Labor Day 2013 Made in America stamp 2

Released on August 8, this is one of a series of stamps honoring the achievements of American workers.

If you still occasionally mail an actual letter via the U.S. Postal Service, you’ll be glad to see that the USPS just released a new stamp series that recognizes the achievements of the American workforce. What better way to honor Labor Day?

(Or the day after. No, I’m not accidentally late. Yesterday, you may have noticed, was Labor Day; if you didn’t, I hope you had a good day at work. But because most folks were grilling meats or some such on Monday, I decided it was unlikely they were reading legal blogs (I know; you protest!), so I provided a light and film-related item. I decided to save this cool Labor Day news until today.)

The “Made in America: Building a Nation” stamps were issued on August 8, and they feature workers in many manufacturing occupations.

ABC News reports, “Eleven of the 12 stamp images were by photographer Lewis Hine, a chronicler of early 20th century industry.” Those images include a man on a hoisting ball on the Empire State Building,” as well as others laying railroad tracks or mining coal.

You can view all the images in a slideshow here.

Labor Day US Department of Labor sealMore detail about every image (and, natch, a portal to buy the stamps) is here on the Postal Service’s site.

And in case you missed it, 2013 is the centennial of the Department of Labor, which was created by President William H. Taft. (I appreciate the excellent fact that “The department’s headquarters is housed in the Frances Perkins Building, named in honor of Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945 and the first female cabinet secretary in U.S. history.”)

Congratulations to American workers, the Post Office, the Department of Labor, and the memory of a successful woman.