1989 45¢ Space Shuttle
20th UPU Congress
Issue Date: November 27, 1989
First City: Washington, D.C.
Quantity Issued: 106,360,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
This stamp is one of a block of four offering a glimpse of what mail delivery might look like in the future. Pictured on the set are a hypersonic airliner, a shuttle at a space station, surface rover, and a mail vehicle traveling on a cushion of air. Although these vehicles don’t actually exist, they are based on the industry’s estimation of what future mail delivery transportation could look like.