CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Charles Town artist's work is featured on a new stamped envelope approved by the U.S. Postal Service.
The Saturday Gazette-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/XNyYrT ) that the 58-cent Bank Swallow Forever Stamped Envelope was unveiled Friday. It features a large illustration of a bank swallow perched on a reed, and a smaller image of the bird in flight, by artist Matt Frey.
According to the Postal Service, nearly 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas are received each year, but only about 20 are deemed worthy of pursuing.
Frey also illustrated the Purple Martin Forever Stamped Envelope in 2012.
The 58-cent Forever stamped envelopes are good for mailing one 9-ounce first class letter anytime in the future, regardless of postal price changes. They are only available online at www.usps.com/stamps, or by calling 800-782-6724.