Monthly Archives: January 2019

New Guinea 1932, when Australia needed New Guinea like a city needs water and the fuzzy wuzzy angels could be relied upon

Colonial fever was still hot at the turn of the twentieth century. Sometimes it takes a deadly military campaign to realize some places are better left alone. 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 […]

Peru 1936, the latifundistas prevent a shining path to the future

Peru, like so many other Latin American countries still had a feudal style society well into the twentieth century. With the growth of national universities, there came a batch of new leaders, the connected’s children in reality, that sought to speak for the mass of indigenous and overturn the applecart. In Peru, this urge was […]

Germany 2003, remembering the Porsche 356B 40 years later

I am generally more impressed with stamp issues that promise a better future than remember a great past. With an achievement like the Porsche 356, why not take the time to remember, especially when the remembrance supports a good cause. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your […]

Straits Settlements 1912, Trying to keep Singapore British, when the people are Chinese, Malay, and Indian

Singapore is today a prosperous, multiracial trading city with very few British. This was true right from the beginning, when it was founded by the British. Showing how important a one percent can be. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of your adult beverage, and sit back in […]

North Borneo Company 1922, A British Chinese Hong company comes to Borneo to persevere and achieve

These empire builders are not looked back on well, but you have to admire their confidence in themselves. 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 stamp was not issued […]

Nepal 1962, The King having abolished hereditary prime ministers, also chaffed against socialists, tries Panchayet

Nepal was greatly influenced by the Indian independence  movement despite having remained independent. The Gandhi inspired Socialist freaked out the Nepalese elite and the Panchayat system was devised by King Mahendra as a local alternative. Think of India if the British had turned it over to the Maharajahs. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill […]

Hungary 2004, We are joining the EU, isn’t that exciting!

It is great when people have hope that things will get better. In Hungary, the Socialists were just the old Communists repackaged, while the right wing was very much that. It sounds like a formula for lively debate but not much getting done. Instead the country worked very closely together to pass the tests required […]

Tanzania 1991, the sad transition from Ujamaa to Wabenzi

The hope that existed in 1960s era independent Africa was contagious. There was a belief that without colonial oppressors things would get better through a system of brotherhood called Ujamaa. What if the colonial system stays in place, now with a black face and corruption, but lacking the colonials competence. Then you get Wabenzi, a […]