Sunday, 15 November 2009

POSTCARD FROM USA

This postcard came from Michigan sent by my frien James. Point Iroquois Lighthouse is located 5 miles west of Brimley, Michigan, at the entrance to the St. Mary's River from Lake Superior. Established in 1855 and operated by the Lighthouse Service (which became part of the US Coast Guard in 1939), the 65 ft (20 m) round brick white tower with lantern and gallery black continued in service until 1962. The two-floor rectangular brick house which provided living space for three lighthouse keepers, houses nowadays a museum and a gift shop.

The first class stamp issued in 2008 depicts one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War: the Liberty Bell, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In USA this cracked bell is a familiar symbol of independence and has been described as an icon of liberty and justice. The definitive stamp “American Clock” features an artistic rendering of the dial, or face, of a banjo clock. Constructed of brass and steel in 1805, the banjo clock depicted on the stamp has a painted iron dial and a mahogany case crowned by a brass eagle. On April 28, 2009, the Postal Service reissued the Purple Heart definitive stamp with a 44-cent denomination.The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the President to those who have been wounded or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the U.S. military.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

COVER FROM SWEDEN

Sweden issued on May 14, 2009 a block with two stamps celebrating the bicentenary of birth of Louis Braille. The block named “Seeing with other eyes” features a finger reading braille and the alphabet embossed in Braille. This cover was sent by Gunilla from Stockholm.