Grenada: CARIFTA

The featured image is of a stamp from the Grenada 1969 issue commemorating the now defunct Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) Expo event in April 1969. Grenada had joined CARIFTA in July 1968. However, despite the apparent success in improving trade relations between the various Caribbean islands, CARIFTA was wound up in mid-1974. The 60c stampContinue reading “Grenada: CARIFTA”

Barbados: Victory

Barbados was one of only a few British colonies to issue stamps commemorating victory after World War I. It was originally proposed to overprint unused 1d War Tax stamps but it was generally felt that a dedicated issue would be more befitting of the event. Based on designs refined by the printers De La Rue,Continue reading “Barbados: Victory”

France: Chateaubriand

Refer to Chateaubriand and most will naturally associate with the culinary delight, sometimes called chateaubriand steak, traditionally comprising a fillet of tenderloin grilled between two lesser pieces of meat. The steak may be served with a Chateaubriand sauce prepared with shallots and white wine, and mixed with butter, tarragon, and lemon juice. The origins ofContinue reading “France: Chateaubriand”

Greece: Lord Byron

A 1924 Greek stamp issue commemorates the death centenary of Lord Byron, the quintessentially English poet – why would Greece wish to commemorate an English poet specifically? The answer reveals the interesting history of one of the first international celebrities, a political influencer and an individual with a complex and sometimes troubled personality. Lord ByronContinue reading “Greece: Lord Byron”

Turks & Caicos Islands: Etymology

The etymology (study of the origin of words) provides an interesting context for many postage stamp issues. A trawl through a catalogue or album of stamp issues from the Turks & Caicos Islands will reveal repeated images of a distinctive looking cactus – the Turk’s Cap – and it this this genus of cactus thatContinue reading “Turks & Caicos Islands: Etymology”

Netherlands Antilles: An Iconic Issue

The Netherlands Antilles (Dutch Antilles) is a former constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands comprising several islands located in the Caribbean. Formally, the country came into being on 15 December 1954 as the autonomous successor of the Dutch colony of Curaçao. However, postage stamp issues were inscribed ‘Netherlands Antilles’ from 1948 with the firstContinue reading “Netherlands Antilles: An Iconic Issue”

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”