USPS honors ‘The Snowy Day,’ National Museum of African American History and Culture


The four different illustrations of ‘The Snowy Day’ “Forever” stamps. According to the USPS, the line through “Forever” is to prevent forgery — that line will not appear on the actual stamps. (Courtesy of USPS)

In October, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) unveiled a new “Forever” stamp based on illustrations from Ezra Jack Keats’ groundbreaking children’s book The Snowy Day. Keats, a Polish American illustrator, broke the color barrier when in 1962 he featured an African American lead character in his children’s book. To order stamps celebrating The Snowy Day, go here.

Last month the USPS also introduced a “Forever” stamp celebrating the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The NMAAHC  “Forever” stamp was timed to celebrate the museum’s one-year anniversary. The stamp was designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, and based on a photograph of the museum taken by Alan Karchmer.

Since its opening last September, the museum has welcomed close to 3 million visitors, according to the website. Go here to order stamps honoring the NMAAHC “Forever” stamp.

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In addition to Christmas, Hanukkah and winter solstice stamps, there are also Kwanzaa stamps available for purchase. Other notable stamp collections featuring African Americans include a Black Heritage “Forever” stamp featuring civil rights activist Dorothy Height, as well as editions showcasing musical icons Sarah Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.

Order stamps online by creating an account on the USPS website or purchase stamps at your local post office.