Sunday, March 24, 2019
The U.S. Postal Service will honor the legacy of the extraordinary tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker (1934–1969) with the issuance of the “Little Mo” Forever stamp. The First-Day-Of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Southern Methodist University Tennis Complex in Dallas, TX, on April 23.
In the early 1950s, extraordinary tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker dominated her sport. Nicknamed “Little Mo,” the 5-foot-4-inch dynamo used powerful groundstrokes to become the first woman to win all four major tennis tournaments in a calendar year.
In 1953, she became the first woman to capture the single-season Grand Slam of tennis, winning the Australian Championships, the French Championships, Wimbledon and the U.S. Championships. Along the way, she dropped only a single set. Since then, no American singles player has won all four majors in a calendar year; only two men and three women in total have achieved that feat. After her playing career, Connolly Brinker coached tennis and wrote articles about the game she once dominated. In 1968, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The stamp art features an oil-on-linen painting of the tennis star by Gregory Manchess. Based on a black-and-white photograph taken in 1952, the portrait is a colorful interpretation of Connolly hitting a low volley. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
The 1969: First Moon Landing stamps show Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon's surface and the moon with a dot to indicate the landing site of the lunar module.
The Postal Service will mark the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with new stamps.
The 1969: First Moon Landing stamps will feature two designs that commemorate the historic milestone.One stamp features a photograph of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin in his spacesuit on the surface of the moon. The photo was taken by Neil Armstrong, Aldrin’s fellow astronaut.
The other stamp is a photograph of the moon — taken in 2010 by Gregory H. Revera — that shows the landing site of the lunar module in the Sea of Tranquility. The site is indicated on the stamp by a dot.The stamp selvage will include an image of the lunar module.
Antonio Alcala, a USPS art director, designed the stamp art.Additional information, including the release date and details about the dedication ceremony, will be announced later.
Friday, March 22, 2019
Clothing retailer Forever 21 has introduced an officially licensed Postal Service apparel line that features vintage USPS logos and designs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
“The collaboration will generate royalty revenue for the Postal Service and build brand awareness among a younger audience,” said Brand Marketing Executive Director Chris Karpenko.
The apparel line includes jackets, hoodies, T-shirts, joggers and other items that are available in Forever 21 stores and online at Forever21.com.
The Postal Service joins other organizations and businesses — including Coca-Cola, Kodak and NASA — that have licensed their logos for clothing lines.
The USPS apparel has received positive reaction since Forever 21 introduced the line last week. Social media posts about the clothing have received more than one million views and 250,000 “likes.”
This collection is not part of the official USPS uniform and should not be worn by postal employees while on duty. Managers and supervisors can use Postal Uniform Guidelines, a pictorial guidebook that USPS released last year, to help ensure employees wear their uniforms properly.
“Our employees are welcome to show their postal pride by wearing officially licensed USPS apparel, but they should do so in their free time,” Karpenko said.