Mayflower stamp marking Plymouth’s 400th anniversary released on Sept. 17, 2020

Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Forever Stamp

Purchase the new stamp at the U.S.P.S. website

where you will also find a cachet, a first-day cover and more featuring this stamp.

David Kindy of the Patriot Ledger writes:

PLYMOUTH – You could say this postage stamp has been 400 years in the making. On Thursday, the U.S. Postal Service will release a new “forever” stamp bearing the image of the Mayflower for the town’s quadricentennial at post offices across the country.

he goes on to write:

Titled “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” the commemorative stamp features original art by Greg Harlin and was designed by Greg Breeding. According to the USPS, it conveys “a scene of desolate beauty at the end of the Pilgrims’ long journey to an unfamiliar world.”

“This stamp is an important milestone in the historic record of this 400th anniversary,” Pecoraro said. “The beautiful stamp art invokes a view that the Indigenous Wampanoag people may have seen when they first set eyes on this mysterious vessel in their harbor at Patuxet. Plymouth 400 thanks the USPS and gives special thanks to George McKay and the Plymouth Rock Stamp Club for their years of advocacy for this stamp.”  

Read the rest of his article and view some interesting photographs at the Patriot Ledger website. 

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The Blues Brothers in The Year of Coronavirus

“The Blues Brothers,” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, from their recurring musical sketches on the TV series “Saturday Night Live.”

As I drove through the Alachua County town of Melrose yesterday, I had to stop and photograph these photos of the Blues Brothers statues along Florida Route 26.

“The Blues Brothers,” stars John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd as “Joliet” Jake and Elwood Blues, from their recurring musical sketches on the TV series “Saturday Night Live.”

Wikipedia describes the act as

The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of well-known musicians, and debuted as the musical guest in a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, opening the show performing “Hey Bartender”, and later “Soul Man”.

In 1978, the band released their debut album, Briefcase Full of Blues, and opened for the Grateful Dead at the closing of Winterland Arena in San Francisco. They gained further notoriety after spawning a Hollywood comedy film in 1980, The Blues Brothers.

After Belushi’s death in 1982, the Blues Brothers continued to perform with a rotation of guest singers and other band members. The band reformed in 1988 for a world tour and again in 1998 for a sequel film, Blues Brothers 2000.

Here is a photo of the statue I shot in 2017.

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