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Houston, On A Forever Stamp!

Tomorrow marks the launch of the newest forever stamps. Normally that doesn't really call for much fanfare or excitement — but this year Houston makes an appearance.


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When you think of beautiful parts of Houston, the Ship Channel is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. And yet there it is proudly displayed on the latest forever stamps.

For aerial photographer Jim Wark, who took the picture, it’s no lighthouse or sunset, but it’s got its charm. Oh and he was on a job, photographing for a coastal survey.

Barge Forever stamp
Caption and image from the United States Postal Service: One of the “Earthscapes” stamps featured is the Barge Fleeting which is an aerial view of the “Apollo” and the “Taurus”. Two commercial tow boats positioning themselves in the Old River barge Fleeting area close to the Houston Ship Channel in Texas.

“I spent about a whole day shooting from the Galveston entry up through the end of the ship canal.”

There’s no writing on the stamp saying it’s the Houston Ship Channel, but Dionne Montague with the U.S. post office explains what you can look out for.

“The stamp is called the Barge Fleeting and it’s an aerial view of two tow boats: the Apollo and the Taurus. And they’re both boats that dock in the Houston Ship Channel area.”

Montague says this is the first time a Houston landscape has appeared on a stamp. Chances are these stamps might be circulating for some time to come if Jim Wark has anything to do with it.

“I plan to buy quite a few of them and probably won’t ever run out of stamps again.”

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