Honored with stamp by post office

News release from U.S. Postal Service

CARMEL (Feb. 28, 2012) — The U.S. Postal Service honors nearly 250 years of California history with the issuance of the $18.95 Carmel Mission Express Mail stamp today. Often described as one of the most beautiful mission churches in the state, Carmel Mission is known for its dome-shaped bell tower and elaborate star-shaped window.

“Today we pay tribute to nearly 250 years of California history with the issuance of this stamp as we postmark another chapter in a proud tradition of honoring places and events that enrich our shared heritage,” said Kim Fernandez, U.S. Postal Service Bay-Valley district manager in dedicating the stamp at Carmel Mission.

Joining Fernandez in dedicating the stamp were Most Reverend Richard J. Garcia, Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey; Dr. Ruben Mendoza, professor of Archeology, California State University, Monterey Bay; and, Louise Ramirez, tribal chairwoman, Ohlone Costanoan-Esselen Nation. 

Designed by art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA, this Express Mail stamp features an illustration of Carmel Mission in Carmel, CA, by artist Dan Cosgrove of Chicago, IL. Rendered in deeply saturated colors reminiscent of a vintage travel poster, the artwork depicts the facade of Carmel Mission with its dome-shaped bell tower and elaborate star-shaped window. Text on the stamp reads, “Carmel Mission.”

Formally known as Mission San Carlos Borromeo del Rio Carmelo, Carmel Mission was founded on June 3, 1770. It was the second in what would become a chain of 21 Spanish missions along the coast of California, each positioned about one day’s ride on horseback from the next. It was also the second mission established by Father Junipero Serra (1713 – 1784), the founder of the California mission system. Father Serra is buried in the mission church.

This historic site is open to the public and welcomes some 150,000 visitors each year.

Customers may view the Carmel Mission Express Mail stamp, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for background on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

?Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at a local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:

Carmel Mission Stamp
3845 Via Nona Marie
Carmel, CA 93923-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes by mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by April 28, 2012.



Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:15 AM By Tim
Nice stamp! Apparently it is not your run of the mill usual letter stamp that can be affixed to your envelope for postage. Is there a 45 cent stamp like it that will be in circulation? Is is very nice!

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 8:28 AM By Lauerette Elsberry
I saw the stamp on the TV news last evening, but somehow I missed the fact that it is an Express Mail stamp at $18.95 each. This is indeed unfortunate. I wonder if this “honor” isn’t in the category of tokenism – hardly anyone will see these beautiful stamps. This reminds me of a display in the California State Capitol Museum some years ago. The display was on the early mission fathers, but seemed to be mostly intent on showing how badly the Indians had been treated by the mission priests. I wonder what impression this made on the busloads of children who are often seen on field trips to the Capitol.

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 11:54 AM By MacDonald
$18.95 for a stamp? I could DRIVE to Carmel for less! I wish they had made such a nice commemorative stamp for the usual letter rate, as our Catholic missions are such an important part of California history. Still remember making missions out of sugar cubes in grammar school…

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 2:10 PM By Prof.Helen
So beautiful.

Posted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:39 PM By bud
Considering that a series of first class mail stamps covering the entire mission chain from California to Texas would make a truly historical first class issue by the Post Office. I thoulght it very strange that such a well known mission as San Carlos would be issued on an $18.95 stamp! Ridiculous! Or…….am I just being paranoid with many good reasons.

Posted Saturday, March 03, 2012 1:16 PM By Dana
I’m always mailing packages to my kids in Oregon…how cool to put this little beauty on a specially decorated box. (my daughter-in-law’s family have been in N.Calif. since 1848) I wish I’d bought more Mother Theresa stamps when they were available. Now mine are all gone.

Posted Tuesday, March 06, 2012 8:36 AM By Chris
Dana, you can still order Mother of Teresa stamps online at usps.com. I just checked the website today.