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Thursday, February 23, 2017

USA 2017 - Gateway Arch





COUNTRY: USA
ISSUE DATE: 22 January 2017
THEME:Gateway Arch
STAMP DESIGN: Greg Breeding


The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the iconic Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, Missouri, with a new Priority Mail Express stamp. A sleek and towering structure, the Gateway Arch was built as a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson and the 19th-century traders and pioneers for whom St. Louis was the gateway to the West.

The stamp art depicts the majestic stainless-steel arch at sunset in its setting on the banks of the Mississippi River. Towering above the city's skyline, the Gateway Arch is reflected in the rippling water below, where a barge passes by.



Finnish-born architect Eero Saarinen designed the stainless-steel inverted catenary curve arch as a tribute to both the history of the Midwest and the modern age. The Gateway Arch stands 630 feet tall, with a 630-foot span between the outer edges of its triangular legs at ground level. It is designed to withstand wind speeds of more than 150 miles per hour and can sway up to 18 inches. The last piece of the arch was put into place on October 28, 1965, at which point it became the tallest memorial in the United States.

Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.







Stamp images and description thanks to USPS


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