The Year of the Monkey Forever stamp was issued today. It is our Friday blog topic today as we head into the weekend!
Year of the Monkey Forever stamp issued today
“The Year of the Monkey illustration — originally created using oil paints on panel — depicts two red-orange peonies against a purple background. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of traditional drums played during the holiday festivities.”
The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place today in Jamaica, N.Y.
Today’s commemorative Year of the Monkey Forever stamp is the 9th of 12 stamps part of the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. “The Postal Service introduced its Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp series in 2008. The series will continue through 2019 with stamps for the Year of the Rooster, Dog and Boar.”
Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
“Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800 782-6724). They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others) and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:
Year of the Monkey Stamp
8840 164th Street
Jamaica, NY 11432-9998
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by April 5, 2016.”
What a fast paced week it has been. Here’s to an enjoyable weekend ahead and for my stamp club friends heading over to a stamp show out of town tomorrow have a great road trip! I have already marked it in my calendar for next year and am looking forward to the show-and-tell session at the upcoming February stamp club meeting!
Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today —
Image above upper left US.Postal Service Lunar New Year: Year of the Monkey
US Postal Service web site: New Forever Stamp Celebrates Lunar New Year – Stamp Recognizes Year of the Monkey February 05, 2016
Image above Twitter @USPSstamps tweet February 5, 2016 “The Postal Service rang in the Lunar New Year by issuing the Year of the Monkey Forever stamp today.