I have had to revert to a country name this week by choosing Yugoslavia for one of my stamps.
Yugoslavia – December 1951
The country broke up in 1992 and the area has had a turbulent history since.
Another country that has seen major changes in my lifetime is –
China – 6 January 1949
The gentleman on the stamp is Dr Sun Yat-sen, once leader of the Chinese National Party and known as the father of modern China. He served as the first provisional president of the Republic of China in 1911/1912 and as defacto ruler 1923-1925.
I have never had the chance to visit any of the National Parks in the USA but here is one that is known worldwide.
Kirklevington is where Thomas Bates lived; he is buried in the church graveyard. Bates is known worldwide for the development of shorthorn cattle – a breed which is also incorporated in one of the windows of the church.
Sunday Stamps A-Z third time around has reached ‘I’.
A scarce swallowtail butterfly is my first stamp this week.
Czechoslovakia – 23 May 1966
Other names for iphiclides podalirius are sail swallowtail and pear tree swallowtail.
1978 was the year for the 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth when she was crowned with the –
Great Britain – 31 May 1978
Imperial State Crown
The Queen also wears this crown at the annual State Opening of Parliament.
In 1841 Sir Richard Owen coined the word dinosaur from two Greek words – deinos (terrible, powerful, wondrous) and sauros (lizard). Owen was also responsible for setting up what we now know as the Natural History Museum.
Great Britain – 20 August 1991
150th Anniversary of Owen’s Dinosaurs