Friday, October 10, 2008

Portland Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters Appears On Postage Stamp

Portland, Oregon – It’s very seldom that a company is honored with a representation on a postage stamp, but Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters has accomplished this rare feat thanks to a chain of tiny islands in the Western Pacific.

The government of Palau issued a special “stamp set” in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Helicopter flight in 2007. The Palau Postal Service used two images of Chinook helicopters on the stamp set, but didn’t tell anyone at Columbia that one of the company’s helicopters would appear prominently on the stamp.

Since no one notified Columbia about the stamp, the company learned about the special issue stamp through an accidental discovery – on eBay.

“I perform an occasional search on eBay just to see what I can find,” said Dan Sweet, Columbia’s Public Relations Manager. “It was quite a shock to . . .

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Friday, October 3, 2008

How do I determine the value of my stamp collection?

Finding the Condition and Value of a Postage Stamp

The first step in determining a stamp's value is to find it's centering, the balance of the stamp design within its margins. Currently there is no established system for grading or measuring centering, so “eyeballing” has become the standard. As a result, one collector’s definition may vary from another’s. If you are unsure of your stamp's centering, it is best to consult a professional philatelist.

Centering ranges from poor to jumbo as follows . . .

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Nature of America Series Features Great Lakes Dunes U.S. Postage Stamps

EMPIRE, MI — One of the largest freshwater dune systems on Earth is now featured on a U.S. postage stamp, which goes on sale today at Post Offices nationwide.

The Great Lakes Dunes is the tenth stamp pane in the Postal Service’s Nature of America educational series that features the beauty and complexity of major plant and animal communities in the United States. Found near all five of the Great Lakes, the dunes are part of highly dynamic landscapes where plants and animals interact with wind, water and sand.

“As one of the nation’s leading corporate citizens committed to environmental stewardship, the Postal Service is proud to honor the Great Lakes Dunes on stamps,” said Tom Samra, vice president, Facilities, U.S. Postal Service, at the first-day-of-issue stamp ceremony for the new 42-cent stamp. “These dunes are a wonderful example of America’s amazing natural variety. This place is a playground for children of all ages. And what better way to share the importance of this place than through our stamp program.”

Joining Samra in dedicating the new stamp . . .

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