Save Time and Money with the 1997 Commemorative Year Set
Includes First U.S. Triangle Stamps
With one easy order, you can get 40 commemoratives from 1997 – you’ll save time and money over buying each stamp individually.
Year of the Ox – 1997’s New Year stamp is the fifth in a 12-year series based on the symbolic animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The series began in 1993 with the Year of the Rooster, and ended in 2004 with the Year of the Monkey. According to Chinese astrology, people born under the sign of the Ox are trustworthy, dependable, and blessed with a strong sense of integrity.
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. – With the issue of this stamp, our nation’s first black brigadier general, Benjamin O. Davis, became the 20th individual to be honored in the Black Heritage stamp series. Davis began his 50 years with the U.S. Army as a private, and rose through the ranks due to his distinguished service. In doing so, Davis was a driving force in the integration of America’s armed forces.
Swans – The 15th installment in the popular Love series, the Swans are the first stamps of the series that do not incorporate the word “love” in their design. Swans have long been symbols of love; these birds mate for life once they find their partner. Their courtship ritual involves head-to-head posturing, as seen on the stamp.
Clipper Ship and Stagecoach – These two issues are America’s first triangle stamps. Issued to commemorate San Francisco’s Pacific 97 Stamp Exhibition, the stamps feature a mid-19th century clipper ship and a U.S. mail stagecoach – both of which are historically associated with mail delivery in California. The ship design is based on an advertising card for the clipper ship Richard S. Ely, by American Harrison Eastman (1823-1886), who was the probable source for the 1997 stagecoach stamp design.
Thornton Wilder – Issued on the 100th anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s birth, this stamp is the 14th addition to the Literary Arts series. Wilder won the Pulitzer Prize for his plays “Our Town” (1938) and “The Skin of Our Teeth” (1943), and the novel “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” (1927). Artist Michael Deas, who created two of the most popular stamps of all time (Marilyn Monroe and James Dean) created the portrait of Wilder featured on the stamp.
Bugs Bunny – The Bugs Bunny stamp was issued in conjunction with a campaign to launch the U.S. Postal Service “Stampers” program. As the official mascot of Stampers, it was hoped the animated character would help revive youth interest in the hobby of stamp collecting. A full-color, 12-page magazine was made available through the U.S.P.S. Philatelic Fulfillment Service Center for a limited time, as part of the Stampers program.
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