Covid-19 has caused Macy's to cancel its 2020 Thanksgiving parade but you can still get in the spirit of the day with this set of four parade stamps issued in 2009.to commemorate this memorable annual event, Because of USPS policy restricting the promotion of commercial businesses when stamps are issued, these stamps did not identify Macy’s as a corporate sponsor of the parade nor acknowledge the commercial origins of the parade, Also the very term -- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ® -- is a registered trademark owned by Macy’s. Ironically, Macy’s actually proposed and campaigned for the stamp and provided posters and other developmental artwork to consider during the stamp’s design phase. Macy’s even took the highly unusual step of paying for a full page ad in the New York Times announcing the stamps’ issuance, and hosting the first day of issue ceremony at its Herald Square store.
Interestinglly, the parade was also cancelled in 1942, 1943 and 1944 because of the shorage of rubber and helium due to the war. (Newspaper notice below)
NATURE NOTE: Some visitors to the Museum when they see this conervation stamp say they did not realize that wild turkeys could fly. See what you can learn from a stamp.