Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sunday Stamps !! A-Z (2) - 'E' Eagles from the USA

I have neglected USA stamps recently so I thought the bald eagle would be a good start today. Unfortunately I don't have a stamp with just the bird so had to settle for these instead.

USA - 4 July 1942
Released on Independence Day, this stamp continued those symbolising the nation's war effort and its goal of victory. The bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, is the national emblem of the United States. It is protected by law. The bald eagle is not really bald, but is so-named because of its white head. 

The Eagle from the Great Seal of the USA - 15 March 1969
50th Anniversary of the American Legion
With the 100th anniversary due soon I wonder whether they will issue a stamp for that,

Used primarily for diplomatic purposes, the Great Seal of the United States normally is affixed to the commissions of diplomatic personnel, letters from the president to foreign leaders, and treaties. Its design was adopted by the Continental Congress on June 20, 1782, and by the U.S. Congress on September 15, 1789.

USA - 3 January 2012 - Spectrum Eagle
The bald eagle—which is native to North America—is sacred to many Native American cultures and is the focus of numerous myths and legends. After years on the endangered species list, the bald eagle has made a remarkable recovery and is no longer considered endangered or threatened. In 2007, Congress designated June 20 as the first “American Eagle Day” to celebrate the recovery of this national treasure from the brink of extinction.

Ex Wikimedia Commons 6 Jan 2010 by AngMoKio CC BY-SA 3.0
For other 'E' legends cross over to Sunday-Stamps-e.

Text re bald eagle and stamps ex us stamp gallery.


Eva A. said...

The name "bald eagle" is a bit less odd now I know it isn't really bald...
Very interesting stamps and explanations today!

Joy said...

Its a great symbol although I must admit when seeing actual photos I cannot help being reminded of the grumpy Sam the Eagle from the mMppets.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - we have eagles up here ... and other birds of prey - so I'm looking forward to learning more about them ... they are soaring above already ... but are way too high! Cheers Hilary

Ana said...

Well here is something positive about some endangered species.

FinnBadger said...

Great choice for today.

violet s said...

Excellent choice.
We have a bald eagle nesting at the Botanical Gardens near me for the past 2-3 years, but I've not seen her yet.