I join the Smithsonian Institution in celebrating the Fourth of July by sharing these historical stamps from the National Postal Museum‘s collection. The Smithsonian has been preserving America’s history and sharing the stories, ideals and indomitable, innovative spirit that unite all Americans for more than 170 years.
Awesome. That describes today’s total solar eclipse, the first to sweep across the United States from coast-to-coast in 99 years. Whether you were in the “path of totality”, where you got to experience daytime darkness, or north or south, where you got a glimpse of the “partial eclipse” with those hard-to-find solar eclipse glasses, it was an event that brought millions of people together.
The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp (above), issued by the United States Postal Service on June 20, 2017, is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch. Placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon (below). The image reverts back to the black disc once it cools. Pretty cool!
Today, February 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) celebrates Lunar New Year by issuing its 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background, illustrated by Kam Mak. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from previous series of Lunar New Year stamps to create continuity between the series. (READ MORE)