Thursday, October 27, 2011

Library of Congress, Washngton DC.

 The Library of Congress is the research library of the United States Congress, de facto national library of the United States, and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. Located in three buildings in Washington, D.C., it is the largest library in the world by shelf space and number of books. 

The Library of Congress was built by Congress in 1800, and was housed in the United States Capitol for most of the 19th century. After much of the original collection had been destroyed during the War of 1812, Thomas Jefferson sold 6,487 books, his entire personal collection, to the library in 1815.

The collections of the Library of Congress include more than 32 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 61 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America, including the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, a Gutenberg Bible (one of only four perfect vellum copies known to exist); over 1 million US government publications; 1 million issues of world newspapers spanning the past three centuries; 33,000 bound newspaper volumes; 500,000 microfilm reels; over 6,000 comic book titles; films; 5.3 million maps; 6 million works of sheet music; 3 million sound recordings; more than 14.7 million prints and photographic images including fine and popular art pieces and architectural drawings; the Betts Stradivarius; and the Cassavetti Stradivarius.

The Library developed a system of book classification called Library of Congress Classification (LCC), which is used by most US research and university libraries.

The Library serves as a legal repository for copyright protection and copyright registration, and as the base for the United States Copyright Office. Regardless of whether they register their copyright, all publishers are required to submit two complete copies of their published works to the Library if requested—this requirement is known as mandatory deposit. Parties wishing not to publish, need only submit one copy of their work. Nearly 22,000 new items published in the U.S. arrive every business day at the Library. Contrary to popular belief, however, the Library does not retain all of these works in its permanent collection, although it does add an average of 10,000 items per day. Rejected items are used in trades with other libraries around the world, distributed to federal agencies, or donated to schools, communities, and other organizations within the United States. As is true of many similar libraries, the Library of Congress retains copies of every publication in the English language that is deemed significant.

The Library of Congress states that its collection fills about 838 miles (1,349 km) of bookshelves, while the British Library reports about 625 kilometers (388 mi) of shelves.[ The Library of Congress holds about 147 million items with 33 million books against approximately 150 million items with 25 million books for the British Library

Want to read more about LOC. Then click  following wikipedia link..

Is it not interesting.!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

France - Cover #9

Thanks Francios for sending me this beautiful cover.

Thanks for posting my cover on your blog.

Krka National Park : Croatia - Postcard

Thanks Josip again for sending me postcard.

Krka National Park  is one of the Croatian national parks, named after the river Krka that it encloses. It is located along the middle-lower course of the Krka River in central Dalmatia, in Šibenik-Knin county, downstream Miljevci area, and just a few kilometers northeast of the city of Šibenik. It was formed to protect the Krka River and is intended primarily for scientific, cultural, educational, recreational, and tourism activities. It is the seventh national park in Croatia and was proclaimed a national park in 1985.

This postcard has 2 beautiful stamps.

1) Eleonora Sokol 2011 : Eleonora's Falcon  is a medium-sized falcon. It belongs to the hobby group, a rather close-knit number of similar falcons often considered a subgenus Hypotriorchis.

2) Sredozemna Medvjedica  2011 : The Mediterranean monk seal is a pinniped belonging to the Phocidae family. At some 450–510  remaining individuals, it is believed to be the world's second-rarest pinniped and one of the most endangered mammals in the world.

Croatia - Cover #8

Thanks Josip for sending me cover from Croatia. 

Very Nice Miniature Sheet.

I send you 2 cover with airplane stamps and it will have 100th Anniversary of Airmail flight. You can see your cover in following image. Both cover will have different special cancellation related to 100th anniversary.

Brazil - Cover #7

Thanks Pedro for sending me cover.

You can see Pedro blog at

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cover # 6 :Greece

Thank you for this cool cover, Mr. Spyros from Crete Island, Greece.
The cover is a standard airmail cover with 4 stamps on it.
The two blue stamps are stamps that depict two different Greek islands.
The stamp in the left-most corner has an old wood sailing ship depicted on it.
The final stamp is a stamp that depicts a group of statues in the triangular top part of an old building, possibly an artist's version of the Parthenon.

Crete  is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece while retaining its own local cultural traits (such as its own dialect, poetry, and music). Crete was the centre of the Minoan civilization (c. 2700–1420 BC), the earliest "high culture" civilization in Europe, which built the first palaces in Europe.