2019 55¢ Sesame Street – The Count
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
Count Von Count has been a member of the Sesame Street family since 1972. He bears a comical resemblance to Count Dracula, but that is where the similarity ends.
The Count is a happy and helpful character who enjoys counting anything and everything. In one song, he said he sometimes even counts himself. The Count likes to find math in his everyday activities, which usually include more counting and playing the organ. In recent years, the Count has led a daily segment called "Number of the Day," in which he plays notes on his organ while counting up to the featured number. When he counts to a number, there is usually a crash of thunder and a flash of lightning, even when it's sunny. The Count explains that he has his own personal cloud to make this possible.
The Count has his own castle where he lives with his cat Fatatita and his bats Grisha, Misha, Sasha, and Tatiana. He also drives a special car, the Countmobile, which looks like a bat. The Count's favorite number is 34,969 because it is a perfect square of 187. And his favorite is 2:30, likely because of the tooth-related pun, "Tooth-Hurty."
The Count's outgoing and enthusiastic personality makes him a friend to everyone on Sesame Street and his counting makes for fun games for all.