Nov 3, 2010

Statue of Liberty

This card was sent by Craig from USA as a private swap. As he writes, he bought this card on his first trip to New York back in 1995. He also tells me that he went to the Statue of Liberty (Unesco World Heritage Site) first thing in the morning and was actually the first in line to walk up! Must have been pretty awesome to be the first person up there :)

The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World [French: La Liberté éclairant le monde]) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, designed by Frédéric Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886. The statue, a gift to the United States from the people of France, is of a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States.  [wikipedia]

As for the stamps, Postal Service wanted to honor the organizations that gave black players a chance to show their talents before the major leagues were integrated. A pair of 44-cent commemorative stamps will be dedicated in ceremonies at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo. One stamp shows a close play at home plate, while the other commemorates Andrew "Rube" Foster, founder of the leagues that operated from 1920 to 1960. []

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