Today is the first day of summer, and you know what that means: backyard barbecues, naps in the shade, family vacations, blockbuster movies, iced tea and lemonade . . . and stamps! That’s right, things are really going to start heating up (ha!) in the coming weeks. Here’s just some of what we have planned:
A trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, for the release of the Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps on July 20. The stamps recognize the accomplishments of four baseball greats: Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Ted Williams. (Boston, Cleveland, New York City, and Pittsburgh fans, don’t worry. We have baseball events planned for your towns on July 21!)
The release of the Innovative Choreographers stamps on July 28 in Los Angeles, California. The stamps pay tribute to four of the nation’s most influential choreographers: Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse.
The completion of the incredible Flags of Our Nation series with the issuance of the last set of ten stamp designs. Texas, Utah, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, this means you! (The tenth design is the Stars and Stripes.) The stamps will be released on August 16 at StampShow 2012 in Sacramento. Will you be there?
The issuance of a stamp honoring prolific author Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan of the Apes and John Carter of Mars. The stamp coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Burroughs’s first story, “Under the Moons of Mars,” and his first Tarzan story, “Tarzan of the Apes,” in 1912. It will be released August 17 in, where else, Tarzana, California.
The start of a new stamp series commemorating the War of 1812, beginning with the release of the USS Constitution stamp on August 18 at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Massachusetts.
The 150th anniversary of the birth of O. Henry, one of America’s most popular writers of short fiction whose stories include “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief.” Birthday celebrations, and the stamp release, take place September 11 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
And that’s just the big stuff! Stay tuned here all summer long for trivia contests, exclusive stamp subject tidbits, event photos, behind-the-scenes interviews, stamp crafts (!), and lots more. Have a story or photo you want to share? Email us at uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com, and we may feature it in an upcoming post.
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