Stamps! Stamps! Stamps! Lots of stamps are coming out right now. Yesterday saw the release of a stamp honoring Maya Angelou. I am so conflicted with this stamp. I love Maya Angelou and her smile is divine, but the design of this stamp is so boring to me. I suppose it fits the typical portrait style of U.S.P.S. stamps, but I wanted something more from it. To me, it lacks in poetry, in a metaphorical sense; as it does literally contain a line of poetry. The dreamer in me wishes there was some sort of scannable code aspect to it where you could hear audio of Maya Angelou reading her work. Her voice is like an all-encompassing hug.
For the war stamp fans, there's a new edition in the Civil War set. This two stamp set includes a stamp for the Battle of Five Forks and the Appomattox Courthouse. It is the final installment in the 150th Anniversary commemorative series. These stamps will be officially issued on April 9th.
At the end of this stamp release parade on Friday, April 10th, the Gifts of Friendship stamps come out. This issue celebrates the friendship between the U.S. and Japan and features cherry blossoms and dogwood trees. Excitingly, the sheet contains 10 U.S.P.S. designed stamps and 2 Japan Post designed stamps. I like these a lot, but find it strange to have a stamp featuring cherry blossoms and Washington D.C. monuments again so soon. It feels like a recycling of the Cherry Blossom Centennial stamp from 2012.