Category Archives: European History

Philately and the Modern Era Olympics

Philately and the modern day Olympics have a symbiotic relationship starting with the first modern day Games held in Athens in 1896 when Greece issued a series of stamps to mark the occasion. These stamps actually contributed to the financial … Continue reading

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The historical city of Pecs

Pécs is a city with a long and colorful history originally founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Over the years the city has been occupied by the Turks and later inhabited by the Germans resulting in the cultural history … Continue reading

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Hungarian Occupation Issues of 1918 – 1920

*UPDATE:* Limited stock of Brainard’s catalog (Brainard Hungarian Occupation Stamp Catalog) is currently available in our online store. One of the most complex and interesting eras of philatelic history in Europe is the post World War I period in Hungarian history. The years between … Continue reading

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The Chain Bridge (“Lanchid”)

The Széchenyi Chain Bridge, or ‘Lanchid’, as it is known in Hungarian, was the first permanent bridge across the Danube river in Budapest. It links the west side of Buda with the east side of Pest.  In 1848,  after the … Continue reading

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Heroes Square and Millenium Monument

Heroes Square (“Hosok Tere” in Hungarian) is a site of great importance in Budapest and is the topic of several stamps depicting both the Square and the Millennium Monument. The monument construction was started in 1896 and completed in the … Continue reading

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