Egypt: Writing Home

The featured image is of an envelope posted in Cairo on 24 February 1936 to an address in Canterbury, England and carries a red prepaid postage stamp. On the back of the envelope is a 1 piastre letter seal beneath the emblem of the Royal Horse Artillery, an arm of the Royal Regiment of Artillery thatContinue reading “Egypt: Writing Home”

Spain: A Monarchy in Profile

Any philatelist with an interest in Spain cannot ignore the changing portraits that grace the early stamp issues. The profiles belie a period of political turmoil in the country that can be traced from the first stamp issue of 1850. Modern Spain is of course a culturally rich and politically stable country and retains itsContinue reading “Spain: A Monarchy in Profile”

Denmark: Recovery of Northern Slesvig

One of the fascinating aspects of philately is discovering issues of countries that no longer exist. A little research often unveils an interesting history and a link to a region with its own unique culture. One such region is Slesvig and in this post we’ll visit it’s history and culture through the 1920 Denmark issueContinue reading “Denmark: Recovery of Northern Slesvig”

Martinique: The First Distinctive Issue

Martinique is part of the Lesser Antilles island group of the Caribbean and was discovered by Columbus in June 1502 but not colonised until the French founded a settlement in 1635. The island lies directly north of Saint Lucia, northwest of Barbados and south of Dominica. Before 1886 Martinique used the French general stamp issuesContinue reading “Martinique: The First Distinctive Issue”

Egypt: Reflections of an Ancient Civilisation

Few countries can boast a history quite like that of Egypt – built on the foundations of an ancient civilisation at that. Central to this civilisation was the River Nile that rises in eastern Africa and runs for thousands of miles before traversing Egypt and emptying into the Mediterranean. This was a powerful nation longContinue reading “Egypt: Reflections of an Ancient Civilisation”

Danish West Indies: Not to be Forgotten

Think of Denmark’s colonial past and you are most likely to cite the Viking heritage and associated former possessions in the North Atlantic such as Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. However, it’s later colonial power stretched across four continents including on the Gold Coast (Africa), eastern India (Asia) and in the Caribbean (America). TheContinue reading “Danish West Indies: Not to be Forgotten”

New Guinea: Imperial Struggles

New Guinea is the most eastern of the islands formerly known as the Dutch East Indies. The island is mountainous, covered with jungle, infested by mosquitos and in the 19th century, the native tribes remained feudal and cannibalistic. The sea around the island was littered with coral reef and shoals making sea navigation difficult aroundContinue reading “New Guinea: Imperial Struggles”

Egypt: 1931 Graf Zeppelin Overprint

At the end of the 1920s, airships and nitrogen filled balloons came to prominence as a form of air travel and the conveyance of light freight such as mail. This development was primarily championed by a German engineer called Zeppelin. He set up his base in Bavaria, Germany, in close proximity to Switzerland and AustriaContinue reading “Egypt: 1931 Graf Zeppelin Overprint”