The Total Solar Eclipse “forever stamp” had its “first day” event on the campus of the University of Wyoming in Laramie on June 21, 2017.
The stamps are sold in sheets only, and cost $7.84 for a sheet of 16.
What makes this stamp extra special is that it is printed in thermochromic ink. When it is cool, it is simply a black circle. Place a finger on the stamp and let it warm up a bit, and it turns into the moon.
In addition to the Total Eclipse stamp, there is also a special Total Eclipse postal cancellation.
This special cancellation is a voluntary project, and interestingly, not all post offices decided to participate.
If you’re in TPOT, call your local post office to see if they have this special cancellation, If not, contact the US Post Office, as they sell these cancellations through their website. Of course it’s more special if you actually get the cancellation yourself in the city over which the eclipse actually takes place!
Here’s the actual announcement from the US Post Office of the new Total Eclipse heat activated forever stamp.
A handful of US towns in TPOT have taken the initiative and designed their own cancellations/postmarks with the approval of the postal service.
The tiny town of Jay Em, Wyoming (population 16) which is about 110 miles north of Cheyenne on US-85, will have a unique cancellation for the solar eclipse, featuring its latitude and longitude and a stylized image of an eclipse. This special cancellation was designed by Pam Pugsley, who runs the Jay Em post office. (Their staff will double on Eclipse Day to help with the expected rush of people buying the stamps and getting them cancelled. It will go from one person to two.)
The town of Gering-Scottsbluff in Nebraska will also be offering a special postmark, called Moon Over the Monument.
According to this article:
Customers wishing to obtain a [Moon over the Monument] postmark should affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of their choice, address the envelope or postcard to themselves or others, insert a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to: Pictorial Postmarks, Gering Station, 1050 P St. Gering, NE 69341.
Sufficient payment for the postage to and from Gering must be added, of course. Check the article for how much it will cost.