Dedication of Civil War: 1863 Stamps Set

You are invited to the official release of the Civil War: 1863 stamps at Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Please come join us!

Vicksburg FDOI inviteA stamp dedication ceremony will also take place the same day in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

New Waves of Color Stamps Coming Dec. 1

We are delighted today to announce that the Waves of Color stamps will be issued Saturday, December 1, at the Florida State Stamp Show inside the Central Florida Fairgrounds (4603 West Colonial Drive) in Orlando, Florida.

These four distinctive and elegant new stamps will lend a contemporary appearance to packages, large envelopes, and other mailings. The stamps are denominated at the $1, $2, $5, and $10 rates and are available for pre-order now.

Connie Totten-Oldham, USPS stamp development manager, will dedicate the stamps. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. Hope to see you there!

Earthscapes Stamps Kick Off National Stamp Collecting Month

Thank you to everyone who came out to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, this past Monday for the dedication ceremony of the Earthscapes Forever® stamps!

Depicting America’s diverse landscapes on photos taken from ultra lights to satellites, the Earthscapes stamps provide a view of the nation’s diverse landscapes in a whole new way—from heights ranging from several hundred feet above Earth to several hundred miles in space. Each stamp’s unique perspective makes it a window into a world most of us never experience.The photographs on the stamps were all taken high above the planet’s surface, either snapped by orbiting satellites or carefully composed by photographers in aircraft.

“Once you’ve seen the world from above, you never look at it quite the same way again,” U.S. Postal Service Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett said. “That’s why the Postal Service is proud to offer these Earthscapes stamps, which invite us to take a bird’s-eye view of the land we all share.”

Joining Corbett in dedicating the stamps were NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Director Christopher Scolese; NASA Landsat Project Scientist Jeff Masek; Earthscapes stamp photographer Cameron Davidson; Smithsonian National Postal Museum Education Director K. Allison Wickens; Linn’s Stamp News Senior Editor-Digital Media Jay Bigalke; and WJLA/ABC-TV Meteorologist Bob Ryan.

“For nearly 50 years, NASA has been at the forefront of looking at Earth from the unique vantage point of space” Scolese said.

NASA uses a fleet of satellites to study Earth and to better understand the changing climate, its interaction with life, and how human activities affect the environment. Through partnerships with national and international agencies, NASA science enables the application of this understanding for the well-being of society.

What a way to kick off National Stamp Collecting Month! We are on cloud nine.

Favorite Links of the Week: Earthscapes Redux

It’s that time of the week again, and there’s been so much buzz about the new Earthscapes (Forever®) stamps, issued on Monday, that we’re devoting another week of favorite links to them.

WTTG Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., interviewed Executive Director of Stamp Services Steve Kearney at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, before Monday’s issuance ceremony, offering some great inside information about the creation of the stamps.

The scientific, as well as aesthetic, importance of the Landstat 7 Satellite images included on the sheet is explained on RedOrbit.com.

Pacific Northwesterners at The Oregonian celebrated the appearance of the famous volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens on the Earthscapes sheet.

The Green Bay Press Gazette covered a special unveiling of the cherry orchard stamp, which features a Door County, Wisconsin, orchard in bloom.

The less iconic but, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal points out, very real depiction of Sin City is captured in a shot of a residential subdivision.

Meteorologist Bob Ryan of WJLA ABC7 in Washington, D.C., who was master of ceremonies at the issuance event on Monday, talks about his favorite stamps on the sheet.

And if you weren’t able to make it to the ceremony, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center put together a video of highlights from the official dedication.

If all this excitement is any indication, you may want to heed Mr. Kearney’s advice and get your Earthscapes stamps as soon as you can!

USS Constitution Stamp Sets Sail

Despite the rain, more than a thousand of you joined us last Saturday for a wonderful First Day of Issue Ceremony in honor of the new War of 1812: USS Constitution stamp. Thank you to Gov. Barnett; Cmdr. Matthew Bonner, Constitution‘s 72nd commanding officer; Boston Postmaster James Holland; and all the collectors and fans who made the event truly special.

“It is such an honor for Constitution to be immortalized on a Forever stamp,” Bonner said. “And there is no better time than during the bicentennial of the War of 1812 during which Constitution and the Navy played such a pivotal role.”

During the war, USS Constitution became a symbol of the young nation’s independence and an inspiration to future generations. With his 1830 poem, “Old Ironsides,” Oliver Wendell Holmes aroused popular support to repair the venerable ship, which continued to serve in various capacities for much of the 19th century.

Today Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, is docked at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, Massachusetts, and is manned by a crew of active-duty U.S. Navy sailors. She was officially designated as “America’s Ship of State” in 2009. In preparation for the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Constitution has been restored to more closely resemble her appearance during that historic conflict.

The stamp’s First Day of Issue ceremony took place at the USS Constitution Museum in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Ceremony programs and first day covers can be purchased online.