Wednesday, September 28, 2011

U.S. Postal Service Drops Rule Allowing Only Dead People on Postage Stamps

WASHINGTON — Beginning next year, Americans will see acclaimed musicians, sports stars, writers, artists and other nationally-known figures on U.S. postage stamps — while they are still alive. The Postal Service is inviting the public to use social media to submit their ideas for individuals to honor.

The Postal Service is dropping a rule that currently requires an individual to have been deceased at least five years before being honored on a stamp. Under the new guidelines, living or recently deceased individuals will be eligible for commemoration on postage stamps.

“This change will enable us to . . .

Read more at: usps.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

American Artist Romare Bearden U.S. Postage Stamps to be Issued

With this stamp sheet, the U.S. Postal Service honors Romare Bearden, one of the 20th century’s most distinguished American artists. Bearden is celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to collage along with his work in watercolors, oils, and other media.

His art has also been praised for depicting African-American experience in its full dimensions and is in the permanent collections of major museums across the nation.

Art director Derry Noyes chose a different work by Bearden for each of four stamp designs. In order as they appear on the sheet from left to right, in four vertical columns of four stamps apiece, the works depicted are . . .

Read more at: beyondtheperf.com

Barbara Jordan Honored on Black Heritage U.S. Postage Stamp

HOUSTON — Barbara Jordan, one of America’s most respected and influential politicians, was recognized by the U.S. Postal Service as the 34th honoree in the popular Black Heritage stamp series.

The Barbara Jordan Forever Stamp goes on sale today at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.

“Throughout her lifetime, Barbara Jordan received many prestigious honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, in . . .

Read more at: usps.com

Tiger Cub Semipostal U.S. Postage Stamp Issued as part of Vanishing Species Series

WASHINGTON — With the dedication of its fourth semipostal stamp, the U.S. Postal Service is helping to save vanishing species 11-cents at a time — specifically tigers, African and Asian elephants, rhinos, great apes and marine turtles.

The net proceeds from the sales of the new Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.

“This stamp marks the fourth semipostal issued by the Postal Service. These types of stamps provide an extremely convenient way for the American public to contribute to help protect threatened and vanishing species,” said Kelly Sigmon, vice president, Channel Access. “We look forward to working with the . . .

Read more at: usps.com

Monday, September 19, 2011

Postage Stamps of British North America on Display at Smithsonian Institution

Five British North American provinces issued their own postage stamps before becoming part of Canada: British Columbia and Vancouver Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.

The Ahmanson collection contains an impressive, complete grouping of all five provinces’ stamps in . . .

Read more at: Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Rugby World Cup 3-D Postage Stamp Issued

Featuring the Tournament’s prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, as you’ve never seen it before, this innovative stamp is sure to impress.

Produced in strictly limited quantities to commemorate this world-class Rugby Tournament coming to New Zealand, this dynamic stamp won’t last long!

When you order your Webb Ellis Cup stamp, you will receive more than just the stamp itself. The 3D stamp will be . . .

Read more at: New Zealand Post

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Donate Your Used Postage Stamps to Stamp Camp USA

Founded in 1995, Stamp Camp USA is a non-profit introduces children to stamp collecting through a day camp that teaches them the basics through hands-on-activities.

Have a pile of used U.S. and foreign postage stamps sitting at home? Then donate them to Stamp Camp USA. There are plenty of other supplies that they could use as well.

For more information go to: Stamp Camp USA

Postal Archives Present Canada's Postal History and Philatelic Heritage

The National Archives of Canada, in collaboration with Canada Post, is pleased to present this new site on Canada's postal history and philatelic heritage.

In addition to offering an overview of the philatelic collections preserved by the National Archives of Canada, the Canadian Postal Archives site allows visitors to find information about every postage stamp issued by Canada and British North America since 1851. The site includes . . .

Read more at: The Canadian Postal Archives

Saturday, September 3, 2011

2012 U.S. Postage Stamps to Feature Natural Earthscapes


This Earthscapes issuance offers stamp customers an opportunity to see the world in a new way. This stamp pane presents examples of three categories of earthscapes: natural, agricultural, and urban.

The photographs were all created high above the planet’s surface, either snapped by “eyes in the sky” — satellites orbiting the Earth — or carefully composed by photographers in aircraft.

In these first five designs representing natural earthscapes, we fly over America’s stunning wilderness. While a volcanic eruption scars the . . .

Read more at: beyondtheperf.com


Colorado Photographer's Work to be Featured on U.S. Postage Stamps

PUEBLO, Colo. – Pueblo resident Jim Wark has flown all over the country capturing thousands of natural wonders. Now, the Colorado aerial photographer will soon have some of his photos featured on U.S. postal stamps.

"I'm looking for the pictures that the other guy doesn't have," said Wark.

The 80-year-old pilot spends hours in his plane looking for . . .

Read more at: Fox31 Denver


2012 U.S. Postage Stamp Honors Baseball Legend Ted Williams

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 fourth and final player to be revealed is Ted Williams.

Ted Williams (1918-2002) of the Boston Red Sox was the last Major League player to bat over .400 for a single season (in 1941). He won six American League batting titles and four home run titles and hit .344 over 19 years, including . . .

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hawaii Artist’s Bonsai Paintings Picked for New U.S. Postage Stamp Series

The U.S. Postal Service has picked bonsai tree paintings by Big Island wildlife artist John D. Dawson to appear on a five-stamp series.

The stamps will be reportedly printed with a special first-class Forever imprint, through which they will always be . . .

Read more at: Hawaii Magazine


2012 U.S. 20th Century Poets Series of 10 Postage Stamps Revealed

The number of books published each year in America has been steadily increasing, and poetry is more popular than ever.

The ten great writers honored on the Twentieth-Century Poets stamp pane, including several who served as United States Poet Laureate, surely deserve part of the credit.

The many awards won by this illustrious group — Elizabeth Bishop, Joseph Brodsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. E. Cummings, Robert Hayden, Denise Levertov, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams — include numerous Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and . . .

Read more at: beyondtheperf.com