Friday, May 8, 2009

Another beautiful cover from U.S.A!

Thanks very much to Jean Claude, who sent me this pleasant surprise from North Carolina, U.S.A! The 2 beautiful stamps franked on the right of this cover belong to a set of 15 stamps titled 'Cloudscapes', issued on 4th October 2004.
The stamps (from left to right, top to bottom) feature Cirrus radiatus, Cirrostratus fibratus, Cirrocumulus undulatus, Cumulonimbus mammatus, Cumulonimbus incus, Altocumulus stratiformis, Altostratus translucidus, Altocumulus undulatus, Altocumulus castellanus, Altocumulus lenticularis, Stratocumulus undulatus, Stratus opacus, Cumulus humilis, Cumulus congestus & Cumulonimbus with tornado. Simply awesome! Don't you think so?

Next, on the cover are 5 identical stamps featuring a Chippendale chair. It was issued in 2004 as part of a definitives series titled 'American Design' (2002-2007).

Reflecting the rich diversity of American design, the series showcases objects from various areas, regions and ethnic cultures that combine utility with beauty and function with form. The American Design series replaces the 1981-1995 Transportation series.

The stamps are Tiffany lamp (1c), Navajo necklace (2c), Silver coffeepot (3c), Chippendale chair (4c), American Toleware (5c) & American clock (10c).

This cover was postmarked on 27th April 2009 in Etowah, North Carolina and took 10 days to travel an estimated distance of 15,901kms!

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