Hold the Mail
Date Added: Apr. 11, 2003
One problem with e-mail chain letters is that rumors are often represented as true because we want them to be true. Many people have fallen in love with this fanciful stamp idea, but it is just that - fancy.
Here is the new postage stamp that will be issued in September. Isn't it awesome?
May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
No, this is not a new or proposed stamp from the United Postal Service. It is an artistic expression entitled "Forever...In God's Hands,' and is the creation of artist Danny Hahlbolm of Moon & Back Graphics. Some over-eager forwarder added the jagged "stamp=like" border to it as it forwards, leading many hopeful types to mistake it for the real deal.
There is a very structured process for designing and proposing new stamp designs. In addition to conveying a level of religious symbolism traditionally not seen in USPS designs, the image above is more complex than most stamp designs and leaves little room for the value indicia common to stamps.
There has been a stamp issued to commemorate the disaster of September 11, 2003. Titled "Heroes of 2001," it features the now-famous photograph of three New York Firemen erecting a makeshift flag pole atop the rubble of the World Trade Center taken by photographer Tom Franklin. It is a semi-postal stamp, meaning it costs more than first-class postage, with the overage going to charity (in this case, the Federal Emergency Management Agency). It was unveiled in March, 2002, and was intended for a run of 205 million stamps. Break this chain.
References: USPS Release, Snopes.com