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USPS Centennial Stamps

USPS Centennial Stamps

On August 25, 2016 the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of existence! In honor of this momentous occasion they have decided to celebrate all year long. The National Parks Services is hosting a myriad of events and free park days throughout the year. Today, however, I would like to discuss stamps. Yes…Stamps!

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (Copyright: 2016 USPS)
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (Copyright: 2016 USPS)

The United States Postal Service has decided to join in on the Centennial festivities! On April 25th, the USPS unveiled the 16th, and final, stamp in a brilliant collection to commemorate such an epic birthday. This pane of stamps doesn’t just showcase national parks – it also features a national monument, national historical parks, an aquatic garden, as well as national seashores, allowing for a richly satisfying representation of the parks system. Each stamp has been previewed individually (and alphabetically) since April 4th.

The first week of April previewed five sites including: Acadia National Park, Arches National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Bandelier National Monument, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

The second week, the USPS previewed: Everglades National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Grand Canyon National Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, and Haleakalā National Park.

The final six stamps were previewed the week of April 18th. This unveiling celebrates Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, and Yellowstone National Park (one of the most-visited parks in the system).

The set of National Park Service Centennial stamps will be available on June 2, 2016! (Copyright: 2016 USPS)
The set of National Park Service Centennial stamps will be available on June 2, 2016!
(Copyright: 2016 USPS)

The June 2, 2016 first-day-of-issue ceremony will be held at New York City’s Javits Center (11am) as part of the once-in-a-decade World Stamp Show NY-2016. The show will run from May 28th-June 4th and admission is free. Can’t make it to NYC for the philately (the study of stamps and postal history) event? Dedication ceremonies will also be held at or near each park depicted in the stamp collection.

Want to know more?

Read the USPS press release.

Adventure on Earthlings ~ Tiffany