Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cover from Christmas Island

Many thanks to Maryam Muhammad Irwan for this special Christmas postmarks cover posted from Christmas Island, Canada! I know it's a bit late but good things must share ;)
For over 17 years during Christmas season, the Christmas Island post office gets almost as busy as Santa's workshop. The amount of mail received at the office jumps almost 1,000% during the holidays.  The thousands of letters come from around the world from collectors and holiday enthusiasts anxious to get the official postmark from Christmas Island.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Beautification of America Cover

Once again, many thanks to Bryon Peterson for this beautiful cover posted from Sammamish, WA, USA!
On October 22, 2012, the United States Postal Service announced the issue of a souvenir Forever stamp sheet honoring Lady Bird Johnson (First Lady of the United States, 1963–69) a tribute to her legacy of beautifying the nation's roadsides, urban parks and trails. 

Five of the six stamps feature adaptations of stamps originally issued in the 1960s which promoted planting in public spaces. The sixth stamp features her official White House portrait, a painting of the First Lady in a yellow gown, by Elizabeth Shoumatoff. The stamps were dedicated on November 30, 2012 at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin

The five stamps (below) originally issued in the 1966 and 1969

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