Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shaped Bull Elk postcard and a Raymond Loewy Pencil Sharpener Stamp

 Bull Elk
Elk, or Wapiti, grow their antlers fresh every summer and shed them in the winter.

Photo: William H. Mullins

This shaped postcard is postmarked in 2011 with a USA pencil sharpener stamp.

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The elk or wapiti (Cervus canadensis) is one of the largest species of deer in the world and one of the largest land mammals in North America and eastern Asia. Elk are similar to the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) found in Europe, of which they were long believed to be a subspecies. However, evidence from a 2004 study of the mitochondrial DNA indicates they are a distinct species.

Male elk have large antlers which are shed each year. Males also engage in ritualized mating behaviors during the rut (mating season), including posturing, antler wrestling (sparring), and bugling, a loud series of vocalizations which establishes dominance over other males and attracts females.

USA Stamp 2011
Raymond Loewy, Streamlined Pencil Sharpener - Forever a first class rate
from the Pioneers of American Industrial Design series
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the back of the stamp set has written about Loewy:
Raymond Loewy (1893-1986) designed everything from trains and cars to appliances, corporate logos, and even office tools.  He created this chromium-plated pencil sharpener prototype in 1933.  The sharpener's distinctive teardrop shape lent it a sense of speed and movement that belied its stationary function.

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