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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA // Middle Atlantic Region // Eastern Time
(The Keystone State)
(Proprietary) Colony established: March 4, 1681 by William Penn, Philadelphia founding in 1682
Independence declared: July 4, 1776
Union admittance: December 12, 1787 // 2nd state
[Display overwiew of states formed out of the original 13 colonies]

#4317 // August 11, 2011
(self-adhesive coil definitive)
Flags of Our Nation Series
Pennsylvania State Flag
and white-tailed deer
#1990 // April 14, 1982
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
State Bird & Flower of
Ruffed Grouse
(Bonasa umbellus)
and Mountain Laurel
#1634 // February 23, 1976
(ex pane of 50 different stamps)
American Bicentennial Series
Pennsylvania State Flag

#724 // October 24, 1932 // Philadelphia, PA
250th Anniversary of the
founding of Pennsylvania Colony

Portrait of William Penn
(* 1644, † 1718),
Founder of the colony on March 4, 1681,
Colonial government established and
founding of Philadelphia in 1682
#2337 // August 27, 1987 // Harrisburg, PA
Pennsylvania Statehood,
Ratification of the Constitution
on December 12, 1787

Independence Hall (built in 1741),
Philadelphia, PA

#1064 // January 15, 1955 // Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
oldest museum and school of arts in the USA

Self Portrait (1822) of the founder
Charles Wilson Peale
(* 1741, † 1827),
"The Artist in His Museum"
#1065 // February 12, 1955 // East Lansing, MI
First of the Land-Grant Colleges
Michigan State College
Pennsylvania State University

Open Book and Symbols of Subjects Taught

#2040 // April 29, 1989 // Germantown, PA Mi #1180 // May 5, 1983 // Bonn, Germany
Joint issue of USA and Germany
German Immigration

Emigrant sailing ship "Concord"
Germantown - Pennsylvania
On July 24, 1683, thirteen Mennoite emigrant families from the German city of Krefeld, located in the Lower Rhine region, travelled on board of the 300 tons English emigrant sailing vessel "Concord" from Gravesend, England to the New World in search of religious freedom. The families had responded to an invitation from William Penn (* 1644, † 1718), founder and proprietor of the English colony of Pennsylvania, to settle in his colony.

On October 6, 1683, the "Concord" dropped anchor on the shores of the Delaware River close to the town of Philadelphia. The German immigrants, led by Franz Daniel Pastorius (* 1651, † 1719), founded the settlement of Germantown on 43,000 acres [186 km2] land, wich they had purchased from William Penn. The settlement, only two hours walk on an old Indian path northwest of Philadelphia, was the first German settlement on American soil.

In 1854 Germantown proper, and the adjacent German Township, were incorporated into the City of Philadelphia by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act of Consolidation. Germantown still exists to the present as a neighborhood in the northwest section of the City of Philadelphia, PA. The neighborhood is rich in historic sites and buildings from the colonial era.

FDC with US and German stamp and postmark
more ...

#C150 // January 20, 2012 // Lancaster, PA
Air Mail Stamp
American Landscape Series
Lancaster County, PA,
settled in 1710, center of
"Pennsylvania Dutch Country"

Rural landscape with
horse-drawn Amish Buggy on the road

#3598 // April 4, 2002
(ex pane of 50 stamps, one for each state)
Greetings from Pennsylvania

Illustration of contemporary postcard
in the style of the 1930s/1940s

View Pennsylvania state quarter
View Pennsylvania state map
View Pennsylvania clock

The state is named in honor of Admiral Sir William Penn (* 1621, † 1670),
the father of the founder of the Pennsylvania colony and the city of
Philadelphia in 1682, William Penn (* 1644, † 1718).
"Pennsylvania" means "Penn's woodland".
Land Area
rounded mi2 [km2]
44,817 [116.076]
ranked 32nd
(census 2010)
ranked 6th
Population Density
per mi2 [km2] of land area
284 [109]
ranked 10th
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has 67 counties.
Beer Alert!
Pennsylvania is the home of the author's favourite brewery in the USA.
The Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg and Gettysburg.
Do not forget to visit at least one of the both ABC locations
when you travel to Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania shares in the northwest a 42-mile-long (68 km) international
water border on Lake Erie with the Canadian province of Ontario.

Stamped Cards 

#UX145 // March 13, 1990 // New York City
Stamped Postal Card
American Papermaking
1690 - 1990

Rittenhouse Papermill (circa 1770), Germantown, PA,
the watermark (left) appears on the first paper made in the USA on this site in 1690


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