2010 Federal Duck Stamp First Day of Sale Ceremony
By Jim O'Donnell, Museum Specialist, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
The First Day of Sale for the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp was held on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Bass Pro Shop at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Maryland.
The news is good—both for the Federal Duck Stamp Program and the waterfowl it conserves. Sales of Federal Duck Stamps are up in recent years, with the self-adhesive stamp outselling the gummed variety three to one. It is widely distributed by Bass Pro, Wal Mart and others. It is also available in post office lobbies and vending machines. The gummed variety remains the favorite with collectors. Waterfowl populations are up, with few exceptions, continent-wide according to aerial counts of ducks on their breeding grounds this spring.
For more information on duck stamps, visit the Federal Duck Stamp Office’s website at: fws.gov/duckstamps.
About the Author
Jim O'Donnell has worked at the museum since its opening in 1993 and before that in its precursor, the National Philatelic Collection, since 1985. He is best known for his management of the "Artistic License: The Duck Stamp Story" exhibition and the subsequent donation of the Jeanette C. Rudy Duck Stamp collection.