Americans will be on cloud nine this month celebrating October as National Stamp Collecting Month with the issuance of the Earthscapes Forever stamps.
Depicting America's diverse landscapes on photos taken from ultra lights to satellites, the Earthscapes stamps provide a view of the nation's diverse landscapes in a whole new way - from heights ranging from several hundred feet above the earth to several hundred miles in space.
The stamps provide an opportunity to see the world in a new way by presenting examples of three categories of earthscapes: natural, agricultural, and urban. The photographs were all taken high above the planet's surface, either snapped by satellites orbiting the Earth or carefully composed by photographers in aircraft. Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, VA, was the art director.