Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sunday Stamps: History on stamps

 Good day and welcome to my blog.

Our hostess for Sunday Stamps has set "celebrating an historical event" as our theme for today.  I have a stamp I have shared before, in 2014 or so:

As I wrote at that time:

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:

Canadians may have a different view of this conflict!

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violet s said...

Why, yes, we do ;)
It is not a 'forgotten conflict' where I live in Niagara.
It is also a war in which no one really won as everything remained status quo when all was done.

Joy said...

Good balance to stand in the boat. No wonder you have named a number of naval ships Oliver Hazard Perry, that Hazard middle name always sticks in the mind.

Mail Adventures said...

Thanks for the lesson!
I think the colours of the stamp go perfectly with the subject.


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