Monday, October 02, 2006

Wooden speedboat stamps

Tom Meyer of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza reports that Tom Turner never imagined that his antique mahogany speedboat, Dispatch, would be immortalized on a postage stamp.

"I got a letter about three months ago from the (U.S. Postal Service), saying a picture of Dispatch had been forwarded to them and that they wanted to know if I would allow them to use it in a stamp, so I just signed it and sent it back," Turner is quoted in the article.

Last month, he received a phone call from the Postal Service, saying the stamp had been approved and would enter circulation next year.

"Each pane of 16, first class stamps will feature photographs of Dispatch, Duckers (a 1954 Chris-Craft from Loomis, Calif.), Frolic (a 1915 Hutchinson Brothers launch from Danville, Calif.) and the famous Thunderbird (a custom designed 1955 vessel moored at the Thunderbird Lodge on the East Shore) - still one of the fastest and biggest boats on the lake," writes Meyers.

"The Postal Service will release the stamps' designs on their Web site,, later this month with an official unveiling ceremony next summer when the stamps enter circulation across the country, the location has yet to be announced."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM