2016 is going to a big year for Trekkies, as it’s the 50th Anniversary year of their beloved franchise. With Star Trek turning fifty, we’ve got Star Trek Beyond coming out in July and Creation Entertainment’s Star Trek 50 Convention in Las Vegas in August to look forward to, as well as countless other celebrations worldwide. Now, the US Postal Service is doing what it does best when it comes to celebrating anything: releasing commemorative stamps.
Check out the beautifully designed stamps above! They were designed by a company called The Heads of State, under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá, and beautifully capture elements from the Original Series with 1960s-inspired design. Here’s how the USPS describes them:
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 Captain Kirk’s famous voice-over appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars.
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