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.