Friday, March 30, 2007

Commentary: Forever stamps (The News Journal, NY)


I strolled into my post office this week, planted my palms on the counter, leaned forward to look my postmaster in the eye and said, "Forever?"

We were alone. He sighed. Then he shrugged.

I do not hunger for my postmaster, nice guy that he is. What excites me is the promise of what the U.S. Postal Service is calling "forever stamps."

The stamps will go on sale in the middle of April, a few weeks before the rate for mailing a letter rises two pennies - on May 14 - to 41 cents.

Each 41-cent "forever stamp" will be good for first-class postage forever, no matter how high rates go. If 20 years from now mailing a birthday card to your brother costs two bucks, your original 41-cent forever stamps will carry the day. . . .

Full story at:
http://www.nynews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070330/ LIFESTYLE01/703300327

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Joint stamp and coin cover by Royal Mail and Royal Mint mark 200th anniversary of abolition of the slave trade in Britain (eadt.co.uk)


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A stamp and coin cover jointly issued today by the Royal Mail and the Royal Mint to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in Britain features the work of an East Anglia-based design and branding consultancy.

Silk Pearce, based in Colchester, has designed the envelope, insert card and postmark for the cover which features a set of six stamps carrying contemporary portraits of six of the most prominent anti-slavery campaigners and a new two pound coin minted to mark the anniversary. . . .

Full story at:
http://www.eadt.co.uk/content/eadt/businessnews/story.aspx?brand=EADOnline&category=Business&tBrand=EADOnline&t Category=Business&itemid=IPED22%20Mar%202007%2012%3A42%3A40%3A313

Canada Post Recognizes University of Saskatchewan Centenary (Press Release)


Saskatoon - On April 3, Canada Post will issue a commemorative stamp to celebrate the University of Saskatchewan's centenary. This domestic rate stamp (52-cents) is the latest edition in the post-secondary schools series launched in 2003.

Royal assent was given in 1907 to the legislation which created the University of Saskatchewan; 100 years later, 58 degrees, diplomas, and certificates in over 100 areas of study and disciplines are offered. The University has been home to numerous innovations, such as Canada's first departments of . . .

Full story at:
http://www.news.gc.ca/cfmx/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=287389

New Forever Stamp Worries Some Collectors (USA Today)


WASHINGTON — Stamp collectors disagree on whether the new "forever" stamp, unveiled Monday with a Liberty Bell design, will help or hurt their hobby.

The stamp, which can be used indefinitely to mail a first-class letter, regardless of rate changes, goes on sale April 12 for 41 cents. The price of a first-class stamp rises from 39 cents to 41 cents May 14. . . .

Some collectors say they fear the forever stamp may become so popular . . .

Full story at:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-26-new-stamp_N.htm

The First Woman to Serve in Both Houses of Congress; Air Force One and Marine One Appearing on U.S. Postage Stamps (Press Release)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Postal Service today announced the 2007 price change stamp subjects, which include Margaret Chase Smith, first woman to serve in both houses of Congress, and the nation's most famous jetliner and helicopter. . .

Full story and list of other stamp changes here:
http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007stamps/ definitives/welcome.htm

NEW STAR WARS STAMP UNVEILED (Press Release)

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Luke Skywalker, Yoda, Darth Vader and, of course, R2-D2 are among the unforgettable Star Wars characters debuting on 15 new 41-cent postage stamps unveiled today at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, where the first Star Wars movie opened nearly 30 years ago.

The commemorative stamps feature images from all six movies in the Star Wars saga: Luke Skywalker; Han Solo and Chewbacca; Princess Leia Organa with R2-D2; C-3PO; Yoda; Queen Padmé Amidala; Obi-Wan Kenobi as seen in Episodes IV through VI; Anakin Skywalker battling Obi-Wan Kenobi; Darth Vader; Emperor Palpatine; Darth Maul; Imperial Stormtroopers; Boba Fett; the Millennium Falcon; and an X-wing fighter. The stamps will be released at a first-day-of-issue ceremony on Friday, May 25, at Star Wars Celebration IV, the biggest Star Wars event in the galaxy, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. . . .

NATION GETS SNEAK PEEK OF THE FOREVER STAMP (Press Release)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — You've heard about it. You've read about it. Now see it for the first time. It's the Postal Service's newest consumer innovation — the Forever stamp. The stamp was previewed today at the National Postal Forum, the premier trade show for advertising, marketing and mailing executives. Featuring the Liberty Bell image and the word "forever," the stamp will be good for mailing one-ounce First-Class letters anytime in the future — regardless of price changes. . . .

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