Monthly Archives: October 2018

Saint Thomas and Prince Island, begging for aid after the colonials leave

These plantations wrecked so many places. Without slavery, they don’t work economically and without the plantations what are the people to do? 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. Todays […]

Cilicia 1919, not sure the Armenians are in much of a mood to celebrate 50 years of Ottoman stamps

Wartime fortunes can lead to overprints on rather incongruous stamps. 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 stamp today is very attractive. It was first an Ottoman Turk issue […]

Denmark 1875, Conservatives seek stability by undemocratic means while Radicals fight for change

Denmark had just come through a rough period. Having lost territory to Germany and Sweden, conservative forces tried hard to settle things down while radical socialists tried to improve the lot of the little man. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back […]

Hong Kong,1891, The British build the premier university in Asia for the Chinese but climb the hill to avoid their filth

“You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have, the facts of life.” A tv theme song about a girl’s school, but it applies also to colonial era Hong Kong. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and […]

Spanish Morocco, it is useful to have a second stringer occupy much of a large dangerous place

Morocco was in the hands of France. That does not mean they wanted the expense and danger of occupying the whole thing. Sounds like a way for a second string empire to expand. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back in your […]

Estonia 1920, Help the Vets, but keep them from power

The Philatelist has done several stamps of countries trying to break away from Russia after the 1917 revolutions. They usually failed when the Red Army showed up. Uniquely though, the Estonians beat the Red Army and this gave veterans a surprising power in independent Estonia. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take […]