Monthly Archives: December 2018

Nauru 1954, a “Pleasant Island” is ruined by phosphates and lots of money

Perhaps westerners should have just kept sailing. Sometimes stopping will change a place forever. 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. Sometimes a stamp can be a great way to […]

Luxembourg 2001, heres hoping the new currency works out

Here is something that is somewhat rare on a modern European stamp. The idea that something new is coming and it will be great. What a challenging undertaking the Euro currency was. If it failed, the old currencies would have reemerged at a much lower rate and everyone would be poorer. If it worked, Europe […]

Spain 1980, honoring postal as well as Royal heritage

One of the issues facing modern stamp issues is an overabundance of issues that look backward instead of forward. This is probably related to a sense in the western world that the future will be worse than the past. Some times the look back can be making a current point. Like Spanish King Juan Carlos […]

South Africa 1966, A tiny minority can go it alone because they have diamonds, but do they?

Apartheid South Africa thought they could  break off from Britain and the whole world because of the wealth created by diamonds. How well though did they really control it? 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 […]

Newfoundland 1911, Trying and failing at Dominion status

Newfoundland is a large land mass with a small population that was for centuries dependent on fishing. Trying to figure out how to govern itself or who to affiliate with is a never fully resolved question. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit […]

Norway 1939, An old church stamp that both sides can live with

A church from the middle ages does not engender controversy. Even from governments as far apart as Norway’s two governments of 1940. 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. Germany […]