After the tragic events of Sept. 11, the U.S. Postal Service hastily prepared a new 34-cent definitive stamp tilted "United We Stand," but officials did not announce a date of issuance at that time because it did not print enough stamps for nationwide distribution.
The new stamp went on sale Wednesday at post offices in Washington, D.C., and statewide in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The stamps will go on sale throughout the country Nov. 5. The stamps come in self-adhesive booklets of 20.
The new stamps feature an image of "Old Glory" with the words "United We Stand" below. The stamps will stay on sale until next year when a new rate will be implemented.
The USPS notified postmasters everywhere they should not be alarmed if their initial shipments become depleted due to heavy demand. Stocks will be replenished quickly.
The U.S. Postal Service has released its "2001 Commemorative Stamp Yearbook," the annual tribute to the year's commemoratives. The special full-color book highlights the stamps, date and place of official issue, illustrator, designer and art director.
It includes an impressive array of Americana such as the legendary baseball fields Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago. Also noted in the book are funny lady Lucille Ball and Snoopy with his "Peanuts" gang. All the stamps of 2001 come to life in this beautifully designed book.
The price for this hardcover keepsake is $25. It's available at your local dealer or bookstore.