Monday, March 5, 2012

Beautiful New Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service recently introduced three new beautiful stamps featuring scenes from across America. One is a First Class Forever postage stamp for mailing letters. The other two are for Priority and Express mail.

The First Class stamp marks the celebration of Arizona's 100th birthday. Arizona became the 48th state in the U.S. in 1912, the last of the contiguous states to enter the union.

The stamp features artwork by Ed Mell, a native of Phoenix. Well known for his distinctive modernist renderings of the Southwest desert landscape, Mell applies this approach to his portrayal of Cathedral Rock, one of the colorful and much admired sandstone rock formations of Sedona, Arizona.

The U.S. Postal Service recognized another celebration — 25th anniversary of Florida’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge — by issuing the $5.15 Sunshine Skyway Bridge Priority Mail stamp. The stamp, designed by Carl T. Hermann of North Las Vegas, NV, showcases a digital illustration created by artist Dan Cosgrove of Chicago, IL. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Pre-Stamped Priority Mail Envelope is being issued at the $5.15 rate. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge Priority Mail stamp is being issued singly, in blocks of four or 10 and in self-adhesive sheets of 20 at the $5.15 rate or $103 per sheet.

On the other side of the country, in California, the U.S.P.S. released a stamp honoring the Carmel Mission, founded in 1770 as Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Río Carmelo. The stamp is an Express Mail stamp, priced at $18.95 each. It is available as a single stamp, in a block of four or a sheet of 10.

The Carmel Mission stamp was designed by art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia., and features an illustration of the mission in Carmel, California, by artist Dan Cosgrove of Chicago, Illinois. The artwork depicts the façade of Carmel Mission with its dome-shaped bell tower and elaborate star-shaped window.

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