Friday, September 30, 2016

Egypt radio

This 1984 commemorative was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of radio broadcasting in Egypt.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Egypt three stamps

Water wheels, a seated statue, and carved capitals are pictured on these three Egyptian stamps.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Egypt king and pyramids

King Farouk of Egypt is shown here in military uniform.

Yep, those are the Pyramids.

This king died in 1965 at the age of 45.

Monday, September 26, 2016

EFO United States 4-eyed owl

Normal Copy
Four-eyed Owl
With the black shifted down, the owl has four eyes!

Found this United States EFO in a mixture of used stamps.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

stumper 2

Had to consult a Stamp Identifier for this one.

Didn't take long, though.

This stamp was issued by the Indian native feudatory state of Hyderabad. It pictures the Charminar, a monument and mosque built in 1591,

The black overprint makes it an official stamp.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

India officials

Victorian stamps of India overprinted "On H. M. S." are official stamps.

The overprint means On Her Majesty's Service.

Friday, September 23, 2016

India Queen Victoria

It's Queen Victoria again, this time on stamps of India issued in the 19th century.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Toronto Journal of Philately

The first edition of the Toronto Journal of Philately is dated May 1892.

This Canadian "monthly magazine published in the interests of stamp collecting" had J.L. Thompson as editor. He says that "it was our intention when we commenced publishing this journal to act in the capacity of official organ for the United Philatelic Association, under the name of the United Association Philatelist, but it appears that the Washington Philatelist has obtained that position in the Society."

An interesting feature article is "A History of Philately," from which I quote the following: "Stamp collecting could now be said to be past its period of baby-hood and although its progress was through many a conflict, many a doubt, yet it was sure and steady."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Italian Socialist Republic

A dead country, the Italian Socialist Republic was formed in 1943 by Benito Mussolini and issued stamps the next year before being abolished in 1945.

That's a drummer boy shown in the stamp above.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Italy she-wolf

This 1944 stamp of Italy depicts a she-wolf suckling the twin brothers Romulus and Remus. You can read about this in Roman mythology.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Italy post horn

These Italian parcel post stamps depict a post horn, which was used to announce the arrival (or departure) of a mail coach in the olden days.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Italy pacchi

These are parcel post stamps of Italy.

There are two parts to each stamp shown above, and these were issued se-tenant.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Italy 1996

Top stamp commemorates the 40th anniversary of the 1st Meeting of the European Economic Community, which was held at two locations: Messina and Venice.

Bottom se-tenant pair for the ITALIA '98 International Philatelic Exhibition features the Cathedral of Milan. Yep, you guessed it right, the show was held at Milan.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Italy castles

Common in collections of Italian stamps is the castles set.

Eleven examples are exhibited here.