23 June 2013

Euro Basket 2013




Date of Issue : 24 June 2013

European Basketball Championship , Slovenia 4-22 September 2013

To ensure that the months leading up to the European Basketball Championship are in the spirit of basketball,the organisers are putting considerable efforts into various promotional events and items, including a special postage stamp which EuroBasket 2013 will create in cooperation with Pošta Slovenije. The stamp features a letter inscription, a rim with a backboard and, in the background, secondary elements of the European Championship, including a special molecule called “Basketine”.

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U.S. Postal Service Celebrates 150 Years of West Virginia Statehood


On 20th June, The U.S. Postal Service  dedicated the West Virginia Statehood Forever Stamp on the steps of the Capitol Building commemorating the state's 150th anniversary. Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia was admitted to the union on June 20, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. West Virginia is one of only two states created during the war.

The stamp features a photograph by West Virginia photographer Roger Spencer showing an early morning view looking east from the Highland Scenic Highway (Route 150) in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, within Monongahela National Forest.

Today, nearly 1.9 million people call West Virginia home. With coal as the state’s most abundant natural resource, around 30,000 West Virginians work in the coal-mining industry, helping to produce more than one-tenth of the country’s supply, and the natural gas and oil industries, while less visible, are essential. In keeping with the current state slogan, “Wild and Wonderful”, tourism is also vital to the West Virginia economy, with mountains and rugged wilderness drawing visitors from across the country and around the world for hunting, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater rafting.

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