Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Boat #229, Mozambique (Bonus Stamp!)

Yesterday I spent the whole day on the beach at Lake Huron. I saw lots of great freighters on their way north to the Mackinac Straits, and plenty of small sailboats coming from Port Huron and Sarnia too. It was a nice day, but I kind of forgot to update 365 Boats. Hence we have this bonus boat. I really like this boat. Though small, it bears a striking resemblance to my boat in Jonathan.

Boat #230, New Zealand

The only non-U.S. stamp in my collection that honors the Great Lakes. Thanks New Zealand!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Boat #235, Martinique

Doesn't this stamp just make you want to hunt for buried treasure?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Boat #237, China - Lighthouse Week

Like yesterday, today's lighthouses don't include any boats. So first, let's get boat #237 out of the way...
And now, to close out the week, a really nice, colorful set depicting the lighthouses of China...




Thursday, August 19, 2010

Boat #238, Sierra Leone

This lighthouse stamp, though quite lovely, does not include a seagoing vessel, and therefore does not qualify as boat #238. So after some digging, I found the stamp below—the only boat stamp in my collection hailing from Sierra Leone.

Can I just say, the British Empire's insistence on slapping the disembodied head of a monarch on every stamp from every one of their territories and colonies is, quite frankly, kind of creepy.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Boat #239, American Shoals Florida and West Quoddy Head Maine

Another lighthouse (with a bonus Coast Guard boat) from the same set as yesterday's close up of the Hatteras lighthouse.

And also, this classic candy stripe lighthouse from West Quoddy Head, Maine.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Boat #240, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina - Lighthouse Week

A nice little scene from Cape Hatteras National Seashore. There are actually two more stamps in this block that I'm missing. Luckily, the Lighthouse Stamp Society (yes, that is a real thing) has every lighthouse stamp ever printed up on their website. Here is the link to the complete stamp block:
http://www.lighthousestampsociety.org/webstamps/uns1448.jpg

As I was lighthouse hunting this week I came across this view of the Hatteras lighthouse too:
There'll be more from this stamp set tomorrow.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Boat #241, Jersey - Announcing the Commencement of Lighthouse Week

All this week, in addition to the usual boats, we'll be visiting lighthouses of the world. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Boat #244, Cuba

Cuba. Or, as Erin says, The Repooblica of Coobica.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Boat #245, St. Pierre and Miquelon

St. Pierre and Miquelon is a group of small islands off the coast of Newfoundland. The territory is the last remnant of the former colonial empire of New France that is still under French control.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Boat #248, The Republic of Guinea (With Bonus Lighthouse)

Perhaps we'll have a week soon where each boat comes with a bonus lighthouse stamp. That sounds fun, eh?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Boat #250, Another Day in Iceland

Maybe because of all the heat and humidity we've had to endure in Michigan this summer, a second day in Iceland just feels right.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Boat #252, Penrhyn - Northern Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are made up of 15 small islands, 9 in a southern group and 6 in a northern group. This stamp comes from a nice 15 part set in which each stamp is dedicated to a different island—in this case, Penrhyn.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Boat #253, Nauru

Don't know anything about Nauru? Check out this excellent episode from the This American Life archive at:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/253/The-Middle-of-Nowhere

This is from their teaser:

Nauru is a tiny island, population 12,000, a third of the size of Manhattan and far from anywhere: yet at the center of several of the decade's biggest global events. Contributing editor Jack Hitt tells the untold story of this dot in the middle of the Pacific and its involvement in the bankrupting of the Russian economy, global terrorism, North Korean defectors, the end of the world, and the late 1980s theatrical flop of a London musical based on the life of Leonardo da Vinci called Leonardo, A Portrait of Love. (30 minutes)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Boat #256, Uruguay

It amazes me sometimes how a little stamp like this, issued over 100 years ago, can survive in such great shape.