Prior to the North German Confederation, German States stamps were issued by most of the separate Germanic kingdoms, duchies, free-cities, etc. of Northern Europe. The Grand Duchy of Baden was a state in the southwest German Empire on the east bank of the Rhine. The State of Baden came into existence since the 12th Century. However, the Grand Duchy of Baden came into existence in 1806 It became a republic for a while in 1849, following the German uprisings of 1848, but Prussia intervened, and the Grand Duchy was restored. With the advent of postage stamps and new postal administrations, Grand Duchy of Baden also issued stamps. Though less in number, the handful stamps of Baden give a peek into the history of Baden. Get ready to explore the small and sweet Duchy of the stamps of Baden. Continue reading Stamps of Baden
Makar Sankranti is a festival held across India under a variety of names to honor the God of the sun, Surya. Though often relegated to a secondary position relative to the three prominent Hindu deities – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, Surya was a key figure in the ancient Hindu texts, the Vedas, and is the subject of one of the most repeated texts of Hindu liturgy, the Gayatri Mantra. Many devout Hindus chant this mantra daily as a part of their morning ritual.
Postage Stamp Paper is made of an organic material composed of a compacted weave of cellulose fibers which is generally formed into sheets. Paper used to print postage stamps may be manufactured in sheets or it may have been part of a large roll (called a web) before being cut to size. The fibers most often used to create postage stamp paper include bark, wood, straw and certain grasses. In many cases, linen or cotton rags have been added for greater strength and durability. Grinding, bleaching, cooking and rinsing these raw fibers reduce them to a slushy pulp, referred to by paper makers as “stuff.” Sizing and sometimes, coloring matter is added to the pulp to make different types of finished paper.
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