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New stamps honor U.S. Merchant Marine vessels

The Postal Service is saluting the U.S. Merchant Marine by issuing 60 million “forever” stamps — a set of four, each depicting a different vessel from the U.S. Merchant Marines.

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“The new four-stamp pane features vessels that have formed an important part of our country’s maritime history — clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, Liberty ships and container ships,” said Jim Cochrane, vice president of product information. “As we dedicate these stamps, we pay homage not only to the ships, but also to the valor of the thousands of dedicated members of the U.S. Merchant Marine who served their country and served it honorably.”

Drawing upon contemporary lithographs of the 19th century ships and photographs of the 20th century ships, illustrator Dennis Lyall created the four stamp designs. Text on the back of the stamp pane describes the types of vessels.

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local post offices, at or by calling 800-STAMP-24.