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17 September 2020

Mayflower In Plymouth Harbor

United States: Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, Date to be Announced. Image from Stamp News Now.

IFrom the USPS announcement on 22 October 2019:

With this commemorative stamp, the Postal Service marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor. The stamp’s image is based on artwork of watercolor, acrylic and gouache, a method of painting that uses opaque pigments ground in water and thickened to a glue-like consistency. The painting was digitally refined to convey a scene of desolate beauty at the end of the Pilgrims’ long journey to an unfamiliar world. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Greg Harlin.

This stamp will be issued on Thursday, 17 September 2020 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.


In an interview with Wicked Local Plymouth shortly after this stamp was announced, organizers of the Plymouth 400 celebration expressed disappointment about the stamp design.

“We have been asking that any stamps they produce include not only the European side of the story, but also the Native American perspective,” said George McKay, a Plymouth 400 Inc. volunteer who headed the philatelic effort. “Unfortunately for us, they chose to only produce one stamp for 2020, which does not include the other side of the story.”

Plymouth 400 is also running a FDC cachet contest for this issue. You can find out how to enter here. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2020.


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