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”

2017 U.S. Duck Stamp to Feature Hautman Painting

[USFWS Press Release]

James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minn., is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.  The announcement was made today by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Steve Guertin at the annual contest, held at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

James Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese.
James Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. Image courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or “Duck Stamp,” which will go on sale in late June 2017.  This is Hautman’s fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win, tying him with his brother Joseph, whose art appears on the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp.

James Hautman’s art previously appeared on the 1991-1992, 1995-1996, 1999-2000 and 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamps.

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Star Trek Forever Stamps Celebrated

The Star Trek forever stamps debuted September 2 in New York City during the Star Trek: Mission New York event. Here are some photos from the first-day ceremony courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

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