Sunday, May 13, 2018

Frogs from the Netherlands

A pair of stamps from a recent sheet featuring reptiles and amphibians from in the Netherlands. On the right is a Moor Frog. The males can turn blue for a few days during the mating season. The stamp on the left is a garlic or common spadefoot toad. When frightened, these toads can secrete a substance that smells like garlic.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Norway 100 Years of History FDC

A set of five Norwegian stamps from 2005 highlight key events during 100 years of Norwegian History. From left to right, top to bottom:
  • The swearing in of King Haakon VII on 27 November 1905 after the separation of Norway and Sweden
  • The return from exile of Crown Prince Olav in 1945, after the liberation of Norway.
  • The official launch of Norwegian Television in 1960
  • Opening of the Ekofisk Oil Field in the North Sea in 1971
  • Norway's 2-1 win over Brazil in the 1998 World Cup group stage which secured them a spot in the knockout stage. Their best World Cup finish so far.