Amid a sea of smiles, the U.S. Postal Service celebrated the issuance of 125 million new stamps today featuring popular Disney/Pixar characters. The Mail a Smile Forever stamps official First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony took place at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.
Available nationwide today, all 125 million stamps can be purchased online at usps.com/shop, by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724) or by visiting Post Offices.
“These delightful stamps lift spirits and touch hearts and remind us that when it comes to connecting with loved ones, technology is no match for the mail,” said Jo Ann Feindt, Postal Service Southern Area vice president, in dedicating the stamps as part of the resort’s grand opening.
Joining Feindt in dedicating the stamp featuring beloved Disney/Pixar characters was Jay Ward, legacy guardian for Pixar Animation Studios.
“We’re thrilled ‘to infinity and beyond’ that these popular characters from Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo and other great Disney/Pixar films are featured on these colorful new stamps,” said Ward. “This stamp issue will make posting a letter lots of fun for everyone in the family.”
Following up on Send a Hello stamps issued in 2011, the eagerly awaited Mail a Smile stamp sheet includes five different designs spotlighting:
- Flik and Dot from A Bug’s Life (1998);
- Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) and Dashiell “Dash” Parr from The Incredibles (2004), with “Dash” also shown running in the background;
- Nemo and Squirt from Finding Nemo (2003);
- Woody, Bullseye, and Jessie from Toy Story 2 (1999); and
- Boo, Mike Wazowski, and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan from Monsters, Inc. (2001).
The back of the stamp sheet shows blue-pencil sketches of characters from these movies interspersed among text that exhorts readers to mail a smile to a loved one. Postal Service art director William Gicker of Washington, DC, worked with Disney/Pixar to design the stamp art.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-STAMP-24. 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:
Mail a Smile Stamp
Main Office — Orlando
10401 Post Office Drive
Orlando, FL 32862-9998
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Aug. 1, 2012.
How to Order First-Day Covers
The Postal Service 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, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
There are nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
- 470063, First-Day Cover Set of 5, $4.45.
- 470066, Postcards (20) 4 of each design, $15.95.
- 470067, First-Day-of-Sale Set of 5, $4.45.
- 470068, Digital Color Postmark (DCP) Set of 5, $8.
- 470084, Uncut Press Sheets, $36.
- 470091, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.
- 470092, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.
- 470094, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP (random single), $1.95.
- 470099, Cancellation Keepsake (Random DCP w/Pane), $10.95.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Video courtesy USPS. Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
The United States Postal Service today announced its commemorative stamp program for 2011 and it includes some very familiar faces, fictional and not, including friends from several Disney/Pixar films.
The Send a Hello stamps are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic. The Send a Hello series is meant to encourage people to connect with their loved ones via the United States Postal Service.
With an already established and well-received relationship, the Postal Service was eager to again work with the Walt Disney Company, this time choosing to explore the Disney/Pixar films, which offer exciting, contemporary characters and strong themes involving family and friends.
The pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and WALL*E from WALL*E (2008).
The 2011 Disney/Pixar Send a Hello stamps will be released on August 19, 2011.
Images courtesy of United States Postal Service
In one of the more interesting joint promotions for the new Disney/Pixar film, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has enlisted Sheriff Woody and the gang to help promote its priority mail service. The Priority Mail website was the first element in the campaign, receiving a visit from the popular toons.
Kicking off last week, Post Office retail locations across the country have begun displaying posters as well as other Toy Story-themed promotional materials. The Post Offices are also selling several birthday cards from Sunrise Greetings featuring many of the characters from the trilogy as well as padded envelopes in multiple sizes.
Also in apparent light rotation is this television advertisement featuring the Toy Story characters promoting the service. In the spot, Hamm takes up the role of letter carrier, no doubt a tip of the postal hat to John Ratzenberger’s Cliff Clavin character on Cheers, who was also a letter carrier for the USPS.
The Walt Disney Company and the United States Postal Service have announced that they will begin running a television commercial in mid-May featuring characters from the upcoming Disney/Pixar release of Toy Story 3. The advertising spot will promote the USPS’ priority mail service.
Update: See more on the campaign including the commercial itself here.
NEW YORK, Dec. 1 — What do the U.S. Postal Service, the Muppets and Santa Claus have in common? Neither rain nor snow nor heat nor gloom of night will keep them from delivering dreams this holiday season.
Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear joined Postmaster General John E. Potter today at the historic James A. Farley Post Office lobby in New York City to kick off the holiday mailing season and the Postal Service’s Letters to Santa program.
“The holiday season isn’t just the busiest time of the year for the Postal Service — it’s our best time of year,” said Potter. “For nearly 100 years, the Postal Service’s Letters to Santa program has made dreams come true for those in need. This is a time to celebrate how postal employees, charitable organizations and businesses have made a difference in the lives of children coast to coast.”
“We’re excited to be helping the Postal Service make the holiday special for kids across the country. It’s the perfect way to celebrate,” said Kermit the Frog. A postmark of Kermit the Frog will appear in the upper right-hand corner of holiday cards and letters mailed throughout the month of December.
“Helping Santa Claus is always a good idea, especially at this time of year,” added Fozzie Bear, who saluted the Postal Service for 234 years of delivering holiday cheer — and saluted Santa just to be on the safe side.