Monthly Archives: April 2016

Beautiful Grand Canyon Postage Stamp


The United States National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday on August 25th of this year. It has been almost one hundred years since an act of Congress was placed in law to protect our national physical crown jewels. The congressional act, enacted on August 25, 1917 as the National Park Service Organic Act,  was quickly signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The first director of the new U.S. government department was Stephen Mather. He served as the NPS first director from May 1917 to January 1929. Mather Point with its spectacular views of the Grand Canyon is near the Grand Canyon Visitors Center. That Viewpoint of the Grand Canyon was named after the first Director of the National Park Service.

In honor of the NPS birthday the United States Postal Service is issuing 16 new beautiful, and I mean gorgeous, stamps in honor of this celebration. Above you will see one of the new first-class Forever stamps. The painting used for this stamp was accomplished by the famous U.S. artist Thomas Moran and was painted in 1912. The view of the Grand Canyon is from Hermit Road on the South Rim.

On Hermit Road there are 10 Viewpoints where you can see this same view. I have just completed an update to my “Grand Canyon Guide” that includes each one of those Viewpoints with descriptions and images from the various locations that this new stamp depicts. To be linked to my “Grand Canyon Guide” click on the book cover below and you will be taken directly to my Amazon Kindle sales page. This guide was just updated last month, March 2016.

The United States Postal Service will be releasing and making available all 16 of the new National Park stamps in June of this year. These 16 stamps are excellent representations of all 59 national parks and 411 official units in the National Park Service system.

For more information and images of these soon-to-be-released stamps you can go to these twitter sites: #NPS100 and #NPSStamps.

For more information on my 30 book collection available at Amazon you can go to my website at:

Frederick Fichman

GC BookCover Update 10-27-14 copy

Bundling Non-Fiction with Fiction

Zoo Cover Slim Collage w-Noah 3-29-16 copy

Just Published on Amazon Kindle, “Visit the Zoo, Anthology, ” 12 books, over 120 animals described and hundreds of pictures with the companion Fantasy-Fiction novel, “Noah’s Adventure.”

The print equivalent of these two books together is 507 pages so you there is enough content to keep young and old alike busy for quite sometime. The wide array of animals featured in the “Visit the Zoo” anthology and the large number of wildlife described makes this anthology of all 12 “Visit the Zoo” books comprehensive and complete. It is like having your own personal docent with you on your next visit to your local zoo. Even if you are just an armchair visitor you will be fascinated by the facts , descriptions, and close-up photographs of these animals.

And on top of that, you will be able to read the newly released “Visit the Zoo” inspired fantasy-fiction novel, “Noah’s Adventure.” This novel, written for all ages, takes you on an expedition to all seven continents with encounters of the animal kingdom. And in this adventure the animals speak to the main character and to you the reader. If you love the famous novel “The Little Prince” you will love this book. And if you love nature and all of it’s beauty and complexity you will want to get your own copy of both books now in one volume.

For direct access to this combined book go to: or click on the book cover image above.

Frederick Fichman

p.s. Do you want to know what animals are included in the “Visit the Zoo” Anthology? Well, here’s the complete list:

  1. Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  2. Adax Antelope  
  3. African Crested Porcupine  
  4. African Serval
  5. Allen’s Swamp Monkey
  6. American Alligator
  7. American Kestrel
  8. Andean Bear  
  9. Anteater
  10. Arabian Oryx  
  11. Arrowana
  12. Australian Black Swan  
  13. Bactrian Camel
  14. Badger
  15. Black Bear
  16. Black Leopard  
  17. Black-Tailed Prairie Dog  
  18. Blue and Gold Macaw
  19. Bonobo
  20. Bontebok
  21. Burro
  22. California Condor
  23. Camel
  24. Cantil
  25. Capybara
  26. Cheetah
  27. Chinchilla
  28. Cliff Chipmunk  
  29. Colorado River Toad  
  30. Cotton-Top Tamarin
  31. Cougar
  32. Dalmatian Pelican  
  33. Defassa Waterbuck  
  34. Desert Bighorn Ewe
  35. Desert Bighorn Ram
  36. East African Crowned Crane  
  37. Eastern Giant Eland
  38. Elephant
  39. Emu
  40. European White Stork
  41. Fennec Fox
  42. Flamingo
  43. Forest Buffalo
  44. Freshwater Ray
  45. Giant Hairy Scorpion
  46. Giant Panda
  47. Giraffe
  48. Golden Eagle  
  49. Goliath Bird-Eating Spider  
  50. Great Blue Heron
  51. Great Egret
  52. Great White Pelican
  53. Green Moray Eel  
  54. Green Tree Python
  55. Grevy’s Zebra
  56. Grey Kangaroo  
  57. Guanaco
  58. Hamadryas Baboon
  59. Harris Antelope Squirrel
  60. Impala
  61. Indian Peafowl
  62. Javalina
  63. Kirk’s Dik Dik
  64. Klipspringer
  65. Komodo Dragon
  66. Lesser Kudu
  67. Linnaeus Sloth
  68. Lion  
  69. Lion-Tailed Macaque
  70. Lowland Anoa
  71. Macaw
  72. Madagascar Hissing Cockroach  
  73. Malayan Tiger
  74. Maned Wolf  
  75. Mexican Wolf
  76. Monarch Butterfly
  77. Neotropical Rattlesnake
  78. Nile Crocodile
  79. Nile Monitor
  80. Okapi
  81. Orangutan
  82. Ornate Monitor
  83. Pancake Tortoise  
  84. Patas Monkey  
  85. Polar Bear
  86. Prevost’s Squirrel
  87. Pronghorn
  88. Pygmy Hippopotamus
  89. Red Kangaroo
  90. Red Neck Ostrich  
  91. Red River Hog
  92. Red Ruffed Lemur  
  93. Red-Handed Tamarin  
  94. Red-Handed Tamarin  
  95. Rhinoceros 
  96. Ringtail Lemur  
  97. Scimitar Oryx  
  98. Secretary Bird
  99. Siberian Reindeer
  100. Slender-Tailed Meerkat
  101. Soemmerring’s Gazelle
  102. Southern Gerenuk
  103. Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat
  104. Spider Monkey  
  105. Spotted Hyena  
  106. Takin
  107. Terciopelo
  108. Thomson’s Gazelle  
  109. Tiger Rat Snake  
  110. Toad
  111. Visayan Warty Pig  
  112. Wallaby
  113. Water Monitor  
  114. Western Lowland Gorilla
  115. White Alligator  
  116. White Spotted Puffer  
  117. White Tiger  
  118. White’s Tree Frog
  119. White-Tailed Deer
  120. Yellow-backed Duiker
  121. Zebra