California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Amateur video footage of the United States Postal Service First Day of Issue Ceremony for the "Carreta" stamp held at History Park, 30 August 1988. The "Carreta" stamp was designed by local artist Theron Fox, and part of the U.S.P.S. "Transportation" series. It was worth 7.6 cents, to be used for non-profit bulk mail. It celebrated the Spanish "carreta," or cart, used by early Spanish and Mexican settlers in California. San Jose was chosen as the location of the first day issue, the only location to purchase the stamp on the first day. Video coverage includes audience shots before the ceremony, pledge of allegiance with mounted police, singing of the national anthem, full speech by the San Jose Postmaster, footage of people buying the stamps at the post office and having their envelopes stamped, and partial speech by Frank Fiscalini, member of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. The last time San Jose had been chosen as the site for a first day issue was 1977.