US Postal Service issuing stamp for W.Va.’s 150th

WV Sesquicentennial Stamp

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is getting a lasting tribute for its 150th birthday, courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

A new Forever stamp will debut June 20 as part of West Virginia’s sesquicentennial celebration.

The image is unmistakably Mountain State: tree-shrouded hills stretch off to the horizon, fringed by morning mists.

Photographer Roger Spencer captured the shot in Pocahontas County.  The West Virginia native says the Postal Service approached him about using the image after seeing it online.

Spencer readily agreed. He says the mountains are West Virginia’s defining characteristic and the image casts the state in a positive light.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and a Postal Service executive will dedicate the stamp at a state Capitol ceremony.   A commemorative sesquicentennial coin debuted May 20 and sold out within 12 hours. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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