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U.S. Postal Service announces new limited-edition
commemorative Ansel Adams stamps to be released in 2024



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Dear Friend,

I have some thrilling news to share, and I could not wait to let you in on the excitement (Thanks to 'Google Alerts' for the heads up!). Today the U.S. Postal Service unveiled plans for a limited-edition commemorative set of 16 'Forever' stamps featuring Ansel's photographs to be released in 2024.

In their official announcement, the U.S. Postal Service revealed a lineup of additional commemorative stamps for 2024, which includes tributes to Dungeons & Dragons, legendary basketball coach John Wooden, and Carnival Nights. However, it's the Ansel Adams stamps that have created excitement in our household.


Ansel Adams Postage Stamps

Photograph Credit: U.S. Postal Service

The release says this about the Ansel Adams stamps:

One of the most renowned and influential artists of the 20th century, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) made thousands of awe-inspiring photographs that collectively create a rich visual portrait of the American landscape. A masterful photographer and dedicated environmentalist, Adams sought to imbue each of his black-and-white prints with the power and wonder he felt in the presence of nature. These 16 stamps feature some of Adams's most famous images in his signature "straight photography" style, an approach defined by its precision and directness. Derry Noyes, an art director for USPS, designed the stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service will provide precise release date information at a later time.

Reflecting on this incredible recognition of Ansel's work, I cannot help but imagine the joy and humility he would feel. I can picture his face with his eyes twinkling, and a radiant smile stretching from ear to ear!

I would like to share a little anecdote about Ansel and Virginia. Among the daily routines that brought them immense joy, one stood out—receiving and reading the mail. During the years I worked with Ansel he would spend nearly all his mornings in the darkroom, tirelessly perfecting his prints. If after completing his darkroom session, he heard the squeak of the brakes on the aging mail delivery truck, he'd be out the door in a flash, eagerly retrieving the day's delivery. Virginia would then take charge, carefully slitting each envelope so they would be ready to be opened as lunch progressed, transforming it into an opportunity for shared delight and discussion around their table.

What's more, Virginia had a keen interest in stamps and took great pleasure in studying and collecting them. Ansel's passion for the mail and Virginia's love for stamps were woven into their daily lives, creating a charming routine I'll forever cherish.

Interestingly, this is not the first time Ansel Adams' work has graced a U.S. postage stamp. His iconic image Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Park, California, 1948 was featured in the Masters of American Photography commemorative stamp set released back in 2002, along with the work of 19 other iconic photographers.


Ansel Adams Postage Stamps


As for Anne and me, we already know which stamps will be adorning our mail once Ansel's collection is released. Luckily, they are 'Forever' stamps, as we anticipate needing quite a supply!

Anne and I wish you all the joys of the holiday season, and a heartfelt thank you for being a part of our extended photographic 'family',




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