An Old Friend Is Headed for a New Stamp

USPS Forever Stamp with Mister Rogers, his King Friday XIII puppet to be unveiled March 23
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2018 7:54 AM CST
An Old Friend Is Headed for a New Stamp
This image released by the US Postal Service shows a stamp featuring Fred Rogers from the PBS children's television series "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" with his King Friday XIII puppet.   (USPS via AP)

It's a beautiful day in the postal neighborhood. The US Postal Service plans to issue a new stamp featuring Mister Rogers, the children's television host known for his zip-up cardigan, sneakers, and soothing manner. The Forever Stamp will be unveiled March 23 at WQED's Fred Rogers Studio in Oakland, the same Pittsburgh public television station where Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was produced, the AP and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. The stamp features Fred Rogers and the royal puppet King Friday XIII.

Rogers, who grew up in Latrobe, Pa., produced, wrote, and hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for more than 30 years. He died in 2003 at the age of 74 after battling stomach cancer. His message remained a simple one throughout the years, telling his viewers to love themselves and others. The stamp also marks the show's 50th anniversary: It first aired on Feb. 19, 1968. The March 23 event is free to the public and can be viewed live on the USPS Facebook page. Also slated to receive a Forever Stamp in 2018, per the Morning Call: singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, astronaut Sally Ride, and John Lennon.

(More Mister Rogers' Neighborhood stories.)

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