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Ninety Cents

Guam, specifically Hagatna Bay, is going to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp.

From USPS.com [scroll]:
Hagåtña Bay (international price)
90 cents – on sale June 1

The Postal Service will issue this stamp in the Scenic American Landscapes series to honor the Territory of Guam. Located approximately 1,600 miles east of the Philippines in the Pacific Ocean, Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands. Approximately 212 square miles in size — roughly three times the area of Washington, D.C. — Guam is home to a population of approximately 158,000 people, including native Guamanians, known as Chamorro, as well as others of European and Asian descent. Today the island is a popular destination for tourists, with some 1.5 million people visiting the island annually to enjoy its natural beauty. The stamp features a photograph by Michael S. Yamashita of a sunset of Hagåtña Bay in Hagatna, the capital of Guam.

The reports say the photo was taken by Michael S. Yamashita, but I want to know who the lucky runner is?
Very, very cool. It totally made me forget that I was mildly irritated that the first class rate is going up by 2 cents.

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9 Responses

  1. mona says:

    At first I balked at the 90 cents, but I guess it’s worth it for a shot like that.

  2. vincenzo says:

    very nice…i will go down to the post office to order my roll of this piece of home right away! side note: i once found sand from Guam in my pants when I was stationed in South Carolina. I remembered it being from Guam because the pants were the last things I wore on Ypao before I left to go back to the mainland. Feeling the sand in my pocket that day made me smile, much like this postage stamp picture.

  3. Debbie says:

    Awww. Very nice. I was just at the post office buying stamps and wondering to myself why we didn’t have one of our own. I have to admit though, while I was reading your summary “…Guam is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands.” I was holding my breath til I finished, thinking there was a catch. Thank goodness there wasn’t.

  4. brent says:

    beautiful shot. miss the view…

  5. Michelle says:

    I know. This makes me proud. 🙂 I can’t wait to buy these stamps!!

  6. resuri says:

    you know, no amount of pleading or prodding can convince the stamp committee to issue a stamp? when i interned with rep. underwood, we submitted a resolution for stamps for all u.s. states and territories (we suggested they use the state/territory flags). usps did issue stamps commemorating each of the states but excluded the territories. our attempts at backdooring a stamp for guam were unsuccessful :-(. This stamp will officially be the first time Guam has ever been featured in a stamp. Let’s make it as popular as Elvis!

  7. fabmimi says:

    i’m gonna buy a whole bunch and hoard ’em for a special day.

  8. Christine Lalaine says:

    Are there only international rates for the Guam scene stamps? I hope not. It would be awesome if they had made it for domestic rates–that way Guam could be more recognized by the statesiders as US territory. In my experience, foreign people know more about Guam than Americans do. The other day I had to explain to a lady why I “spoke English so well.” I specifically told her that Guam was a US territory, and in her next sentence, she still referred to it “a different country.” Doh!

  9. Denny Giramur says:

    I’d like to say I’m the runner as I normally jog that stretch of beach between Jimmy Dee’s and Onward hotel in the late afternoons. The small island in the background is Alupang Island which was my playground growing up living where Sheraton Hotel is now located. You can see part of the area on the right side of the stamp.

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