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Classic railroad stations to be honored with postage stamps

By | October 31, 2022

Five stations included in stamp series for 2023

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The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a series of five stamps of classic railroad stations in 2023. USPS

WASHINGTON — Five classic railroad stations will be featured on a series of postage stamps issued in 2023 by the U.S. Postal Service.

Stations included in the series are the Art Deco landmark Cincinnati Union Terminal, which opened in 1933; the Victorian structure at Point of Rocks, Md., completed in 1876; Richmond, Va., Main Street Station, a Renaissance Revival style station dating to 1901; the San Bernardino, Calif., Santa Fe Depot, a Spanish Mission Revival building opened in 1918; and the Tamaqua, Pa., station built for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad in 1874. All are currently in use for passenger service except Tamaqua, which has been preserved and is the home of a restaurant

“During our research, we initially focused on architectural and geographic diversity; we also wanted to make sure we included some smaller towns/smaller stations,” says Derry Noyes, the Postal Service art director. “Another criteria on our list was stations that people could go and visit.  Over the course of our search, we began focusing on the more historic stations, and as it turns out, all five of the stations honored on the stamps are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. … Three of the stations ended up being in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic, but we were able to keep a variety of styles and sizes.”

The station stamp series, announced last week, resulted from a process that sees more than 30,000 subjects suggested to the Postal Service’s Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee each year; it meets quarterly and makes recommendations for stamp subjects to the Postmaster General. More information on the committee and its process is available here. Information on all stamps to be issued in 2023 is available here.

3 thoughts on “Classic railroad stations to be honored with postage stamps

  1. Post office should/could print literally hundreds of different stamps of different stations, that’d be nice to see. Why stop at “just five”?

  2. How could the beautiful Union Station with all of its architectural enhancement and train shed, be passed by?

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