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O Beautiful Stamps

O Beautiful Stamps

— July 4 | Colorado Springs, CO | PSA pane of 20

With the release of O Beautiful, the Postal Service commemorates the beauty and majesty of the United States through images that correspond with one of the nation’s most beloved songs, “America the Beautiful.” From Wikipedia we learn “America the Beautiful…lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates…In 1893, at the age of 33, Bates, an English professor at Wellesley College, had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College. Several of the sights on her trip inspired her, and they found their way into her poem, including the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago…the wheat fields of America’s heartland Kansas, through which her train was riding on July 16; and the majestic view of the Great Plains from high atop Pikes Peak.” I don’t see Chicago in any of the designs, but there certainly are many sites that would be appropriate for “America the Beautiful.”

07/23/18 firstdaycoversonline.com

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