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.
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.
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]
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”
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.
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.