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Postal Service Unveils Shark, Seashell Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service is featuring sharks and seashells in its 2017 stamp line.

sharkstampThe Postal Service this week previewed the new collection, which includes 20 stamps of five shark species that live in American waters.

The featured species are the mako, thresher, great white, whale and hammerhead sharks. The stamps were designed by Derry Noyes and the original artwork was done by Sam Weber.

In addition, four new postcard stamps celebrate the wonder of seashells. Each stamp depicts an iconic shell found in North American waters: the alphabet cone, the Pacific calico scallop, the zebra nerite, and the Queen conch, commonly known as the pink conch. The highly stylized stamp art expresses a lighthearted artistic view of shells. Horizontal swaths of white and blue in the background suggest waves washing the shells onto a beach. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. Sergio Baradat created the stamp art.

The Postal Service said the stamp program has been capturing the people, events and cultural milestones unique to the United States for more than 130 years.

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