Wednesday, June 08, 2011

First day cover from USA

I have received through the CCCC a very nice fist day cover from the USA that I would like to share with you today.




The two large stamps have been issued on the 12th of April 2011. These two stamps are the first part of a series that will run through 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. Two stamps are going to be issued each year.
Both stamps on the cover picture battles that took place in 1861 at the beginning of the war. The one on the right side commemorate Fort Sumter battle. Fort Sumter that is located in South Carolina was the place of a battle that marked the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861. The stamp is a reproduction of a “Currier & Ives” lithograph, circa 1861, titled "Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor."
The one on the left side pictures the First Bull Run battle that was fought on the 21st of July 1861 and was the bloodiest battle in American history up to that point. The stamp is a reproduction of a 1964 painting by Sidney E. King titled "The Capture of Rickett’s Battery."
The stamps are issued in the form of a souvenir sheet containing twelve stamps (six of each design) as shown below on the picture coming form USPS website.

The first day ceremony was held in Charleston, SC. The postmark design, which features a shield containing stripes, a single star, and the date "1861." Was inspired by corps badges and military insignia.
To be noted that both stamps are “forever” stamps, i.e. with no denomination and valid forever for a one-ounce letter (forever stamps have been introduced in 2007 in USA for definitive stamps and have been extended to commemorative stamps this year only).

The last stamp on the cover is part of the American Design series. It was issued in January 2003. The same design was reused in 2006 and 2010. The stamp features an artistic rendering of a banjo clock. Constructed of brass and steel, the banjo clock depicted on the stamp was made by Simon Willard (1753-1848) a famous clock maker.

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