I am readying this post on Thursday night before I and my family take off too on a road trip in grand American tradition. We are traveling to a fine eastern institution of higher education to see my nephew graduate from college. Hurrah for him!
This post will be up on Saturday afternoon. Our theme: Share a stamp commemorating a person or event worth remembering.
An image from the US Postal Service:
From the USPS web page for this stamp:
"The War of 1812, sometimes called "the forgotten conflict," was a two-and-a-half-year confrontation with Great Britain that brought the United States to the verge of bankruptcy and disunion.
The stamp's subject for the second year of the war is the Battle of Lake Erie, which took place on September 10, 1813. For the stamp design, the Postal Service selected William Henry Powell's famous painting, Battle of Lake Erie. The oil-on-canvas painting, completed in 1873, was commissioned by the U.S. Congress and placed at the head of the east stairway in the Senate wing of the Capitol. It depicts Oliver Hazard Perry in the small boat he used to transfer from his ruined flagship, the Lawrence, to the Niagara.
To evoke the times, the color and texture of a contemporary map of the war is used for the stamp sheet's background.
After boarding and taking command of the Niagara, Perry attacked and demolished the British ships Detroit and Queen Charlotte. He then penned one of the most memorable phrases of the war in a report to General William Henry Harrison: "We have met the enemy and they are ours."
Perry's triumph gave the U.S. control of Lake Erie and allowed the army to recover ground lost early in the war. The British and their Indian allies abandoned their outposts on the Detroit frontier and retreated up the Thames River deeper into Upper Canada. General Harrison pursued them and won the Battle of the Thames on October 5, 1813, less than a month after Perry's remarkable victory."
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_lake_erie
I have a feeling the Canadians may have a different view of the War of 1812 and this battle!
Join me with a commemorative stamp this week. I am traveling but I hope to visit your web pages by Monday.
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Theme next week: Music and musical instruments.
Theme week after that: Airplanes and air transport.
Suggestions for future themes, or requests for more open themes welcome!