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Letter Carriers Issue

A 25-cent Letter Carriers commemorative stamp honoring the men and women, who carry America's mail to over 100 million delivery points, was issued August 30, 1989, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The dedication ceremony was held in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) at the Mecca, the Milwaukee Exposition and Convention Center.

Milwaukee was the site of the first meeting of letter carriers in 1889, which resulted in the formation of the NALC.

The stamp design by Jack Davis, one of America's most famous illustrators, features three smiling carriers, two men and a woman. Dressed in a variety of seasonal attire, the design emphasizes the motto: Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

The letter carrier is, for most Americans, the one representative of the government who touches their lives six days a week, every year. Carriers bring the hard copy of life, correspondence ranging from birth and wedding announcements to cards of condolence, from monthly bills to birthday greetings.

Most carriers begin the day well before the sun rises, checking change-of-address orders and placing thousands of letters, cards, and parcels in sequence before embarking on day-long routes that take them to big cities and small, beachfront shops, and main streets all across the USA.

The stamps were printed in the photogravure process by the American Bank Note Company and were issued in panes of forty.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (July 27, 1989).


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