The U.S. Postal Service Gets the Party Started With Mickey and Friends The Art of Disney: Celebration stamps feature Mickey Mouse and Pluto, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Ariel and Flounder and Snow White and Dopey. This is the second in a series paying tribute to the art of
a stamp in 1968. On the stamp, a parade of children, hand-in-hand, emerge from a tiny castle to surround a portrait of Walt Disney. The children, representing many nations of the World, are garbed in native costume.
In 1998, a "Snow White" stamp was issued as part of the Postal Service's "Celebrate the Century" stamp series that highlighted the most memorable and significant people, places, events and trends of each decade of the 20th century. In 1937, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premiered as the nation's first feature-length animated film. The movie classic was comprised of 240,000 separate drawings and won a special Academy Award(TM) for Walt Disney.
The Art of Disney: Friendship stamps issued in 2004, were the first in the current series. Those four colorful stamps, honored friendship as it appears in the art of Walt Disney featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and a host of Disney friends.
The Art of Disney: Celebration 37-cent pane of twenty stamps ($7.40) and the set of twenty 23-cent stamped postal cards with all four designs ($9.75) are available at Post Offices and Philatelic Centers nationwide tomorrow.
For Disney memorabilia fans, there are a host of other collectables, including a
* set of four 8 x 10 inch stamp-affixed Disney Prints, depicting each of
the stamps, for $14.95 and, a
* Disney full pane digital color cancellation Keepsake, which includes
four first-day cover envelopes with one each of the stamps for $13.40.
To see The Art of Disney: Celebration stamps visit the online Postal Store at http://www.usps.com/shop and click on "Release Schedule" in the Collector's Corner.
Current U.S. stamps and stationery, as well as a free catalog, are available by calling 1-800-STAMP-24. In addition, a selection of stamps and other philatelic items are available at the online Postal Store at http://www.usps.com/shop. Custom-framed prints of original stamp art are available at http://www.postalartgallery.com.
Since 1775, the Postal Service has connected friends, families, neighbors and businesses by mail. It is an independent federal agency that visits 142 million homes and businesses every day and is the only service provider delivering to every address in the nation. The Postal Service receives no taxpayer dollars for routine operations, but derives its operating revenues solely from the sale of postage, products and services. With annual revenues of more than $69 billion, it is the world's leading provider of mailing and delivery services, offering some of the most affordable postage rates in the world. The Postal Service delivers more than 46 percent of the world's mail volume -- some 206 billion letters, advertisements, periodicals and packages a year -- and serves seven million customers each day at its 37,000 retail locations nationwide.
How to Order First Day of Issue Postmark
Customers have 30 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24, and at the Postal Store Web site at http://www.usps.com/shop. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes