Jamestown: A Cancellation Worth Having

A good reason to make Friday, May 11th, one of the days to attend during the three-day ceremonies celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, the first-day-of issue ceremony for a fine-looking stamp.41s_jamestownsingle300dpi.jpg

The U.S. Postal Service will launch America’s Anniversary Weekend on May 11 with a special first-day-of-issue ceremony for its new stamp honoring the 400th anniversary of the nation’s first permanent English settlement.

The three-sided Settlement of Jamestown stamp — reminiscent of the shape of James Fort — will be on sale at gift shops and through Postal Service mobile units at Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne and Anniversary Park during Anniversary Weekend, a three-day salute to the settlement and its legacies. The 41-cent stamp will be the first sold at the new First-Class Mail rate.

James C. Miller III, chairman of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, will lead the first-day-of-issue ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. at Jamestown Settlement. At 4 p.m. Miller also will highlight the stamp during the “Welcome America” program at Historic Jamestowne, a rededication of the original Jamestown site that will include addresses by state and national dignitaries.

Well, yes, there’s that rededication of Historic Jamestowne, too. That’s certainly worth attending Friday. But the first-day-of-issue ceremony is exciting, especially for anyone who’s ever had a soft spot for triangular stamps.

The National Association of Manufacturers is proud to be a partner in these commemorations, marking as well the quadricentennial of manufacturing and commercial exporting in what would become the United States. So many reasons to a celebrate