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Look what we got for our Birthday
by Steve Suter,posted May 1 2012 11:32AM
Louisiana today received one of the nation’s highest honors with the issuance of a Forever stamp by the U.S. Postal Service to celebrate the state’s bicentennial. The stamp goes on sale today at Post Offices, online at usps.com/shop and by phone at 800-782-6724.
Affectionately known as the “Pelican State,” Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union on April 30, 1812.
“Today, the Postal Service is proud to add to its collection of stamps dedicated to this marvelous state — a stamp that celebrates the 200 years to this day since Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union,” said Anthony Vegliante, the Postal Service’s chief human resources officer and executive vice president, who served as the dedicating official.
Fifty years ago, the Postal Service issued a four-cent stamp honoring the 150th anniversary of Louisiana statehood. In 1976 — in conjunction with the American Bicentennial — the Postal Service issued a 13-cent stamp honoring the Louisiana state flag.
Six years later, the Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the Brown Pelican as Louisiana’s state bird and the magnolia as the state flower.
Then in 2002, a stamp was issued featuring the iconic image of a pelican and a horse-drawn carriage along New Orleans Jackson Square when commemorating Louisiana in the Postal Service’s “Greetings from America” stamp series.
Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamp, which features a photograph of Flat Lake taken by C.C. Lockwood. Lockwood has lived in Louisiana for more than 40 years and is renowned for his wildlife and nature photography. In the stamp image, a setting sun casts the shadows of bald cypress trees hung with Spanish moss across the dark water. Flat Lake is located in the Atchafalaya Basin, the largest contiguous river swamp in the United States. Its bayous are home to alligators, crawfish, snakes, turtles, nutria, owls and eagles.
The Louisiana Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. At the time of issuance, the Louisiana Statehood stamps are being sold at a price of 45 cents each, or $9.00 per sheet.
Customers may view the Louisiana Statehood Forever Stamp, as well as this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/stamp-releases/2012. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for background on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.