With the issuance of the American Motorcycles stamps, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes the role of motorcycles in American culture with four stamps that feature digital illustrations of a 1918 Cleveland, a 1940 Indian Four, a 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide, and a circa 1970 chopper.
On August 7 during the Sturgis Rally, the United States Postal Service announced the introduction of motorcycle-themed stamps. The "American Motorcycles" commemorative stamps come in four flavors: a 1918 Cleveland; 1940 Indian Four; 1965 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide; and a computer-generated version of a 1970s-era chopper.
"We understand the power our stamps have in helping to celebrate our American culture," said James C. Miller III, Chairman of the presidentially appointed Postal Service's Board of Governors, who dedicated the stamps. "These motorcycles are iconic classics that represent the sense of freedom that is America."
In addition to the stamps themselves, a series limited to 85 million, collectors can also order extra-cost options such as prints or framed blocks of the stamps.
The problem is: the USPS needs an editor.
The commemorative color postmarks being applied to envelopes of those who have ordered them have the word motorcycle spelled wrong. It reads: "motorcyle."
As a response, the Post Office announced today that new orders will have the corrected postmark. Interestingly, you can also order the incorrectly spelled version if that's what you prefer.
Customers have 30 days to obtain "first-day-of-issue" postmarks, so you still have a chance to get your own bit of philatelic history if you order by September 6.
After getting the stamp and affixing it to an envelope, send it inside a larger envelope to the USPS address listed below. After applying the no-charge postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. Check out www.usps.com/shop
to access the USPS web page.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Customers have 30 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24, and at the Postal Store Web site at www.usps.com/shop
They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
AMERICAN MOTORCYCLES STAMPS
820 KINSHIP ROAD
STURGIS SD 57785-9998
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. All orders must be postmarked by September 6, 2006.
How to Order First-Day Covers ($3.08)
Stamp Fulfillment Services 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 quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or writing to:
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014
Other products offered:
- Digital Color Postmark Random Single - $1.50
- Digital Color Postmark Set of 4 - $6
- Prints (set of 4 prints/poster/folder w/4 stamps) - $14.95
- Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (Pane w/4 DCP) - $13.80
- Framed Block of 4 Stamps - $12.99