Saturday, 4 May 2013

523 – Amish Country

Card no 523 - Laurence 
Boys in Amish Country 
Country Card Sent From: USA 
Place that Card Sender Lives: Perry, Ohio 
Date Received: 29th April 2013 
Distance Travelled: 3,562 miles 
Time Taken: 5 days 
 Postcrossing id - US-2197204

The Amish, sometimes referred to as Amish Mennonites, are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships that form a subgroup of the Mennonite churches. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Jakob Ammann. Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish. Laurence told me quite a bit about the Amish including the fact that they do not attend school after the 8th grade. The boys then find work in the building trades, on farms or as community craftsmen. The girls work as domestics, or in restaurants or in garden centres until they marry.

I'm not sure what this stamp represents and haven't got time to research it - it looks rather like Zeus!


  1. Amish country is indeed on my list of places to visit. I believe the stamp is from a set of 12 called Modern Art In America depicting paintings from 1913-1931.

  2. I was curious :)

    "New York City is a popular tourist destination for travelers from the United States and those around the world. Rockefeller Center is ranked as #56 out of 150 of America’s Favorite Architecture spots to visit. One of the favorite views among tourists, and New Yorker’s alike is the iconic figure of “Wisdom” which is installed over the entrance to the GE Building at Rockefeller Center. This New York skyscraper is the centerpiece of Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. You can’t help noticing “Wisdom” as he is a 37 foot art deco giant. He can be seen all the way from Fifth Avenue and is a popular tourist landmark.

    The United States Postal Service issued a postage stamp that featured this incredible work of art in October of 2003. The $1 postage stamp was then reprinted again in September of 2008.

    Not shown on the postage stamp are the words that are printed below this artwork, presumably because it is a Biblical passage. The sign reads, “Wisdom and Knowledge Shall Be the Stability of Thy Times” which is from Isaiah 33:6."

  3. Oh you are a dear, Mish. Thanks very much for all that research!


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