Snail mail still excites many of us, even in the age of digital communication, and kids love it when mail arrives addressed specifically to them. So it’s no surprise that the U.S. Postal Service would still be releasing new stamps on a regular basis that appeal to the child in all of us.
This week, the USPS announced three new sets of stamps coming out in 2019, highlighted by a special issue of stamps celebrating Sesame Street‘s 50th anniversary. For the last 50 years, it has provided educational programming and entertainment for children throughout the country and the world. The new stamps feature artwork of 16 Sesame Street characters — Big Bird, Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Rosita, The Count, Oscar the Grouch, Abby Cadabby, Herry Monster, Julia, Guy Smiley, Snuffleupagus, Elmo, Telly, Grover and Zoe.
A second set of special stamps pays homage to the legendary king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus Rex. One design shows a face-to-face encounter with a T. rex approaching through a forest clearing; another shows the same young adult T. rex with a young Triceratops — both dinosaurs shown in fossil form. The third and fourth stamps depict a newly hatched T. rex covered with downy feathers and a bare-skinned juvenile T. rexchasing a primitive mammal. The “Nation’s T. rex,” the young adult depicted on two of the stamps, was discovered on federal land in Montana and is one of the most studied and important specimens ever found. Its remains will soon be on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Finally, well ahead of Halloween, a third set of announced stamps will feature spooky silhouettes. With the approach of fall, “Spooky Silhouettes” stamps will offer fun, frightful scenes that symbolize this favorite of children’s holidays. Four stamps feature digital illustrations in which traditional Halloween motifs are rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows.
Pay attention the next time you’re at your local post office and see if these stamps are available. Stamp collecting can be a fun hobby for you and your children both.