If you’re a Star Trek fan, you have a new reason to go do one of the most mundane things you can do as a citizen of the United States. The U.S. Postal Service has just released a new set of commemorative Forever stamps celebrating the iconic science fiction television series as of Friday, September 2.
The four stamp designs depict the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia, the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter, the silhouette of the Enterprise and the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute. All illustrations are against a gold, red, green and blue background, respectively. Written on all stamps is “forever USA” separated by the Starfleet insignia.
The first-day-of-issue ceremony kicked off Star Trek: Mission New York, a three-day convention following the buzz of the July 2016 movie and on the heels of an upcoming 2017 television series, Star Trek: Discovery. The release of the stamp falls almost 50 years after the television series premiered Sept. 8, 1966.
“The Postal Service is proud to commemorate ‘Star Trek’ on the eve of its 50th anniversary,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan referring to the iconic television program’s Sept. 8, 1966, debut. “Star Trek’s intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast and story lines touched on social issues and pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction becoming a worldwide phenomenon.”
Joining Brennan in dedicating the stamps were actor and humanitarian Walter Koenig, who portrayed U.S.S. Enterprise’s navigation officer Pavel Chekov in the series; NASA Deputy Director of Science for Communication Michelle Thaller; CBS Consumer Products Executive Vice President and General Manager Liz Kaloduer; and, U.S. Postal Service Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell.
“With the chaos in today’s world, hopefully the stamps and what they signify can inspire a better future for us all,” said Koenig.
“’Star Trek’ gave us a universe that we could explore in our imagination,” said Thaller. “In this universe we pioneered not only new technology and new worlds, but — more importantly — new social rules and new definitions of tolerance and diversity. In Star Trek’s universe, we found better ways to be human.”
The stamp images were created by the design firm Heads of State of Philadelphia, PA, under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA.
Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016 (this coming Thursday, actually). Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series aired for three seasons — a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. The series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics, the environment and more. It spawned five more television series and 13 feature films spanning the course of half a century.
Beyond its impact on the entertainment landscape, Star Trek has also influenced our modern world by helping spark technological advancements such as the cell phone, universal translator, smart watch, tablet, sonogram and other inventions.
To follow along with the Star Trek Forever stamp excitement, fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #StarTrekForever.