USPS has memorialized the contributions of America’s industrial-era workers on a sheet of 12 new Forever® stamps titled Made in America: Building a Nation. The stamps, which feature black-and-white photographs of early 20th-century industrial workers, were dedicated earlier today at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., by Postmaster General Pat Donahoe.
“With Labor Day around the corner, the Postal Service is proud to honor the men and women who helped build this country with their own hands,” said Donahoe. “They mined the coal that warmed our homes. They made the clothes we wore on our backs. Let each stamp serve as a small reminder of the dedication, work ethic, and sacrifices that make America great.”
Joining Donahoe at the ceremony was recently-appointed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Tom Perez, Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO Elizabeth Shuler, and other union leaders.
“Stamps are like a miniature American portrait gallery,” said Labor Secretary Perez. “They are an expression of our values and a connection to our past. That’s why it’s so fitting that that this series depicts Americans at work. These iconic images tell a powerful story about American economic strength and prosperity. These men and women and millions like them really did build a nation.”
Each stamp on the sheet features a different man or woman at work. They include: an airplane maker, textile worker, powerhouse mechanic, millinery apprentice, linotyper, and a coal miner. Also featured are workers at the Empire State Building—a derrick worker, welder, laborer and riveters.
The Made in America: Building A Nation Forever® stamps are available now at usps.com/stamps, by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.
You have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Affix the stamps to envelopes of your choice, address the envelopes (to yourself or others), and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:
Made in America: Building a Nation Stamps
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, USPS will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, the price is 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Oct. 8, 2013.