Sesame Street first aired Nov. 10, 1969, providing educational programming and entertainment unlike any other children’s television show. Initially broadcast on more than 180 stations, the program introduced audiences to human characters, often children themselves, who interacted with Jim Henson’s Muppets. Characters like Maria and Gordon, Mr. Hooper, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie were soon watched by viewers worldwide. Parodies and spoofs — of fairy tales, musicals and pop culture, for example — quickly became fundamental components of the show. Backed by research and testing, the creative team for Sesame Street has always aimed to develop a compelling curriculum for preschool-age kids that also appeals to their parents. Scenes were interspersed with fast-paced, catchy videos teaching letters and numbers, songs sung by colorful characters and people, film clips of various real-world activities and much more. Hundreds of celebrity guests made appearances.
Throughout the years, the award-winning and critically acclaimed series has remained experimental, each year researching what issues are impacting kids and adapting to the various cultural and social trends of the time.
Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Arranged in horizontal rows, the stamps showcase 16 of the characters that appear on Sesame Street. Images of nine of the characters appear on the right side of the pane underneath the iconic Sesame Street sign. The back of the pane displays the Sesame Street 50th anniversary artwork.
Endearing Big Bird is the first character Sesame Street audiences met in the series premiere in 1969. An 8-foot-tall, bright yellow canary, he has become an iconic face of the series in the last 50 years.
Ernie, appearing with Rubber Duckie, lives in the basement of 123 Sesame Street with his best friend Bert.
Serious and easily frustrated, Bert is the perfect comedic complement to lighthearted Ernie.
The furry blue, googly-eyed Cookie Monster loves chocolate chip cookies, although he eats almost anything.
Rosita — full name Rosita la Monstrua de la Cuevas, meaning “the monster of the caves” — hails from Mexico and speaks both English and Spanish. She is sensitive, playful and compassionate, and she loves teaching Spanish to her friends and viewers at home.
Count von Count, also known simply as The Count, has an obsession for counting. The Count and his distinctive manner of speaking make him an eccentric addition to Sesame Street’s cast of characters.
Trash can dweller Oscar the Grouch is a lovable grouch who gives kids permission to be grumpy sometimes.
Abby Cadabby is a 3-year-old fairy-in-training. Her hard work and persistence as she tries to cast spells model problem solving and the value of sticking with something.
Herry Monster is big, gruff-voiced and very athletic. Despite his hairy, rough exterior, he has a huge heart and is instantly lovable.
Julia, one of the most recent additions to the Sesame Street cast, is a 4-year-old with autism who likes to paint and pick flowers. She and her friends demonstrate a more compassionate understanding of children with autism spectrum disorders.
With his boisterous voice and goofy personality, television host Guy Smiley has parodied countless game shows over the years.
Snuffleupagus (Snuffy) loves playing with his best friend Big Bird; they share many adventures on Sesame Street as they help each other make sense of their world
The furry red monster with an orange nose, Elmo is a much-beloved character. His contagious giggle and cheerful outlook have won over generations of preschool viewers.
Prone to worry, Telly often needs help from his friends to calm down, cope with strong emotions and focus. His earnest nature and relationships with others give kids a better understanding of the ups and downs of friendship.
A longtime Sesame Street favorite, Grover is beloved for his positive attitude, willingness to help others and many imaginative alter egos.
Zoe is an energetic 3-year-old who loves to dance and sing. She is confident and strong-willed, but sometimes needs help from her friends to label and manage her big feelings.
These Forever®stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class MailR one-ounce rate.
Made in the USA.
Issue: Sesame Street Stamps
Item Number: 479500
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 16 (16 designs)
Issue Date & City: June 22, 2019, Detroit, MI 48233
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 16
Print Quantity: 62,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 1.05 in./18.542 x 26.67 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.96 x 5.2 in./176.784 x 132.08 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 14.045 x 26 in./ 356.743 x 660.4 mm
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Plate Size: 240 stamps per revolution
Plate Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Front: Header: “Sesame Street Logo” • Plate number one corner
Back: Sesame Street — 50 Years and Counting logo • ©2019 USPS • USPS logo • two barcodes (479500)
Shipping Method: USPS First Class & USPS Priority Mail.
Handling time: Usually around 1 business days.
Delivery time: Usually around 3-5 business days.
If you have any question or concerns, pls contact us via email first, we will reply in 24 hours and resolve your problem.
Please put your order detail: order number, recipient name in the message, so that we can find out your order quickly.
Thank you :)