The Postal Service is asking its Facebook friends to vote for their favorite 2012 stamp previewed this week as it continues to announce some of next year’s stamps through social media outlets.
Today’s sneak peek is the Bicycling Forever stamps. Using social media to reach broader, more diverse audiences is an initiative that began last Monday. Select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will continue to be previewed one at a time.
“Throughout the weekend, we’re engaging Facebook friends by asking them to vote for their favorite 2012 stamp previewed on Facebook this week,” said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services. “Results of the vote will be announced on Facebook Monday, July 25. In addition to the Bicycling stamps previewed today, Facebook friends can select from the Cherry Blossoms Centennial, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Love Ribbons or John H. Johnson stamps as their favorite.”
It looks like the announcement will happen any time today.
Art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA, designed the stamps using illustrations by John Mattos of San Francisco, CA. Each of the stamps features a different kind of bike and rider: a young child just learning to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer focused on the finish line, and an airborne bicycle motocross (BMX) rider.
Customers may preview the stamps on Facebook, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for the back story on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.