Monday, April 19, 2010

An awesome registered cover from USA!

Good day! Sharing with you today is this awesome US$14.16 registered cover sent by an eBayer from the United States of America!
The first stamp from the left was issued in 1972. This stamp features, Tom Sawyer, the famous character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He also appears in three other novels by Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896).
Next, we have a pair of 32c stamps featuring the social reformer Father Padre Felix Varela. The stamps were issued on 15th September 1997.

In the early 1820s, Varela concentrated his efforts on helping poor minorities living in New York City, and founded nurseries and orphanages for the children of poor widows. He organized the New York Catholic Temperance Association, and virtually lived in hospitals while caring for cholera victims during an epidemic in 1832. As a result of his abilities and dedication, Varela was named Vicar General of the New York diocese.

Varela also founded the first Spanish newspaper in the U.S., publishing articles about human rights injustices suffered by minorities, as well as essays on religious tolerance, cooperation between English and Spanish speaking communities, and the importance of education.

Before coming to the U.S., Varela, who was born in 1788, was named Professor of Philosophy of the Seminary of San Carlos in Havana, Cuba, where he quickly distinguished himself as a great educator. During his professional career, Varela introduced numerous innovations in teaching and defending the principle - then considered strange - of giving women the same education as men.

Varela spent his last years in the city of St. Augustine, Fla., where he retired due to illness. He died in 1853, but his legacy endures, as two foundations named in his honor carry out his work in Miami and New York.

Issued on June 6, 1991, the United States Postal Service promoted its sponsorship of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team with a "domestic express mail stamp." The stamp design features a Bald Eagle and the Olympic Rings. The high face value of this stamp met the rate for overnight 8-ounce delivery to anywhere in the U.S. The 1992 Summer Olympic Games were held in Barcelona, Spain.
The 56c stamp was issued on 3rd Sept 1986 in honor of John Harvard (1607 – 1638). He was an English pastor and first benefactor of the college that was named Harvard College in his honor. John Harvard directed that half his money, along with his library, be given to the recently created school. His gift assured its continued operation. The Harvard Bridge is named after him, as is the John Harvard Library in Southwark, London.
The stamp with the American Flag and skyscraper was issued in 1999. The top extreme right stamp depicts William Jennings Bryan. It was issued on 19th May 1986.

William Jennings Bryan (1860 – 1925) was the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 1896, 1900 and 1908, a lawyer, and the 41st United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson. He was noted for a deep, commanding voice. Bryan was a devout Presbyterian, a supporter of popular democracy, a critic of banks and railroads, a leader of the silverite movement in the 1890s, a leading figure in the Democratic Party, a peace advocate, a prohibitionist, an opponent of Darwinism, and one of the most prominent leaders of populism in the late 19th and early 20th century. Because of his faith in the goodness and rightness of the common people, he was called "The Great Commoner."
One of America's favorite backyard birds, cardinals are distinctive in appearance and song - known for their "cheer cheer cheer," "whit-chew whit-chew" and "purty purty purty" whistles.
The cardinal is the state bird of 7 states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. The stamps were issued in 1991.

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