The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a new set of postage stamps depicting the romances between select Disney animated characters. Featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; Lady and the Tramp; Belle and the Beast; and Cinderella and Prince Charming, the ‘Art of Disney: Romance’ stamps were dedicated during the kick-off of the 13th annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Resort. They will be available to postal patrons nationwide on April 22.
‘We decided to take our cue from one of the most celebrated couples of all time’Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse,” says Jo Ann Feindt, VP of Great Lakes Area Operations for the U.S. Postal Service. In her dedication speech, Feindt revaealed that another set in the Art of Disney series will be released next year.
Joining Feindt in unveiling the stamps was Al Weiss, president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney parks and resorts, along with some Disney characters featured on the self-adhesive, 39′ stamps.
Walt Disney’s relationship with the U.S. Postal Service began in the summer of 1918 when he sorted and delivered mail in the Chicago Post Office. He would later make Mickey Mouse a postal employee in the 1933 short Mail Pilot. The achievements of the animation pioneer were first recognized on a stamp in 1968. That particular issue featured a parade of children representing many nations surrounding a portrait of Walt Disney.
”The Art of Disney: Friendship’ stamps were issued in 2004, featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and a host of other Mouse House favorites. The set was followed in 2005 with the release of ‘The Art of Disney: Celebration’ stamps that coincided with the company’s anniversary. For each stamp set, Postal Service art director Terrence McCaffrey teamed with Disney artist Peter Emmerich and creative director Dave Pacheco to create the designs.
To see ‘The Art of Disney: Romance’ stamps and collectors items, visit the online Postal Store at http://www.usps.com/shop. Custom-framed prints of original stamp art are available at http://www.postalartgallery.com.