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Thursday, June 09, 2016

On June 2nd the U..S. Postal Service issued a stunning pane of 16 National Parks Forever stamps  to celebrate the National Park Service on its 100th anniversary. Images copyright courtesy of the USPS.

The National Park System consists of more than 400 park sites. The stamp pane includes 16  images featuring existing art or photography representing the regional diversity of the National Park System. All stamps show national parks or plants, animals, artwork, objects and structures found in or associated with a national park. Small type on the margin of each stamp indicates the park’s location.

The stamps are arranged to approximate their locations around America:  Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve on the upper left; Maine’s Acadia National Park on the upper right; Hawaii’s Haleakalā National Park on the bottom left; and Florida’s and Mississippi’s Gulf Islands National Seashore on the bottom right.

A friend of mine in the US wrote to me to tell me about these because one of his grandfather’s works was represented.  The stamp is the left stamp in the 4th row from the top and features a 1935–1936 pastel-on-paper by Helmuth Naumer, Sr. (1907–1990) of the Revival-style visitor center at Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monumentin New Mexico.

Rather a beautiful artwork in my view.   Certainly a much more pleasing issue than the Animails issue I last wrote about. Well done USPS and of course the Naumer’s.

Enjoy your stamps,    Michael


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