Monday, June 27, 2016

Postal Service Honors U.S. National Park’s 100th Year With 16 New Stamps

The Postal Service has released a new collection of stamps for the centennial year of the U.S. National Park Service. On June 2, 2016, the office unveiled 16 new stamps featuring beautiful paintings and photographs of the national parks. Themes included flora and fauna, park-inspired artwork, and historical structures.

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While this milestone is to be celebrated by fans of the historical National Parks, it’s not a first for the Postal Service. They have previously issued ten stamps in 1966 for the 50th anniversary of the National Parks Services. They also had 10 stamps for the “National Park Year” in 1934, as well as for Yellowstone’s centennial year in 1972.

How are stamps chosen? The competition for ideas is tough, as the U.S. Postal Service has reportedly received about 40,000 suggestions from artists around the globe for stamp ideas every year. However, only about twenty of these designs make the cut.

Stamp collectors and letter senders will love creative and scenic portraits featuring Acadia National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Arches National Park, Bandelier National Monument, the Grand Canyon, Haleakalā, and Yellowstone, among others.

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National parks are not simply vacation spots. These provide priceless cultural, economic, and social benefits to its workers and visitors. Dywer and Associates believes in the importance of conserving national parks. Learn more about the institution’s advocacy and causes by visiting this page.