Today we are very pleased to announce the release of Earthscapes, a set of 15 stamps that celebrate the beauty and diversity of America’s landscape . . . as seen from above.
Have you ever looked out an airplane window at the ground far below? You might have seen circles, rectangles, curves, and other shapes—some of them all but invisible at ground level—turning the Earth into an ever-changing abstract painting.
Nature is the artist here, but so too are we. Long, sinuous lines might be rivers or roads; squares and rectangles could be fields of crops or city blocks. Colors are seasonal and depend on current environmental conditions as well as the presence (or absence) of human activity.
Much of the magic of these scenes is, perhaps, a matter of perspective. Nevertheless, whether you’re looking straight down or out at an angle, almost any high place (a plane in flight, mountaintop, city skyscraper) offers a portrait of our world and ourselves found nowhere else.
The Earthscapes stamps feature three types of scenes: natural (top row), agricultural (center row), and urban (bottom row). All the images were taken from aircraft or satellites. Limited by their small size, however, each stamp depicts just a fragment of a geographical area. Some of the images were cropped to fit the square stamp format.
The Earthscapes stamps are being issued in sheets of 15 self-adhesive Forever® stamps. (Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.) At the time of issuance, the stamps are being sold at a price of 45 cents each, or $6.75 per sheet. Look for the stamps in your neighborhood Post Office or order them online from The Postal Store.