Uniquely American in nature

May 26th, 2006

What is the country's deepest lake? The largest rodent? The tallest man-made monument? The fastest bird? The windiest place? The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to these five superlatives and 35 others with the dedication of 40 Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives postage stamps. Postmaster General John E. Potter dedicated the stamps in a special ceremony today that kicked off the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition. (The answers are: Crater Lake in Oregon; American Beaver; Gateway Arch in St. Louis; Peregrine Falcon; Mount Washington in New Hampshire.)

The Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives postage stamps are available nationwide today. On the front of each stamp, in large letters, are words that describe the superlative nature of the particular place or thing. Smaller type provides the name or location of the featured wonder and the text on the back of each stamp provides relevant statistics and information. The stamps were designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, AZ, and the art is by Lonnie Busch of Franklin, NC.

While a number of the stamps featured on this sheet are world records.

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