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In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half year conflict with Great Britain that many Americans viewed as the nation's “Second War of Independence.” This #6¾ envelope carries an affixed The War of 1812: USS Constitution (Forever®) stamp and a First Day of Issue color postmark.

The stamp showcases the oldest known painting of the famed USS Constitution by Michele Felice Cornè, circa 1803. Utilizing patriotic motifs such as an eagle, a waving banner, and red and blue colors, the postmark design features the issuance name in period-inspired type and the date and location of issue: August 18, 2012, Boston, MA 02205.
The War of 1812: USS Constitution 2012 Foreverl Postage Stamp
 
The War of 1812: USS Constitution (Forever®) issuance by the U.S. Postal Service in 2012 begins a series commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half year conflict with Great Britain that many Americans viewed as the nation's “Second War of Independence.” The War of 1812, sometimes called “the forgotten conflict,” was a two-and-a-half year confrontation with Great Britain that brought the United States to the verge of bankruptcy and disunion. With this stamp, the Postal Service begins a series commemorating the bicentennial of a war that ultimately helped forge our national identity and gave us our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The United States declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812. In his war message to Congress, Madison charged the British with violating the nation's sovereignty by restricting American trade with Europe and by removing seamen from American merchant ships and making them serve in the Royal Navy.

The War of 1812 was also fueled by a desire among frontier settlers to force the British out of Canada and end their support of Indians in the Old Northwest. Many Americans, including expansionist “War Hawks” in Congress, alleged that the British supplied arms to Indians and incited them to raid settlements on the frontier.

For the design of the first stamp in the series, the Postal Service selected the oldest known painting of the famed USS Constitution by Michele Felice Cornè, circa 1803. Constitution acquired the nickname “Old Ironsides” during a victorious battle with HMS Guerriere in August 1812, two months into the war. It scored another victory in December over HMS Java. Such stunning successes against the world's mightiest navy helped sustain American morale during a time the U.S. Army was suffering major setbacks.
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USS Constitution: The War of 1812 - 2012 US Postage Stamp
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Digital First Day Cover:
Pair ................. $2.99
Pair with Mount .... ........... $3.99
Block of 4 ............ $4.99
Block of 4 with Mount ......... $5.99
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War of 1812: USS Constitution Stamp Deck Card with affixed stamp and Official USPS Digital postmark

If stamp production intrigues you, then so will this new collectible offering! Stamp deck cards are produced by the manufacturer to identify packaged stamp panes for shipping. This card displays an image and description of The War of 1812: USS Constitution (Forever®) stamps, the quantity of stamps that were packaged, and the name of the printer.

A "USS Constitution" stamp has been affixed to the stamp deck card and cancelled with an official First Day of Issue color postmark.
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