May 22, 2016

2568 CANADA (British Columbia) - Burrard Bridge in Vancouver

The Burrard Bridge is a five-lane, Art Deco style, steel truss bridge, which connects downtown Vancouver with Kitsilano via connections to Burrard Street on both ends. It is one of three bridges crossing False Creek, and was built between 1930 and 1932 by the architect George Lister Thornton Sharp, and by the engineer John R. Grant. In addition to the vehicle deck, it has sidewalks on both sides, the northern one for pedestrians and the southern one dedicated to cyclists.

The bridge's two close approach spans are Warren trusses placed below deck level, while its central span is a Pratt truss placed above deck level to allow greater clearance height for ships passing underneath. The central truss is hidden when crossing the bridge in either direction by vertical extensions of the bridge's masonry piers into imposing concrete towers, which are embellished with architectural and sculptural details. Busts of Captain George Vancouver and Sir Harry Burrard-Neale in ship prows jut from the bridge’s superstructure (a V under Vancouver's bust, a B under Burrard's).

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the series Harry Potter, about which I wrote here. The second stamp, depicting the lighthouse located in Boston Harbor (Boston, MA), is part of the Forever series New England Coastal Lighthouses, about which I wrote here. The third stamp is part of the series Send a Hello (Forever), about which I wrote here. The last stamp is part of the definitives series American Design, about which I wrote here.

Burrard Bridge - Wikipedia

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 23.01.2014

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