Angels, the messengers of God, have become an integral part of the Christmas story, because an angel was sent to tell Mary of her chosen role in the birth of baby Jesus. Nearly all world postal administrations have featured angels in Christmas stamp and stationery issues, some more than once. Bodiless, immortal spirits, angels have a place in the traditional Jewish and Mohammedan religions as well as in Christianity. Throughout the Bible angels appear at important moments, sometimes as protective guardians, but more often as a messenger from God.
In the early 1890s, inventors on both side of the Atlantic were on the brink of showing the first moving photographs. Still photography was well established, but the challenge was to invent a machine that would take and show a succession of photographic frames.
The Pacific ocean is the largest body of water in the world. The total area of the Pacific Ocean is estimated at 163,000,000 km or nearly 40 per cent of the whole water extent of the world.
In its 76-year history the Commonwealth Games movement has had several names - the British Empire Games, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the British Commonwealth Games and now the Commonwealth Games.
Chess is the oldest of all games of pure mental skill - those in which the element of chance does not enter. Further, no game has been as influential in cultural history as chess. I was surprised that the ATA Topical Association chess check list comprised four full pages and featured stamps from practically every country in the world. My references were Compton's Encyclopaedia CD Rom 1995 version; an article on "Chess" from Milton's Teeth and Ovid's Umbrella by M Olmert ISBN 0-684-80164-7 plus the ATA checklist. 1. History The origin of chess is not clear.
Thematic philately is the collecting of stamps and various types of philatelic material according to the subjects they display or the stories they tell, rather than in chronological order by country of origin. It has the potential to be among the most enjoyable and rewarding forms that the stamp hobby has to offer.
When I first began collecting stamps back in the late sixties ‘space’ was one of the ‘in’ topics. It was the time of the ‘space race’ when people all around the world followed avidly the achievements of the Russian and United States space projects, each nation trying to outdo the other in space technology. I joined The Australian Commonwealth Collectors Club of New South Wales in 1969 and noticed in the July 1969 ACCC Bulletin Vol.8 #9 an article, "Australian Space Tracking Stations and Philately" by Frank D.