Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Postal Service Issues Colorful New Stamps All Have Specific Values

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a number of stamps celebrating several American icons—from 19th Century weather vanes to colorful Hawaiian shirts and helpful dogs. They each have a specific value, intended forspecific uses, they are not Forever stamps. All are on sale at local post offices or from www.usps.com.Dogs at Work. This is a set of four 65-cent stamps honoring the efforts of dogs used for comfort, guiding, tracking, and search and rescue. The search-and-rescue dog featured in the set is Mittru, a German shepherd,who participated in recovery efforts after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Other stamps feature a guide dog assisting a blind woman; a military dog scouting and tracking; and a therapy dog visiting an elderly woman in her home. (First Class 2 ozletter rate)

Glacier National Park. This 85-cent stamp pays tribute to one of America’s oldest national parks. This stamp, in the Scenic American Landscapes series features a photograph of Glacier National Park in northwesternMontana. The photograph was taken at Logan Pass, with peaks of the Northern Rocky Mountains shown in the background. In the foreground, melting snowbanks reveal a lush meadow dusted with wildflowers. (First Class 1 oz letter rate to Canada and Mexico)

Wedding Cake. This 65-cent stamp features a wedding cake. The Wedding Cake issuance, first introduced in 2009 and sold at the 2-ounce rate accommodates the heavier weight of an invitation, as well as other mailingssuch as oversize cards of small gifts that require extra postage. (First Class 2 oz letter rate)

Birds of Prey. This is a set of 85-cent stamps saluting the northern goshawk, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, osprey, and northern harrier. These stamps salute the kings of the sky. Each stamp features one of fiveraptors. (First Class 1 oz letter rate to Canada and Mexico)

Aloha Shirts. This is a set of 32-cent stamps showcasing colorful Aloha shirts. The five stamps each depict a different Hawaiian shirt. They are called “Aloha” shirts, using the Hawaiian word spoken as a blessingor greeting. Two of the shirts depicted showcase surfers and their boards; one shows fossil fish, shells, and sea stars; another shows a tropical flower known as the bird of paradise; and one shows Kilauea, a volcano on the southeastern edge of the Big Islandof Hawaii. (First Class postcard rate)

Baltimore Checkerspot (Butterfly). This 65-cent stamp is the second butterfly featured on stamps for large greeting card envelopes that require additional postage. This colorful butterfly is named after George Calvert,Lord Baltimore, who helped found the colony of Maryland. Since 1973, this butterfly has been the official insect of the state. (First Class 2 oz letter rate)

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. This $1.05 stamp is the international rate in the Scenic American Landscape series and features a photograph of Lancaster County, PA. The image captures the beauty of therural landscape as an Amish buggy travels along a country road, passing one of the county’s iconic farms. (First Class 1 oz International rate)

Weather Vanes. This 45-cent stamp is issued in five designs. Each features a photograph of a different eye-catching weather vane: a cow, an eagle, two roosters, and a centaur. All five weather vanes were made inthe United States during the 19th century and now belong to the collection of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. (First Class 1 oz letter rate)

Sailboat Stamped Card. The stamped card is issued at a 32-cent rate. The impressionistic scene, painted in oil, highlights America’s scenic beauty. The sailboat, a one-masted sloop, rests with its sails furled whilea single sailor stands on deck. (stamped post card)

Purple Martin Stamped Envelope. This envelope, Forever, priced at 45 cents, celebrates the largest swallow in North America. The highly realistic stamp art includes a large illustration of a purple martin perchingand a smaller illustration showing the bird in flight. (stamped envelope)

To schedule a presentation for your community, club or group on how the Postal Service brings the Post Office to your home or office computer, call 239-573-9638. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operatingexpenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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