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Postal Service Previews 14th of 16 Stamps Celebrating National Park Service's Centennial

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A photograph of an iconic three-masted sailing ship was previewed today to highlight San Francisco Maritime Historic National Park as the 14th of 16 Forever Stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.



San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, CA

The stamp image* is a portion of a photograph by Tim Campbell of San Francisco, CA, of the square-rigger, Balclutha. Just visible to the right of the deep waterman/salmon packet sailing vessel is the 1907 steam tugboat Hercules.

Located near the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history through five National Historic Landmark vessels berthed here. Visit this link for more information.

Other National Park Forever Stamps previewed to date include Acadia National Park, Arches National Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Bandelier National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns National Park , Everglades National Park, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Grand Canyon National Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Haleakalā National Park, Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Mount Rainier National Park.

The June 2 first-day-of-issue ceremony for the National Parks Forever Stamps pane will take place at New York City's Javits Center at 11 a.m. as part of World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Dedication ceremonies will also take place at or near each of the National Parks depicted on the stamps. Individuals are asked to spread the news on social media by using the hashtags #NPSStamps, #FindYourPark or #NPS100.

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 will take place May 28–June 4. Held only once a decade, this mega event is not to be missed by beginners or advanced stamp collectors. There will be something for everyone there, no matter what you collect. Stamp collecting is a hobby for a lifetime. No matter what your specialty, you'll find it at the show.

*The following is required for reproducing the stamp image for media use only: Balclutha, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

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CONTACT: U.S. Postal Service: Mark Saunders 202.268.6524 mark.r.saunders@usps.gov usps.com/news National Park Service: Kathy Kupper 202.208.6843 kathy_kupper@nps.gov, nps.gov/newsSource:United States Postal Service