“Let’s go sailing!” The U.S. Postal Service celebrates a favorite outdoor activity with two colorful postcard stamps.

Illustrator Libby VanderPloeg grew up in Grand Haven, MI, a little harbor town on Lake Michigan, so sailboats were always dotting her views as a kid. With these memories in mind, she created two colorful, abstract images that capture the essence of sailing, one of America’s favorite pastimes.

A sailing adventure is one of the true joys of the summer months. Breezes ruffle your hair as your boat glides through the waves—the smells of sea spray and sunscreen linger on your skin. You feel a joyful sensation as the wind tugs the boat toward the horizon.

Sailing offers a fun way to spend time with family and friends in a peaceful place. So, find a boat, pack a picnic, choose your destination, and set sail toward the next harbor!

Antonio Alcalá art directed the project.

Sailboats will be issued in a pane of 20 and a coil format. The word “POSTCARD” on the stamps indicates their usage value. Like Forever® stamps, these stamps will always be valid for the rate printed on them.

Product Specification:
Issue:Sailboats Stamps
Item Number:122500
Denomination &Postcard Rate Non-denominated, Mail-use
Type of Issue:
Format:Pane of 20 (2 designs)
Issue Date & City:January 22, 2023, Lahaina, HI 96761
Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer:Libby VanderPloeg
Typographer:Libby VanderPloeg
Illustrator:Libby VanderPloeg
Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process:Offset
Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd (APU)
Press Type:Muller A76
Stamps per Pane:20
Print Quantity:120,000,000 stamps
Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation:Vertical
Image Area (w x h):0.73 x 0.84 in / 18.542 x 21.336 mm
Stamp Size (w x h):0.87 x 0.98 in / 22.098 x 24.892 mm
Pane Size (w x h):5.35 x 4.93 in / 135.89 x 125.222 mm
Plate Size:400 stamps per revolution
Plate Number:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
Front:Plate number in four (4) corners of pane
Back:©2022 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (122500) • Plate position diagram (10) • Promotional text
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