Thursday, August 16, 2007

Stamp Magic

Today was the issue date for the newest set of commemorative Disney themed stamps from United States Postal Service. Magic is the theme in this, the fourth release in The Art of Disney series. It follows prior themes of friendship, celebrations and romance. Here's a great recap from the USPS website of Disney's history with the postal service:

"The Disney relationship with the U.S. Postal Service began in the summer of 1918 when Walt Disney sorted and delivered mail in the Chicago Post Office. Next, Mickey Mouse worked for the Post Office when he starred in the 1933 animated short "Mail Pilot." The achievements of Walt Disney were first recognized on a stamp in 1968. On that stamp, a parade of children, hand-in-hand, appear from a tiny castle to surround a portrait of Walt Disney. The children, representing many nations of the World, are garbed in native costume.

"In 1998, a "Snow White" stamp was issued as part of the Postal Service's "Celebrate the Century" stamp series that highlighted the most memorable and significant people, places, events and trends of each decade of the 20th century. In 1937, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" premiered as the nation's first feature-length animated film. The movie classic was created from 240,000 separate drawings and won a special Academy Award™ for Walt Disney.

"The Art of Disney: Friendship stamps issued in 2004, the first in the current series, honored friendship as it appears in the art of Walt Disney and featured Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and a host of Disney friends. The Art of Disney: Celebration stamps issued in 2005 were the second in the series and featured Mickey Mouse and Pluto, Alice and the Mad Hatter, Ariel and Flounder, and Snow White and Dopey. The third in the series, The Art of Disney: Romance stamps issued in 2006 highlighted the love between Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Lady and the Tramp, Belle and the Beast, and Cinderella and Prince Charming. Each time, U.S. Postal Service art director Terrence McCaffrey joined the Disney team, including artist Peter Emmerich and creative director Dave Pacheco, in designing the stamps.

11 comments:

Jessica said...

I was planning on going to the dedication ceremony at Epcot today, but lost track of time and completely missed it. I love the designs they chose.

Nic Kramer said...

I was just wondering if they were still doing the annual stamps, since they usually come out in the spring.

Grumpwurst (Ray) said...

Jeff,

Thanks for this post. My wife collects these stamps when we know they exist. I can now tell her to go to the USPS and pick some up.

Anonymous said...

Zzzzzzzzz

Mr Banks said...

Too bad they're off model and badly drawn. Though an animator was apparently called in to help, there's no sign he succeeded.

And they suffer from over-precious rendering.

Zzzzz is right.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Mr. Banks on this one. These three-dimensional versions of classic characters always leave me cold. Meh.

Anonymous said...

Off-model, my foot! I think they look pretty good. And for you guys who think the stamp are badly drawn, I like to see you draw better.

Anonymous said...

Mickey's ears are too small, Peter's eyes are too far apart, Aladdin's profile is completely wrong, and that's just off the top of my head. Off-model is off-model. Poorly drawn, not so much.

And since when does someone have to prove their drawing skill to have an opinion? Do you head into the restaurant kitchen when your food isn't prepared to your liking? Grow up.

Benjamin said...

I love em!

Sorcerer Mickey said...

Just happy to finally have a Sorcerer Mickey stamp! Woot!

Anonymous said...

I personally like last years collection of Disney stamps better. But I have always preferred Beauty and the Beast over Peter Pan...