A stamp commemorating the mascot that provided good luck to the Railway Mail Service in the 1880s debuts today.
As the story goes, at the height of the Railway Mail Service, clerks in the Post Office in Albany, New York, took a liking to a terrier mix named Owney. Owney followed mailbags onto trains and soon became a good-luck charm to Railway Mail Service employees, who made him their unofficial mascot.
According to the National Postal Museum, more than 80 mail clerks were killed in train wrecks and more than 2,000 were injured between 1890 and 1900. But it was said that no train ever met with trouble while Owney was aboard.
As he traveled the country, clerks affixed medals and tags to his collar to document his travels. He accumulated nearly 1,000 tags.
The Owney stamps - like all Forever stamps - will always equal the value of the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.