The Bridges Between Stamps and History

Historic Bridges on US Stamps

Recently, we’ve posted a few blog topics focusing on the connections between stamp art and politics, stamps and diverse cultures, as well as great people and their service to the World. One of the most fascinating elements of stamp collecting is connection between postage stamps and the people, places, and events they depict.
November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month. If there is a stamp design topic that is all about building connections, it has to be bridges. If you pick up the 1983 U.S. 20 cent stamp commemorating the 100th year anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge and do just the slightest bit of research, you’ll find that this historic bridge laid the foundation for many bridges that came after it. Any bridge is an engineering marvel to behold. But each bridge had its own purpose in being built and its own set of complications. Connecting Brooklyn with Manhattan, the near 1600 foot long Brooklyn Bridge began being built in 1869 and completed in 1883. It remains one of the oldest and most impressive bridges in the United States. The bridge’s original designer, John Augustus Roebling, died before the bridge was constructed…as a result of complications following a foot injury while planning the massive structure’s design.

The Brooklyn Bridge served as the inspiration behind the 1957 Mackinac Bridge which, today, connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. This historic bridge replaced as many as nine ferries worth of daily commercial and private traffic. Similarly, the construction of the World renown Golden Gate Bridge alleviated huge ferry delays across the San Francisco Bay. There is amazing depth behind the topic of bridges. Far too much to cover here. Try a quick search for a couple of the bridges depicted on the postage stamps above to see for yourself. See for a wealth of intriguing information and history of many of the most historical bridges in the United States.

Happy Stamp Collecting!