Kansas' 150th b-day stamp unveiled

January 28th, 2011

An old metal windmill and five gleaming wind turbines shared the landscape under brilliant blue skies at Thursday's dedication of the new U.S. postage stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of Kansas.

Stamp enthusiasts, politicians and postal service executives convened at the Kansas Historical Society building in west Topeka for the ceremonial unveiling.

The horizontal stamp, which carries the "forever" denomination, is the eighth dedicated specifically to Kansas.

"The postal service is proud to honor the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood with another commemorative stamp," said Rick Pivovar, administrator for the U.S. Postal Service's central plains region. "With today's stamp dedication, Kansas will become the first state in the nation with its own forever stamp."

The stamp capturing touchstone elements of the 34th state features artwork by painter Dean Mitchell.

In the foreground is a modest windmill often used to pump water from underground in rural Kansas. The landscape has a golden band to represent the influence of agriculture in the state, while a green band reflects the state's forests and hills.