Cards no 84, 85 and 86 – Danielle – Omaha, Nebraska, USA

These cards arrived as part of a mailcrossing venture in which Danielle kindly included me.  One was an integral part of the front of the envelope.

These are the other two cards –

The stamps on the envelope included the two cherry blossom stamps – chosen for their Japanese and cherry themes.  To quote from (An online extension of the USA Philatelic catalog):-

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the friendship between America and Japan with the Cherry Blossom Centennial issuance. That friendship found lasting expression a hundred years ago when the city of Tokyo gave 3,020 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C.   In this unusual design, two stamps form the left and right halves of a single, panoramic view of cherry trees blooming around the Tidal Basin in the nation’s capital. In the stamp on the left, blossoming trees arch over two girls dressed in bright kimonos and a family on a stroll. The Washington Monument rises in the background. In the stamp on the right, the Jefferson Memorial is the backdrop for other tourists taking in the sights under canopies of pink blooms.  On March 27, 1912, in a modest ceremony at the Tidal Basin, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two trees, delighting a city for decades to come. Since that spring day, Washington’s cherry blossoms have remained an ever-renewing source of pleasure and pride. In 1927, local citizens held the first celebration of these stunning trees, and today the National Cherry Blossom Festival typically draws more than a million visitors.

The mailcrossing envelope travelled 4121 miles.

Total so far – 267,228 miles; 22 countries (including 8 US States).

Countries from which I have received cards as at 1st June 2012 are shown in green on this – map


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3 Responses to Cards no 84, 85 and 86 – Danielle – Omaha, Nebraska, USA

  1. DawnTreader says:

    Quite a collection you’re getting!

  2. Norma Ruttan says:

    My goodness, you’ve done a lot of research on that USA stamp and its meaning. I had either forgotten when Japan gave us those lovely trees that are such a tourist attraction in the spring or I never knew when they were given. I found that those stamps are so big that they don’t fit on the usual postcard so I bought them only once.

  3. Norma Ruttan says:

    BTW those cards are mini pieces of art, aren’t they? I have started a scrapbook for my postcards. I have scanned the back sides of them, but when I started placing them in my album I started wondering if there is a safe way to remove the stamps so that I can have a stamp album. I’m not interested in buying first stamps from the post office just to collect, but I think of some of the stamps as art in themselves. Do you have any knowledge about stamps being taken off without ruining them? Just wondering.

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