New Madonna and Child Stamp Oct. 18

United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp.
United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp.

The United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp will be issued October 18 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at noon at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. (across from Union Station).

This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, a 15th-century tempra-on-panel painting in the Widener Collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The painting is dated to circa 1470, and its anonymous artist is known only as “a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino.” William Gicker of Washington, D.C., was the art director for the stamp.

2017 U.S. Stamps Announced

[USPS press release]

What do Love, skywriting, Year of the Rooster, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture all have in common? They are among the subjects of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2017 Stamp program announced today.

For more than 130 years, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to United States history. The 2017 stamp subjects are in keeping with this rich tradition.

“The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of a few subjects of our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps that will have wide appeal to stamp enthusiasts in America and abroad,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “Stamps are miniature works of art that tell America’s story; this is only the beginning as we will announce more subjects going forward.”

Here’s a glimpse of the 2017 stamp program [click images to see more]:

The Million Dollar Duck Film

 

The Million Dollar Duck poster
The Million Dollar Duck poster.

A new film — The Million Dollar Duck — gives us a chance to see the characters and back story involved today in one of America’s most long-lived stamp series: the federal duck stamp.

The 72-minute film debuted September 14 on the Animal Planet network. For those who missed it, the film will be rebroadcast at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, September 25. Also available on iTunes and Amazon.

The documentary focuses on the strange and wonderful world of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried, art competition run by the U.S. government, in this case, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Continue reading “The Million Dollar Duck Film”

Free Tickets to Wonder Woman First-Day Ceremony

Wonder Woman forever stamps.
Wonder Woman forever stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate the four new Wonder Woman forever stamps Friday, October 7 at 9 a.m. in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at 655 W. 34th Street. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place prior to the opening of New York Comic Con.

There are a limited number of free tickets available for the ceremony. The tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to this USPS website.

Ticket requests are limited to one per individual.

The tickets will provide you with access to the stamp dedication ceremony only and not include free admittance to Comic Con.

New Butterfly Stamp September 24

The United States Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly nonmachineable rate stamp, currently at 68-cents, will be issued September 24. The first-day-of-issue location is Kansas City, Missouri, without a ceremony.

[Details about the stamp from USPS]

U.S. Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp.
U.S. Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp.

The Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly stamp graces the series as the sixth non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations, or announcements.

The stamp art was created on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern tailed-blue rather than an exact replica. Continue reading “New Butterfly Stamp September 24”