© 2023 WVIK
Listen at 90.3 FM and 98.3 FM in the Quad Cities, 95.9 FM in Dubuque, or on the WVIK app!
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

New I-74 Bridge Gets Its Own Postage Stamp

United States Postal Service

A new postage stamp pays homage to a new Quad Cities landmark.

The lit-up twin arches of the I-74 Mississippi River bridge are shown at dusk on the stamp. It’s part of a group of four stamps released Thursday by the U.S. Postal Service, all featuring photographs of bridges.

USPS spokesman Jim McKean says ideas for new stamps often come from the public, submitted through the USPS website. A committee sifts through the suggestions, and passes the best ones on to the Postmaster General.

"The committee meets quarterly, and they decide out of 30,000, about 25 to 30," he said. "The process takes about three years to complete, and that's how an idea becomes a stamp."

The bridge stamps were designed by Ethel Kessler, an art director for the postal service, using existing photographs.

Another Iowa bridge, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge between Omaha and Council Bluffs, is also featured in the stamp series.

The stamps are Presorted First-Class Mail stamps for business mail users, which means you need a special permit to use them.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.