WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's never too early to shop for the holidays and the Postal Service has a great gift the entire family can enjoy.
Piece together a stunning picture of the land we call home with a 500-piece puzzle showcasing the Earthscapes Forever stamps. The stamps were issued Oct. 1 to kick-off October as National Stamp Collecting Month. The puzzle features 15 breathtaking images of America's landscapes as seen from high above the planet's surface. Sure to provide hours of entertainment for all ages, the 18 x 24-inch puzzle also makes a spectacular piece of art to frame or display once completed.
"The Earthscapes stamps are selling fast," said Stamp Services Manager Stephen Kearney. "And similar to a Cracker Jacks box, the puzzle comes with a 'prize.'"
At just $17.95, the puzzle comes with a sheet of 15 Earthscapes Forever stamps valued at $6.75. The stamps are now available at usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24, and also at larger Post Offices in major metropolitan areas.
Customers may view the Earthscapes Forever stamps, as well as many of this year's other stamps, and vote for their favorite stamp on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service's online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation — 151 million residences, businesses and Post Office™ Boxes. The Postal Service™ receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, usps.com®, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $65 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500. In 2011, Oxford Strategic Consulting ranked the U.S. Postal Service number one in overall service performance of the posts in the top 20 wealthiest nations in the world. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency for six years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service