Owney’s stamp is unveiled!
Big, big changes coming up this week; dudes, I’m getting married. Also, we *may* have found an apartment for the next phase adventure.
Anyway, after a week of traveling for work, followed by apartment hunting and exploring a my new city, interrupted by a sneaky, 22 hour trip to Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate some friends’ engagement, followed by even more exploring in our soon-to-be-home city, I took a few days off. But not “off” off, just not in the office. Instead, I volunteered at the first day of issue ceremony for the Owney the Dog postage stamp! The place was packed– I heard this weekend that over 3,000 people came through the NPM on Wednesday!! Holy cow (er, pup)! I even ran into Melissa, of Craftgasm fame, at the event. I was there working at the topical stamps table, helping visitors find 5 stamps to begin (or enhance) their stamp collections.
Sadly, because I was busy helping visitors begin their stamp collections, I didn’t have the chance to take all that many photos or chat with that many attendees. The image above is from right after the stamp officially went on sale.
Isn’t he a charmer? Look at that face! This was the first First Day of Issue ceremony I’d ever attended… I wish I could say it was super thrilling. And it was, when they pulled the curtain down from the stamp art and there was lots of applause. However, mostly it was a lot of excited milling, some speeches, followed by some applause and then lots of people excitedly purchasing the newest stamp for their collection. Owney himself, the pup is taxidermied (hey, it was the 19th century), was also on display in all his post “make over” finery– looking much more fluffy and friendly than he did before. If you’re unsure what all the fuss is about, I suggest reading the NPM’s information on the dog here.
The real Owney!
As a side note, volunteering at the Postal Museum is one of my favorite (non-political, non-running) activities. Should you find yourself living in DC, volunteering here is a mail nerd’s dream! I’ve loved helping kids learn how to address envelopes, sort stamps, make tags for Owney, or learn about telegraphs during the Civil War. I think I’ve said before that the Postal Museum feels like my club house– it still does, and I’m so going to miss it when we move.
By the way, if you can’t find Owney’s stamp in your local post office, you can order it online!