January 2, 2018

2702-2704, 3232 UNITED STATES (New York) - Manhattan

2702 Manhattan (1)

Posted on 21.08.2016, 02.01.2018
Manhattan is the most densely populated borough of New York City, its economic and administrative center, and the city's historical birthplace. It consists mostly of Manhattan Island, bounded by the East, Hudson, and Harlem Rivers, and also includes several small adjacent islands and Marble Hill, a small neighborhood on the U.S. mainland. It is often described as the cultural and financial capital of the world and hosts the United Nations Headquarters.

2703 Manhattan (2)

Anchored by Wall Street in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City has been called both the most economically powerful city and the leading financial center of the world. Historically documented to have been purchased by Dutch colonists from Native Americans in 1626, for 60 guilders (1050 USD today). Manhattan real estate has since become among the most expensive in the world, with the value of Manhattan Island, including real estate, estimated to exceed 3 trillion USD in 2013.

2704 Manhattan (3)

Many districts and landmarks in Manhattan have become well known, as New York City received a record of nearly 60 million tourists in 2015, and Manhattan hosts three of the world's 10 most-visited tourist attractions in 2013: Times Square, Central Park, and Grand Central Terminal. The borough hosts many world-renowned bridges and skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building. The City of New York was founded at the southern tip of Manhattan, and the borough houses New York City Hall, the seat of the City's Government. 

3232 Bird's-Eye View of Manhattan / 1891 

The skyscraper, which has shaped Manhattan's distinctive skyline, has been closely associated with New York City's identity since the end of the 19th century. From 1890 to 1973, the world's tallest building was in Manhattan, with nine different buildings holding the title. The former Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were located in Lower Manhattan. At 417 and 415m, the 110-story buildings were the world's tallest from 1972, until they were surpassed by the construction of the Willis Tower in 1974. One World Trade Center is currently the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The bird's-eye view  (as the one from the postcard 3232) was a popular cartographic form used to depict American cities during the rapid industrialization that followed Civil War. Preparation of panoramic maps involved a vast amount of painstaking labor. The artist walked most city streets sketching individual buildings and toroughfares before ascendnt 1,000m in a hot air ballonn to render a detailed aerial sketch as if seen through the eyes of a bird. This map from the Playbill of the Broadway flop Pulse of New York features Statue of Liberty which opened in 1886.

About the stamps
On the postcard 2702
The first stamp is part of the series A Flag for All Seasons, about which I wrote here. The last two stamps are part of the series Modern Art in America: 1913-1931, about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 2703
The stamps are part of the series Harry Potter, about which I wrote here.

On the postcard 3232

The first stamp is part of the series Christmas Cookies, designed by Derry Noyes, and issued on October 20, 2005. All stamps have the same face value, 37 cents.
• Snowmen - It's on the postcard 3232
• Elves
• Angel
• Santa Claus

The second stamp is part of the series Modern Art in America: 1913-1931, about which I wrote here.

The last stamp is the Mississippi Statehood commemorative Forever stamp, designed by Greg Beeding and issued on March 31, 2017. It features a photograph taken by Lou Bopp in 2009. It shows a close-up of a musician’s hands as he plays his guitar. Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who helped create a uniquely American genre of music, including B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. On December 10, 1817, Mississippi became the 20th state in the union. Known as the Magnolia State, it is named for the river on its western border.

Manhattan - Wikipedia

Sender 2702-2704, 3232: Denise 
2702: Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 29.01.2014
2703: Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 10.01.2015
Photo: Sergey Kelnik
2704: Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States)
3232: Sent from Western Nassau (New York / United States), on 11.12.2017

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