Bridge Stamp from Monaco
The first stamp issued by the Principality of Monaco was issued in the year 1865.
Joining the French Army as a volunteer during the Second World War, H.S.H. Prince Rainier III was mentioned in Brigade Orders with the award of the War Cross and in 1947 He received the Cross of the Legion of Honor, military division. In 1949, He succeeded His grandfather, Prince Louis II, to the throne.
On April 18, 1956, Prince Rainier married Miss Grace Patricia Kelly, who was born in Philadelphia on November 12, 1929. Their three children are: H.S.H. Princess Caroline, born in Monaco on January 23, 1957, H.S.H. Prince Albert, Heir to the Throne, Marquis of Baux, born in Monaco on March 14, 1958, and H.S.H. Princess Stephanie, born in Monaco on February 1, 1965.
During His 56-year reign, Prince Rainier maintained Monaco’s political, economical and social stability and transformed this idyllic Riviera holiday spot into a thriving international financial, business, cultural and sports center and premier luxury tourist destination. He initiated many innovative infrastructure policies and oversaw the Principality's unique geographical extension and its exceptional economic development. In 1958, He opened up Monte-Carlo’s seaboard and in 1965 launched the land reclamation project that extended Monaco’s territory by 20 percent. Other major infrastructure projects included the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, a state-of-the-art conference and cultural center and the transformation of Port Hercule with a unique, semi-floating breakwater, installed in 2002, which allows for increased capacity and the docking of larger cruise ships. Light manufacturing and hi-tech commercial businesses found a home in the new Fontvieille district, bringing diversity to the Principality’s economy. These economic advances continue to ensure Monaco’s citizens and residents receive substantial social and cultural benefits.
In 1996 a museum became accessible to the general public. This museum opened its doors in 1996 to show off H.S.H. Prince Rainier III's magnificent private collection of Stamps and Coins. Of modern design, it contains, in two specially laid-out rooms, rare philatelic items from the postal history of the Principality as well as the documents (models, hallmark proofs, color tests…), which have been used to print the stamps since the first “Charles III” in 1885 up to the present day.
Also on display, a copperplate rotary press used for printing Monégasque stamps for 60 years that was offered by the French postal Administration; a video presents the history of Monégasque philately and all stages involved in creating a stamp up to the point of marketing. The space reserved for coins, bank notes and commemorative medals demonstrates to visitors the numismatic quality of the Principality since 1640.
Resolutely turned towards the future, the Museum also has a multimedia area where all Monégasque coins and stamps can be examined. Source: http://www.visitmonaco.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/page.viewpage/pageid/184.
The fifth Olympiad in 1976 was held in Monte Carlo along with the 22nd Bermuda Bowl - the first and only occasion when both were staged in the same year. The double event was needed to bring the timing right for a new scheduling of WBF competitions.
The 1976 format was a straight round robin of 16-board matches between 45 competing nations: there was no semi-final or final. The last round was dramatic: Italy, who had seemed almost home, lost unexpectedly to Greece 17-3; whilst Brazil, who had seemed headed for fourth place, scored a surprise 'blitz' over Canada, bringing them to the top of the table. The Brazilian team was Pedro-Paulo Assumpcao, Sergio Barbosa, Marcelo Branco, Gabriel Chagas, Gabriel Cintra, Christiano Fonseca. Italy was second, with Great Britain third and Poland fourth.
Thus the Vanderbilt Trophy went to the Western Hemisphere for the first time, whilst Brazil became the first NCBO outside Zones 1 and 2 to win an Open teams championship. At the same time Poland became the first nation from Eastern Europe to achieve prominence in any WBF event.
In the Women's Series, Italy, consisting of Marisa Bianchi, Luciana Capodanno, Marisa d'Andrea, Rina Jabes, Antonietta Robaudo, and Anna Valenti, retained their crown, finishing ahead of Great Britain and the USA in the 21-nation field.