Mary Cassat was an American artist (1844-1926) . She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children. She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Berthe Morisot. This painting is entitled Woman Reading and was painted in 1878/9.
Designed to draw attention to the wonders of the United States, this international rate stamp shows the glories of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with one of its beautiful, iconic farmsteads set amid gently rolling hills.
Known for its breathtaking rural scenery, agricultural bounty, and small towns with evocative names like Bird-in-Hand and Paradise, Lancaster County is perhaps most famous as part of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The Amish, with their horse-drawn buggies, one-room schoolhouses, and traditional lifestyle, give the county a traditional, Old World charm. Their pristine family farms, surrounded by neatly cultivated fields, offer visitors a glimpse of another century and a quieter way of life. The Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, international rate stamp is part of the Scenic American Landscapes series.
This was my first card from the State of California and takes the number of states from which I have received cards to nine.
The current California Flag, adopted by the California state legislature in 1911, is based on the original Bear Flag raised by pioneering Americans over Sonoma in 1846. The star on the California flag was taken from the lone star of Texas. The bear was representative of the numerous Grizzly Bears in the state of California and the words “California Republic” testified to the feisty American Pioneers who settled in the territory.
This card arrived on 14th June, travelled 5,282 miles and took 5 days.
Total so far – 275,655 miles; 23 countries (including 9 US States).
Countries from which I have received cards as at 1st June 2012 are shown in green on this – map