Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2012 U.S. Weather Vanes Series of 5 Postage Stamps Revealed

These stamps feature photographs of five eye-catching weather vanes made in the United States during the 19th century. All five weather vanes — a cow, an eagle, two roosters, and a centaur — belong to the collection of the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

Prior to the invention of the barometer in the 17th century, weather vanes were . . .

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

2012 U.S. Stars and Stripes Series of 4 Postage Stamps Revealed

The U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of honoring the Stars and Stripes with the issuance of Four Flags.

This quartet of stamps features a bright U.S. flag against a white background.

A single word appears on each of the four stamps in large letters: Freedom, Liberty, Equality, and Justice. The black typeface recalls the look of Colonial-era printing.

The current U.S. flag consists of 13 stripes and 50 stars. Congress passed legislation in 1818 stating that the number of stars on the flag should match the number of states in the Union. It also specified that new stars would be . . .

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Celtic Coins Buried Treasure Postage Stamps Issued by Jersey Post

The second issue in Jersey Post's postage stamp series entitled 'Archaeology' will be issued on 30th August 2011. Featured are various coins which form part of the hoard of 2500 Celtic coins and pieces of jewellery which were unearthed by a farmer on his land at Le Catillon in Grouville, Jersey in 1957.

The coins are all on display at Jersey's La Hougue Bie Museum . . .

Stamp details at: Jersey Post

Royal Mail Issues Crown Jewels Postage Stamps

While many nations have royal jewels, the British Crown Jewels are unique. Known around the world as a dazzling collection of objects representing royal sovereignty, the Crown Jewels are also remarkable due to their continuity of use: the collection is still used in a coronation ceremony that has changed little in a thousand years.

This year marks the 350th anniversary of . . .

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New Irish Renewable Energy Postage Stamps Issued

Ireland’s pursuit of alternative energy sources is celebrated as An Post releases a set of five stamps celebrating renewable energy technologies.

The stamps, designed by Rose Design, feature the five main sources of renewable energy in Ireland; wind, wave, hydropower, solar and bio fuel. Each features an image of the various technologies in use in Ireland including the Ardnacrusha Hydro Station on the Shannon, an ocean energy unit off the West coast and a beautiful field of rapeseed.

The set of five stamps . . .

Read more at: An Post

Monday, August 29, 2011

1862 Civil War Battles of New Orleans and Antietam Postage Stamps to be Issued

In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service launched a stamp series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which engulfed the nation from 1861 to 1865. A souvenir sheet of two stamp designs is being issued through 2015 for each year of the war.

For 2012, one stamp depicts the Battle of New Orleans, the first significant achievement of the U.S. Navy in the war, while the other depicts the Battle of Antietam, which marked the bloodiest day of the war.

Art director Phil Jordan created the stamps using . . .

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U.S. Postage Stamps Celebrate Hawaii with Aloha Shirt Series

Nothing says “Hawai‘i” or conjures casual good times like the colorful Aloha shirt, which takes its name from the Hawaiian word often used as a blessing or greeting. The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the spirit of “Aloha” with five stamps, each depicting a different shirt.

Aloha shirts are made from . . .

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Baseball Legend Willie Stargell to be Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

The Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps will honor four players who were perennial All-Star selections and left an indelible impression on the game. The third of four players to be revealed is Willie Stargell.

Willie Stargell (1940-2001) powered the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, a multicultural team known as . . .

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Postage Stamp Salutes 50th Anniversary of Miss Supertest III Hydroplane

OTTAWA, Aug. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Canada Post today issued a domestic Permanent™ stamp to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic victory of the Canadian hydroplane Miss Supertest III.

On August 7, 1961, tens of thousands of excited spectators stood on the banks of Lake Ontario at Long Ranch, near Picton, Ontario, as Miss Supertest III made history by capturing the . . .

Read more at: Daily Commercial News

War of 1812: USS Constitution Postage Stamp to be Issued in 2012

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half year conflict with Great Britain that many Americans later came to view as the nation’s “Second War of Independence.”

For the stamp design, the Postal Service selected a long-admired painting of the famed USS Constitution by Michele Felice Cornè, circa 1803.

Constitution acquired the nickname “Old Ironsides” during a victorious battle with a ship of the Royal Navy at the beginning of the War of 1812.

The majestic warship — which is today docked at . . .

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Baseball Legend Larry Doby to be Honored on Postage Stamp

Most Americans know that Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play Major League Baseball. Far fewer know that South Carolina native Larry Doby was the second. The latter group should grow thanks to a new U.S. postage "forever" stamp previewed Friday and due for release next summer.

On July 5, 1947, less than three months after Mr. Robinson broke the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mr. Doby . . .

Read more at: The Post and Courier

Edgar Rice Burroughs to be Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

In 1912, Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first story, “Under the Moons of Mars,” and his first Tarzan story, “Tarzan of the Apes.” The U.S. Postal Service joins with fans around the world in celebrating the centennial of a cultural phenomenon.

