Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ethiopia natural disasters

Ethiopia marked the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction with these stamps issued in 1991.

The African map illustrates disaster-prone areas.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ethiopia farming

A farmer tills the soil at right while another sows teff at left in this stamp issued in 1990.

Teff is a food grain in Ethiopia.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Ethiopia flag

There's a tiny 1989 year date on these stamps showing the flag of Ethiopia but these were released in 1990.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ethiopia sports

Here is marathon runner Abebe Bikila (1932-1973), the Olympic marathon champion of Ethiopia.

He won the gold medals in both the 1960 and 1964 Olympics.

In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome he ran the marathon barefoot!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ethiopia literacy

Unesco's World Literacy Year was marked in 1990.

Yes, this Ethiopian stamp depicts a literacy class for adults.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ethiopia wild animals

Pictured here are a lesser kudu and a white-tailed mongoose, both indigenous wildlife of Africa.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Ethiopia OAU

The 25th anniversary of the Organisation of African Unity was commemorated in this Ethiopian stamp of 1988.

This body was established in Addis Ababa. It, however, was disbanded in 2002 and got replaced by the African Union.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ethiopia Addis Ababa

The centenary of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia, was commemorated in 1986 but this stamp was issued in 1987.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ethiopia fish

This barb is a freshwater fish found on Lake Tana of Ethiopia.

The blue on the yellow map is the lake.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ethiopia crest

Ethiopia in northeastern Africa has been a republic since 1988 but it has been issuing stamps since 1895.

This landlocked country is almost four times the land area of the Philippines, with about the same population!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

USA postmark Des Plaines

Des Plaines is a city in Illinois, United States.

Now, what's inverted here: the name or the date?

Friday, November 18, 2016

USA postmark Lodge Grass

Lodge Grass is a town in Montana.

With only 62 hectares in area, this tiny town in the United States had a population of only 432 in 2013!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

USA postmark Irving Park Road

Irving Park Road is in Chicago, Illinois.

The P & DC stands for Processing and Distribution Center of the United States Postal Service.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

USA 3c perf/imperf

Again a profile of George Washington.

The imperf was issued in 1851 and the perforated stamp in 1857.

Monday, November 14, 2016

USA Washington stamp

This 1861 stamp of the United States features a profile of George Washington, its first president whose term of office lasted from 1789 to 1797.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

USA postmark New Philadelphia

Yep, New Philadelphia is in Ohio, not Pennsylvania.

The city's layout, however, was based on the design of Philadelphia, which is in Pennsylvania!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

USA postmark San Juan

San Juan is the capital of Puerto Rico (a territory of the United States).

Founded by the Spanish in 1521, it's named for John the Baptist.

Like the Philippines, the initial stamps of Puerto Rico when the Americans emerged as victors in the Spanish-American War were overprints of US stamps.

The spelling in the overprinted stamps is PORTO RICO.

Friday, November 11, 2016

USA postmark McKee's Rocks

McKees (no longer spelled with an apostrophe) Rocks in Pennsylvania is just a borough with a population of just over 6,000 inhabitants in 2010 (the most recent United States national census).

Thursday, November 10, 2016

USA postmark Wilmington

Wilmington is the largest city in Delaware, United States.

But "largest" is relative: it's only 44 square kilometers in area!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

USA postmark Bridgeport

Bridgeport in Connecticut is nicknamed "The Park City" because of its widely known public park system in the United States.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Estonia UN

The 50th anniversary of the United Nations was commemorated in this 1995 stamp.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Estonia church

For Christmas 1995, Estonia issued a set featuring churches.

Shown above is the Charles' Church of the Toompea Congregation in Tallinn.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Estonia costumes

Folk costumes of Jämaja, a village in western Estonia, got featured on this stamp.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Estonia fish

Lake Peipus fish stare at you on this Estonian stamp (with a label) issued in 2000.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Estonia football

Two opposing football players were depicted on this Estonian issue for the 1998 World Cup championship held at France.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Estonia trains

The centenary of the Estonian Narrow Gauge Railway was commemorated in 1996.