New statehood stamp features artwork by Hopper

Dedication ceremony postponed
Mar 13, 2020
“Sea at Ogunquit” (1914) by American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) is the artwork on the new Maine Statehood Forever stamp.

STATEWIDE — The new Maine Statehood Forever stamp, which is now available, celebrates the state's bicentennial with the painting “Sea at Ogunquit” (1914) by American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967). Another of Hopper’s paintings was used on the 1970 Maine Statehood stamp to commemorate the state’s 150th anniversary. The Postal Service printed 20 million of these stamps.

Hopper was an American realist painter and printmaker. While he is best known for his oil paintings, he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely-calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.

Hopper derived his subject matter from two primary sources: one, the common features of American life (gas stations, motels, restaurants, theaters, railroads and street scenes) and its inhabitants; and two, seascapes and rural landscapes.

Hopper's seascapes fall into three main groups: pure landscapes of rocks, sea and beach grass; lighthouses and farmhouses; and sailboats. Sometimes he combined these elements. He painted the majority of the pure seascapes in the period between 1916 and 1919 on Monhegan Island.

The U.S. Postal Service dedication of the stamp, which was set for March 15 and postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, will be rescheduled to again coincide with the Maine Statehood Day Ceremony in Augusta. The Maine Bicentennial Commission noted that it would be a date when everyone can safely come together to join in observing 200 years of Maine statehood.

Customers may still purchase the stamps through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, and at post office locations nationwide.

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local post office or at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to: FDOI – Maine Statehood Stamp; USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services; 8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300; Kansas City, MO 64144-990.

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by July 15, 2020.

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic catalog and online at usps.com/shop. Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic catalog online at usps.com/philatelic. First-day-of-issue cancellations will be available.

 

 

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