|WHAT:||Ladies and Gentlemen, Children Of All Ages… Help us share the magic of the circus as the United States Postal Service releases the new, limited-edition Vintage Circus Posters Forever® stamps. Since the early 20th century, the circus has brought together Americans of all ages and walks of life to watch the amazing acts and let imaginations soar.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey historically used posters with eye-catching imagery of stunts, performers, and animals as a vehicle to attract people to come watch the circus. And, now, the United States Postal Service is paying tribute to these vintage works of art. These eight stamps were inspired by original circus posters which are now part of the Tibbals Digital Collection at The Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL.
The interactive first-day-of-issue ceremony will feature our very own David Shipman, Ringmaster, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes℠; The Ringling Bros. World Famous Clown Alley and a concert featuring the historic Ringling Bros.® 120 year-old Bell Wagon. It will be the first time the Bell Wagon has been seen, or heard, in Sarasota in over 30 years! The event is free and open to the public.
Interview opportunities will be available either on site or via phone with Ellen Williams, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service, Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President and Producer of Feld Entertainment, Inc. and Steven High, Director of The Ringling Museum, David Shipman, Ringmaster and members of the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley.
The limited-edition Vintage Circus Posters Forever® stamps will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at major Post Office locations across the country and online at usps.com and ebay.com/stamps.
|WHO:||Ellen Williams, Member, Board of Governors, U.S. Postal Service
Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President, Feld Entertainment
Steven High, Executive Director, The Ringling Museum
Ringling Bros. Ringmaster and Clowns
|WHEN:||11 a.m. EST, Monday, May 5, 2014
Media check-in begins at 10:00 a.m. CST at Museum Security
|WHERE:||The Ringling Museum – Ca’ d’Zan 5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
*Parking available at the parking lot near the Ca’ d’Zan
About Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information on Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.
About the U.S. Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service honors the “Best of America” by introducing limited-edition stamps that celebrate various American passions, including the circus. The Vintage Circus Posters Forever® stamps pay tribute to the wonder and amusement of the circus which Americans have been celebrating since the early 20th century.
The new limited-edition stamps, designed by Jennifer Arnold, celebrate the eye-catching pieces of art used in the early 20th century to announce when the circus was coming to town, giving audiences a taste of what awaited under the big top. The design for each of the eight (8) stamps is modeled off of unique posters which were used in the early 20th century as informational advertisements to garner excitement and attendance for the circus. These stamps showcase majestic elephants, fierce tigers and colorful clowns, in addition to the iconic acts such as acrobatic gymnasts, graceful wire dancers and daring stuntmen. These posters are now part of the Tibbals Digital Collection at the Ringling Museum.
Find more information about the new stamps at usps.com/stamps on Facebook facebook.com/USPSStamps, Twitter @USPSstamps, Pinterest pinterest.com/uspsstamps, Instagram instagram.com/uspostalservice or on uspsstamps.com, 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.
# # #
Please Note: For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at usps.com/news/welcome.htm.