The U.S. Postal Service issued 37-cent Jim Henson, the man behind the Muppets commemorative stamps in 11 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 11 stamps in North Hollywood, Calif.
The stamps designed by Edward Eyth of Carmel, Calif., went on sale nationwide in late September. The $4.07 pane may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.
The stamps commemorate Henson, director, producer, writer and puppeteer, and creator of the Muppets. The pane features 11 stamps. One stamp features a photograph of Henson taken by Norman Seeff in New York City in 1986. Ten additional stamps depict 13 Muppet characters most famous for their roles in "The Muppet Show" and various Muppet movies. They are Kermit the Frog, Sam the Eagle, Statler and Waldorf, Animal, Rowlf the Dog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, and Great Gonzo and Camille the Chicken. The selvage features a photograph of Henson silhouetted in a window with Kermit the Frog.
Customers have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. To obtain the first day of issue postmark, customers must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope.
Address the envelope to: Jim Henson The Man Behind The Muppets Stamps, Postmaster, 7035 N. Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91615-9998. After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by Thursday, Oct. 27.