Wisconsin Centennial Postage Stamp Design in Red

A few nice stamp collection images I found:

Wisconsin Centennial Postage Stamp Design in Red
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Image by Wisconsin Historical Images
Design in shades of red for 3 cent Wisconsin Centennial postage stamp with farming and industry theme. Drawing by Craig Arnold

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My favorite postage stamp
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Image by gwilmore
One of the most exciting days of my life began with my father shaking me awake to inform me that "they finally got ol’ John Glenn into orbit." It was news that I, along with millions of others, had been anxiously awaiting for weeks as his mission had been scheduled nine times, only to be scrubbed for one reason or another. Glenn, at the time a 40-year-old Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and one of the original seven astronauts selected by NASA in 1959, was to become the first American to orbit the earth — provided, of course, that he could first get off the ground.

Glenn finally soared into history at 9:47 a.m. Eastern time that Tuesday morning, February 20, 1962, and he had been aloft for perhaps 15 minutes when my father awakened me. We were living in Reno, Nevada at the time — three time zones behind Cape Canaveral — and I was a third-grade student at Peavine Elementary School. For Americans who were not yet born in 1962 and grew up in an age when space flight had long since become routine, it might be a little difficult to imagine the excitement generated by the earliest manned flights, especially during Project Mercury, when astronauts soloed into space in a cramped capsule about the size of a telephone booth. (And doubtless some of those same individuals have never seen a telephone booth, either!) But at Peavine, as in thousands of other schools all over the country, the day Glenn orbited the earth became a sort of holiday, and we followed the flight on a television set our teacher, Mrs. Reudy, had brought into the classroom. This continued until he safely splashed down in the Atlantic — and even for some time after that, as I recall. I don’t think we got any real school work done that day. (Glenn orbited the earth three times in a flight which lasted 4 hours and 55 minutes.)

Unbeknown to me as I followed Glenn’s flight, the Post Office Department (as it was then called) had issued a special commemorative stamp to honor the day’s big event. Millions of them had been sent in sealed envelopes to post offices all over the United States, with instructions that the envelopes not be opened unless and until the flight had ended successfully. The stamp was accordingly released within minutes after Glenn’s capsule, Friendship 7, had splashed down and been safely hauled aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Noa.

I first learned of the existence of this stamp a few days or weeks later, when a classmate brought one of them to show-and-tell. About a year later I started collecting stamps, and while this was one I always coveted and badly wanted to include in my collection, I never did achieve my wish, even though 289 million of these Project Mercury commemorative stamps had been issued. And thus it remained until just a couple of weeks ago — nearly 49 years after Glenn’s flight — when a friend gave me the stamp shown here. It was in a special plastic sheath for safekeeping, which I removed when I took this photograph.

The assistance of my friend John Power, a part-time professional photographer who helped me with this picture, is appreciatively acknowledged. I used his Sigma 50mm macro lens for it, along with his specially-designed tripod — mine would not have worked for this little project — and his lighting equipment. That consisted of one lamp with a blue bulb designed to duplicate daylight color temperature. I took five exposures of the stamp, two of which were handheld, the other three being taken with the camera mounted on his tripod. Not surprisingly, both of the handheld shots turned out slightly blurry, but the remaining three were all sharply focused. I plan to order a print of this one from Mpix, have it specially framed, and add it to my office decor.

Technical data: tripod-mounted Nikon D90 with Sigma 50mm macro lens, manually focused; ISO 200; daylight white balance setting; 1.3 second exposure at f/22. Contrast and saturation adjusted in Photoshop Elements 3.0. Because the camera had to be mounted beneath the tripod legs, this also marked the first time I had ever used the D90’s live-view feature to compose a picture. I had my D50 with me as well, but did not use it, partly because doing so in these circumstances would have been extremely difficult without live view, which the older camera does not have.

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