31 May 2011

#69 Bellevue, Washington, USA

Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located south of British Columbia, north of Oregon, and west of Idaho, on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the forty-second state in 1889.  Washington was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, and is the only U.S. state named after a president. Washington is commonly called Washington state or occasionally the State of Washington to distinguish it from the U.S. capital.

State capital: Olympia
Largest City: Seattle
Admission to Union: November 11, 1889 (42th)
Highest Elevation: Mount Rainier (14,410 feet/4,392 m)
Lowest point: Pacific Ocean - sea level


Featuring stylized artwork by John Mattos, this stamp depicts Ray Harroun driving #32, the Marmon “Wasp,” the customized yellow-and-black car in which Harroun won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. Text along the bottom of the stamp reads “Indianapolis 500.” Small type along the bottom of the stamp opposite the year 2011 reads “100 YEARS OF RACING.”

This stamp features a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), one of the most celebrated American painters of his era. The painting shown on the stamp is an oil-on-canvas copy Stuart made of a portrait he did from life in 1796. It measures 28 15/16 inches by 24 1/16 inches and is in the collection of The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts. The original work, which Stuart used as a model for this and numerous other copies, is jointly owned by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It is often called the Athenaeum portrait, because it was purchased and given to the Boston Athenaeum after Stuart’s death.
Thank you, Bryon !

Sent on: May 24, 2011
Received on: May 31, 2011


Bryon D said...

And one of oddities of our lovely state, many people here pronounce it "worshington". I have no idea where that sound comes from, there's no "R" in the spelling, but it's always bizarre when I hear a local resident say it that way.

Janne said...

That's interesting :)

ma said...

Ilus blogi on sul, tulen teinegi kord vaatama. (Ka šokolaadipaberite blogi on väga meeldiv.)
Kutsun sind ka oma vanade postkaartide blogisse külla.
Toredat jaaniaega!

Janne said...

Aitäh ! Külastasin su blogi ka. Väga ilus ja huvitav ! :)