Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Kansas Stamp In The Middle Where It Should Be!

The USPS has just issued a new series of Forever stamps commemorating "Earthscapes".  The cool thing about this series is that all the stamps are pictures taken from the air - all the way from an ultralight craft to satellites orbiting earth. Another cool thing is that one of them is from Kansas. 

The pictures are themed in this new series of stamps - with the top row being scenes from "Nature", the middle row showing "Agriculture" scenes and the bottom row representing "Urban" views.

The middle stamp is from Kansas, and shows about a 25 square mile area of Grant County, Kansas - north and east of the County seat of Ulysses.  How do I know that?  I looked and found this quite distinctive pattern of pivots on Google Earth.  This picture was taken by the Landsat 7 satellite, but it's an older one - because the current Google Map shows 5 new pivots in this same tract of land.

According to the USPS the agriculture row depicts the growing or harvesting of salt, timber, grain, cherries and cranberries - all requiring water I might add.  And actually, water plays a role in most of the natural and urban scenes as well.  Most notably in the upper right stamp called "Inland Marsh", taken by Cameron Davidson.  This picture is part of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland.

USPS art director Howard E. Paine designed this unique series of stamps, which were issued just days ago to kick off National Stamp Collecting Month.  Leave it up to the USPS to have Mr. Paine create the newest pane of stamps.  With a little luck this unique set will also help mitigate the current fiscal pain of the USPS - I'm going to buy several sets!

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