This stamp shows Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ most famous literary creation, clinging to a tree by a vine in his left hand and wielding a weapon in his right. Burroughs appears in profile in the background.

Hulbert Burroughs, the author’s son, took the 1934 photograph that served as the basis for the stamp portrait of . . .

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2012 U.S. Postage Stamp Celebrates John Huston and Dashiell Hammett

Saying "there has never been a greater storyteller in American movies" than director John Huston, the USPS will issue its third classic-filmmaker stamp to the man who made "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and "The African Queen" and "The Man Who Would Be King," as well as equally superb and even more aesthetically adventurous films like "Prizzi's Honor" and "The Dead."

The movie the USPS has chosen as the backdrop for Huston's portrait is . . .

Read more at: The Baltimore Sun

Marilyn Monroe to be Featured on Billy Wilder U.S. Postage Stamp

Stamp collectors should start making room for the 2012 “Great Directors” commemorative Forever stamp set, which will include a Billy Wilder stamp featuring the iconic Marilyn Monroe.

These Forever stamps, which are always equal in vale to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate, will include dedications to Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, and of course, Wilder. “These extraordinary directors . . .

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Film Director Frank Capra to be Honored with U.S. Postage Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that renowned film director Frank Capra, a former Brentwood resident best known for Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life, will be honored with a stamp as part of the Great Directors series to be released next year.

Capra's stamp will feature a scene from . . .

Read more at: BrentwoodPatch

Innovative Choreographers U.S. Postage Stamp Series to be Issued in 2012

In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to four influential choreographers who changed the art of dance: Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse. Designed to look like posters advertising a performance, the stamp art captures the luminosity and mystery of a live dance performance.

The stamp design for . . .

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2012 U.S. Postage Stamp to Honor Legendary Choreographer Bob Fosse

Nine-time Tony Award winner Bob Fosse will be honored with a stamp from the U.S. Postal Service in 2012 as one of four influential choreographers who changed the art of Dance.

Fosse will be joined by Isadora Duncan, José Limón, and Katherine Dunham in individual stamps designed to look like posters advertising a live performance.

Fosse’s Tony Awards spanned 30 years on Broadway, beginning with . . .

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Edward Hopper U.S. Postage Stamp to be Issued

First Day of Issue: August 24, 2011 | Provincetown, MA 02657

Art director Derry Noyes chose a sunlit painting by Edward Hopper for this tenth entry in the American Treasures series.

The Long Leg, painted in oil on canvas around 1935, depicts a boat sailing against the wind near Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The Long Leg is in the collection of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, in . . .

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Upper West Side Building Gets Its Own Postage Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has recently gotten into Facebook and social media and stuff, in an effort to "reach broader, more diverse audiences," and also, perhaps, because they are kind of broke, and now they're releasing an array of new stamps, previewable by those means.

One of these new Earthscapes stamps should be of particular interest to . . .

Read more at: The Village Voice Blogs

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Canada Issues Royal Wedding Day Postage Stamp

Among first countries to issue a stamp featuring the Royal Couple on their wedding day Canada Post announced a third stamp to complete the Royal Wedding collection.

The domestic Permanent™ stamp features a candid photo of the newlyweds in their open landau shortly after completing their wedding vows at Westminster Abbey.

The stamp will commemorate the first Royal Visit to Canada following . . .

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New Pixar Movie Postage Stamps to be Released

First Day of Issue: August 19, 2011 | Anaheim, CA 92803

This pane of 20 stamps includes five different designs featuring Pixar characters: Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars (2006); Remy the rat and Linguini from Ratatouille (2007); Buzz Lightyear and two of the green, three-eyed aliens from Toy Story (1995); Carl Fredricksen and Dug from Up (2009); and the robot WALL*E from WALL*E (2008).

The phrase “send a…HELLO” appears in the header above the stamps.

The back of the stamp pane shows . . .

Read more at: BeyondthePerf

Sunday, August 7, 2011

New Eid Forever Postage Stamp to be Released

First Day of Issue: August 12, 2011 | Columbus, OH 43216

This new Eid stamp features the Arabic phrase Eid mubarak in gold calligraphy on a reddish background. Eid mubarak translates literally as “blessed festival,” and can be paraphrased “May your religious holiday be blessed.” English text on the stamp reads “EID GREETINGS.”

This new Eid stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. The new background color and calligraphy on this stamp will help customers and postal clerks distinguish the Forever stamp from the original Eid stamp, which was . . .

Read more at: Beyond the Perf

2011 Flags of our Nation Postage Stamps to be Released

First Day of Issue: August 11, 2011 | Columbus, OH 43216

In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service continues its Flags of Our Nation series with ten more stamp designs. These stamps feature the flags of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the states of Ohio through Tennessee. These stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Read more at: Beyond the Perf