Post by zepherusbane on May 8, 2020 11:05:56 GMT -5
Here is one I just picked up. This was a joint issue USA/Canada Ice Hockey souvenir sheet from October 2017. I just discovered this when ordering postage, the USPS still has it in stock.
The selvage area depicts a father teaching his daughter how to play hockey on a pond. The scene also includes one of the issuance’s two se-tenant stamps, which portrays a modern hockey player. The second stamp, which is positioned upside-down, or tête-bêche, pictures a vintage player, who represents the game’s past, set against a snowy background. One player is wearing a contemporary uniform and using modern equipment, and the other is wearing vintage garb and using old-fashioned equipment. The two vertically stacked stamps, which are arranged to mirror each other, are identical to those that were also sold as a pane of 20.
2017, Spain, Conjuntos Urbanos Patrimonio de la Humanidad “Granada”
The 2017 souvenir sheet dedicated to World Heritage in Spain shows the Alhambra. The sheet shows the Alhambra and Emperor Charles V’s palace against the background of the snow-covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada, the highest mountain range on the Iberian Peninsula. Together with the adjacent “Generalife” summer palace, it is considered one of the most important monuments of the Islamic period in Spain.
It was conceived in the 13th. century as a palace for the Emir of Granada. The name means “Red Castle,” or “The Red One.” The name, probably, was given to it because of the reddish glow of the torches that lighted the site when it was constructed during the night. Another theory is that it refers to its founder Abu al-Ahmar, meaning Abu the Red for his red hair.
Granada was the last Islamic kingdom of Spain. It capitulated at the end of 1491 and the official surrender of the city took place on 1 January 1492. Before the year would have ended, America would have been rediscovered. Although, Columbus thought he had arrived in India.
After the final victory of the Catholic Kings over the Muslims, Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragón felt they owed God gratitude for delivering them this victory. Columbus offered them an opportunity to convert Indians to the Catholic Faith. Considering this a good manner in which to thank God, the Catholic Kings financed Cristóbal Colón’s voyage.
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