Global Forever 2013 US Postage Stamp
Global Forever 2013 Postage Stamps
In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service introduces Global Forever®, a new international rate stamp. The Global Forever® stamp offers a single price for any First-Class Mail International 1-ounce letter to any country in the world. For the January 27, 2013, price change, the Global Forever® stamp may also be used to mail a 2-ounce letter to Canada.
This stamp features a rendering of Earth composed of images created from satellite data and redesigned with 3D computer technology. The view of our planet shows the Atlantic Ocean flanked by the Americas, Africa, and part of northern Europe. In the stamp art, the globe is isolated on a white background. The shape of the stamp is round. The text, which surrounds the image of Earth, includes the words “Global Forever.”
Artist Leonello Calvetti used a variety of maps, primarily from NASA, to create his design. With 3D computer technology he was able to modify depth, vary color, and create subtle light and shadow details on terrain surfaces to achieve a high level of photorealism while also attaining something new. “I always have been fascinated by space and what astronauts could see from out there,” Calvetti says. “As an artist, an illustrator, I wanted to make my own representation of the Earth.”
Art director William J. Gicker selected this depiction of Earth by Calvetti. Greg Breeding designed the stamp.
Global Stamp Deck Card with Digital First Day of Issue
If stamp production intrigues you, then so will this unique collectible offering! Stamp deck cards are produced by the manufacturer to identify packaged stamp sheets for shipping. This card displays an image and description of the Global Forever® stamp, the quantity of stamps that were packaged, and the name of the printer.
A Global Forever® stamp has been affixed to the card and cancelled with an official First Day of Issue color postmark. Representing global communication, the color postmark design incorporates a stylized flattened “globe” and arrows in the shape of an infinity symbol, as well as the official date and location of the stamp issuance.