Alfred Hajos- First Olympic Gold Medallist in Swimming 1896 – Post Card of Hungary

Alfred Hajos- First Olympic Gold Medallist in Swimming 1896 – Post Card of Hungary

Alfred Hajos- Guttmann (01 Feb 1878 – 12 Nov 1955) was born in Budapest, Hungary. He was a Hungarian Swimmer and Architect. He was named Alfred Guttmann on birth. He lost his father when he was 13 years old. His father drowned in the Danube and died. He took Hajos (meaning Sailor in Hungarian ) after that. In 1896, he was an architect student and initially did not get permission to miss classes and participate in the Olympics. However managed to convince his dean and entered for all three Swimming events at Olympics i,e. 100 M Freestyle, 500 M Freestyle and 1200 M Freestyle. He won the 100 m freestyle -the First Swimming event- and dropped out of 500 m freestyle due to weather and water conditions. The Swimming events were held in Bay of Zea in the Mediterranean as no Pool was built. He won the 1200 metres freestyle also. He thus became the First modern Olympics Swimming Gold Medallist & First Hungarian Olympics Swimming Gold Medallist.

He returned to 1924 Paris Olympics as an art Competition participant and won a Silver Medal with his partner Dezso Lauber in architect. He thus became only one of two athletes to win medals in Olympics Sports and art competitions.

He was awarded the Olympic Diploma of Merit by IOC in 1953. He was also made a member of International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame He built the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex on Margaret Island on the Danube in Budapest where a large number of International Swimming events have been held.

A Post Card was issued by Hungary to honour this great Hungarian Swimmer & Sportsman.

HUNGARY POST CARD OLYMPICS SWIMMING
HUNGARY POST CARD ALFRED HAJOS – FIRST OLYMPICS SWIMMING CHAMPION

Fish from Lake Peipsi – Stamps of Estonia 2000

Fish from Lake Peipsi – Stamps of Estonia 2000.

Lake Peipsi is the largest transboundary Lake in Europe, forms boundary between Russia and Estonia. Estonia issued a set of stamps as a Joint issue with Russia. A sheet contains 12 pairs with a label in between. The stamps feature Fishes from Lake Peipsi. The fishes are European Smelt, Vendace, Zander and Whitefish. The stamps were issued on 25 Oct 2000. A Pair with is listed.

FISHES
STAMPS OF ESTONIA ON FISHES 2000

 

Stamps on Famous People – EUROPA 1980 – Portugal

Stamps on Famous People – EUROPA 1980 – Portugal

The Theme for 1980 EUROPA stamps was famous people. 32 Countries of Europe issued 67 stamps. Portugal issued two stamps on 14 Apr 1980 on famous people. The explorers featured on Stamps are

16$ – Serpa Pinto (1846-1900). He was Portuguese explorer of Africa.

60$ – Vasco -De-Gama (1469-1524) .He was the first explorer who navigated from Portugal around Cape of Good Hope to India.

A Sheetlet with two se-tenant pairs is listed.

PORTUGAL EUROPA 1980 FAMOUS PEOPLE VASCO
PORTUGAL EUROPA 1980 FAMOUS PEOPLE – VASCO de GAMA & SERPA PINTO

 

Stamps on Tourism by Israel -1989

Stamps on Tourism by Israel -1989

Israel issued four stamps on Tourism on 12 Mar 1989. The stamps feature Sea destinations of Israel.

40 agora – Red Sea       60 agora – Dead Sea    70 agora -Mediterranean Sea

1.7 Shekel – Sea of Galilea.

ISRAEL TOURISM
STAMPS OF ISRAEL ON TOURISM 1989

Stamps on Tourism – Beaches of Bangladesh 1980

Stamps on Tourism – Beaches of Bangladesh 1980

A World Tourism Conference was held in 1980 in Manila. Bangladesh issued a miniature sheet and two se-tenant stamps on Beaches of Bangladesh on 27 Sep 1980.

BANGLADESH TOURISM DAY BEACHES
BANGLADESH TOURISM DAY BEACHES -1980

Slovenia stamps on Traditional Costumes

Slovenia stamps on Traditional Costumes

Slovenia has been issuing stamps on Traditional costumes every year on different regions.We are listing a few of them.

30 Jan 2009 – National Costume from Bela Krajina. This region lies in the far south-east of Slovenia, along the river Kolpa and bordering Croatia. It is famous for white birches and white national costumes. It is Pannonian type costumes.

29 Jan 2010 – Costumes of Prekmurje region. It is the northernmost corner of Slovenia lies along river Mura. The Costumes of this region are Pannonian type -white linen fabric.

SLOVENIA COSTUMES
SLOVENIA COSTUMES on STAMPS -PANNONIAN TYPE-2009-10

 

Miniature Sheet on World Cities Hong Kong – San Marino 1997

Miniature Sheet on World Cities Hong Kong – San Marino 1997

San Marino issued a miniature sheet on the theme World Cities . The Miniature sheet was issued on 12 Feb 1997 and featured Hong Kong as it was in 1897 and now in 1997.

SAN MARINO 1997 WORLD CITIES HK
SAN MARINO 1997 WORLD CITIES HONG KONG