Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Philatlelic Photograph & Factory Tour - Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. - Hato, Aruba

Aruba Aloe Balm N.V.
Hato, Aruba

N 12° 32.449 W 070° 02.239

Short Description: 

Aruba Aloe Balm N.V. aloe vera field, factory, and museum is located at Pitastraat 115, Hato, Aruba.

Long Description:

The aloe industry in Aruba was founded in 1890 by Cornelis Eman, who founded the present day Aruba Aloe Balm N.V., the oldest aloe company in the world and one of the first companies to formulate and manufacture aloe based products.

The tour starts under a divi-divi tree, next to the aloe fields where an employs describes the growing process of the aloe vera plant and demonstrated the removal of the core of the leaves from which the aloe products are made. The tour then goes inside where the aloe is processed and each of the stages of processing are explained such as the aloe cutting room, the testing lab, the filling room, and packing and storage. The tour ends with a visit to the gift shop where you can buy aloe products and the museum with exhibits about the history of aloe.

The aloe vera field extends for 590 feet along Pitastraat and is 450 feet deep at its westernmost boundary. All the aloe plants used to create their products is harvested from this field.

The stamp was issued by Aruba as part of a set of 3 stamps on January 27, 1988 to commemorate aloe production in Aruba.

Natural Arch: Baby Natural Bridge - Arikok National Park, Aruba

Baby Natural Bridge
Arikok National Park, Aruba

N12 32.464 W69 57.486

Short Description: 

Baby Natural Bridge is located on the the northeast shore of Aruba at the site of the former Natural Bridge.

Long Description:

Aruba's Natural Bridge collapsed on September 2, 2005. The bridge spanned a section of Andicuri Bay for a distance of  over 100 feet. It stood 23 feet above sea level. The collapse of the bridge  was followed by the creation a smaller natural bridge called Baby Natural Bridge. The Baby Natural Bridge is about 25 feet long and about 3 feet above sea level.

A visitors center has a huge mural that depicts the original Natural Bridge.

Official Tourist Attraction: Casibari Rock Formation - Casibari, Aruba

Casibari Rock Formations
Casibari, Aruba

N 12° 31.862 W 069° 59.783

Short Description:

The Casibari Rock Formations are located in the center of the island of Aruba about 2.5 miles east of Oranjestad.

Long Description:

Casibari Rock Formation is a cluster of huge boulders made of the mineral tonalite. The boulders rise 14 meters (46 feet) high from the desert floor. Some of the boulders weigh several tons and feature peculiar shapes. The Government of Aruba has created walking trails and steps through the boulders, allowing hikers to reach the top to obtain breathtaking views of the island. One set of steps is used to bring hikers to the top and a separate set of steps is used for the downhill journey.

From the top of the Casibari Rock Formation there is an excellent view of Hooiberg (Haystack) Mountain to the south.

Philatelic Photograph: California Lighthouse - Aruba

California Lighthouse

N 12° 36.821 W 070° 03.085

Short Description: 

The California Lighthouse, a major tourist attraction, is located on a plateau at the north west end of the island of Aruba.

Long Description:

An aluminium sign near the California Lighthouse give the history and the technical details about the California Lighthouse in English and in Spanish. It is inscribed (in English):

Between 1914 and 1916 a large complex, known to locals as the California Lighthouse, was built on the Hudishibana limestone plateau at Aruba's west point. The complex included a lighthouse keeper's residence (now a restaurant), and an impressive flight of steps leading up to the plateau. The California Lighthouse takes its name from a steamer owned by the West India and Pacific Steamship Co., the California, which stuck a rock and sank just off the coast.

The California Lighthouse stands about 30 meters tall and mostly built out of crushed stone, limestone, and cement. The steel construction for the gas lamp, mirrors, and other parts was another 7.5 meters tall. the gas lamp, ordered from France, took quite some time to arrive on the island, its delivery delayed by World War I. Once installed, the light signaled six times a minute - every ten seconds. The rotation mechanism for the light beam was highly ingenious. Over the course of the night, a weight descended from the lantern room to the ground level The first lighthouse keeper's name was Jacob Jacobs.

The lighthouse and its interior were restored between 2015 and 2016, allowing visitors to enter the lighthouse and observe the inside of this iconic landmark, which has certainly become one of the island's most popular attractions. 

Construction period: 1914-1916
Registered in the Monument Register: July 20, 2012
Restored in: 2015-2016
Source: Monumentenbureau, Olga van der Klooster & Michel Bakker
This monument is owned by: Monumentfund Aruba.

The stamp is part of the first set of 16 stamps issued by the newly independent country of Aruba from 1986-1987.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Famous Fictional Figure: Mother Goose - Central Park, NY, NY

Mother Goose
Central Park

N 40° 46.345 W 073° 58.170

Short Description: 

A sculpture depicting Mother Goose in the nursery rhyme Old Mother Goose. It is augmented with Mother Goose characters. The sculpture is located in at the entrance to the Rumsey Playfield, in Central Park, New York City.

