Sunday, April 20, 2014
Johnny Appleseed 24.9.1966
John Chapman, popularly known as Johnny Appleseed, is honored with this 1966 5¢ Johnny
Appleseed stamp. Chapman, while voyaging the Ohio River with two canoes filled with appleseed, traveled over 100,000 square miles planting apple orchards.
John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 11, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He was also a missionary for The New Church (Swedenborgian) and the inspiration for many museums and historical sights such as the Johnny Appleseed Museum in Urbana, Ohio and the Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center in between Lucas, Ohio and Mifflin, Ohio.
Thank you Merja for this FDC with a nice stamp with an interesting story.