Raven Story Stamps

Raven Story Stamps

Forever 58¢

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Issue Date: 7/30/2021

Merging traditional artwork with modern design touches, this stamp depicts one of many stories about Raven, a figure of great significance to the Indigenous people of the northern Northwest Coast, part of the area that ranges from Southeast Alaska through coastal British Columbia and south into Washington state.

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  • Merging traditional artwork with modern design touches, this stamp depicts one of many stories about Raven, a figure of great significance to the Indigenous people of the northern Northwest Coast, part of the area that ranges from Southeast Alaska through coastal British Columbia and south into Washington state.

    Inspired by the traditional story of Raven setting free the sun, the moon, and the stars, Tlingit/Athabascan artist Rico Worl depicts Raven just as he escapes from his human family and begins to transform back into his bird form.

    Among the cultures of the region—which include the Tlingit, the Tsimshian, the Haida, the Kwakwaka’wakw, and others—the raven plays an essential role in many traditional tales, including stories about the creation of the world. The different peoples of the northern Northwest Coast each have their own culturally specific versions of the raven story, which often convey customs, ethics, and cultural inheritances that help communities preserve or affirm their identities.

    Antonio Alcalá served as art director for this stamp.

    The Raven Story stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 478004

  • Issue:Raven Story Stamp
    Item Number:478000
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:July 30, 2021, Juneau, AK 99801
    Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
    Artist::Rico Worl, Juneau, AK
    Modeler:Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Flexographic, Foil Stamping, Microprint
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Press Type:Gallus RCS
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:18,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Black, Grey PMS 429, Kurz Luxor 220 Gold
    Stamp Orientation:Horizontal
    Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 0.84 in. / 36.068 x 21.336 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 0.98 in. / 39.624 x 24.892 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):7.24 x 6.23 in. / 183.896 x 158.242 mm
    Press Sheets Size (w x h):12.71 x 21.71 in. / 322.834 X 551.4334 mm
    Plate Size:120 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by two (2) single digits in bottom two corners
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header: Raven Story • Plate number in bottom two corners
    Back:©2020 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (478000) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text

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