Every so often a new USPS stamp is issued that really captures our attention and that of our Contract Postal Unit (CPU) customers. The Songbirds Forever stamp has generated lots of counter talk.
Two of the most interesting features of these stamps are the vivid colors on the stark white background and the slightly larger than normal size of the stamps. Plus each of the birds is either perched upon or show with tree branches or flowers local to the bird’s home area.
According to the USPS, “The U.S. Postal Service celebrates ten melodic voices with the Songbirds stamp issuance, which features the western meadowlark…the mountain bluebird…the western tanger…the painted bunting…the Baltimore oriole…the evening grosbeak…the rose-breasted grosbeak…the American goldfinch…and the white throated sparrow. Robert Gusti painted the portraits based on photographs. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.”
Because these stamps are so stunning, I did a bit more digging and found the following passage at uspsstamps.com. “Why do songbirds make such a glorious racket every morning? In a word, love. Males sing to attract females, and to warn rivals to keep out of their territory. Between 4,000 and 4,500 different types of songbirds can be found around the planet, accounting for nearly half of all bird species. Songbirds are identified by their highly developed vocal organs, although some, like the crow, have harsh voices, and others sing rarely, or not at all. All songbirds are classified as perching birds. With three toes that point forward and one that points backward, they can grip branches, grasses, or telephone wires with ease.”
No need for stamps right now? We still welcome you to come see these Songbirds Forever stamps when you’re in the neighborhood. We’ll be open Monday – Saturday 9a – 5p and are located at 11340 W Bell Road, Suite 128, Surprise, Arizona. Hope to see you soon.