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9/11 Commemorative Postage Stamp

Netlore Archive: Emailed image purportedly contains the artwork for a new 9/11 commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: 2002
Status: False


Example:
Email contributed by a Hotmail user, Sep. 11, 2002:

Here is the newest stamp to be issued in September. It's awesome... take a look.

READ AND RETURN

May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. "I believe that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

Just send this to (4) people and see what happens on the fourth day. Do not break this, please.

9/11 Commemorative Postage Stamp?

Artwork by Danny Hahlbohm
All rights reserved by the artist


Analysis: The above image has circulated since mid-2002 with the claim that it's the artwork for a 9/11 commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service. But no such stamp exists.

Apart from "The Heroes of 2001," a June 2003 fundraising stamp depicting firefighters raising an American flag in the wreckage of the World Trade Center, no USPS stamps have been issued specifically commemorating the events of September 11, 2001.

The above artwork, which has also been reproduced on various blogs and websites under the title "Forever ... in God's Hands," was created by artist Danny Hahlbohm, who calls it, simply, "In God's Hands."


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Sources and further reading:

New Fundraising Stamp Honoring Heroes of 9/11
U.S. Postal Service press release, 7 June 2002

Stamp to Honor 9/11 Heroes
ABC News, 2002

Inspired-Art
Website of artist Danny Hahlbohm


Last updated: 08/12/10


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