We’re just a few weeks into the new year, and already we’re overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the 2013 stamp program. All across the country, communities small and large have embraced the stamps released so far, stoked excitement about upcoming releases, and reminded us that stamps reflect all facets of American life.
Who knew, for example, that the new Apples postcard stamps would resonate just as strongly in West Virginia (where the Golden Delicious is the state fruit) as in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, home to the Baldwin variety as well as stamp artist John Burgoyne.
The Apples stamps drew dozens of enthusiasts to lovely Yakima, Washington—home to 60 percent of the state’s apple production—for the town’s first ever stamp unveiling. Woohoo!
And the New York Apple Association (NYAA), based in Fishers, New York, also joined the fun this week when it learned that the Apples stamps feature the local Northern Spy variety. “To celebrate,” said Molly Golden, director of marketing for NYAA, “we suggest consumers bake a pie with Spies and any other great New York apple variety.” Love the idea! Recipes anyone?
In other local stamp news:
- New York City residents—and lots of other people, too—went gaga over news this week that the new Express Mail stamp features a gorgeous illustration of one of the city’s best loved landmarks: Grand Central Terminal. The stamp will be released Friday, February 1. New Yorkers were also excited to learn that the release of the Modern Art in America stamps will take place on March 7 and coincide with Armory Arts Week.
- The Alaska SeaLIfe Center (and its mascot Tuffy!) hosted a fun-filled unveiling of the Tufted Puffins stamp earlier this week in Seward, Alaska. “It’s a tremendous honor,” said Seward Postmaster Jerry Nassen.
- A beloved Vermont landmark, the Arlington Green Bridge in Bennington County, is featured on the new Priority Mail stamp issued this morning.
- Finally, the residents of Greensboro, North Carolina, are invited to an unveiling of the Emancipation Proclamation stamp tomorrow morning at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Thanks to all the communities around the country that have embraced stamps as part of their local story. You truly bring stamps to life.