Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Three cards - USA -Finland-Argentina

Hello again.Three cards to highlight today. First a card from the U.S., California in fact. The card shows and tells us a lot of information about California. We learn the State Flower, the State Slogan, the State Bird and see the State Flag. Not bad for a single card . This card is from a Postcrosser and she used 3 wonderful and very recent stamps. The Edgar Allan Poe stamp on the left was issued Jan 16th of this year. Poe was an American poet and short story writer, best known for mystery and the macabre. His works include The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Pitt and the Pendulum and The Premature Burial, all quite scary I'm sure. The middle stamp , issued Jan 8th is the Year of the Ox stamp for 2009. The stamp on the right was issued Feb 21st and commemorates civil rights pioneers. It is from a pane of 6 different stamps inscribed as follows: Civil Rights Pioneers, The courage of these men and women, leaders of the struggle for African-American civil rights , energized a movement that spanned generations. The pane, which is quite striking is designed to resemble a photographic montage. The stamp on my card commemorates Medgar Evers ( 1925-63) and Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-77).Evers was president of the Regional Council of Negro Leadership and later a field secretary in the NAACP. He was assassinated in his own driveway. His murder was not solved until more than 30 years later. Hamer led black voting registration drives in Mississippi. She is known for the quote " I am sick and tired of being sick and tired". The pane of 6 is one that I would certainly love to have in my collection.

The card from Finland , also sent by a Postcrosser, Riitta, shows a number of children frolicking in winter scenes. Scenes that are duplicated in many Northern countries, certainly Canada . Riitta used 3 stamps, the one on the left , from 2008 , issued in a set of 6 featuring water and landscape views. A little difficult to see from the small stamp, but when viewed from the set, it is quite nice. The middle stamp, issued in 2002, is from a set of 2 X 5 values featuring flowers. The last stamp , from 2005 was issued in a souvenir sheet of 4 , showing aspects of golf.

The last card for today is another card from Ushuaia, Argentina. Of course we all know that Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. The card has a beautiful picture of Ushuaia, between the Beagle Channel and the Fuegian Andes. The 1,318 meter high rocky formation known as Olivia Mount is a symbol of the end of the world's landscape. The card bears 5 of the same stamp, showing a beautiful view of Buenos Aires. Thanks to Martin Guardamgna of The Hotel Tolkeyen for this great card. This makes a number of cards that I have received from Ushuaia, 3 or 4 I think. I am still awaiting a card from Puerto Williams , Chile - the southernmost Town in the world. So come on all you readers from Puerto Williams, jump on the bandwagon and send me a card. Have your town and its claim to fame included in my collection. I'm also hoping for a card from Punta Arenas, Chile, the southernmost city on the South American continent.
I'm sure they will arrive, it's just a matter of time and that is something I have lots of.


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