On Thursday, May 7th, the Springfield Post Office will offer a special “Homer Simpson” commemorative postmark to the public to celebrate the issuance of the five new Simpsons stamps. Springfield, SC is one of 25 towns in 25 states (listed below) with
The pictorial cancellation, pictured below, like the stamps, is sure to be a hit with fans of all ages. The Simpsons, currently in its 20th year as a regularly scheduled half-hour series, is the longest-running comedy in television history. The show is a cultural phenomenon, recognizable throughout the world.
The U.S. Postal Service receives approximately 50,000 suggestions for stamp subjects each year, yet only about 20 topics are selected for postage. The Simpsons is the only television show to be featured as the sole subject of a stamp set while still in primetime production.
The Springfield, SC version of the postmark, which will be advertised nationally in the Postal Bulletin, is free, but must be applied to items bearing First-Class postage. It will be available to collectors at the post office on Thursday, May 7, 2009 or through the mail for 30 days following the date of issue. "Woo hoo!” said Springfield Postmaster Randy Sandifer, “we’re proud to be able to make our own mark on your Simpsons stamps. Simpsons fans from around the country are bound to order a Springfield postmark from all 25 states.”
To order by mail, write to: Simpsons Postmark Station, Attn: Postmaster, 7220 Festival Trail, Springfield, SC 29146-9998. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return. By-mail requests must be postmarked by June 7, 2009. (Stamp jpeg images attached/Artwork pictured below.)
- Vote Early and Often: It’s the American Way Voting takes place at www.usps.com/simpsons beginning April 9 at 8 a.m. ET and concludes May 14. Results will be announced shortly thereafter.
- Pre-order The Simpsons Stamps and Stamped Postal Cards Now The 44-cent First-Class Mail® stamps, available in booklets of 20 and stamped postal cards in packs of 20, can be pre-ordered online and will be mailed to customers on May 7. To see all Simpsons related products, visit this link: www.usps.com/simpsons
- Matt Groening Signed Poster Sweepstakes Visitors to the site over 18 years of age have the opportunity to register for a sweepstakes to be one of 25 winners of a limited-edition Simpsons poster to be signed by Simpsons creator and executive producer Matt Groening. Winners will be notified the week of May 18 - 22, 2009.
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