Celebrating 100 Years of USPS Airmail Service! Two commemorative stamps unveiled by USPS

May 21st, 2018

FindYourStampsValue.com is delighted to present these two USPS stamps issued to honor the beginning of airmail service. Created by stamp designer Dan Gretta and art director Greg Breeding, the U.S. Air Mail Forever stamps commemorate the 100th Anniversary of airmail service with style reminiscent of that era. These stamps celebrate the courage of the pioneering airmail carriers and the foresight of those who fostered the new service and made it a success.

The two stamps have identical designs but differ in color. A blue stamp has been already issued, and a carmine red stamp will have its first-day ceremony in August. The blue stamp commemorates the brave pilots who flew the mail in the early days of aviation. A second stamp commemorates Air Mail becoming an official function of the Post Office Department.

“The stamp we’re here to celebrate is a beautiful reminder of the imprint of United States Air Mail on today’s world,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Supply Management Susan Brownell who dedicated the stamps.

Both stamps are printed in the intaglio print method and feature a Curtiss JN-4H biplane, which was used to carry mail at that time. The design also features the year of the first flights, 1918, into a bold-faced United States Air Mail banner. The biplane also appeared on the stamps originally issued in 1918 to mark the airmail service. The stamp designs evoke that earlier period.

 

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