Sesame Street Forever Stamps
The U.S. Postal Service honors Sesame Street with a pane of 16 Forever stamps. A first-day-of-issue ceremony for the stamps was held today before The Sesame Street Road Trip event at Lafayette Park, 1592 Antietam Avenue, Detroit, MI.
News of the release is being shared with the hashtag #Sesame50.
“For the past 50 years, the influential and beloved Sesame Street has won the hearts of kids, parents, and critics alike,” said Luke Grossmann, USPS vice president of finance and planning, who served as the dedicating official at the event. “The Postal Service is delighted to honor the show, its creators and these lovable characters with this colorful pane of Sesame Street Forever stamps.”
“Our mission is to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger and kinder, and we’re excited that our furry and feathered Sesame Street friends will be smiling from the corners of cards and letters forever — which is how long we hope Sesame Street will continue to bring learning and laughter to children and families around the world,” said Steve Youngwood, President of Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer, Sesame Workshop.
Sesame Street first aired Nov. 10, 1969, providing educational programming and entertainment unlike any other children’s television show. Initially broadcast on more than 180 stations, the program introduced audiences to human characters, often children themselves, who interacted with Jim Henson’s Muppets. Characters like Maria and Gordon, Mr. Hooper, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie were soon watched by viewers worldwide. Parodies and spoofs — of fairy tales, musicals and pop culture, for example — quickly became fundamental components of the show. Backed by research and testing, the creative team for Sesame Street has always aimed to develop a compelling curriculum for preschool-age kids that also appeals to their parents. Scenes were interspersed with fast-paced, catchy videos teaching letters and numbers, songs sung by colorful characters and people, film clips of various real-world activities and much more. Hundreds of celebrity guests made appearances.
Throughout the years, the award-winning and critically acclaimed series has remained experimental, each year researching what issues are impacting kids and adapting to the various cultural and social trends of the time.
Sesame Street Forever Stamps
Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Arranged in horizontal rows, the stamps showcase 16 of the characters that appear on Sesame Street. Images of nine of the characters appear on the right side of the pane underneath the iconic Sesame Street sign. The back of the pane displays the Sesame Street 50th anniversary artwork.
The Sesame Street stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service