First day cancellations are still available for the beautiful La Florida postage stamps that were released April 3 in St. Augustine.
To obtain the first day of sale postmark, mail stationery items bearing La Florida stamps to Customer Relations USPS, 79 Mid Cape Terrace, Suite 8, Cape Coral, FL 33991.
Please specify which city you are requesting a postmark for Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples or Sanibel. All orders must be postmarked by July 3.
La Florida stamp
Customers have 90 days from the official first day of issuance date to obtain first day of sale postmarks on stamps and stationery items.
Collectors may request a local first day of sale postmark by mail only. There is no charge for servicing of first day of sale postmarks up to 50 covers.
Mail-in customers must supply a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage applied to return the serviced covers.
The 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida was commemorated by the U.S. Postal Service with the release of stamps that celebrate the state's floral abundance.
During the Easter season of 1513, Spanish explorers first visited the state we now know as Florida. They named the land "La Florida" for Pascua Florida ("Feast of the Flowers"), Spain's Easter celebration, and for the verdant display of vegetation that they could see from their ship.
La Florida stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 16 stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate of 46 cents.
The four se tenant stamps contain a cascade of blossoms that evokes the feeling of a tropical garden. Each stamp shows a particular variety of flower: red and pink hibiscus; yellow cannas; morning glories in white, red, and shades of purple; and white and purple passionflowers.
The stamp pane includes on the selvage an imagined scene of explorers traveling in a small boat along a river or channel surrounded by tropical foliage.
Flowers are a perennial favorite with collectors and the stamp-buying public, and La Florida's exquisite blossoms will be an elegant addition to the U.S. Postal Service's tradition of producing appealing and beautiful floral stamp art.
For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at (800) 275-8777, or visit: www.usps.com.
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Stamps are available at more than 70,000 locations and self-service kiosks in the U.S.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Debra Mitchell is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.