Thursday, December 3, 2009

An awesome English cover!

Received in the mail today this awesome cover from Great Britain!
In 1990, Glasgow celebrated its status as the European Capital of Culture. The European Capital of Culture is a city designated by the European Union for a period of one calendar year during which it is given a chance to showcase its cultural life and cultural development.

The European Capital of Culture was a magnificent success for Glasgow. It was a ground-breaking event, which further transformed the city’s image. Unlike its predecessors, its vast cultural programme was scheduled to run throughout the entire calendar year, not just for a few months. On 6th March 1990, British Post did its part by issuing a set of four beautiful commemorative stamps entitled "Glasgow 1990 European City of Culture" for its Europa series. These stamps depict Alexandra Palace (20p), Glasgow School of Art (20p), British Philatelic Bureau, Edinburgh (29p) & Templeton Carpet Factory (37p) respectively.
Franked on the top right corner is an Europa stamp from the "International Events" series, issued on 7th April 1992. It depicts Santa Maria, one of the largest of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus in his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492. This stamp marked the 500th anniversary of discovery of America by Columbus. The rest of the 3 stamps show British Olympic Association Logo (24p), British Paralympic Association Symbol (24p), Kaisei (39p) & British Pavilion, EXPO 92 Seville (39p). Next, we have 2 stamps from the "British Gardens" series, issued on 24th August 1993 and "Jane Austen" series, issued on 22th October 1975.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist, whose realism, biting social commentary and use of free indirect speech have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. The stamps depict four of her works; Emma and Mr Woodhouse (Emma); Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey); Mr Darcy (Pride and Prejudice) & Mary and Henry Crawford (Mansfield Park).

Last but not least, is a commemorative stamp to mark the 150th birth anniversary of English novelist, Thomas hardy (1840-1928). It was issued on 10th July 1990.

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