Owney the Postal Dog Stamp

August 1st, 2011

With this Owney the Postal Dog Forever stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates Owney, the canine mascot of the Railway Mail Service. Beloved of clerks on mail-sorting trains at the end of the 19th century, Owney was hailed as a symbol of good luck. Today he is an icon of American postal lore whose story highlights the historical importance of the Railway Mail Service.

The stamp art features an original illustration of Owney, with many of his famous tags and medals gleaming in the background.

Art director Phil Jordan worked with veteran stamp artist Bill Bond to create this special symbol of the United States Postal Service.

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