The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled five additional stamp collections that will be added to the 2019 Stamp Program including a set that honors the brave and loyal military dogs with a block of four stamps featuring a few good boys.
“The Postal Service honors the nation’s brave and loyal military working dogs with this new booklet of 20 stamps,” USPS wrote in a statement about the new additions.
The art was created by DKNG Studios under the direction of Greg Breeding. The block of four stamps feature a German shepherd, Labrador retriever, Belgian Malinois and Dutch shepherd, breeds that traditionally serve in the nation's armed forces. The background are in red, white, blue and gold to represent the American flag, with a white star appearing in the center of each block.
The good boys aren't the only ones getting their own set of forever stamps. The USPS will also marking the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental railroad. The massive engineering project that helped reduce people's travel time across the country from as much as six months to one week, bringing the west . The stamps feature the Jupiter and the No. 119 locomotives that powered the trains carrying officials and guests to the Golden Spike ceremony where the two lines were joined at Promontory Summit in Utah. A third stamp, (which is located in the middle of the book in an appropriate nod to the Golden Spike's history), is also featured in the book of stamps.
Another set being added to the Post Office's collection this year honors Ellsworth Kelly, an artist who pioneered a distinctive style of abstract art based on elements reduced to their essential forms. Some of Ellsworth's works include paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Twenty stamps feature ten of Kelly's pieces, including Yellow White (1961), Colors for a Large Wall (1951) Blue Red Rocker (1963), and Spectrum I (1953).
Tennis champion Maureen Connolly Brinker (also known as 'Little Mo') will also be honored with a stamp featuring the star player. "Little Mo" as she was known on the court, is shown on the stamp hitting a low volley in a colorful interpretation of a black-and-white photo of the player taken in 1952. The 5'4" dynamo was able to use her powerful swing to become the first woman to ever win all four major tennis tournaments in a calendar year.
Photos: U.S. Post Office