New stamp contains depiction of buck deer

Jeffery FrischkornA stylized rendition of a white-tail buck is the latest addition to the U.S. Postal Service’s Forever postcard series.

And while it is doubtful (nay, impossible) that sales of the 37-cent postcard will extract the Postal Service from the morass of financial woe, it’s still a pretty cool-looking item that honors North America’s leading big-game animal.

Also the design was created by a Northeast Ohio artist, making it double cool.

“Perfect for writing short personal notes and business communications, nature and animal lovers will be enamored with the new Deer Forever Stamped postcard,” said Kimberley Timberlake, a Postal Service official.

“We think our customers will find these beautifully designed postcards perfect for sending quick notes to loved ones and friends.”

Seems Timberlake forgot to mention “sportsmen” and “sportswomen” whose hunting licenses and taxes on their firearms and ammunition has paid for the species’ successful management.

Ditto the nation’s farmers whose crop and orchards have fed untold millions of deer.

Even so, the postcards are good for mailing anytime in the future regardless of price changes.

Creating the post card’s image was Cathie Bleck of Cleveland Heights, under the direction of Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, MD.

The postcard depicts the silhouette of a gold-colored white-tailed buck “surrounded by gold and green cattails and grasses to capture the deer’s graceful look,” Timberlake said also.

One curious bit of history that I didn’t know came to light in the Postal Service’s announcement of the new post card.

It appears that the buckskins made from the hides of deer were used as a form of currency. Hence, a dollar bill is known as a “buck” to this day.

Customers may view the Deer Forever Stamped postcard, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook, on Twitter or on the website Beyond the Perf.

Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

As for ordering First-Day-of-Issue postmarks, customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase the new stamped cards at local post offices, here.

They should address the stamped cards to themselves or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Deer Stamped Card, Postmaster
113 W. Washington Street, Middleburg, VA 20117-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the stamped cards through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark if requests are for less than 50. There is a 5-cent charge per postmark for orders exceeding 50. All orders must be postmarked by May 8.


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