"Thanksgiving Day Parade" stamp set available now
NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2009 The United States Postal Service has
issued a commemorative stamp in four designs celebrating Thanksgiving
Day parades and prominently featuring a marching band.
The stamp is titled "Thanksgiving Day Parade" and features iconic scenes
inspired by America's variety of holiday celebrations, including the
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The four designs create a continuous
scene when viewed in a strip side-by-side.
"Thanksgiving Day stems from a rich history of American celebrations,"
said Joseph Corbett, U.S. Postal Service chief financial officer and
executive vice president, who dedicated the stamp. "The best known of
these is the first harvest festival at Plymouth, where in autumn 1621,
some 50 colonists and 90 Native Americans gathered for a three-day feast
to offer thanks for a bountiful harvest.
"In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Proclamation of
Thanksgiving, marking the beginning of national recognition of an annual
U.S. Thanksgiving holiday," Corbett said. "The Postal Service is proud
to carry on this rich tradition through the issuance of these colorful
Thanksgiving is observed on the fourth Thursday of November and is a day
when Americans of all backgrounds gather to reflect and give thanks for
all they presently enjoy, especially family and friends. Thanksgiving
Day parades in large cities and small towns throughout the U.S. have
been an important part of this tradition since the early 20th century.
The four stamp designs illustrate the elements commonly found in a
Thanksgiving Day parade, including marching bands, colorful floats,
large balloons, and crowds of delighted onlookers. The artwork was
created by Paul Rogers of Pasadena, CA, who based the style on American
advertising and poster art from the mid-20th century. Rogers used a
combination of airbrush and digital media to create the colorful and
nostalgic images featured on the stamps.
The stamp dedication ceremony was held September 9 at Macy's Herald
Square in New York. Joining Corbett at the ceremony were Robin Hall,
executive producer, Macy's Parade and Entertainment Group, and Jean
Picker Firstenberg, chair, USPS Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee.
The new stamp successfully captures both spirit and tradition,
according to Hall.
"Paul Rogers' beautiful rendering of a New York street teeming with
energy and life under a winter sky filled with giant helium balloons
captures the spirit and the purpose of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day
Parade perfectly," said Hall. "And like the Macy's Parade itself, it
mirrors a moment in time; it's both a snapshot of popular culture and a
reflection of our enduring traditions."
The stamp is now widely available at local Post Office locations around the country.
Collectors have until November 10, 2009 to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark
for this new stamp release. First-day covers and additional memorabilia are also available.
(See details and ordering information below).
View a larger image of the stamp strip
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by
mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, at The Postal
Store website at www.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
Thanksgiving Day Parade Stamp
421 Eighth Ave., Room 2029B
New York, NY 10199-9998
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will
return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the
postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Nov. 10, 2009.