In order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the television premiere of Star Trek, the US Postal service is publishing stamps inspired by classic elements of the television program.
Yes, it’s been 50 years since Gene Roddenberry released his space traveling phenomenon upon the world, which is sci-fi but a lot more than that, and changed TV, Cinema and pop culture forever.
The new Star Trek Forever stamps showcase four digital illustrations: The Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background, a silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background, a silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background and the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background.
The famous words ‘Space, the Final Frontier’ appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars, and they were designed by Heads of State under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá.
There’s been a lot of Star Trek in the 50 years since the show came out, most famously the movie series, which then got successfully rebooted in 2009 and also a number of TV shows, with The Next Generation being the most memorable of them.
But the design, feel and coloring on these stamps is all about the original series, which remains the most influential of all the versions, and rightfully so, making a nice addition to the next Star Trek film coming out in 2016.