Railroad Stations Stamps

Railroad Stations Stamps

Forever 68¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 3/9/2023

Noteworthy railroad stations began brightening the American landscape by the 1870s and, although many fell to the wrecking ball once they had outlived their original purpose, hundreds survived. This issuance of five different stamps features five architectural gems that continue to play an important role in their community.

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  • More than simply places to buy tickets and wait for a train, railroad stations exude history, romance, and the optimism associated with forward motion. Noteworthy railroad stations began brightening the American landscape by the 1870s and, although many fell to the wrecking ball once they had outlived their original purpose, hundreds survived. This issuance features five architectural gems that continue to play an important role in their community.

    Each stamp in the pane of 20 is an illustration of a single station: the 1874 Tamaqua Station in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania; the 1875 Point of Rocks Station in Point of Rocks, Maryland; the 1901 Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia; the 1918 Santa Fe Station in San Bernardino, California; or the 1933 Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio. The pane resembles a page in an old-fashioned photo album, with the title “Historic Railroad Stations of the United States” and drawings of a train and a one-ride ticket in the header.

    Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, railroads were the only practical means of traveling over any significant distances in the United States. The first purpose-built station buildings went up in the early 1830s, and by the 1870s, noteworthy stations were starting to brighten the landscape. A station often was designed to advertise the importance of the surrounding community, along with the power and prestige of the railroad company serving it. In many smaller towns, the railroad station was the focal point of the community’s life, and the local agent was one of its more important citizens.

    Derry Noyes was the art director for the project. Down the Street Designs was responsible for the digital illustrations, typography, and overall design of the pane.

    The Railroad Stations stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 483904

  • Issue:Railroad Stations Stamps
    Item Number:483900
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 20 (5 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:March 9, 2023, Cincinnati, OH 45234
    Art Director:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Designer:Down the Street Designs
    Artist:Down the Street Designs
    Typographer:Down the Street Designs
    Modeler:Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Flexographic
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Gallus RCS
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:30,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Pantone 4135C
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 1.085 in / 36.068 x 27.559 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 1.225 in / 39.624 x 31.115 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):7.24 x 8.25 in / 183.896 x 209.550 mm
    Press Sheets Size (w x h):14.48 x 16.50 in / 367.792 x 419.100 mm
    Plate Size:80 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: Historic Railroad Stations of the United States • USPS Forever Stamps One Trip from Sea to Shining Sea • Plate number in two corners of the pane
    Back:©2022 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (483900) • Plate position diagram (4) • Promotional text

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