UPDATE: April 28, 2016
The U.S. Postal Service today released an image of the “pane” of
National Park stamps that will become available for purchase on
June 2. (Click image below to enlarge.) People may mistakenly call
this group of stamps a “sheet,” but a sheet is actually much larger
— usually nine panes as they come off a printing press.
Four of the images on the 16 National Park stamps were provided
by the National Park Service. They are the oil-on-canvas painting
“Scenery in the Grand Tetons” by Albert Bierstadt (first row,
second from right); the chromolithograph-on-canvas “Grand Canyon of
Arizona from Hermit Rim Road” by Thomas Moran (second row, far
left); the three-masted, steel-hulled, square-rigged ship
Balclutha, which can be seen at San Francisco Maritime National
Historical Park (third row, far left); and the pastel-on-paper
“Administration Building, Frijoles Canyon” by Helmuth Naumer Sr.
(fourth row, far left).
Images on the other stamps are the work of independent
photographers, and the center of the pane comes from a 1-cent stamp
of Yosemite National Park issued in 1934.
To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the
U.S. Postal Service has commissioned 16 new Forever stamps with
scenes from 16 different national parks.
The first-day issue ceremony will take place June 2 in New York
City as part of the World Stamp
Show NY-2016, an international event for stamp collectors held
once every 10 years. Related events are planned in or near the
national parks depicted on the stamps.
“These stamps celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National
Parks and depict the beauty and diversity of these national
treasures,” Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan said in a news
release. “They serve as an inspiration for Americans to visit,
learn and to write cherished memories of their trips to these
Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service,
added, “This set of stamps will take people on a journey to some of
the most amazing places in the world. We are thrilled that the 16
national park stamps issued in ’16 for the centennial depict the
variety of parks that collectively tell the story of our
The star-trail photo of Mount Rainier, the first stamp on this
page, was taken by Matt Dieterich of Pittsburgh, Penn., who worked
as an intern in the National Park Service’s
“This night was one I will never forget,” said Dieterich, quoted
in a news
release. “After working with visitors at the Mount Rainier
astronomy program on June 22, 2015, I noticed there was an aurora,
so I drove down to Reflection Lake to capture it. The location was
perfect as it contained a view of Mount Rainier and water for
“To create this star trails image, I took 200 photos in a
two-hour window between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. with my Nikon D750 and
24mm lens set at F/1.4 and ISO 5000. Since the Earth is rotating,
each 8-sec. exposure shows stars at slightly different locations.
When the photos are combined into one image, the stars create a
circular pattern around the North Star, which is just out of view
at the top of the image.
“The pink aurora spread throughout the background sky.
Mountaineers can be seen with their white headlamps climbing Mount
Rainier on the right side of the volcano.”
The photo of Glacier Bay was taken by Tom Bean of Flagstaff,
Ariz. Glacier Bay National Park encompasses 3.3 million acres of
mountains, glaciers and coastlines in Alaska.
To see the full set of stamps, go to the National Park Service
page for Centennial
Stamps. The following list will take you to a description of
each stamp by the Postal Service. For a better image of the stamp,
click on “PDF” in the upper right corner of the page below the
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