2019 First-Class Forever Stamp,Post Office Murals: "Mountains and Yucca"

# 5376 - 2019 First-Class Forever Stamp - Post Office Murals: "Mountains and Yucca"

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US #5376
2019 55¢ “Mountains and Yucca” – Post Office Murals

• Commemorates the Great Depression-era mural “Mountains and Yucca” at the Deming, New Mexico, post office


Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Set:  Post Office Murals
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  April 2, 2019
First Day City:  Piggott, Arkansas
Quantity Issued:  30,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 10
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To honor the “Mountains and Yucca” post office mural in Deming, New Mexico, created during the Great Depression.

About the stamp design:  Pictures the US post office mural “Mountains and Yucca” (1937) in Deming, New Mexico. The mural was completed by artist Kenneth M. Adams.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Piggott Main Post Office in Piggott, Arkansas, the location of one of the murals on the stamps.

About the Post Office Murals set:  Includes five stamps celebrating the artwork of muralists tasked with beautifying American post offices and boosting morale during the Great Depression. Each of the stamp designs pictures a different mural from a US post office: “Kiowas Moving Camp” (1936) Anadarko, Oklahoma; “Mountains and Yucca” (1937) Deming, New Mexico; “Antelope” (1939) Florence, Colorado; “Sugarloaf Mountain” (1940) Rockville, Maryland; and “Air Mail” (1941) Piggott, Arkansas.

History the stamp represents:  Deming, New Mexico, was founded in 1881 and named after the wife of one of the “Big Four” railroad tycoons. The city is the site where the Southern Pacific railroad joined with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroads. The Silver Spike connected the two lines the same year Deming was founded and signified the completion of the United States’ second transcontinental railroad.

In addition to its history with the railroad industry, Deming is also known for its striking desert scenery. The land around the city is relatively flat, but the nearby Cooke’s mountain range and Cooke’s Peak can be seen in the distance. These mountains were named after Captain Phillip St. George Cooke, a leader of the Mormon Battalion who explored the area in 1846 in search of a wagon route for the US Army.

In 1937, artist Kenneth M. Adams was commissioned to paint a mural in the city’s post office. He could have chosen any subject, but he decided to depict the area’s beautiful landscape. The painting, “Mountains and Yucca,” was one of many commissioned during the Great Depression to help boost the country’s morale. Adams’s mural did just that, and is still displayed in the Deming Post Office today.

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US #5376
2019 55¢ “Mountains and Yucca” – Post Office Murals

• Commemorates the Great Depression-era mural “Mountains and Yucca” at the Deming, New Mexico, post office


Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Set:  Post Office Murals
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  April 2, 2019
First Day City:  Piggott, Arkansas
Quantity Issued:  30,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 10
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To honor the “Mountains and Yucca” post office mural in Deming, New Mexico, created during the Great Depression.

About the stamp design:  Pictures the US post office mural “Mountains and Yucca” (1937) in Deming, New Mexico. The mural was completed by artist Kenneth M. Adams.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at Piggott Main Post Office in Piggott, Arkansas, the location of one of the murals on the stamps.

About the Post Office Murals set:  Includes five stamps celebrating the artwork of muralists tasked with beautifying American post offices and boosting morale during the Great Depression. Each of the stamp designs pictures a different mural from a US post office: “Kiowas Moving Camp” (1936) Anadarko, Oklahoma; “Mountains and Yucca” (1937) Deming, New Mexico; “Antelope” (1939) Florence, Colorado; “Sugarloaf Mountain” (1940) Rockville, Maryland; and “Air Mail” (1941) Piggott, Arkansas.

History the stamp represents:  Deming, New Mexico, was founded in 1881 and named after the wife of one of the “Big Four” railroad tycoons. The city is the site where the Southern Pacific railroad joined with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroads. The Silver Spike connected the two lines the same year Deming was founded and signified the completion of the United States’ second transcontinental railroad.

In addition to its history with the railroad industry, Deming is also known for its striking desert scenery. The land around the city is relatively flat, but the nearby Cooke’s mountain range and Cooke’s Peak can be seen in the distance. These mountains were named after Captain Phillip St. George Cooke, a leader of the Mormon Battalion who explored the area in 1846 in search of a wagon route for the US Army.

In 1937, artist Kenneth M. Adams was commissioned to paint a mural in the city’s post office. He could have chosen any subject, but he decided to depict the area’s beautiful landscape. The painting, “Mountains and Yucca,” was one of many commissioned during the Great Depression to help boost the country’s morale. Adams’s mural did just that, and is still displayed in the Deming Post Office today.