Friday, December 29, 2017

Philately Fridays: Bulgaria, 1971

Wishing you peace in the new year!

Designed by the incomparable Stefan Kanchev.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Philately Fridays: United Nations, 1976

Two from The United Nations: One from the Geneva office (en français) and one from the U.S. office (in English).

Friday, November 24, 2017

Philately Fridays: Cuba, 1970

Five illustrated postage stamps commemorating Cuba's involvement in Expo '70, the World's Fair held in Osaka Japan.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Philately Fridays: Hungary, 1979

Hungarian stamp commemorating their pentathlon event, which seems to consist of horseback riding, swimming, shooting, running, and some kind of dancing... or maybe that's fencing?

Friday, October 13, 2017

Philately Fridays: Zaire, 1983

This is my favorite set I've come across recently. Four stamps from Zaire in honor of the 1983 Plenipotentiary Conference in Nairobi. Great mix of detailed illustration work with heavy graphic lines and big color decisions.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Philately Fridays, Australia 1983

Great flat illustration of a kangaroo and kiwi coming together all in the name of strengthening the economic relationship between these two neighboring Southern countries.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Philately Fridays: Germany, 1964

Beautifully composed and stylishly illustrated stamp commemorating the Judo portion of the 1964 Summer Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan. This was the first year that Judo was an official Olympic event. Competing on behalf of the USA was Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who would go on to become a State Representative and then Senator for the state of Colorado. See footage of Campbell taking on Thomas Chi Hong Ong from The Philippines below.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Philately Fridays: Romania, 1969

A postage stamp commemorating the centuries-old Romanian New Year dance known as Capra. In the dance, men known as Kukeri dress up wearing the skins of sacrified goats, beads, kerchiefs, tassels, ivy, and basil to scare off the evil spirits. Click here to read more and see photos of some of these wild costumes.