Stamp Academy: Celebrating the Posters of the WPA

The Works Projects Administration (WPA), originally the Works Progress Administration, was the largest and most ambitious agency in FDR's New Deal. The WPA hired millions of unemployed Americans for public works projects, including artists who created some 475,000 works of art, from pieces of music to museum scenery to public murals and sculptures, to posters. LOTS of posters.

In March 2017, in honor of these important works of art, the U.S. Postal Service released a collection of Forever stamps featuring 10 iconic posters created through the WPA Federal Art Project.

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Stamp Academy: 45 Years of Love

The LOVE stamp is always a ubiquitous choice for wedding invitations and Valentine's Day, but we love this year's design so much we could use it every day! Designed by artist Anna Rifle Bond (of Rifle Paper Co.), the U.S. Postal Service fills us in on the story behind this year's addition to the LOVE Stamp series:

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Stamp Academy: Colorful Celebrations

The Colorful Celebrations stamp was dedicated in June 2016 at the World Stamp Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The United States plays host to a sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years, with the next one scheduled for 2026 in Boston, MA.

This colorful stamp series is based on a Mexican art form known as “papel picado,” which translates to “pierced paper.” While the designs suggest cut paper, they actually were created digitally by artist Atzin Gaytan, a graphic designer based in NYC.

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Stamp Academy: The Total Eclipse of the Sun

Okay, so we sent this stamp design out in a few different month's boxes in 2017. But we were totally unaware of it's magical powers!! The Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever Stamp, which commemorates the August 21, 2017 eclipse, is a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. It transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger! 

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Stamp Academy: Celebrating Latin American Cuisine

“Ours is truly a world culture, and our stamps allow us to weave together the many threads of our national tapestry. With the issuance of the beautiful Delicioso Forever stamps, it is the Postal Service’s way of saying these Delicioso dishes epitomize the best of America, and will do so forever.” — Robert Cintron, Vice President of USPS Network Operations

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