The original Star Trek TV series took to the airwaves nearly 5o years ago–on September 8, 1966. Poor ratings meant that the show didn’t last very long (only three years). But everything changed once the show went into syndication. It achieved cult status. And a franchise was born. The original Star Trek has now spawned five additional tv series, 13 feature films, and a number of fan-made sequels.
To celebrate 50 years of Star Trek, the US Postal Service has decided to release a commemorative set of stamps inspired by the original show. The four stamps (shown above) depict the following:
- The Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background.
- The silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background.
- The silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background.
- The Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background.
The stamps will be officially available on September 2, though they can be pre-ordered here.