Sunday, April 22, 2007

Greetings from The History Channel

NewsBlaze of Folsom, California reports that yesterday The History Channel kicked off a 10-part, weekly series that chronicles the unique histories of each of the 50 states. Each state profile will be introduced using one of the "Greetings from America" stamps, a pane of 50 stamps celebrating each of the 50 states.

According to the article, "The stamps made Postal Service history when issued in 2002. It was the first time ceremonies were held in the capitol of every state on the same day."

The Greetings from America stamps were illustrated by Lonnie Busch of Franklin, N.C. Busch's art was inspired by the retro "large letter" postcards that were used in the 1930s and '40s to advertise cities, states or tourist attractions. Bearing the legend "Greetings from," these retro postcards featured depictions of local scenes inside big letters that spelled out the name of the place or attraction.

The stamps combine flora, fauna and objects with local points of interest into collages (the Georgia peach, the Colorado Rockies, the dairy farms of Wisconsin, Mississippi steamboats, the beaches of Delaware).

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM