Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Boat #288, Madagascar

It's astonishing how many foreign countries, at some point in the postal history, have done a series on the American Revolution. How many stamps has the U.S. issued to commemorate Madagascar's independence from France in 1960? I think zero is a safe bet, though I haven't taken the time to check.


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Boat #290, Colombia

Now there's a handsome fella! I'm gonna make sideburns like these my new summer project.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Boat #295, Back in Brunei

The little tugboat in this stamp, roughly the size of a pin head, is probably the smallest boat in my stamp collection.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Boat #297, Solomon Islands

I wish the Argo livery in Ann Arbor rented out canoes like this.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Boat #299, Montserrat

Our first visit to Montserrat, a British territory in the Caribbean.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Boat #300, Greece

Greece really surprised me with their strong showing against Nigeria in their World Cup match yesterday. So in honor of their performance Greece has earned a bonus day on 365 Boats.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Boat #302, Chile

Good luck to Chile today in their opening World Cup match.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Boat #303, East Germany

A nice stamp, but I especially like the cancellation.

Boat #304, Haiti

Today's boat comes from a great series of pirate themed Haitian stamps.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Boat #305, The Put-in-Bay Burns on Lake St. Clair, Michigan

So today's boat is not a stamp, I know. It is, though, a fairly accurate depiction of how my week has gone.


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Boat #306, United States - Soccer and Tea

Today the United States plays England in their first match of the 2010 World Cup. Naturally I thought it appropriate to find a boat stamp featuring the home team stickin' it to the British. And no, this stamp does not reflect my current politics.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Boat #307, Cook Islands

The Cook Islands natives cheerfully greet their old buddies, the British. I'm sure this ends well. I wonder what wikipedia has to say about this meeting?...

The first recorded landing on Rarotonga (the main island) by Europeans was in 1814 by the Cumberland; trouble broke out between the sailors and the Islanders and many were killed on both sides.

I'll have to check my collection to see if there's a stamp depicting this same scene but five minutes later. I'm guessing not.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Boat #308, Bermuda

I could really use a day in Bermuda...

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Boat #310, Czechoslovakia

This is one of my all time favorite boat stamps. In fact, it's part of a four stamp series, each of which is fantastic.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Boat #316, Brunei

I can't even tell you how many emails have flooded into 365 Boats asking: When are we going to Brunei? Well, our long wait is over—we have arrived. Brunei gets my vote for the best official name. Brunei's complete name is: Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace. Wishful thinking most likely, but still nice.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boat #317, Pitcairn Islands

For such a tiny place the Pitcairn Islands have an impressive postal catalogue. As of 2008 the official population of Pitcairn was only 50. 50! Pitcairn is the least populated and most remote jurisdiction in the world. There are plenty more fun facts about Pitcairn, but I think we'll save them for a future visit.