Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Stamps | Owney

We adore the Owney The Postal Dog Forever Stamp issued this past summer by the USPS. Here is a bit of the history behind the Owney stamp from the USPS.

In the 1880s, during the height of the Railway Mail Service, clerks in the Post Office in Albany, New York, took a liking to a terrier mix named Owney. Fond of riding in postal wagons, Owney followed mailbags onto trains and soon became a good-luck charm to Railway Mail Service employees, who made him their unofficial mascot. Working in the Railway Mail Service was highly dangerous: According to the National Postal Museum, more than 80 mail clerks were killed in train wrecks and more than 2,000 were injured between 1890 and 1900. However, it was said that no train ever met with trouble while Owney was aboard.”

This good luck stamp was created by art director, Phil Jordan and veteran stamp artist, Bill Bond.


  1. Hi Gaye, we completely agree! And, we've known quite a few wonderful dogs who look like Owney! ; )


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