The Post Office announced a new series of Forever Stamps commemorating the contributions of America’s industrial-era workers. As I look at these stamps the first thing I see is that they were all once (at the time of the photographs) Union jobs. Below are the stamps, drop by your local post office (for me, just below me on the first floor) and pick up a bunch. Remember, they are “Forever” stamps so even when the price of postage goes up, they will still work. Support the working class and the Post office, both of which are under attack.
The pane features 12 stamps, each showing a different man or woman hard at work. In the top row, from left to right, are an airplane maker; a derrick worker on the Empire State Building; a millinery apprentice; and a laborer on a hoisting ball at the Empire State Building.
In the middle row, from left to right, are a linotyper in a publishing house; a welder on the Empire State Building; a coal miner; and riveters on the Empire State Building.
In the bottom row, from left to right, are a powerhouse mechanic; a railroad track walker; a textile worker; and a crew member guiding a beam on the Empire State Building.
Eleven of the stamp images were taken by photographer Lewis Hine, who is famous for his work which helped tell the story of early 20th-century laborers. There also are five stamp sheets available, each with a different photo in the selvage area, or area outside the stamps, on the sheet. The coal miner appears again on a selvage, along with three additional Hine photos. A Margaret Bourke-White photo of a female welder is also featured.
The commemorative First-Class Mail Forever stamps are 46 cents each and are offered as a pane of 12 stamps.