Excitement continues to build for the August 21st solar eclipse and the U.S. Postal Service is also commemorating the event. Spokesperson Mark Saunders says today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the perfect time to dedicate their first-of-a-kind “Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp.
Saunders says, “It is literally out of this world. It is the first stamp we’ve ever issued that shows an image of the eclipse, a dark spot of the moon covering the sun but when you touch the stamp image of the sun it transforms into an image of a moon and when the ink cools, it uses thermochromic ink, when the image cools it reverts back to the total eclipse.” He says this way people can experience their own personal solar eclipse every time they touch the stamp.
Saunders says there is another feature when you buy the 16 stamp sheet. They have included a map of the U.S. that marks the path of totality of the eclipse so people all over the country know where to go to see it. The eclipse stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. The path of totality goes right through Nebraska starting in the northwest corner stretching down to the southeast. The 70 mile wide path of totality includes more than 270 cities, towns and communities in the state of Nebraska.
Saunders says they have printed 60 million of the eclipse stamps and will not produce anymore so when they are gone they are gone. He expects they will be available for the next two to three months. They can also be purchased by logging on to usps.com/shop.