Received: 6th November 2012 Distance: 6277 km (3,900 miles) Travel time: 13 days.
Thank you, Heidi from Maryland, USA.
Her postcard shows a collage of pictures and symbols of Maryland.
A list of symbols of the U.S. state of Maryland. The majority of the items in the list are officially recognized symbols created by an act of the Maryland General Assembly and signed into law by the governor. However, two of the more famous symbols of Maryland, the state motto and the state nicknames, were never made official by the state government. While the state seal derives from the colonial heritage of the state, the majority of official state symbols were designated in the last few decades.
The flag of the state of Maryland consists of the heraldic banner of George Calvert, 1st Baron Baltimore. It is the only state flag in the united States to be based on English heraldry. It was officially adopted by Maryland in 1904.
Motto: Fatti maschii, parole femine. Literally: manly deeds, womanly words. Officially: strong deeds, gentle words. The state motto has never been formally adopted, though it was the motto of the Calvert family upon the founding of Maryland in 1634 and appears on the Great Seal of Maryland.
Nicknames: The Old Line State. The Free State. The Old Line State might have originated as a nickname given by George Washington during the Revolutionary War to the Maryland line of troops. The Free State originated from an editorial in the Baltimore Sun in 1923 on how Maryland should be free by seceding from the Union rather than prohibiting alcohol.
Seal: The Great Seal of Maryland. The obverse side shows Lord Baltimore as a knight on a charging horse. The reverse side shows the Calvert seal, a plowman, a fisherman, the state motto and a Latin text that translate as "You have crowned us with the shield of your goodwill."