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July 31, 2021

Enigmatic Optics: United States Postal Service Issues Mystery Message Forever Stamps

US Postal Service

US Postal Service

US Postal Service

Photo: New Mystery Message Stamp Helps Solve Postage Needs.

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2021 — The new Mystery Message, Forever stamp from the U.S. Postal Service, puts your sleuthing skills to the test! The new stamp was dedicated in a ceremony at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.

“As you add these stamps to your collection, or use them to send a message to your family and friends — we hope they will appeal to the puzzle-solver in all of us,” said Robert M. Duncan, a member of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. He served as dedicating official for the ceremony.

Joining Governor Duncan for the ceremony were Tamara Christian, the Spy Museum’s president and chief operating officer; Rebecca Roberts, curator of programming, Planet Word; and an “international spy” as a special guest.

The pane of 20 stamps is a visual riddle spelling out a difficult-to-discern message. Each colorful square contains a letter in an interesting pattern. Designed by art director Antonio Alcalá, the seemingly random patterns were carefully placed so that when put all together, the message reads —

“More Than Meets the Eye!”

The reverse side of the pane also provides the solution.

“Close one eye, turn your head to the right, or do whatever is needed to solve this perplexing puzzle for yourself. Fun and festive, this stamp is sure to add a dash of whimsy to your correspondence and confound those who receive it,” USPS said.


Coffee Anyone?

Espresso Drinks Forever Stamps

US Postal Service

Photo: Espresso drinking in the United States is at an all-time high and is now on new Forever stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrated America’s love of coffee with the issuance of four new stamps. Whether milky, dark as night, sweetened, flavored, or highly concentrated; many coffee drinks have one thing in common — they begin with espresso.

This booklet of 20 stamps features four unique designs illustrating popular espresso drinks — espresso, cappuccino, Caffe Latte, and Caffe Mocha.

Capturing the inviting atmosphere of an early 20th-century café, artist Terry Allen created each digital illustration with the style of 1920s and 1930s advertising posters in mind.

The names of the espresso drinks appear in art deco-inspired lettering above or below each enticing cup.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with original artwork by Allen.

Espresso drinking in the United States is at an all-time high. With the growing popularity of artisanal coffee shops, extensive research on the roasting and brewing process, and continued innovation in machinery to make the perfect cup, specialty coffee is better than it has ever been.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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