The show is being held Aug. 20-23 at the DeVos Place Convention Center.
The 11 a.m. ceremony was well attended by collectors who had entered the show just an hour earlier.
Dignitaries participating in the stamp event included the new executive director of the APS, Scott English; the United States Postal Service’s acting director of Stamp Services, Mary-Anne Penner; the president of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, Wade E. Saadi; and the chairperson of the USPS Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, Janet Klug.
The two stamps, which alternate red and blue across the pane of 20, combine elements of classic stamp designs with text promoting next year's big international show in New York.
The ceremony program included a greeting from U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
“As Postmaster General, I encourage everyone to attend the World Stamp Show in 2016. Stamps honor America’s history, heroes, and heritage. Each stamp tells a story, reflecting the diverse people and experiences that have changed our great nation. Whether you’re a longtime collector or a beginner, I’m sure you’ll find lots to celebrate at the World Stamp Show.”
World Stamp Show-NY 2016 is taking place May 28 through June 4 at the Javits Center in New York City.