Historical Floods – from Philatelic Records

“The self-righteous “climate justice warriors” who want the world to stop using ‘fossil fuels,’ are simply fossil fools!”
– Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser


Historical Floods – from Philatelic Records

Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

Not very long ago, written communications were in the form of postal mail, like letters to your love, postcards to everyone else, and so on. The Universal Postal Union, established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874, agreed to and ratified by nearly all countries in the world, is an expeditious system of moving the mountains of mail coming and going, across the entire globe.

One vital principle of that system was (and still is) proper postage. Initially, the postage stamps just depicted renditions of the ruler of the day, in different colors for the different postage rates. But, after a while, the postal services discovered that the little stamps could be made more meaningful by having pictures that were more relevant to the day.

That’s when philatelic exuberance got going. Many countries started to print postal stamps depicting all kinds of things, like birds, current events, inventions, plants, minerals, snails, you name it. And with that rapidly expanding variety of small pictures, a whole new genre of pastime activity came about – collecting stamps.

Collecting Postal Stamps

Throughout the 20th century, collecting stamps was a favored pastime of children and adults alike. And the number of countries, picture themes, time periods, and other collecting specializations skyrocketed with the demand. On top of that, the post office cancellations placed on mail, in various shapes and for various reasons in different colors also became of interest to collectors. In fact, those rarities are still in demand by serious collectors of historical events, to this date.

However, the philately of the past, unwittingly I think, has come to serve as unequivocal references to historic points of interest. Of those, I’d like to explore just one today, namely some historic floods that happened not too long ago and cannot be denied. Perhaps, Greta and her “climate change” activists need to be taught that in school – preferably in extra schooling hours during weekends.

Notable Floods in the 20th Century

If you believe that the “climate” has recently produced “never-seen-before” floods or other natural events of extraordinary proportions, then perhaps you should stop reading here. The reason is: It has happened many times before and will do so again, for sure. The only question is where and when.

Of course, the current mainstream media (MSM) would like to forget previous floods and other natural events – the terms “global warming” or “climate change” had not yet been invented at those earlier days in the 20th century. That’s why it is of much interest today to look at some philatelic history, depicted on postal stamps from all over the world. Many of those postal stamps carried surcharges, generally at the same amount of the postage value, collected with the stamp purchase and to be forwarded to relief organizations of the day. Let’s look at some historic examples.

Austria and Liechtenstein

The Austrian postal service published a whole series of the then common stamps series with the overprint “Hochwasser, 1920.” The term “Hochwasser,” of course is German for ”High Water.”

This series of Austrian (a) stamps with overprint “Hochwasser, 1920” refers to the flooding along the River Danube in the winter of 1920/21. (b) A Principality of Liechtenstein stamp shows the flood of the River Rhine in 1927.

Germany and Australia

A small series of German (c) stamps with surcharges in special collectors’ format commemorates the historic flood of the River Saar on December 30, 1947, in the City of Saarbruecken, and collected funds for relief efforts. The city experienced a similar flood again in 1993. Figure (d) depicts a 2005 Australian stamp with a not-so-far-hopping “roo,” intended to encourage donations for flood relief in Australia.

The few examples above are just a small selection of many stamps issued for various relief efforts. The website http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/dev/hillger/flood.htm has a long list of postal stamps, surcharges, and overprints related to flood relief and other relief efforts in many countries. Of course, many big floods never made it into philatelic history at all.

The Take-Home Message

Clearly, floods are nothing new. Every winter and spring, between snowmelt and seasonal rains, the flows in many rivers rise strongly. Every once in a while, a “100-year” or even “1,000-year” event happens.

Despite all claims by the MSM (and some politicians), such floods are nothing new, nor in any way related to “carbon” emissions from using carbon-type fuels — the numerous historic records are clear evidence of that.

Regardless of their age, the self-righteous “climate justice warriors” who claim that such events are caused by “carbon” and, therefore, want the world to stop using “fossil fuels,” are simply fossil fools!


Dr Klaus L E KaiserDr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com

4 thoughts on “Historical Floods – from Philatelic Records”

  1. I only refer to https://edberry.com/blog/climate-physics/agw-hypothesis/human-co2-emissions-have-little-effect-on-atmospheric-co2/?__s=ezyb61pz845dps3bb3j2 . People I spoke to can’t get the point that the UN is misusing the religious feelings people have and in their slipstream the so called green politicians. Green politicians c.s. are divinely convinced they are right and have the right to put high taxation on all people and they will never withdraw that claims on taxation for ‘changing the climate’. Doing their utmost for the wrong thoughts is the objective they have. It also has consequences for the administration of justice as the UN is used as the authority for truthness.

  2. on abc radio in australia this afternoon a “scientist” of the meterological persuasion actually STATED clearly that the satt records only being around from the 70s were NOT in any way evidence or use enough to be able to claim AGW As affecting anything.( the discussion by the socialist leaning abc was trying to scare up panic over lesser but stronger cyclones travelling lower down our coastlines and hitting the posher folks in less well built homes..and that press releases on worst scenario modelling werent something he would base work on.
    almost choked on my coffee! needless to say the interviewer was a bit flummoxed and the interview ended.

  3. Quote: The Austrian postal service published a whole series of the then common stamps series with the overprint “Hochwasser, 1920.” The term “Hochwasser,” of course is German for”High Water.”
    The world climate from 1880 to 1940 was affected by a long period of tepid/cold weather called a Gleissberg period. At least 3 cycles SC11 to 13 were affected by shallow Angular Momentum solar trefoil orbits of the Sun around the Solar System BarryCentre.
    The out of the cycle is much reduced compare to SC20 but higher than the GSM Dalton SC5 and SC6 and the modern GSM cycles SC24 and its following predicted cycle of SC25.
    The majority of the currently establish weather records stem from the period, Cold in winter, heat in summer, snow and rainfall. Thames freezing as far at Richmond 1903, Death Valley record temperature, US dust bowel heat. All caused by meridional Jetstream activity, and SAW event caused by long lasting coronial holes in the Sun’s atmosphere, w ith the worst of the events during the solar minimum period between cycles, just like now.

  4. Just to make a point my garden bird bath is 4 inches deep, since 7th of June to today 15th June I have emptied twice, roughly 8″ of rain in what is supposed to be “Flaming” June.
    Timed winter night time heating has been on for the last 5 days, outside temperatures 10 C.
    All caused by a blocked low pressure system dragging wet Atlantic air from Greenland and Iceland. Low blocked by a massive High over Eastern Europe generating High summer temperatures, as usual with another cold High over Greenland maintaining the Ice Cap growth.
    Most UK rivers are at Winter flood levels.

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