USPS honors Henry David Thoreau

The US Postal Service will hold a First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Henry David Thoreau Commemorative Forever stamp at Walden Pond in Concord MA tomorrow, May 23 at 11 AM. The event is free and open to the public.

The stamp celebrates writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) on the bicentennial year of his birth. The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting of Thoreau’s face based on a famous 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. On the right side of the stamp is Thoreau’s signature of his last name. Below the signature is a branch of sumac leaves.

With Thoreau’s personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism, and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity’s role in the natural world, he continues to inspire new generations to assert their independence, reinterpret his legacy, and ask challenging questions of their own. Sam Weber of Brooklyn, NY, was the stamp artist. Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp.

USPS celebrates Latin American cuisine on forever stamps

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The U.S. Postal Service today celebrates the influence of Central and South America, Mexican and Caribbean foods and flavors on American cuisine with the issuance of new Delicioso Forever stamps during a first-day-of-issue ceremony in conjunction with Salud y Sabor and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The Delicioso stamps feature bright and playful illustrations of tamales, flan, sancocho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche. This booklet of 20 stamps includes four of the tamales and flan designs and three of each of the other designs. The names of the six dishes appear in a festive font above each mouthwatering image. Continue reading

Deaf Studies Pioneer Robert Panara Immortalized on a Stamp

ROCHESTER, NY — Robert Panara, an influential teacher, poet and pioneer in the field of deaf studies, was immortalized as the 16th inductee into the U.S. Postal Service’s Distinguished American stamp series on a Forever stamp today. The dedication ceremony took place at the theatre bearing his name at Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID). Continue reading

Nebraska Statehood Forever Stamp issued today

LINCOLN, NE — The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the 150th anniversary of Nebraska statehood today by issuing a Forever stamp depicting a photograph taken on the banks of the Platte River as sandhill cranes flew low overhead at sunset. Nicknamed the Cornhusker State, the 37th state admitted to the union also ranks 37th in population with almost 1.9 million residents.

Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The public is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #NebraskaStamps and #NebraskaStatehood. Continue reading