, transitioning from the former imperial currency used almost extensively across the British Commonwealth, to The Bahamas dollars and cents. On 25 May, an earlier 1965 definitive issue was overprinted with surcharges in the new currency. Later that year, three commemorative issues celebrating the WorldContinue reading “The Bahamas: 1967 Definitive Issue”

Thematics: Jeffryes, Benjamin and Sarpy

Forgeries might be regarded as the bane of the philatelist. Many are difficult to spot and are perceived as a threat to the integrity and value of a collection. However, in some cases the history and events associated with a forgery can actually add to a stamp’s value. The operations of a trio of forgersContinue reading “Thematics: Jeffryes, Benjamin and Sarpy”

Haiti: Toussaint Louverture Remembered

Haiti (officially Republic of Haiti) has appeared in in the 21st century news bulletins for all the wrong reasons having endured a coup d’état in 2004 and a sequence of catastrophic earthquakes, most notably in 2010 that killed more than 250,000 people. However the country, located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater AntillesContinue reading “Haiti: Toussaint Louverture Remembered”