February 28, 2016

2334 UNITED STATES (Maryland) - The United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis

The United States Naval Academy was established in 1845 in Annapolis, but the current chapel, designed by Ernest Flagg, was built much later, between 1904 and1908. In 1940, the Chapel underwent remodeling which doubled the seating capacity to 2,500. From 1853 to 1972, chapel attendance was compulsory. In 1913, the remains of John Paul Jones, considered the Father of the American Navy (even if he later served in the Imperial Russian Navy), were interred in the crypt beneath the Chapel.

The two stained-glass windows facing the altar are symbolic. One is of Sir Galahad holding his sheathed sword, portraying the ideals of the naval service. The other signifies the Commission Invisible, a beacon each new officer must follow: Christ is pointing him toward the flag. Four other windows are memorials to LCDR Theodorus B.M. Mason and Admirals David Dixon Porter, David Farragut, and William T. Sampson.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Let’s Dance / Bailemos, issued on October 15, 2005. The Mambo stamp was created by Sergio Baradat who, as a young child, left Cuba with his parents and immigrated to the United States. Salsa stamp creator artist José Ortega, of New York City and Toronto was born in Ecuador, grew up in New York City. Capturing the famous Cha-cha-chá in a vivid stamp is a native of El Gabriél, Cuba, artist Edel Rodríguez, who resides in Mt. Tabor, New Jersey. To complete the Latin dance stamp series, the Merengue was captured by freelance illustrator Rafael López, native of Mexico City and currently residing in San Diego.
• Mambo (0.37 USD)
• Salsa (0.37 USD)
• Cha-cha-chá (0.37 USD) - It's on the postcard 2334
• Merengue (0.37 USD)

The second stamp is part of the Forever series New England Coastal Lighthouses, about which I wrote here.

The last stamp is part of the series Literary Arts, and honors Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), who crafted unsettling and darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment and grace in what seem like the worst possible moments. The color portrait on this stamp, a watercolor painting completed digitally, is based on a black-and-white photograph taken when O’Connor was a student at the Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945. Surrounding O’Connor are peacock feathers, a symbol often associated with the author. The artist for this stamp was Sam Weber. Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamp.

1979 - John Steinbeck (0.15 USD)
1980 - Edith Wharton (0.15 USD)
1983 - Nathaniel Hawthorne (0.20 USD)
1984 - Herman Melville (0.20 USD)
1986 - T. S. Eliot  (0.22 USD)
1987 - William Faulkner (0.22 USD)
1989 - Ernest Hemingway (0.25 USD)
1990 - Marianne Moore (0.25 USD)
1991 - William Saroyan (0.29 USD)
1992 - Dorothy Parker (0.29 USD)
1994 - James Thurber (0.29 USD)
1995 - Tennessee Williams (0.29 USD)
1996 - F. Scott Fitzgerald (0.23 USD)
1997 - Thornton Wilder (0.32 USD)
1998 - Stephen Vincent Benét (0.32 USD)
1999 - Ayn Rand (0.33 USD)
2000 - Thomas Wolfe (0.33 USD)
2002 - Ogden Nash (0.37 USD)
2003 - Zora Neale Hurston (0.37 USD)
2004 - James Baldwin (0.37 USD)
2005 - Robert Penn Warren (0.37 USD)
2006 - Katherine Anne Porter (0.39 USD)
2007 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (0.39 USD)
2008 - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (0.41 USD)
2009 - Edgar Allan Poe (0.42 USD)
2009 - Richard Wright (0.61 USD)
2010 - Julia de Burgos (0.44 USD)
2011 - Mark Twain (forever)
2012 - O. Henry (forever)
2014 - Ralph Ellison (3 oz. rate) - It's on the postcard 1247 
2015 - Flannery O’Connor (3 oz. rate) - It's on the postcard 2334 

Naval Academy Chapel - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 17.11.2015
Ektachrome by Jack Taylor

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