Landmark of California’s Spanish Heritage
Appears on Express Mail Postage
CARMEL, CA - The U.S. Postal Service honors nearly 250 years of California history with the issuance of the $18.95 Carmel Mission Express Mail stamp today. Often described as one of the most beautiful mission churches in the state, Carmel Mission is known for its dome-shaped bell tower and elaborate star-shaped window.
“Today we pay tribute to nearly 250 years of California history with the issuance of this stamp as we postmark another chapter in a proud tradition of honoring places and events that enrich our shared heritage,” said Kim Fernandez, U.S. Postal Service Bay-Valley district manager in dedicating the stamp at Carmel Mission. Joining Fernandez in dedicating the stamp were Most Reverend Richard J. Garcia, Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey; Dr. Ruben Mendoza, professor of Archeology, California State University, Monterey Bay; and, Louise Ramirez, tribal chairwoman, Ohlone Costanoan-Esselen Nation.
Designed by art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA, this Express Mail stamp features an illustration of Carmel Mission in Carmel, CA, by artist Dan Cosgrove of Chicago, IL. Rendered in deeply saturated colors reminiscent of a vintage travel poster, the artwork depicts the façade of Carmel Mission with its dome-shaped bell tower and elaborate star-shaped window. Text on the stamp reads, “Carmel Mission.”
Formally known as Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Río Carmelo, Carmel Mission was founded on June 3, 1770. It was the second in what would become a chain of 21 Spanish missions along the coast of California, each positioned about one day’s ride on horseback from the next. It was also the second mission established by Father Junípero Serra (1713 - 1784), the founder of the California mission system. Father Serra is buried in the mission church. This historic site is open to the public and welcomes some 150,000 visitors each year.