Vermont’s Beloved Arlington Green Bridge Graces New Priority Mail Stamp

The 2013 Priority Mail stamp has arrived, and it’s a real beauty . . . just like the bridge it honors: Arlington Green Bridge in Bennington County, Vermont. Built in 1852, Arlington Green Bridge is one of the best loved and most photographed bridges in Vermont. It takes its name from the village green that it overlooks.

ArlingtonGreenBridge560-single-BGv1The bridge spans the Batten Kill trout stream in Arlington, just off Route 313 in southern Vermont. Although it stretches 80 feet across the stream, the bridge’s roadbed is only wide enough to allow one lane of traffic to rumble over its wooden planks at a time. The white steeple of the Chapel on the Green rises above the far end of the bridge, and just beyond stands a farmhouse where American artist Norman Rockwell lived and worked from 1943 to 1953.

The Arlington Green Bridge is constructed from wooden planks and timbers, using the lattice truss design patented by architect Ithiel Town in 1820. Five rectangular windows ornament each side of the structure. According to local tradition, the bridge’s sturdiness was demonstrated shortly after it was built when it was swept off its abutments by a flood and came to rest on its side, still spanning the stream. People walked across the flat side of the bridge until it could be righted. Because the bridge was too heavy to be shifted in one piece, it had to be disassembled and rebuilt in its proper place, where it stands today.

We love how artist Dan Cosgrove somehow managed to create an illustration of the bridge that is both modern and retro. What do you think?

The Arlington Green Bridge stamp is available in sheets of 10 self-adhesive stamps, blocks of 4 self-adhesive stamps, or singly.

Old Glory Waves Year-round on New 2013 Stamps

Here’s your first look at A Flag for All Seasons, a set of four Forever® stamps that show Old Glory waving proudly throughout the year against a backdrop of trees. The stamps will be released later this year,

FlagsSeasons-2013-Forever-block4-BGv2The stamp art, gouache on illustration board, is the work of Laura Stutzman, who used personal photographs of the flag as art reference. The seasons are reflected in the colors of the leaves on the trees or, in the case of the flag in winter, the lack of leaves on the background trees. Stutzman’s previous project for USPS was the Flags 24/7 issuance in 2008.

That’s it for the 2013 stamp reveals for this week. We’ll pick up again next week!

Spicebush Swallowtail Stamps Take Wing Today

The new butterfly stamp is finally here! If you liked the 2010 monarch stamp and last year’s , then you’ll love the newest addition to our line of butterfly stamps: .

Spicebush65up-single-v1One of the most beautiful and intriguing of the swallowtail butterflies, the spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus)—which has a wingspan of 3 to 4 inches—is mostly black with ivory spots on the forewings and bands of blue or blue-green iridescence with ivory to pale green spots on the hind wings. It is commonly found along the east coast of North America, from Canada to Florida, but can range as far west as Texas. Adult butterflies sip nectar from flowers including honeysuckle, azalea, and jewelweed.

The new 66-cent stamp is intended for use on large greeting card envelopes and other mail of non-standard shapes and sizes. Envelopes for many large cards requiring the additional postage will feature a silhouette of a butterfly to suggest the use of this stamp.

Do you have any tips for attracting this wonderful butterfly to your garden? Share them with us in the comments.

Civil War Stamp Series to Continue in 2013

We are pleased to announce this morning that our commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861–1865) will continue later this year with the release of the Civil War: 1863 souvenir sheet. The sheet features two stamp designs: the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle of the war, and the Battle of Vicksburg, a complex Union campaign to gain control of the Mississippi River.

CivilWar1863-Forever-Block-v2Art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia, created the stamps using images of Civil War battles. The Battle of Gettysburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 chromolithograph by Thure de Thulstrup (1848–1930), a Swedish-born artist who became an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly after the Civil War. Thulstrup’s work was one of a series of popular prints commissioned in the 1880s by Boston publisher Louis Prang & Co. to commemorate the Civil War.

The Battle of Vicksburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1863 lithograph by Currier & Ives titled “Admiral Porter’s Fleet Running the Rebel Blockade of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, April 16th, 1863.”

The Battle of Gettysburg and Battle of Vicksburg stamps will be issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

The U.S. Postal Service launched the Civil War stamp series in 2011, and a souvenir sheet of two stamp designs is being issued for each year of the war. The series will continue through 2015.

Preserve History With Inauguration Day Souvenir

USPS is offering an official commemorative souvenir cover marking the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.


The Inauguration Day Official Commemorative Cover is available for $9.95 and can be ordered or by calling 800-STAMP-24 and referencing item #788721. The envelope is also available at select Post Offices.

The collectible envelope includes:

  • Color portraits of President Obama and Vice President Biden
  • A White House illustration and typography printed in gold
  • A randomly-selected, affixed Four Flags Forever stamp
  • The official Inauguration Day color postmark incorporating the presidential seal
  • A clear protective sleeve for keepsake preservation.

Supplies are limited so order yours today!