The cover above was sent in
of 1955 by Thailand Stamp Dealer; H. C. Teng
to Albert Gold in East
Greenwich, Rhode Island. Mr. Gold lived on an
route and was undoubtedly a stamp collector.
The Cover was sent via airmail and is franked with three 1.25
baht "400th Anniversary of King Naresuan"
issues, (the elephant stamps - issued in
1955) and a 1.15 baht King Bhumibol definitive
stamp issued on February 15, 1951.
Bhumibol was the reigning monarch and ascended the throne in 1946.)
Kingdom of Thailand
Siam) is located in the center of
mainland Southeast Asia with Laos to the
north and east, Cambodia to the southeast and Myanmar
to the west. The capital and chief port city is Bangkok.
Thailand was called Siam until 1939.
chief religion is Buddhism and it is
considered the National Religion. There is also a sizable Muslim
population and a small Hindu population concentrated in the
central region. Under the current
constitution; the King is the Head of State
and Head of the Armed Forces. He is considered to be Sacred
and rules with the advice and consent of the National Assembly. The King
also appoints the Prime Minister.
Tai speaking people originated in the area of Northern
Vietnam and spread out from there about 1000
years ago. The first Tai Kingdom,
(Sukhothai) was established in
the mid 13th century when a local Tai ruler led a revolt
against the Khymer Empire. In 1767 a Tai
military commander established the Kingdom of Siam
and in 1782 he was overthrown and succeeded by
his military commander, Chao Phraya Chakri who ruled as "Rama
I." Rama I was the first of the Chakri
dynasty, which still rules Thailand today.
of my favorite movies was "The King and I"
starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. The
book and movie are based on the life of King Mongkut
IV) and the Englishwoman Anna
Leonowens who was the tutor to the King's
book was overly romanticized,
highly inaccurate, did not depict the reality of court life or depict
the King as he actually lived. King Mongkut was over 60 years old when
Anna arrived and was highly literate in several languages including
Bhumibol, (the definitive
stamp at lower left of cover)
succeeded to the throne on June 9, 1946 after his older
brother, Ananda Mahidol was found shot to death.
He was married to Princess Sirikit Kitiyakara in 1950
and was formally crowned on May 5th of that
year. He was the ninth King of the Chakri Dynasty.
Gold was born in East Greenwich, Rhode
island on February 17, 1906
died in December 1972.