The Bandelier National Monument stamp features a pastel painting done in the 1930s by renowned artist Helmuth Naumer Sr. showing the monument’s Pueblo Revival-style visitor center. Courtesy/NPS
As a part of the National Park Service’s Centennial, the US Postal Service previewed a new Forever stamp today featuring Bandelier National Monument; this also is Bandelier’s Centennial.
The stamp shows a pastel painting done by renowned artist Helmuth Naumer Sr. when he worked for the Works Progress Administration at the park in the 1930s. It depicts the Pueblo Revival-style visitor center in the monument’s Frijoles Canyon Historic District.
The stamp was previewed today as the fourth of 16 Forever stamp images of National Park Service areas nationwide which are being revealed, one each day, over three weeks. Each day’s new stamp, and ones already revealed, can be found at www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/postage-stamps.htm. Stamp enthusiasts can spread the news on social media by using the hashtags #NPSStamps, #FindYourPark and #NPS100.
All 16 stamps will be released as a pane June 2, which will include a commemorative panel at its center, at the first-day-of-issue ceremony at New York City’s Javits Center as part of World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Dedication ceremonies also will take place at or near each of the National Park areas depicted on the stamps, and Bandelier will announce details for the park’s stamp event closer to the date. The stamps are being revealed in alphabetical order, and other National Park Forever Stamps previewed to date include Acadia National Park, Arches National Park and Assateague Island National Seashore.
“We were very excited to hear that Bandelier had been included in this one-time issue of Forever stamps, especially since it is our Centennial as well as the Centennial of the whole National Park Service,” Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott said. “We’re really looking forward to the release date in June and seeing mail being sent all over the country with stamps celebrating this really special place.”