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Postal News: Stamp celebrates African American history, culture
October 25, 2017

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The U.S. Postal Service recently issued the Celebrating African American History and Culture commemorative Forever stamp as a tribute to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture during a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony.

The stamp art is based on a photograph by Alan Karchmer. Text in the upper left corner reads "National Museum of African American History and Culture." Art director Antonio Alcal designed the stamp.

"The Postal Service is honored to issue a new commemorative Forever stamp acknowledging the important role African American history plays in American history," Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Government Relations Officer Ronald A. Stroman said. "The National Museum of African American History and Culture is an American treasure that serves as a repository for the history of suffering, struggle and triumph of African Americans."

Customers may purchase the stamp at usps.com/stamps or usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (782-6724) and at post office locations nationwide. Stamps and collectibles also is available at ebay.com/stamps.

First-day-of-issue postmarks

Customers have 60 days to obtain first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail.

They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in envelopes addressed to: FDOI - Celebrating African American History and Culture, USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services, 8300 N.E. Underground Drive, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64144-9900.

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the USPS will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for postmarks up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Dec. 13.

First-day covers

The USPS also offers first-day covers for new stamps and stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation.

Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly "USA Philatelic" catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724.

Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to: U.S. Postal Service, Catalog Request, P.O. Box 219014, Kansas City, MO 64121-9014.

Many of this year's other stamps may be viewed at facebook.com/USPSStamps or via Twitter @USPSstamps.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.

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