Thursday, September 5, 2013

U.S. 8¢ Statue of Liberty 22.3.1958

This U.S. 8c stamp, coloured Dark violet blue and carmine rose, issued and postmarked on this cover on 22.3.1958 features a redrawn version of the Statue of Liberty as it appeared on earlier U.S. Statue of Liberty stamps printed in 1954. While the previous issues, printed on the Flat Plate and Rotary Presses, had to be run through the printer twice, the 1958 issue was printed on Giori press, which could print both colours on a single pass through the press.

The Statue of Liberty is a magnificent copper sculpture given to the United States by France in 1884. On October 28, 1886, the statue was dedicated. Its complete name is Liberty Enlightening the World. This majestic symbol of the United States, representing freedom for immigrants coming to America as well as the bond of freedom shared between the United States and France, stands above Liberty Island at the entrance to New York Harbour in Upper New York Bay.
The people of France donated the money to build the statue, and the people of America raised the funds to build its base. The French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi designed the statue and chose its location. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the French engineer who later built the Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed the statue’s framework. The statue stands 301 feet and 1 inch high from foundation to torch.
In the early 1980s, a program was started to make major repairs and improvements to the statue. This effort concluded in 1986 – the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication in the U.S. A popular tourist attraction, the statue attracts about 2 million visitors each year.

Thank you Merja for this cover.

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