The Quebec City bridge stamp is Scott # 156 and was issued in January, 1929. The 1800 ft. bridge crosses the St. Lawrence River and is a riveted steel truss structure. It is the longest cantilever bridge span in the world. The first design was started in 1904 and during the summer of 1907 when it was nearing completion, it collapsed killing 75 workers. Following a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of the bridge, construction started on a second bridge. In September, 1916 while raising the central span, it fell into the river killing 13 more workers. The bridge was finally completed December, 1919.
This stamp of Sir Sandford Flemming is Scott # 739 and was issued in Sep., 1977. Flemming was trained as an engineer. He designed Canada's first stamp, the three Penny Beaver. He subsequently worked for the Intercolonial Railway and this stamp shows Flemming with a train in the background crossing one of the steel bridges he designed.
This stamp is Scott #1573 and shows the Alex Fraser Bridge, Delta, British Columbia (near Vancouver). The main span of this cable stayed bridge is 1,525 feet and was at one time the longest bridge of its type in the world.
This next stamp is one of two that were issued on May 31, 1997 to commemorate the opening of the Confederation Bridge joining New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island. This stamp is Scott #1645. The bridge is 12.9 kilometers (8 miles) long and was opened on May 31, 1997.
Post by Dorincard on Sept 29, 2013 22:08:52 GMT -5
One of the most awesome websites/collections of bridges on stamps, specifically on maximum cards, from my distinguished friend Chih-ping Chu (Taiwan=Republic of China): bridge-maximumcard.blogspot.com/
Nigeria QE 2 Jebba Bridge and River Niger - 3d stamp NIGERIA - CIRCA 1
This threepenny stamp shows the first Jebba Bridge in 1910. The bridge built across the River Niger made it possible to travel for the first time by rail from Lagos in the far south, to Kano in the north. A narrow gauge steam locomotive engine runs along the bottom of the stamp and British imperial rule is reflected i...n the crown of Queen Elizabeth II, floating on steam from the engine. The commercial success of the British Empire was powered by the railways that carried agricultural produce, and heavy minerals to the coast for export. Personnel and smaller volumes of manufactured goods travelled in the opposite direction.
The island at the centre of the stamp, is the original settlement of Jebba, hub of the kingdom of the Nupe people, which flourished in the 1500′s . Today most of the town is built on the south bank of the River.
The first Jebba Bridge was upstaged in the mid 1970′s by a highway bridge reflecting the massive expansion in motor traffic. As the railways declined the 1910 railway bridge was barely used. In 2010 the government began to rehabilitate the railway system which on completion will bring a new lease of life to the Jebba Bridge.
Indonesia 1995 The 8th Asian International Philatelic Exhibition - Ampera Bridge
Ampera Bridge is a Vertical-lift bridge in the city of Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia, which is the landmark of the city. It connects Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir, two regions of Palembang. It can no longer be opened to allow ships to pass.
The bridge was planned during the era of Indonesia's first president, who wanted a bridge that could open and be a match for London's Tower Bridge. The funds for the construction came from Japanese war reparations, with the Fuji Car Manufacturing Co. Ltd being given responsibility for design and construction. However, at the time, Japan had no bridges of this type, and Fuji Car had no bridge-building experience. The official opening was carried out by Minister/Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Ahmad Yani on 30 September 1965, only hours before he was killed by troops belonging to the 30 September Movement. At first, the bridge was known as the Bung Karno Bridge, after the president, but following his fall, it was renamed the Ampera Bridge.
For a few years after it was opened, the center span could be lifted at 10 meters per second to allow ships of up to 44.5m in height to pass underneath. However this only occurred a few times, and after 1970 it could no longer be opened. The official reason for this was that the 30 minutes needed to raise the bridge was causing unacceptable delays, and that in any case silting of the river had made it impassable for large ships. However, according to architect Wiratman, who acted as a consultant before the construction, the design of the bridge was flawed from the outset because of the soft mud on which it was built. He maintains that his concerns were ignored for political reasons, and that as the towers' foundations shifted, the bridge deformed to the extent that it could no longer be opened. The ballast weights needed to balance the wight of the bridge were removed in 1990 to prevent possible accidents were they to fall.
Post by philatelius on Mar 31, 2014 20:43:49 GMT -5
Here's one of my latest acquisitions: the new Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Priority Mail stamp issued this year. It has a wrinkle in the middle, and it's a bit beaten up along the bottom, but I'm still happy to have a copy of it.
Post by philatelius on Mar 31, 2014 20:51:09 GMT -5
And for those who are interested in such things, the fellow who runs Purgatory Post, a private local post in New Hampshire, has begun a series of stamps picturing covered bridges in that state. He has issued these three so far:
From left to right are pictured Ashuelot Bridge, Coombs Bridge, and Slate Bridge.
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