Celebrate the Century

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Celebrate the Century
Celebrate Century 1900 1998.jpg
Country of productionUnited States
Location of productionAPU, Williamsville, NY, US [1]
Designervarious
Engravervarious
PrinterAshton-Potter USA [2]
Dimensions190 × 229 mm (7.5 × 9.0 in)
Perforation11.5[3]
CommemoratesEvents of the 20th century in the US in 10 sheets that commemorates each decade
DepictsVarious people, things, events in 15 stamps per sheet
NotabilityUsed in the CTC education program,[4][5] and travelled as a railroad exhibit under the CTC Express program.[6]
Nature of rarityNot rare
Face value32¢ x 15 ($4.80)
1900s to 1940s
33¢ x 15 ($4.95)
1950s to 1990s
Estimated valueAbout $150 for all the sheets [7]
 
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Celebrate the Century
Celebrate Century 1900 1998.jpg
Country of productionUnited States
Location of productionAPU, Williamsville, NY, US [1]
Designervarious
Engravervarious
PrinterAshton-Potter USA [2]
Dimensions190 × 229 mm (7.5 × 9.0 in)
Perforation11.5[3]
CommemoratesEvents of the 20th century in the US in 10 sheets that commemorates each decade
DepictsVarious people, things, events in 15 stamps per sheet
NotabilityUsed in the CTC education program,[4][5] and travelled as a railroad exhibit under the CTC Express program.[6]
Nature of rarityNot rare
Face value32¢ x 15 ($4.80)
1900s to 1940s
33¢ x 15 ($4.95)
1950s to 1990s
Estimated valueAbout $150 for all the sheets [7]

Celebrate the Century is the name of a series of postage stamps made by the United States Postal Service featuring images recalling various important events in the 20th century in the United States.[8] Ten of these sheets were issued, with each sheet depicting events of one decade of the 20th century, from the 1900s to 1990s.[8][9] Fifteen stamps were embedded into each sheet.[8] For the first eight sheets (1900s to 1970s) of the fifteen stamps, one stamp of each sheet was printed using the intaglio process,[10] while the remaining fourteen were offset printed along with the rest of the sheet. All the sheets were printed by the Ashton-Potter USA printing company.[2]

Format[edit]

These gummed souvenir sheets had an unusually large format of 7½"x9" (190mmx229mm). The top left hand corner sported the decade in a number format, the entire background of the sheet was devoted a specific event of that decade (e.g. the Wright brothers standing next to their Flyer II on the 1900s sheet.)

The fifteen stamps were printed at an angle of 8°,[11] the horizontal perforations ran from the stamps up to the edge of sheet. The stamps were arranged on the sheets in four rows, and nested in arrangements unique to each sheet. An area was devoted to the description of the decade as depicted by the stamps on it. The description of each stamp was printed on the gummed side of the sheet, behind each stamp.

The words Arts, Sports, Historical Events ran on the left hand edge, Technology, Entertainment, Science ran on the top edge, Political Figures, Life Style on the right hand edge of the sheet.

The stamp images for the first five sheets were selected by Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee[8] and those for the remaining five sheets were selected by a nationwide poll.[8][12][12][13]

CTC Express[edit]

Celebrate the Century Express

The CTC stamp program was publicised through an award winning[6] travelling railway museum tour, named Celebrate the Century Express commissioned by the USPS consisting of a locomotive and three cars.[14][15][16] This train travelled for eighteen months from 11 March 1999[14] through fall 19 November 2000[6] throughout the continental US to showcase the mail to the US public.[15] During its journey it travelled through 100 cities in 42 states and had more that 111,000 visitors including 6,000 children. The CTC Express consisted of an Amtrak P42 Genesis series diesel locomotive, an exhibit car featuring multimedia displays of US commemorative stamps, a restored Railway Mail Service car, a historic railroad business car, and a baggage car.[14] The CTC Express received the U.S. Transportation Department's "Design for Transportation National Awards 2000,"[14] and the "TRANNY Award of Excellence" from the Transportation Marketing and Communications Association.[14] On 25 May 2000 the US Congress commended the USPS for receiving these awards.[15]

CTC Education Series[edit]

The USPS with the US Department of Education[4] and ten of the leading K–12 educational associations,[4][17] started the education program involving more than 300,000 students across the U.S. in a comprehensive, in-class curriculum program which would take students on a field trip through the decades of the 20th century.[4][5]

The program kits were created for students from grades 3 to 6, and was available to teachers free of charge. Each kit included a teacher's guide, a student activity magazine, computer activities, internet linked sites, multimedia classroom visuals, school balloting for students and take home projects for children for parental participation.[4][17] In a survey taken in 1999 of 20,000 educators,[18] it was revealed that the program was a big success.

