Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A great cover from USA!

Good day! Another great cover from the United States to share with you guys.

The 2 awesome stamps franked on the top right of this cover belong to United States Postal Service's latest definitive series entitled "Scenic American Landscapes". It is my opinion that this is one of the most beautiful definitive series ever issued by USPS.

The international 75-cent stamp, issued in 2006 features a photograph of the Great Smoky Mountains at sunset, taken by David Muench of Santa Barbara, California. This view from Clingmans Dome includes portions of both North Carolina and Tennessee. Encompassing approximately 800 square miles of mountainous terrain in both North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is renowned for the diversity of the plant and animal life found along some 800 miles of hiking trails. Also found in the park are structures that represent the Southern Appalachian mountain culture of the settlers who once lived in the area.

Next is another international rate stamp with a 98-cent denomination. This time depicting Grand Teton National Park located in northwestern Wyoming. The photograph was taken from the Snake River Overlook at dawn by Dennis Flaherty. The park is named after the Grand Teton, which, at 4,197 m, is the tallest mountain in the Teton Range. This stamp was issued on 28th June 2009.

Franked on the second row, left, we have a commemorative stamp featuring Dag Hammarskjold. It was issued in 1961.

Dag Hammarskjold was a Swedish government official who served as the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1953 until his untimely death in 1961. Hammarskhold worked hard to defuse the tensions in the Middle East. He established the UN Emergency Force, which was utilized as peacekeepers after the Suez Crisis of 1956.
His last challenge was the Congo Crisis which began in 1960. Hammarskjold sent in a UN Emergency Force to help keep the peace. When UN personnel came under attack he flew to Congo to negotiate a cease-fire. He was killed when his plane crashed, under circumstances never fully explained. After his death he received the Nobel Peace Prize, the first person to receive it posthumously.

Last but not least, we have a 5-cent stamp marking the 50th anniversary of Indiana's admission into the Union. It was issued on April 16, 1966, in Corydon, Indiana, the state's first capital.

The stamp is based on a commemorative seal designed by Paul Wehr of Indianapolis for the sesquicentennial observance. Indiana was the 19th state to gain admission to the Union, as symbolized by the cluster of brown stars.

That's all folks. See you again soon!

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