It’s the 50th Anniversary year of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek. We’re getting a new Star Trek film, Beyond, and with many other celebrations planned for the crew of the Starship Enterprise, it should come as no surprise that the USPS have announced new Star Trek Forever stamps for this year.
“Our stamps articulate the American experience through miniature works of art,” said Acting Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner. Star Trek has a definite place in “the American experience” and while we’ve had previous Trek stamps from years past, to have stamps for its 50th year just seems right. The four Star Trek Forever stamps that were previewed have been designed by Heads of State, a Philadelphia design studio that produces work with a retro, patriotic slant to it, created them with Studio 1A, the USPS’s in-house design team, under the art direction of Antonio Alcala.
The Star Trek Forever stamps definitely capture a feeling of nostalgia as the imagery has a retro, 60’s look to it and is in a similar design family as the look associated with the original series. While it would have been fun seeing the likes of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (the late Leonard Nimoy) represented, Heads of State were only able to work from a limited palette as legal restrictions kept them from using anyone’s exact likeness from television or film. Woody Harrington, the senior designer at Heads of State, jokingly commented “In deep space, there’s not too much imagery to work with.”
While a specific date has not yet been announced for the Star Trek Forever stamps, it would seem likely the stamps would release sometime between this July, when Star Trek Beyond opens, and September, when the original series premiered.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television premiere, the new Star Trek Forever stamps showcase four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program:
- the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background;
- the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background;
- the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background; and,
- the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background
The words “SPACE… THE FINAL FRONTIER,” from Captain Kirk’s famous voice-over appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars. The stamps were designed by Heads of State under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá.