This stamp was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nevada statehood. It was first placed on sale through the Carson City, Nevada, post office 50 years ago, on July 22, 1964.The shape on the right side of the stamp is that of the Nevada state map. The background features a view of Virginia City.
Virginia City sprang up as a boomtown following the 1859 discovery of the Comstock Lode, the first major silver deposit discovery in the United States. At its peak in the mid-1860s it had an estimated 25,000 residents, but the mines' output declined after 1878. Virginia City is now a tourist attraction. Its 2010 population was only about 855. (source: Wikipedia).
Colorful display of historic antique objects includes a beautifully preserved early train and steam engine of the Virginia-Truckee Railroad which "opened up" the area during the historic silver boom.The USPS issued a stamp on May 29, 2014 to honor Nevada's 150th anniversary. This stamp has a view of an area in Fire Canyon, part of Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park. At dawn, the sandstone formations glow in shades of brilliant reds and yellows — a result of various quantities of iron in the rock — highlighted by deep purple and blue shadows.
This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog