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September 20, 2020

Ship Ahoy! U.S. Postal Service (USPS) issues a Stamp on "Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor."

US Postal Service

US Postal Service

Photo: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Mayflower’s 400th-anniversary landing off the coast of New England.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2020 — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today issued the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor stamp.

“The Postal Service is proud to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival off the coast of New England in December 1620,” said Kristin Seaver, Executive Vice President, U.S. Postal Service. “This stamp reflects the Postal Service’s commitment to honor our nation’s diversity, heritage, and history through our stamp program.”

Dr. George P. Garmany Jr., the governor-general, General Society of Mayflower Descendants; Michele Pecoraro, executive director, Plymouth 400; and Richard Pickering, deputy director, Plimoth Plantation, participated in the ceremony.


“On Dec. 16, 1620, a ship that carried 102 English passengers completed a perilous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from Plymouth, England, and anchored offshore of today’s Plymouth, MA. The Mayflower’s passengers would become known as Pilgrims, and the story of their settlement in America would inspire future generations and become part of the larger story of the nation’s founding ideals,” USPS explained.

“The Pilgrims’ tale is intertwined with the story of the Wampanoag — People of the First Light — who made an alliance with the Pilgrims and forged a treaty with them that maintained relative peace for more than 50 years. The Pilgrims might not have survived their first year without the Wampanoag’s help and advice, with whom they celebrated their first harvest in the fall of 1621,” USPS elaborated.

“The Mayflower Compact, Plymouth Rock, Thanksgiving — all became part of this tiny band of settlers’ enduring legacy, whom we honor on the 400th anniversary of their arrival in America,” USPS said.

Artist Greg Harlin illustrated the stamp, using a combination of watercolor, gouache, and acrylics, with some digital refining to convey a scene of desolate beauty at the end of the Pilgrims’ harrowing journey to an unfamiliar world. The stamp also features a stylized hawthorn flower printed in intaglio. In England, the hawthorn — a member of the rose family — is sometimes called a mayflower, as it blooms in May.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp and pane.

The U.S. Postal Service stated that it is issuing the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor stamp as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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