Owney the Postal Dog
With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates Owney, the canine mascot of the Railway Mail Service. Beloved of clerks on mail-sorting trains at the end of the nineteenth century, Owney was hailed as a symbol of good luck. Today he is an icon of American postal lore whose story highlights the historical importance of the Railway Mail Service.
The stamp art features a new illustration of Owney by artist Bill Bond of Arlington, Virginia. The illustration depicts Owney in profile, facing left, with many of his famous tags and medals gleaming in the background.
The Owney the Postal Dog stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.