On Saturday, July 15, the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department by dedicating a sheet of 20 Forever stamps featuring 10 classic Disney Villains. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan will be joined by Disney officials in dedicating the stamps.
“The Postal Service is highlighting the Disney Villains and the pioneering spirit of the Ink and Paint Department that brought many of these characters to life,” Brennan says in a statement to press. “These Forever stamps are our way of saying Disney Villains will forever entertain us and serve as a tribute [to] Disney’s artistry and storytelling skill.”
Each stamp showcases one of 10 classic Disney Villains set against a blue background.
The words “USA” and “Forever” appear in the top right corner or bottom right corner of each stamp, and the name of the classic villain and the movie in which the character appears runs along the left edge.
The Art of Animation
Beginning in 1923, as part of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department helped create classic animated films. Its artists brought life to countless memorable characters, including many iconic Disney Villains. One of the first groups of its kind, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department was yet another stop on the road to creating an animated film.
Postal Service art director Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C., worked closely with Disney creative director David Pacheco and the team at Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department to design this issuance.
The Disney Villains from the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department stamps are being issued as Forever stamps that are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail service 1-ounce price.
Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
FDOI – DISNEY VILLAINS FOREVER STAMPS
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by Sept. 15, 2017.