The U.S. Postal Service’s stamp program is setting a course in 2016 for Gene Roddenberry’s final frontier.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek" — marked by its television premiere on Sept. 8, 1966 — the Postal Service will offer Star Trek Forever stamps, which include four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program.
"Our stamps articulate the American experience through miniature works of art," said Acting Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner. "Our diverse stamp topics for 2016 are sure to appeal to everyone, and with the New Year just around the corner, now is a perfect time to get started in stamp collecting. It's an educational hobby the entire family can enjoy."
The “Star Trek” designs include:
—the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background;
—the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background;
—the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background; and,
—the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan statue (Spock's iconic hand gesture) against a blue background.
The words "Space … the final frontier," from Capt. Kirk's famous voice-over, appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars. The stamps were designed with Antonio Alcalá providing art direction.
No release date for the stamps was announced.
“Star Trek” was first honored with a stamp in 1999 during the Postal Service’s “Celebrate the Century” initiative.