The sheets[edit]

1900s[edit]

Title: Dawn of the Twentieth Century.
Date of issue: 3 February 1998.[19]
Denomination: 32¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: The Wright brothers stand beside their Flyer II, near Dayton, Ohio.
Intaglio stamp: The Gibson Girl created by illustrator Charles Dana Gibson.

Inspired by the teddy bear stamp on this sheet, the USPS in 2002 issued a set of four teddy bear stamps.[21][22]

1910s[edit]

Title: America Looks Beyond its Borders.
Date of issue: 3 February 1998.[23]
Denomination: 32¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: Boy Scouts participate in a patriotic "Wake Up America" rally on New York City's Fifth Avenue.
Intaglio stamp: Panama Canal.

The stamp commemorating Carver was the second issued by the US Postal Service, the first stamp had been issued in 1948.[25]

1920s[edit]

Title: The Roaring Twenties.
Date of issue: 28 May 1998.[26]
Denomination: 32¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: Members of a dance troupe strike poses from the Charleston on a California beach during a break in the filming of a movie in 1926.
Intaglio stamp: Charles Lindbergh.

1930s[edit]

Title: Depression, Dust Bowl, and a New Deal.
Date of issue: 9 October 1998.[28]
Denomination: 32¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: A farmer and two sons flee a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma in April 1936.
Intaglio stamp: Empire State Building

The Gone with the Wind stamp is the second issued by the USPS, the first was issued on 30 June 1930, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the sale of the book with a 1¢ stamp featuring its author Margaret Mitchell.[30] The photo of Florence Owens Thompson, taken by photographer Dorothea Lange and titled Migrant Mother (1936), is an iconic image of the Great Depression.[31]

1940s[edit]

Title: World War II Transforms America.
Date of issue: 18 February 1999.[32]
Denomination: 33¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: A landing party of United States Marines storm a beach on Saipan, a Japanese stronghold in the Mariana Islands in 1944.
Intaglio stamp: United Nations.

1950s[edit]

Title: Family Fun, Suburbia, and Nuclear Threats.
Date of issue: 26 May 1999.[34]
Denomination: 33¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: Family in front of a television set.
Intaglio stamp: Polio vaccine.

The stamp on Lucille Ball was the first to be issued commemorating the actress.[36] This was soon followed by another stamp in 7 August 2001 which was part of the Legends of Hollywood series.[36]

1960s[edit]

Title: The Rebellious Sixties and Man on the Moon.
Date of issue: 17 September 1999.[37]
Denomination: 33¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin sets up seismic equipment to record lunar tremors.
Intaglio stamp: Buzz Aldrin's lunar foot print.

1970s[edit]

Title: Bicentennial, Watergate, and Earth Day.
Date of issue: 18 November 1999.[39]
Denomination: 33¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: Ships gather in New York Harbor under the Statue of Liberty to take part in Bicentennial celebrations, July 4, 1976, marked the 200th birthday of the United States.
Intaglio stamp: Videocassette recorder.

On the occasion of the unveiling of the Boeing 747 stamp by the USPS, Boeing in 1999 unveiled a 70 square foot replica of the Boeing 747 stamp image installed on the door of their Everett factory.[41][42]

1980s[edit]

Title: Space Shuttle Launched, Berlin Wall Falls.
Date of issue: 12 January 2000.[43]
Denomination: 33¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: The space shuttle Columbia is launched 27 June 1982 on its fourth mission.
Intaglio stamp: None present.

