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US will issue a 100th Birthday stamp for President Reagan

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The US Postal Services has announced that a 44 cent stamp will be issued in 2011 featuring the image of President Ronald Reagan to commemorates his 100th Birthday.

The former first lady Nancy Reagan officially unveiled the design of the magnificent stamp during a ceremony in Californa at the Reagan presidential library. The stamp will actually go on sale February tenth, four days after what would have (read more)

published December 16th, 2010

A Holiday Gift to Business Mailers Courtesy of the Postal Service

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WASHINGTON — Business mailers across the nation will receive a special holiday gift from the U.S. Postal Service this season with the issuance of two, new, First-Class Mail Forever stamps on coils.

The new stamps feature photographs of world-recognized symbols of the United States: the Statue of Liberty and the American flag. The Lady Liberty and U.S. Flag Forever Stamp coils are now on sale at select Post Offices nationwide, online at www.usps.com, and by phone at 1 800-STAMP-24. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price. They were first introduced in 2007.

As the name suggests, Forever Stamps can be used to mail a one-ounce letter regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used and no matter how prices may change in the future. “Our business and residential customers have spoken and we have listened,” said David Failor, executive director, Stamp Services. This is a customer convenience that will last forever.”

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published December 12th, 2010

Stanley Gibbons North America Catalogue

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A new and exciting catalogue for Stanley Gibbons bringing together the stamp issuing countries of North America.  The catalogue contains up to date listings of the following countries; Bermuda, Canada, St. Pierre et Miquelon, United States of America and United Nations (New York).

 The Stanley Gibbons North America Catalogue is the only catalogue published in English which covers the stamp issues of North America in a single volume.  It is a detailed and highly informative catalogue, ideal for any collector who specializes in any of the countries contained within this volume.

 Information is provided at the beginning of each country covering history, early stamp issues and currency changes.

 Apart from the stamps of the current issuing countries, the Stanley Gibbons North America Catalogue covers a number of other areas of interest, including:

 Hawaii                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Confederate States of America                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Canal Zone

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published December 10th, 2010

US Postal Service reveals designs for 2011 space stamps

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Alan Shepard will be depicted on a 2011 U.S. postage stamp wearing the silver spacesuit in which he made history as the first American astronaut to fly into space.

The stamp’s design, which was quietly released last week by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), shows Shepard from his shoulders up centered between images of his rocket lifting off and his capsule above the Earth.

Opposite the astronaut’s portrait on an adjoining stamp, an artist’s rendering shows NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting the planet Mercury.

The pair — or “se-tenant” — of space-themed stamps was revealed in the USPS’s annual report for 2010, which was posted to the postal service’s website Nov. 15. The two stamps are displayed with other commemoratives planned for next year as a lead in to the report’s financial section.  (read more)

published December 9th, 2010

US Postmaster General John E. Potter to Retire

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After nearly 10 years as U.S. Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service, John E. Potter today announced that he will retire on Dec. 3, after 32 years of service.

The Governors of the Postal Service named Patrick R. Donahoe, currently Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Potter.

A New York City native, Potter is credited with modernizing management, introducing long-term, strategic thinking necessary in a complex and changing marketplace, and transforming the Postal Service into a service-driven customer-focused and cost-sensitive organization.

Potter’s accomplishments include:

  • Eliminating more than $20 billion in costs during the last 10 years, with cumulative savings of more than $50 billion.
  • Building a leaner, more flexible workforce and increasing efficiency and (read more)

published November 9th, 2010

THINK PINK, USPS helps the Breast Cancer Awareness foundation

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Yesterday was PINK day when millions of people throughout the world wear something pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many organizations, hospitals and charities work for the fight against the fatal disease. Pink flags, ribbons, and people donning pink attire are seen everywhere.

The United States Postal Service is no exception by supporting the cause with the sale of the semi-postal stamp for Breast Cancer Awareness. Since its issue on July 28, 1998, the stamp has raised over $70.7 million for breast cancer research.

The stamps are available at your local Post Office or online at USPS.com for $11 per sheet of 20 or .55 cents each. The price of the stamp pays for the first class single piece rate plus an amount to fund the cause.

Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Md., the stamp features the phrases, “Fund the Fight” and “Find a Cure” and an illustration of a mythical “goddess of the hunt” by Whitney Sherman, an illustrator, designer and educator from Baltimore.

published October 10th, 2010

US Postal Service 2 Cents Increase Denied

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The US Postal service proposed back in July 2010 that the first class postage should be increased by 2cents to be part of the cost-savings plan to deal with the losses that amounted to $3.8 billion last year.

The Postal Regulatory Commission, an independent agency that oversees the Postal Service, said it determined that that the Postal Service failed to justify a rate increase in excess of its statutory consumer inflation price cap, so they have unamously voted to deny the Postal Services request to increase the price to 46cents.

 Postal officials say that part of the problem is the move of many customers to digital communications. But they say the losses have been compounded by the recession.

 Postal Regulatory Commision Chairman Ruth Y. Goldway said, “The Commission finds that the Postal Service has shown the recent recession to be an exigent circumstance but it has failed both to quantify the impact of the recession on its finances and to show how its rate request relates to the resulting loss of mail volume.”

 The Postal Service can appeal the decision, file a new special rate increase request, or go for a smaller boost, like one cent in the cost of mailing a letter. Among the cost cutting measures, the postal service would like to end Saturday mail delivery, although most of the post offices would remain open on Saturdays under such a plan.

published October 3rd, 2010

Julia de Burgos, Celebrated Poet, Honored on U.S. Stamp

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On the eve of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Julia de Burgos, one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated poets, was recognized by the Postal Service today on a 44-cent stamp at the Teatro Tapia, one of the oldest drama stage buildings in the U.S. An award-winning writer and journalist, Julia de Burgos takes her place among honorees in the Postal Service’s Literary Arts series and with 75 other Hispanic-themed stamps.

“Today, the Postal Service honors Julia de Burgos, a revolutionary writer, thinker, and activist,” said Jordan Small, Postal Service area vice president, Northeast Area, during the first-day-of-issue stamp ceremony. “Dr. de Burgos wrote more than 200 poems that probe issues of love, feminism, and political and personal freedom. Her groundbreaking works urged women, minorities and the poor to defy social conventions and (read more)

published September 25th, 2010

US Postal Service contributes $70.7 million to Breast Cancer

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Postmasters are hoping to see pink bracelets everywhere in their communities throughout the US which will indicate even more funds raised for breast cancer research during the month of October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To date the U.S. Postal Service has contributed 70.7 million dollars in voluntary contributions for breast cancer research through sales of the Breast Cancer Awareness postage stamps. The special stamps, called “semi-postal” stamps sell for $.55 each with $.11 from each stamp going to breast cancer research. The stamps are valid for First-Class postage.

A Breast Cancer Awareness promotion at post offices located in the US will include an inspirational pink bracelet with every two sheets of Breast Cancer Awareness stamps purchased at local post offices or through a special mail in offer.

published September 22nd, 2010

Caves are ideal to store your stamps according to US Post

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You might think of caves as a natural habitat for bats and other similar wildlife. However, it now turns out that the environment inside the caves at the industrial complex Hunt Midwest SubTropolis in Kansas, USA is also perfect for postage stamps.

Since 1982, the United States Postal Service’s Stamp Fulfillment Center has stored postage stamps for the entire country inside of these caves just north of the river near the Ameristar Casino. Actually more than 10,000 postage orders a day are filled here – from businesses, individuals, and even collectors. Its also known to be called the Fort Knoxof stamps as some of the USA’s more valuable stamps are said to be housed there!

The storage room is three-quarters of a mile inside, as you come into the entrance, and at150 feet underground. The temperature remains 72 degrees fahrenheit year round.”

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published September 12th, 2010

Winslow Homer works makes it again on US Stamps

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 The U.S. Postal Service will pay tribute to Winslow Homer, an American artist honoring his works with the issuance of a commemorative stamp. The stamp, which is the ninth in the American Treasures series, features Boys in a Pasture, an 1874 oil-on-canvas painting by Homer.

Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is considered one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he began a two-year apprenticeship in a lithography shop at the age of 19 and afterwards became a freelance illustrator. In 1859, he moved to New York City, where he (read more)

published August 15th, 2010