2019 55¢ Sesame Street – Ernie
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: June 22, 2019
First Day City: Detroit, MI
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 16
Quantity Printed: 62,000,000
Ernie has been a main character on Sesame Street since its premier in 1969. He is mischievous, frequently playing practical jokes on his good buddy, Bert.
Ernie is very imaginative and comes up with fun games to play. Often, Ernie wants Bert (who is usually reading) to join in on his silly games. After much convincing, Bert will grudgingly start to play along. Just as soon as Bert really starts to enjoy himself, Ernie wants to stop playing and moves on to something else.
Besides singing and playing musical instruments, Ernie loves taking baths with his Rubber Duckie. He sang to his duck in season one of Sesame Street. "Rubber Duckie" became a hit single, reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1970.
His free-spirited approach to successes and failures alike makes him one of Sesame Street's most enduring and likable characters. Together, Bert and Ernie model how to appreciate similarities and differences between friends, and understand others' points of view.
Ernie was honored with this stamp in 2019. He was pictured along with 15 of his Sesame Street friends, on a se-tenant stamp sheet commemorating the 50th anniversary of the beloved show.