Monday, 9 August 2010


A wonderful skyline sunset. The confluence of the Allegheny and Monogahela river meet here to form the Ohio River.  The card has a description which probably says it all.
"The Pittsburgh evening skyline is a sight to behold for both tourists and locals alike. Seen here, the Golden Triangle and its waterway periphery glow in the Pittsburgh evening sky. While tourists awe in the evening downtown scenery, locals maintain a sense of pride in their thriving city"  
My sender tells me that "The Point, where you see the fountain is a great summer escape in my city. Sometimes there are free concerts out there"  How wonderful on a summers evening by the river.

One of Pittsburgh's nicknames is Steel City and appropriately it is twinned with Sheffield in the UK, both cities grew prosperous on steel and with the decline in that industry have had to diversify, Pittsburgh into amongst other things high technology and health care, both have reinvented themselves.

The card came with a nice selection of stamps
 I will start at the bottom so I can go 'clockwise':-) 
  • The is the dial of the Banjo clock first made in 1805 by Simon Willard in Massachusetts who has a whole museum devoted to him here.  
  • Next is one of the set of photographs by Sally Anderson-Bruce of adopted shelter pets at New Milford, Connecticut, the stamps were issued in March of this year.  Was there something special about March for our Post Office also issued a set of stamps of the animal rescue centre, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, on their 150th Anniversary.  Not as cute as this US dog but the publicity photographs of the original dogs and cats with the stamps were better than the stamps themselves.  See here 
  • Last, but not least, one of this year's 'Cowboys of the Silver Screen' illustrated by Robert Rodriguez.  Tom Mix (1880-1940) was a big star in the 1920s and this stamp shows him with his trademark oversized Stetson.  He made over 400 films (I don't know how many survive), and did his own stunts.  Tom Mix is a name all film fans will know but maybe not have seen, but even if you do not like silent films he is worth watching for his amazing horse riding skills alone, possibly on his famous steed Tony the Horse.

Thank you Bonnie Jeanne for this evening view. 


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