Monthly Archives: September 2018

Egypt 1965, Arabs unite to comemorate the burning of a soon to be Arab library in Algiers

France was rapidly tiring of Algeria in the early sixties. So the actions of the OAS were not going to change anything except give Arabist opponents something to talk about. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage and sit back in your most comfortable chair. […]

Hungary builds on Soviet friendship to power itself

Often old Soviet and new Russia have similar ideas to help and thereby control old satellites. Nothing sinister really but it is a lot easier to build on what you have than completely start anew. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage and sit back […]

Slovakia 1942 Right wing Priests try to achieve a seperate Slovak state

The Eastern European Nazi collaborators are tarnished by the association. In Slovakia’s case, for good and ill, these leaders were practicing Catholic Priests. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back in your most comfortable chair. Welcome to todays offering from The Philatelist. […]

Sudan 1948 50 years of stamps and the temporary end of the closed door South

Another story of the breakup of the Ottoman empire and another British mandate to try to stand between different races. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back in your most comfortable chair. Welcome to todays offering from The Philatelist. The design of […]

Danzig 1923, a very early airmail stamp from a German city that suddenly found itself outside Germany

Many of the early Danzig stamps are air mail when sending letters that way was expensive. Perhaps subconsciously they were showing the airplanes as a way to maintain a connection to the Fatherland. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back in your […]

Berlin 1966, a new divided and more corporate Berlin

Berlin once rivaled Paris in it’s progressive café society. The Nazis of course put an end to that but after the destruction a much different more corporate replacement was constructed. Businessmen the new masters? How perceptive. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit […]