Friday, March 13, 2009

Philatelic Friday: Stamps from AROUND THE WORLD!

Welcome to a new edition of Philatelic Friday! I have been busy organizing my images of stamps for this week's post. Stamps are so much fun. Take this one from the Bahamas, for just 5 cents, featuring Queen Elizabeth II with an ocean scene in the foreground. Speaking of the Bahamas, I found a fun fact for you. If you can imagine, there was once a real post office located in the ocean. Back in 1939, the government set up the post office as part of a scientific facility on the sea bed off the Bahamas. The mail from that branch was "franked" with a special oval postmark that was inscribed "Sea Floor/Bahamas". Isn't that cool? I thought you'd think so. If that's not strange enough, how about this fun fact. A stamp was once created on the moon. Yes, that's right on the moon. It happened during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The astronauts had a die of a postage stamp which they pulled an impression of when they touched down on the moon. Once back on Earth, the stamp die was used to make the 10 cent airmail stamp issued in September of that same year. Well onto this week's mini-exhibit of stamps. I thought I'd feature an international theme this week, with a few stamps from AROUND THE WORLD...

above: The Falkland Islands

above: Ireland

above: These two are from Italy

above: Greece

above: Monaco. featuring Princess Grace and Prince Ranier
I hope you enjoyed this week's edition of Philatelic Friday. Have a great day!
-Rick Rockhill


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i love the italian ones and the one from monaco the best!

smiles, bee

kenju said...

I love the Italian and Greek ones!

lime said...

oh that was fun. i did not know those bits of trivia either. who would have imagined?

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I LOVE all these stamps, Rick....They are each so very pretty---little works of Art, you know? You have quite a collection!

Olivia said...

Love the Greek one of course - love those vase images.

I translated it of course, it reads "Odysseus kills the suitors".



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