The U.S. Postal Service celebrated the issuance of 125 million new stamps last week featuring popular Disney•Pixar characters. The Mail a Smile Forever stamps official First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony took place at the brand new Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
“These delightful stamps lift spirits and touch hearts and remind us that when it comes to connecting with loved ones, technology is no match for the mail,” said Jo Ann Feindt, Postal Service Southern Area vice president, in dedicating the stamps as part of the resort’s grand opening.
Joining Feindt in dedicating the stamp featuring many Disney•Pixar characters was Jay Ward, legacy guardian for Pixar Animation Studios.
“We’re thrilled ‘to infinity and beyond’ that these popular characters from Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo and other great Disney•Pixar films are featured on these colorful new stamps,” said Ward. “This stamp issue will make posting a letter lots of fun for everyone in the family.”
Following up on Send a Hello stamps issued in 2011, the Mail a Smile stamp sheet includes five different designs spotlighting:
• Flik and Dot from “A Bug’s Life” (1998);
• Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Dashiell “Dash” Parr from “The Incredibles” (2004), with “Dash” also shown running in the background;
• Nemo and Squirt from “Finding Nemo” (2003);
• Woody, Bullseye, and Jessie from “Toy Story 2″ (1999)
• Boo, Mike Wazowski, and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan from “Monsters, Inc.” (2001).
The back of the stamp sheet shows blue-pencil sketches of characters from these movies interspersed among text that exhorts readers to mail a smile to a loved one. Postal Service art director William Gicker of Washington, DC, worked with Disney•Pixar to design the stamp art.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Mail a Smile Stamp
Main Office — Orlando
10401 Post Office Drive
Orlando, FL 32862-9998
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Aug. 1, 2012.
How to Order First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
There are nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
• 470063, First-Day Cover Set of 5, $4.45.
• 470066, Postcards (20) 4 of each design, $15.95.
• 470067, First-Day-of-Sale Set of 5, $4.45.
• 470068, Digital Color Postmark (DCP) Set of 5, $8.
• 470084, Uncut Press Sheets, $36.
• 470091, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.
• 470092, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.
• 470094, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP (random single), $1.95.
• 470099, Cancellation Keepsake (Random DCP w/Pane), $10.95.
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