USPS Salutes Author
Edgar Rice Burroughs
by Debra J. Mitchell – United States Postal Service
Special to the Lehigh Acres Gazette
The U.S. Postal Service is honoring one of the most prolific authors of the early 20th century, and inventor of the iconic character, Tarzan, by issuing the Edgar Rice Burroughs Forever Stamp. The stamp’s First Day of Issue coincided with the 100th anniversary of the publication of Burroughs’ first story, “Under the Moons of Mars,” and his first Tarzan story, “Tarzan of the Apes,” in 1912.
Best known for his books and stories featuring Tarzan, Burroughs wrote more than 70 books, including historical fiction and several popular series of science fiction tales. The Edgar Rice Burroughs Forever Stamp was dedicated at the Tarzana Community and Cultural Center in Tarzana, CA.
The stamp can be purchased at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/store and by phone at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).
The USS Constitution–the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat—set sail once again in the form of Forever stamps to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial. The colorful first-day-of-issue ceremony took place next to “Old Ironsides” in Boston’s Charleston Navy Yard. The stamp depicts the oldest known painting of the USS Constitution—a circa 1803 painting by Michele Felice Corne that is exhibited in the USS Constitution Museum.
The day after the ceremony, the ship set sail for the first time since 1997 to commemorate its victory over the British ship HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812.
USS Constitution stamps can be purchased at Post Offices, online at usps.com/store and by phone at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).