Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Stamp collecting is for kids,
filii most of the philatelic publications providing information and news about the hobby have been geared for grownups That is, until now.
A new, easy-to-read publication by Scott, producers of catalogs and albums for many
years, has been introduced to the younger set It’s tailed “Scot ta Ik” and is edited by kids The editorial board is composed of seven young collectors ranging in age from in to is
Seottalk will have six issues a year. It will contain stories about collectors and how they are building their collections, news about new stamps of the U S and other countries of the world, news about stamp clubs, pen pal lists, games and puzzles.
For a fret* copy of the first edition,write to Scott Publishing Co., 3 E. 57th street. New York. N. Y 111022.
Old photographs of children are featured on four new stamps by the Netherlands to commemorate 50 years of child welfare stamps in that country’ These adhesives, all semipostals, are part of a half-century series of stamps released every Christmas by the Netherlands. The added, values go to charitable organizations which aid needy children, reports the World Wide Philatelic Agency.
The 30-cent plus 15 brown and dark gray depicts a boy with hoop The 35-eent plus 20 red shows two young girls and a baby The 45-cent plus 20 gray illustrates two young girls posing for a photo, the fiO-cent plus 20 blue and dark gray portrays two young girls sitting beside a carved chest.
A souvenir sheet was also issued with the set It features the four stamps in a special design un one sheet
Collectors who specialize in stamps from the Netherlands can purchase an album just for issues of that country. It alsrt includes former Dutch colonies The album is part of the individual countries albums published by Minkus and available at your local dealer
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It seems anticlimactic with the announcements of scores of nations issuing stamps for Christmas But Christmas island, the largest atoll in the Pacific, was discovered by ( apt. James Cook in 1777 The design of the 7-cent and 30-cent stamps depict a star with the figures of Mary and the Christ Child
When Great Britain issued a set of four stamps last month to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill, it marked the first time that a commoner (nonroyalty) appeared on more than one issue of British stamps. The stamps covered Churchill’s career from IWW to IMI Portraits of Sir Winston show him in the uniform of bird Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1M2, shortly after Dunkirk in IMH, as Secretary of War and Air in 1919 and in the uniform of the South African Light Horse in IWW
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The United Nations Postal Administration has issued a new stamp as a tribute to its “I.aw of the Sea
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The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed , Der 4. 1974 5/k
Tallest Building Offers Mind-Boggling Statistics — Up and Down
By Nick Gregory
CHICAGO (UPI) - Slightly more than one acre of land in downtown Chicago contains enough concrete, 73,0011 cubic yards, to build an eight lane highway five miles long or, the world’s tallest building
It took 76,000 tons of structural steel, 17,200 tons of refrigeration equipment and, at times, 2.400 workers a day to build the Sears Tower It rises 1,454 feet without rooftop add-ons — which makes it 104 feet taller than the runner-up World Trade (’enter of New York, and 20 feet beyond the top of the old champ, the Empire State Building
On a clear day you can see the great tower with its split second flashing beacon from up to 30-35 miles away. From the observation desk, or skydeck. on the 103rd floor of the I IO-story highest-rise. you can sts' a guod portion of Illinois and lesser portions of Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin
cd only by the Pentagon with 6 5 million The tower had no official opening Its first occupants, all Soars employes, began moving in during September, 1073, about a year before the structure was completed and more followed as space be came available
There are more than 16,000 bronze-tinted windows in the Sears Tower, but not one hu-
man window washer Six automatically operated machines move on tracks up and down the side of the building at 45 feet per minute to wash the windows and scrub the building’s outer surface The only manpower misled is for aligning the machines Dirty water is vacuumed up, filtered and reused.
The exterior surface of the building is coated with enough black aluminum “skin’’ to cover 28 aeries.
By Anderson & leeming
Sears, Roebuck Co. occupies the bottom 50 floors and rents out the remainder About 7,000 Sears employes work in the tower, which has a work force capacity estimated at 16,700 As of November the building was about 80 percent occupied
4 Years Ts Complete
It took slightly more than four years to complete the tower after groundbreaking in the spring of 1070 The* skydeck has become one of the* city’s most popular
drawing cards, attracting an average of 6,100 visitors daily and many more visiting on complimentary passes Income generated by visitors is $8,500 a day or more than $3 million annually.
A sloping plaza at the
ground level is surfaced in red granite imported from Ar
gentina. The floors and walls inside in public areas are
covered in Italian travertine marble.
There is enough telephone conductor wire in the tower to go around the world one and
three-quarter times. The building contains 350 pay telephones and 7,000 more locations for occupants The tower’s so-called “life-safety system’’ includes automatic sprinklers, smoke detectors, emergency diesel generators and sophisticated communications in what Sears calls “the most complete life-safety system ever devised for a high rise building.’’
The elevator system consists of 76 single dec k cabs and
14 double-deckers, divided into three zones to speed up service. Two express cars ascend to the 1.35,3-foot-high skydeck in less than one minute
Public services in the lower level and mezzanine include a hank, five restaurants, barber shop, drug store, optometrist, print shop and four apparel shops Underneath is a 150-car tenant parking lot.
Heating cables under surrounding sidewalk and parking approaches prevent snow and ice from accumulating
Designed by the firm of Skidmore. Owings and Merrill, the tower rests on nine 75-by - 75 - foot column - free squares. Setbacks at the 50th. 66th and 80th floors give the structure the appearance of a cluster of skyscrapers tied together The building contains 4 5 million square feet, making it the largest private office building in the world, exceed-
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