The Vietnam Veteran Memorial stamp is the second stamp commemorating the Vietnam War, the first one was issued in the 1960s sheet.[45]

1990s[edit]

Title: In Final Decade, Cold War Ends, Economy Booms.
Date of issue: 2 May 2000.[46]
Denomination: 33¢
No of stamps in sheet: 15
The stamps:

Background image: Image of currency superimposed by a graph of the rising economy.
Intaglio stamp: None present.

The Return to Space stamp commemorating former astronaut and then Senator John Glenn's return to space after a period of 36 years,[48] depicted the Space Shuttle Discovery, and Glenn's Mercury Friendship 7 space craft side by side in space.[48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1960s: The Rebellious Sixties and Man on the Moon Cancel Nations Stamp Co
  2. ^ a b MDC Unit Awarded Postage Stamp Contract By The United States Postal Service. The Free Library 26 February 1998
  3. ^ Stamp catalog ‹ United States ‹ Stamps Colnect.com 18 July 2013
  4. ^ a b c d e POSTAL SERVICE ANNOUNCES FIRST 30 STAMPS IN CELEBRATE THE CENTURY PROGRAM Sierra Club 11 December 1997
  5. ^ a b Celebrate the Century Education Program Receives A+ Approval Rating. The Free Library 6 November 1998
  6. ^ a b c Ctc Express Concludes Its Trek Across Nation Sun Sentinel 19 November 2000
  7. ^ 1998-2000 Celebrate the Century Mystic Co stamp catalog
  8. ^ a b c d e `Celebration Of The Century' Starts Feb. 3 And Will Last Two Years Sun Sentinel 7 December 1997
  9. ^ Monumental 'Celebrate the Century' Program Concludes With Postage Stamp Series Saluting the Decade of the 1990s PR Newswire 2 May 2000
  10. ^ "Page 96 US stamps". Mystic Stamp catalog. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  11. ^ As measured
  12. ^ a b 30 Commemoratives In Honor Of Century Philly.com 13 February 1998
  13. ^ Cast your 'Celebrate the Century' vote Boca Raton News 8 March 1998
  14. ^ a b c d e Traveling Train Museum Continues On Its Nationwide Tour Sun Sentinel 2 July 2000
  15. ^ a b c Commending the US Postal Service Congressional Record, V. 146, Pt. 7, May 24, 2000 to June 12, 2000 Page No 9356
  16. ^ Only the Memories Remain The Railway Mail Clerk and the Highway Office Page 159
  17. ^ a b Commemorative stamps series puts education first The Bryan Times - Aug 20, 1998
  18. ^ Celebrate the Century popular in class rooms Palo Verde Valley Times - Feb 26, 1999
  19. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1900s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-15. 
  20. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1900s Education World 16 July 2013
  21. ^ 2002 beat goes on Amarillo Global News 25 November 2001
  22. ^ Postal Service releasing teddy bear stamps The Daily Courier - Sep 15, 2002
  23. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1910s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1910s Education World 16 July 2013
  25. ^ Carver's Agri-Revoloution, Julian's Forgotten Genius Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [Four Volumes] Page No 733
  26. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1920s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  27. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1920s Education World 16 July 2013
  28. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1930s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  29. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1930s Education World 16 July 2013
  30. ^ Awards and Recognition Gone With The Wind
  31. ^ Depression's 'Migrant Mother' remains a powerful image Tampa Bay Times 10 May 2008
  32. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1940s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  33. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1940s Education World 16 July 2013
  34. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1950s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  35. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1950s Education World 16 July 2013
  36. ^ a b U S Postage Stamps Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia Page 376
  37. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1960s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  38. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1960s Education World 16 July 2013
  39. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1970s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  40. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1970s Education World 16 July 2013
  41. ^ Boeing 747 Gets Its Own Postage Stamp. The Free Library 15 November 1999
  42. ^ Boeing unveils new postage stamp Ellensburg Daily 16 November 1999
  43. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1980s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  44. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1980s Education World 16 July 2013
  45. ^ Stamp will honor Vietnam Veterans The Telegraph-Herald 12 Mar 2000
  46. ^ "Celebrate The Century 1990s". National Postal Museum, Arago™. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  47. ^ a b c d Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1990s Education World 16 July 2013
  48. ^ a b U.S. Postal Service honors John Glenn Amarillo Global News 12 March 2000

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