Friday, January 29, 2010

#036 USA...Thanks Craig!

The 3c stamp was issued in 1948 to commemorating the Centenary of the Formation of American Turner Society.

The American Turners is a national organization founded in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1848 by German immigrants.The motto, "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body", explains the purpose of the American Turners. It is a family organization, encouraging people of all ages to be mentally and physically active.

Its 54 Societies, located in 13 districts throughout the United States, participate in athletic and cultural activities. Many have gymnasiums and teach gymnastics and other sports to people of all ages.It has yearly national competitions in gymnastics, golf, bowling, softball and volleyball. In addition there are regional events in other sports.

The 6c stamp was issued in 1968 to celebrate HemisFair'68.

HemisFair '68 was the first officially designated world's fair (or international exposition) held in the southwestern United States. San Antonio, Texas hosted the fair from April 6 through October 6, 1968. More than thirty nations hosted pavilions at the fair. The fair was held in conjunction with the 250th (semiquincentennial) anniversary of the founding of San Antonio. The theme of the fair was "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas."

The 10c stamps was from 1975 Space Issue depicting Mariner 10,Venus and Mercury.

Mariner 10 was a robotic space probe and it explored Venus and Mercury in 1974,and Mercury again in Mar.1975.

During its flyby of Venus, Mariner 10 discovered evidence of rotating clouds and a very weak magnetic field.Mariner 10 flew past Mercury three times in total.It revealed a more or less moon-like surface. It thus contributed enormously to our understanding of the planet, whose surface had not been successfully resolved through telescopic observation.

Presently, Mariner 10 is still orbiting the sun, although its on-board electronics have probably been damaged by the sun's radiation.

The 79c stamp was from 2009 Scenic American Landscapes Series,featuring a sandstone formation in the slickrock area of the Zion National Park,Utah.

Zion National Park is a national park located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (593 km2) park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park's unique geography and variety of life zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park's four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Common plant species include cottonwood, Cactus, Datura, Juniper, Pine, Boxelder, Sagebrush, yucca , and various willows. Notable megafauna include mountain lions, mule deer, and Golden Eagles, along with reintroduced California Condors and Bighorn Sheep.

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