Welcome again to Sunday Stamps! It's a gray day with a few snow flurries here in the Midwest USA. Where are you Sun? Maybe you have better weather where you are.
Our theme this week is open, anything you wish. I have for you some stamps I just purchased at the Post Office - and the scan is from them too.
Global Forever®, a new
international rate stamp. The Global Forever® stamp offers a single price
for any First-Class Mail International 1-ounce letter to any country in the
world. For the January 27, 2013, price change, the Global Forever® stamp
may also be used to mail a 2-ounce letter to Canada.
This stamp features
a rendering of Earth composed of images created from satellite data and
redesigned with 3D computer technology. The view of our planet shows the
Atlantic Ocean flanked by the Americas, Africa, and part of northern Europe. In
the stamp art, the globe is isolated on a white background. The shape of the
stamp is round. The text, which surrounds the image of Earth, includes the words
Artist Leonello Calvetti used a variety of maps,
primarily from NASA, to create his design. With 3D computer technology he was
able to modify depth, vary color, and create subtle light and shadow details on
terrain surfaces to achieve a high level of photorealism while also attaining something
new. “I always have been fascinated by space and what astronauts could see from
out there,” Calvetti says. “As an artist, an illustrator, I wanted to make my
own representation of the Earth.” "
I do not know if the US has issued a round stamp before - if so they are uncommon. The Postage rate for international letters or postcards is $1.10 now, for the moment, up from $1.05 last year.
I bought two sheets of these stamps for my Postcrossing postcards. I am number 49 for the USA - pretty good considering the number of active Postcrossers in this country. However my postage bill is pretty large each month! I love receiving mail from all around the world, and I feature some of the stamps here each week. I may have to cut back a bit. I have been a Postcrossing member for 4 years, and I don't think I will stop completely. It's getting harder to find postcards too. I recently stopped in at a truck stop (!) to find State postcards. My local grocery store and big box stores (including Walmart) have stopped carrying any type of postcard.
Anyway. It's time for me to ask you to share a stamp on anything you wish, and link up below.
Theme next week (by suggestion): abstract designs.