Posted on 16.04.2016, 06.01.2018
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas, separated from the Straits of Mackinac, a 8km channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The state has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world (almost 5,000 km), being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. It has also more lighthouses than any other state (about 150). The first lighthouses in Michigan were built between 1818 and 1822, to project light at night and to serve as a landmark during the day to safely guide the ships traveling the Great Lakes.
About the stamps
On the postcard 2463-1
The first stamp is part of the series World Heritage - Taj Mahal, about which I wrote here. About the second stamp I wrote here.
On the postcard 2463-2
The first two stamps are part of the Fruits series of definitive stamps, which was issued starting with 2016. The stamps were designed by Derry Noyes, after illustrations made by John Burgoyne.
2016.01.17 Red Pears (0.10 USD)
2016.02.19 Grapes (0.05 USD)
2016.08.12 Apples (0.01 USD)
2017.02.24 Grapes (0.05 USD) - It's on the postcard 2463-2
2017.03.23 Red Pears (0.10 USD) - It's on the postcard 2463-2
2017.05.05 Strawberries (0.03 USD)
The first stamp is part of the definitives series American Design, about which I wrote here. The fourth stamp, depicting planet Neptune, is part of the series Views of Our Planets, about which I wrote here.
The last stamp is part of the series of forever stamps Marine Life - Sharks, designed by Derry Noyes, issued on July 26, 2017. Artist Sam Weber based the illustrations of five species that inhabit American waters on images captured by undersea photographers.
• shortfin mako shark / Isurus oxyrinchus
• pelagic thresher / Alopias pelagicus - It's on the postcard 2463-2
• great white shark / Carcharodon carcharias
• scalloped hammerhead / Sphyrna lewini
• whale shark / Rhincodon typus
Sender 2463-1: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 28.07.2014
Sender 2463-2: Mary Beth / mrybthsllvn (postcrossing) US-5048583
Sent from Rochester Hills (Michigan / United States), on 14.12.2017