Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday Stamps - Sunrise/Sunset

Today's sunday stamps theme is the sun on or close to the horizon. I am featuring 2 stamps that I have in my possession, but have yet to use.



For the rest of today's Sunday Stamp Sunscenes, go here


USPS tends to release stamps that celebrate the existence of each state on their 50th, 100th, 150th etc anniversaries.


Louisiana was admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812, a mere 9 years after the land was bought from Napoleon as part of the Louisiana purchase. A stamp celebrating its bicentenary was issued in 2012 featuring a photograph of the sun setting at Flat Lake taken by C C Lockwood, a Louisiana photographer.






The cost of priority mail went up on January 17 from $5.75 to $6.45. This warranted the issue of a new stamp for this rate. The stamp features La Cueva del Indio, a cave on the north coast of Puerto Rico. The cave is famous for its many petroglyphs, and is part of a Natural Reserve. The stamp artist is Dan Cosgrove. It doesn't specify in the stamp info, but based on the cave's location this would have to be a sunset as well.




You can see here the relative size of these stamps. The state stamp is the standard commemorative size.



10 comments:

  1. I guess for that large amount of postage one would appreciate a nice big stamp. Such a peaceful Louisiana scene on the other one.

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    1. It's also nice to be able to appreciate the scene in better detail.

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  2. The Louisiana stamps looks more natural to me that the other.
    The UK price for first class stamps is due to go up soon as well.

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    1. Fortunately first class (forever) stamps are holding at 49c at the moment, although there is legal action pending that may result in a decrease, probably to 47c or 48c in April.

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  3. wow, that is a huge increase of the postage...even if it is priority mail we are talking about =/

    both stamps are gorgeous...and I agree with Bob, the Louisiana one looks more natural.

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    1. The Louisiana stamp is from a photo. The style of the La Cueva del Indio stamp fits with the other stamps in this series.

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  4. I love your choice of stamps.

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    1. Thanks. I really need to find something that works well with the Louisiana stamp.

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  5. At first sight the stamps showing palm trees reflected in the water attracts my attention most. But realizing the other one is a painting makes me watcvh with admiration. A beauty, too!

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    1. I like them both for similar reasons. I think the trees are called bald cypress trees, preferring to grow near swamps and rivers. The bald cypress is also the state tree of Louisiana.

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