The issue date for the USPS’ Mail a Smile commemorative stamps is June 1. The Forever stamps (priced at the current First Class rate, 45 cents) come in five designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps and a $15.95 Premium Stamped Postal Card Booklet of 20. This is the second set featuring the Disney•Pixar characters, the previous set being Send a Hello, which was issued in 2011, and which in turn grew out of the Art of Disney series issued from 2004 through 2008. In 2006 Disney acquired Pixar.
Mail a Smile includes five different designs that spotlight 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 pane shows blue-pencil sketches of characters from these movies interspersed among text that encourages people to “mail a smile”. Art director William J. Gicker 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 their local Post Office™, at the Postal Store® wesbsite at www.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 through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by August 1, 2012.