Friday, May 7, 2010

A lovely cover from Portland, USA!

Here's a lovely American cover posted from Portland, USA by an eBayer.

The block of 4 stamps belongs to the 1982 "American Architecture" series. From left to right, top to bottom, they depict famous American architectures: Falling water in Pennsylvania, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Massachusetts' Gropius House and Washington Dulles International Airport. 1. Fallingwater, also known as the Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence, is a house designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The house was built partly over a waterfall in Bear Run at Rural Route 1 in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.
Hailed by Time magazine shortly after its completion as Wright's "most beautiful job,"it is also listed among Smithsonian magazine's Life List of 28 places "to visit before ...it's too late." Fallingwater was featured in Bob Vila's A&E Network production, Guide to Historic Homes of America. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the "best all-time work of American architecture" and in 2007, it was ranked twenty-ninth on the list of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.
2. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), commonly called Illinois Tech, is a private Ph.D.-granting university located in Chicago. The campus, roughly bounded between 31st and 35th streets, Michigan Avenue and the Dan Ryan Expressway, was designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, "one of the great figures of 20th-century architecture".
3. The Gropius House was the family residence of noted architect Walter Gropius at 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts.

The house caused a sensation when built. Every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity. Gropius carefully sited the house to complement its New England habitat on a rise within an orchard of 90 apple trees.
Set amid fields, forests, and farmhouses, the Gropius House mixes up the traditional materials of New England architecture (wood, brick, and fieldstone) with industrial materials such as glass block, acoustical plaster, and chrome banisters. The house structure consists of a traditional New England post and beam wooden frame, sheathed with white painted tongue and grove vertical siding. Traditional clapboards are used in the interior foyer, but are applied vertically. Striking as it is, the house was built with economy in mind, and total construction costs were $18,000.
4. Washington Dulles International Airport is a public airport located 40 km west of the central business district of Washington, D.C., in Dulles, Virginia. It serves the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The airport is named after John Foster Dulles, United States Secretary of State under Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Dulles main terminal is a well-known landmark designed by Eero Saarinen.

Lastly, we have a lovely stamp from the "American Revolution Bicentenary. Contributors to the Cause" series, issued in 1975. This stamp shows Peter Francisco carrying cannon.
Peter Francisco (1760 – 1831), known variously as the "Virginia Giant" or the "Giant of the Revolution", was an American patriot and soldier in the American Revolution. George Washington once said that Francisco's prowess directly enabled American victories in two battles, and went on to state the war might have even been lost without Francisco's participation.

Another 3 stamps featuring Sybil Ludington on Horseback (8c), Salem Poor loading musket (10c) and Haym Salomon writing in ledger (10c) make up a set.That's all folks! Enjoy ur weekend!

2 comments:

  1. I was only 3 years old when the USPS issued the Peter Francisco stamps. Two years later, my grandmother told me of his legendary prowess and that I am directly descended from him. I've now made it my life's mission to educate the world about Peter Francisco through dramatic impersonation and my novel Hercules of the Revolution (http://www.herculesoftherevolution.com). Thanks for reminding your readers of his contribution to American history!

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