July 26, 2015

1780 UNITED STATES (New York) - Broadway, the intersection with Broome street, in Manhattan

Broadway is a road in New York, best known for the portion that runs through Manhattan, famous as the heart of the American theatre industry, but it actually runs 21km through Manhattan (roughly parallel to the North River) and 3.2km through the Bronx, exiting north from the city to run an additional 29km through some municipalities, and terminating north of Sleepy Hollow. It is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in New York City, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. Its name is the English literal translation of the Dutch name, Breede weg. It once was a two-way street for its entire length, but now it runs one-way southbound south of Columbus Circle (59th Street).

Broome Street is an east-west street in Lower Manhattan, which runs nearly the full width of the island, from Hudson Street in the west to Lewis Street in the east. The street is interrupted in a number of places by parks, buildings, and Allen Street's median. The street is named after John Broome, an early city alderman and lieutenant governor of New York in 1804. The architecture along the street is distinctive for its use of cast iron and is strongly influenced by Griffith Thomas, who designed several buildings along Broome Street, including the Gunther Building.

About the stamps

This series of four stamps, Carnivorous Plants, was issued on August 23, 2001. The stamps have the same face values, 34 cents, and were designed and illustrated by Steve Buchanan. The four carnivorous plants represented on these stamps are native, but not necessarily restricted, to North America.

• The Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is found in moist, sandy areas near the coast from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to central North Carolina.
• Found in the southeastern United States, the Sarracenia flava, also known as the Yellow Trumpet or Yellow pitcher plant, grows up to four inches tall.
• The Darlingtonia californica, also known as the Cobra Lily, is native to the West Coast.
• The English Sundew (Drosera anglica) is a small plant that uses its sticky leaves to trap insects and is found in mossy bogs across northern latitudes of the United States and along the West Coast as far south as California.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps II-32, run by Violet Sky from See It On A Postcard. The theme of this week is: Say it with flowers. Click here to visit Violet’s blog and all the other participants.

Broadway (Manhattan) - Wikipedia
Broome Street - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise 
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 27.02.2015


  1. The well named cobra lily looks particularly ominous.

  2. I had heard of the yellow trumpet and the venus flytrap of course but not the other two plants. They make a gorgeous set of stamps.

  3. Always fascinating to see these carnivorous plants!

  4. We had a exhibit of carnivorous plants at the botanical gardens a couple of years ago with 'statues' of the plants in size relative to the insects they attract. They were huge and frightening looking on that scale. These stamps are lovely set.