The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the beauty of the microscopic world with 20 new stamps featuring otherworldly images of some of the smallest components of life as we know it.
The first-day-of-issue event for the Life Magnified Forever stamps will be held at 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at the Great American Stamp Show in partnership with the American Philatelic Society. Luke Grossmann, senior vice president, Finance and Strategy, United States Postal Service will represent USPS at the ceremony.
For hundreds of years, scientists have held deep fascination with making the invisible elements of our world visible. Development of more refined and precise microscopes over several centuries brought smaller and smaller components of life into focus. By the 20th century, microscopes had become ubiquitous in laboratories across the country and around the globe. Electron microscopes are now essential tools in a variety of scientific fields.
The images that result from microscope-based research show, in exquisitely fine detail, the phenomena of life. While stunning on their own as works of art, these images also hold scientific significance.
The USPS will commemorate the beauty of the magnifed world with the Life Magnified Forever stamps, to be released August 10, 2023 at the Great American Stamp Show in Cleveland.
Microscopists, both professional and amateur, use a variety of techniques to capture the beauty of their subjects.
Derry Noyes, an art director with USPS, designed the stamps and the stamp pane using existing photographs.
The Life Magnified stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.
The first day ceremony on August 10 at GASS is free and open to the public; dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at usps.com/lifemagnified. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #LifeMagnifiedStamps.
Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic or at Post Office locations nationwide. For officially licensed stamp products, shop the USPS Officially Licensed Collection on Amazon.
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