Washington, United States: The United States Postal Service (USPS) will recognise Arnold Palmer with the issuance of a nationwide stamp as a part of its 2020 stamp programme.
The US Postal Service will honour Palmer for his positive impact and compelling story, rising from humble beginnings to become a globally revered champion. The US Postal Service noted: “With drive and charisma, he helped transform a game once seen as a pastime for the elite into a sport enjoyed by the masses.”
Amy Saunders, Palmer’s daughter and chairwoman of the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation, said: “To have my father celebrated in this way is a true honour. It’s something I think he would be proud of as both an individual and as an American, and it’s a wonderful way to preserve his legacy.”
The stamp features James Drake’s action photograph of Palmer at the 1964 US Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.
Palmer’s name appears in the top left corner and the words ‘Forever’ and ‘USA’ are printed along the bottom of the left edge. Art Director Antonio Alcala designed the stamp.
The Palmer stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, meaning that it will always be equal in value to the current First Class Mail price. This is the first time Palmer has been honoured with an official stamp. Fellow Latrobe, Pennsylvania, native Fred ‘Mister’ Rogers was honoured with a stamp in 2018.
The USPS will announce the date and venue for First Day of Issue at a later date. Once dedicated, stamps can be purchased online at www.usups.com/shop