22 March 2015

Sunday Stamps II - 14

1961, Madagascar  (known as Malagasy 1960-1975)
Fourth largest island in the world
Showing a Ruffed Lemur. They are considered critically endangered (since 2008) having declined in population by 80% over the last 30 years mostly due to the fact that as much as 90% of the original island forest has been decimated.

15 March 2015

Sunday Stamps II -13

First Day Cover 1962 for 5th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1 on October 4th 1957. 
The space age began with the Soviet Union having the first man made object in space and the first satellite to orbit the earth. Sputnik was a metal sphere, 23" in diameter with four external radio antennae and weighing 184lbs. Each orbit took 96 minutes and the signal went on for 21 days until the batteries ran out.

for next week's theme of islands, let's make it a bit more challenging by saying that Great Britain does not count.

for time of exploration: space

10 March 2015

cable car

received 2015
Chongqing cable car across Yangtze River with Dongshuimen Bridge (opened 2014)

09 March 2015

Niagara Falls in Winter

sent Oct 20th, 1905 (undivided back) from Aunt Sophia
postmarked from N.Y. N.Y.  at 2pm
arrived New Haven Conn 6:30pm