Long Description:

A 60" by 42" by 63" granite sculpture of Mother Goose on a 38" by 54" by 72" granite base in depicts Mother Goose riding on a gander. It is a depiction of the nursery rhyme:

Old Mother Goose, when
She wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.

Mother Goose had a house,
'T was built in a wood,
Where an owl at the door
For sentinel stood.

She had a son Jack,
A plain-looking lad;
He was not very good,
Nor yet very bad.

She sent him to market,
A live goose he bought:
"Here! mother," says he,
"It will not go for nought."

Jack's goose and her gander
Grew very fond;
They'd both eat together,
Or swim in one pond.

Jack found one morning,
As I have been told,
His goose had laid him
An egg of pure gold.

Jack rode to his mother,
The news for to tell.
She called him a good boy,
And said it was well.

Mother Goose is wearing a pointed hat and a long flowing cape. She is riding side-saddle on a gander and is surrounded by bas-reliefs sculptures the of nursery rhyme characters Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, Little Jack Horner, Mother Hubbard, and Mary and her little lamb. The sculpture was created Frederick George Richard Roth and a team of carvers. It was installed in Central Park in 1938.

Mother Goose is both a nursery rhyme character and the name given to the Colonial American compiler of traditional children's rhymes. Traditionally, Mother Goose is said to be Mary Goose who lived in Boston and died in 1690.

Statue of Historical Figure: William Shakespeare - Central Park, NY, NY

William Shakespeare
Central Park

N 40° 46.190 W 073° 58.344

Short Description: 

A monument honoring English poet and playwright, William Shakespeare is locate at the south end of The Mall in Central Park, New York City.

Long Description:

An 8' by 3' by 2' bronze statue of William Shakespeare stands on an 8' high by 8' square granite base. The statue was created by John Quincy Adams Ward and the base was created by Henry Parry. The monument was erected April 23, 1864 to honor the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare who was baptised on April 26, 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.

Shakespeare is depicted wearing Elizabethan period clothing consisting of short slashed pants and a cloak. He his holding a book in his right hand.

The back of the base is inscribed:

APRIL 23 1864

William Shakespeare is probably the most famous English writer. In 1609 he published 154 sonnets in a single volume called Sonnets. Throughout his life he wrote some of the most famous plays ever performed. He wrote the following comedies, historical plays, and tragedies:

All's Well That Ends Well 
As You Like It 
The Comedy of Errors 
Love's Labours Lost 
Measure for Measure 
The Merry Wives of Windsor 
The Merchant of Venice 
A Midsummer Night's Dream 
Much Ado About Nothing 
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 
Taming of the Shrew 
The Tempest 
Troilus and Cressida 
Twelfth Night 
Two Gentlemen of Verona 
Winter's Tale

Historical Plays :
Henry IV, part 1 
Henry IV, part 2 
Henry V 
Henry VI, part 1 
Henry VI, part 2 
Henry VI, part 3 
Henry VIII 
King John 
Richard II 
Richard III

Antony and Cleopatra 
Julius Caesar 
King Lear 
Romeo and Juliet 
Timon of Athens 
Titus Andronicus

Among his sonnets are:
The Sonnets 
A Lover's Complaint 
The Rape of Lucrece 
Venus and Adonis 
Funeral Elegy by W.S.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Statue of Historic Figure: Sir Walter Scott - Central Park, NY, NY

Sir Walter Scott
Central Park

N 40° 46.210 W 073° 58.344

Short Description:

 A monument honoring Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist Sir Walter Scott is located behind a 3' high iron fence on the south end of The Mall, known as Literary Walk, in Central Park, New York City.

Long Description:

A 9' by 5.5' by 7' bronze statue of Scottish poet, playwright, and novelist Sir Walter Scott is set on an 8' by 13.5' by 15.5' granite base. Scott is depicted seated on a rock. Scott is seated on a rock. Scott is wearing a jacket and is wrapped in a long cape that reaches his ankles. He is holding a book and a pen with both hands. The book is resting on his left leg. His dog is sitting to his right side.

The statue was created by Sir John Steell and dedicated in Central park on November 2, 1872. The front of the base is inscribed WALTER SCOTT.

Walter Scott was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 15, 1771. He studied law at Edinburgh University. At age 25, while practicing law, he began writing poetry. He achieved recognition as a poet with the publication of the poem, "The Lay of the Minstrel", in 1805. One of his most popular poems "Lady of the Lake" was published in 1810.

Sir Walter Scott is considered to be the creator of the modern historical novel. He wrote the tale of the 1745 Jacobite rising in the Waverley Novels, which was first published anonymously in 1814. His most famous novels include Rob Roy (1817) and Ivanhoe (1820). Scott was also a playwright - MacDuff's Cross (1823) and non-fiction writer The Journal of Sir Walter Scott (1825–1832).

Sir Walter Scott died of typhus on September 21, 1832 and is interred in Dryburgh Abbey, Scotland.