Monday, 9 November 2015

A Postcard a Day - Monday 9 Nov 2015 Michigan map + beautiful stamps

Good Morning! Good Monday!

Monday is Map Day on this blog. I collect map cards and today I will show you a map of Michigan in the USA.
Michigan is in the north of the United Stated by the great lakes. There must have been many Dutch settlers in Michigan in the past as Patti (who sent me the card) writes: 'Did you know there is a Holland in Michigan? We have wooden shoes, windmills, tulips and traditional Dutch things.' She marked Holland on the map.

Info about Michigan (Wolverine State): It's the 26th state admitted to the Union. Capital - Lansing, Area - 58,216 sq miles, Population - 8,875,083 Motto - peninsulam amoenam circumspice. If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. Flower - Apple Blossom, Bird - Robin.

I have in fact two cards of Michigan. Here is the second:

 The picture of the building is the State Capitol, erected in 1879. It houses the legislative and administrative branches of state government. Visitors are welcome to tour the building located in Lansing.
The stamps on this one are beautiful. 

The Purple heart stamp features an American military decoration for members of the Armed Forces wounded or killed in action. It was established in 1782 and re-established in 1932. The figure in the heart is George Washington.

The stamp with the plant features Goldie's Wood Fern (Dryopteris Goldiana), which is a giant fern (can grow up to 4 feet in ideal conditions) found in Northeastern United States.

Beneath that is a stamp that shows Navajo jewelry. This stamp features artist Lou Nolan's painted detail of a Navajo turquoise and silver necklace with sand-cast squash blossoms set with polished blue turquoise nuggets. Nolan based his painting on a photograph by Peter T. Furst. The necklace itself belongs to a private collector and is believed to have been made during the 1940s or 1950s.

The stamp with the clock features an artistic rendering of a dial, or face, of a banjo clock. Constructed of brass and steel, the banjo clock depicted on the stamp has a painted iron dial and a mahogany case crowned by a brass eagle. This elegant time piece was made circa 1805 by Simon Willard (1753-1848) of Roxbury, Massachusets.

This post turned out much longer than I anticipated. But those stamps are so interesting, and I like to find out things. 

Have a pleasant Monday, don't work too hard!

See you tomorrow when I will link up with T for Tuesday,



1 comment:

  1. It always amazes me how a piece of land could look exactly like a left glove, my husband is from Michigan, I call it the cold state because I was there right in winter brrrrr