Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We Owney Have Eyes For Him
Today, a new forever stamp is for sale, and it is a tribute to the U.S. Post Office mascot. Bet you didn't know they had one, did you? In 1888, a fearless little dog trotted into the Albany, New York post office and spent the night on a pile of mailbags. He loved the mailbags, and was very attracted to either the texture or the scent. Back then, mail was delivered by trains, and Owney began hopping on the trains and traveling around the country with the mailbags. Mail trains used to have a lot of accidents, but the trains that Owney rode were always safe, so he became known as a good luck charm. He traveled all over the country, and everywhere he went, they would put a tag on him. When he died, he was stuffed and preserved, and has been on display in the Smithsonian museum for years now. Owney has inspired many children's books and there will soon be an Owney app and an e-book for i-Pads. So here is what the new stamp looks like. I took the stamp picture, the rest are from the web. Owney was loyal to the end.
"O Lord, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Israel, keep this desire in the hearts of your people forever, and keep their hearts loyal to you."
1 Chron. 29:18