Last week we saluted American patriotism by issuing the Patriotic Star stamp at the National Postal Forum in San Francisco, California. The 46-cent First-Class stamp is available in strips of 25 stamps for consumer use and coils of 10,000 stamps for business customers.
“With a history dating back to the original United States flag, the 5-pointed star is literally part of the fabric of our nation,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing/Sales Officer and Executive Vice President Nagisa Manabe. “It’s often said the Postal Service also is part of the American fabric, for keeping our nation connected. It’s therefore fitting that we honor our joint heritage with the Patriotic Star First-Class stamp.”
Joining Manabe in dedicating the stamps were The Calmark Group Vice President of Postal Affairs Stephen Colella; Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Ruth Goldway; National Postal Forum Executive Director Maureen Goodson; and U.S. Postal Service San Francisco District Manager Rosemarie Fernandez.
“Self-adhesive stamps in coils of 10,000 for years have increased stamp affixing productively and efficiency,” said Colella. “Our clients always welcome new designs.”
“This lively and highly decorative new stamp is great for both individuals and business mailers,” added Goldway. “It reminds us of the vital role the mail and the Postal Service play in our nation’s economy and heritage.”
This striking First Day Cover features an affixed stamp and an official First Day of Issue postmark. Click the image for details.
To obtain the official First Day of Issue postmark by mail, purchase the Patriotic Star stamps and affix them to envelopes of your choice. Address the envelopes (to yourself or others) and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Patriotic Star Stamp
Debbie Brady/Elisa Sloan NPF
PO Box 7838
San Francisco, CA 94120-7838
After applying the First Day of Issue postmark, USPS will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark for fewer than 50 requests; there is a 5-cent charge per postmark for orders exceeding 50. All orders must be postmarked by May 19.