Philatelists everywhere rejoice! On October 4, 2017, the U.S Postal Service held a ceremony at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Library, commemorating the creative works of Ezra Jack Keats. On display were their newest Forever Stamps, featuring illustrations of the character Peter in Ezra Jack Keat’s beloved short story, The Snowy Day. Historically, this children’s book was the first of its kind to be devoted to an African-American child.
Peter’s Snowy Day
A lovely addition to any stamp album, each of these four new stamps depicts young Peter as he frolicks about and adventures in his neighborhood—wearing his iconic red snowsuit. The four images include: Peter constructing a snowman, Peter descending a mountain of snow, Peter forming a snow angel, and the young boy leaving his footprints behind him in the snow.
Since its publication over five decades ago, The Snowy Day has been adored by readers from all over. After seeing a series of photographs in Life magazine, Keats utilized all materials at his fingertips to bring a singularity to his book. Collectors can appreciate Keats’ efforts with paper collage, pieces of fabric, stamps, and Indian inks—bringing it a distinct and masterful finish.
The Ceremony Itself
Alongside Brooklyn Public Library President Linda E. Johnson, author Andrea Davis Pinkney and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will be supporting all local initiatives to foster children’s love of reading. Awards will also be given to new writers and illustrators, in a promotion of diversity in children’s literature.
The First-Day Postmarks
Being avid collectors and connoisseurs of stamp collecting supplies, we know that you are dying to know how to obtain these soon-to-be classics. The U.S Postal Service is giving its customers 60 days to acquire a first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Stamps will be sold at any U.S Post Office location, All orders for these exclusive stamps must be postmarked by December 4, 2017, giving you two months!
The First-Day Covers
As per tradition, the U.S Postal Service will be offering first-day covers to accompany these newest line of stamps. Collectors may browse and order their first-day covers through the USA Philatelic catalog. Any lover of literature could do with one of these covers and Forever Stamps.