Thursday, January 30, 2014

stamps: ferns & the star-spangled banner

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Ferns is a series of five new stamps from the U.S. Postal Service celebrating the beauty-and popularity-of ferns.

The fern is a favorite with gardeners and florists. Ferns range from tony moss-like plants to giants as tall as trees. The ferns featured on the stamps are five of the approximately 380 different species found in North America. 

The Ferns stamp was released on January 27, 2014. These stamps are being issued at the one-ounce First-Class Mail® rate in self-adhesive coils of 3,000 and 10.000.

You can read more about the Ferns stamp here.

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The Star-Spangled banner has been a treasured icon ever since Francis Scott Key celebrated the of an American flag still flying over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

This stamp commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Star-Bangled Banner with a photograph of the flag that flies over Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. This flag is a replica of the one that inspired Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner" after Fort McHenry withstood the British attack of September 13-14, 1814.

The Star-Spangled Banner stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp.

You can read more about The Star-Spangled stamp here.

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