|Date of Issue||March 23, 2018|
First-Class Mail® Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||0.98 x 1.56 in/24.89 x 39.62 mm|
|Issue Location||Pittsburgh, PA 15290|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On March 23, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Mister Rogers stamp (Forever® priced at 50 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 23, 2018.
Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was known as a beloved television neighbor to generations of children. His groundbreaking public television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood inspired and educated young viewers with warmth, sensitivity, and honesty.
The stamp features Walt Seng’s photograph of Rogers in a red cardigan and also includes puppet King Friday XIII, a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood character hailing from “The Neighborhood of Make-Believe.” The words “Forever” and “USA” appear in the left corner.
Each episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood began with its host welcoming the audience into his television house. While singing the show’s theme song “Won't You Be My Neighbor?,” which he composed along with hundreds of other songs, Rogers always put on his trademark cardigan, changed into sneakers, and then introduced the day’s topic. He discussed many of the experiences of growing up, like sharing and friendship, and difficult subjects like anger, fear, divorce, and death.