Here I would like to share with you a beautiful cover from Livorno in Italy! This was sent by fellow blogger Riccardo. Thank You!
The stamp on the front cover shows a portrait of Charles Darwin, commemorating the bicentennial of his birth. This stamp was issued on 12th Feb 2009 and cancelled by a first day of issue postmark! I think the postmark depicts the Fortezza Vecchia (old fortress) built between 1521 & 1534. It is one of the well-known icons in Livorno.
Back to the stamp, Charles Darwin (12th Feb 1809 – 19th Apr 1882) was an English naturalist who realized and demonstrated that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection. The fact that evolution occurs became accepted by the scientific community and much of the general public in his lifetime, while his theory of natural selection came to be widely seen as the primary explanation of the process of evolution in the 1930s, and now forms the basis of modern evolutionary theory. In modified form, Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, providing logical explanation for the diversity of life.