Saturday, June 29, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: Fortitude the NYPL Lion - NY, NY

Interesting Places I've Visited
Fortitude - New York Public Library Lion
New York, NY
Topic: Philatelic Photographs

GPS: N40° 45.183; W073° 58.891

Quick Description: 

A pair of lions decorate the 5th Avenue entrance to the main branch of the New York Public Library. 

Long Description:

The main New York Public Library occupies a Beaux-Arts building on 5th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Guarding the entrance is a pair of famous marble lion sculptures. The south lion is nicknamed Patience the north lion is Fortitude. The names were assigned former Mayor  Fiorello La Guardia. They described the qualities New Yorkers needed during the Great Depression. The Library adopted these lions as mascots and now they are the library's logo.

The lions were created by Edward Clark Potter and the Piccirilli Brothers executed the carving out of pink Tennessee marble. In 2004, the lions were cleaned and restored.

The stamp depicts the right side of the north lion, Fortitude. It was issued by the United States on November 9, 2000 to pay the presorted bulk mail rate of 10 cents.

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