Author Archives: John C

Peak Japan

Imagine trying to collect Asian stamps as a western collector in the 19th century. There is a taste of that in this 21st century stamp from Japan. 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 […]

Panama Pacific Exposition, Celebrating permanent construction by building things designed to crumble

An immense construction project is completed and so America celebrates in a city that had lately needed some construction itself. 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 Panama Canal […]

Georgia 1920, a new socialist republic remembers an ancient Queen, while Whites, Reds, and Turks pound on the door.

Chaos in Russia allows peoples to escape the empire, only to find all around still desperate for colonies.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 country of Georgia was new. […]

Trying to get out of Cameroon

Setting a colony up for independence is difficult. When a colony was taken from the Germans and divided between Britain and France doubly so. 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 […]

Through Russian GranDukes, Polish Marshals, Nazi Henchmen, Communist Secretary Generals, and Lech Walesa, Belvedere Palace is still standing.

There is an Elton John song titled “I’m still standing” As you get older that feels more like a real accomplishment. With each new twist in the life of the palace on this stamp reminds of that song. So slip on your smoking jacket, fill your pipe, take your first sip of a certain brand […]