Thursday, November 20, 2008

Quartet of stamps to celebrate Canadians in Hollywood: The Sequel

Ottawa - On June 30, Canada Post issued a second set of four domestic rate (52¢) stamps celebrating the achievements of Canadians in Hollywood. The stamps feature Marie Dressler, Raymond Burr, Norma Shearer, and Chief Dan George.

The set of four stamps entitled The Sequel were designed by John Belisle and Kosta Tsetsekas of Vancouver's Signals Design and use images created by Neal Armstrong.

The background of each stamp is evocative of each star's career: Dressler's shows a scene inspired by a photograph taken from a clip of Tugboat Annie, Burr's has the Perry Mason courtroom; Shearer's features an art deco portrait by George Hurrell that recalls many of her films, and Chief Dan George's depicts a scene from Little Big Man. Belisle, Tsetsekas and Armstrong also produced the first set of . . .

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U.S. Postal Service to Honor Bob Hope With Postage Stamp

WASHINGTON, Nov 19, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Postmaster General John Potter announced today that celebrated entertainer Bob Hope will be immortalized on a First-Class commemorative stamp next spring. The stamp image will be previewed on Nov. 24 in New York City at Ellis Island.

"The Postal Service is proud to immortalize the achievements of Bob Hope," said Potter. "He was not only one of our nation's most revered entertainers, but he was also a true American who selflessly dedicated more than half a century of his life to entertaining our men and women serving in uniform overseas -- both in war and peace."

Bob Hope (1903-2003) enjoyed a lifetime of success on stage and in radio, television and film. He moved to America from England a hundred years ago (1908) and quickly exhibited a natural talent for making people laugh. Hope traveled around the globe performing for U.S. troops and hosted numerous highly rated TV specials.
Although Hope never officially . . .

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Investing in coins, stamps, timber and land...

When equity markets yo-yo, the housing market grinds to a halt, banks buckle and commodities crash, it is tempting simply to bail out of everything and hold your cash in a bag under the floorboards. But if you are looking for less extreme responses to the economic crisis, there's a strong argument for diversifying a chunk of your portfolio into assets with low correlation to other beleaguered sectors.

We have rounded up six options at different entry levels. Some are designed specifically to take advantage of weak markets, others play on enduring trends, such as global food demand or the international shift to sustainable wood sources, while others are simply less widely recognised as investment vehicles.

Of course, many alternative investments are relatively high risk, and they are not necessarily protected by Financial Services Authority regulations, so it is important to understand exactly what you are taking on before you part with your money. . .

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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Barack Obama Collectible Stamps Supports Charities

Sticker-Stamps Show Support For Obama And Benefit The Charity Of Your Choice

Tampa, FL – October 22, 2008: A company in the Tampa Bay, Florida, area has released the first ever Obama and Obama & Michelle postage-style stamps. The company behind these stamps, Obama Stamps LLC, created and designed a series of 6 styles, each style on a single sheet of 20 stamps.

Charities benefit from the sales of these stamps. 5% of the net proceeds are donated to any recognized charity or organization one selects. When someone places an . . .

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U.S. Postal Service Unveils Design of Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Stamps

Springfield, IL, selected as First-Day-of-Issue site

SPRINGFIELD, IL.- the United States Postal Service gave the public a sneak preview of the art that will appear on four stamps it will issue next year to commemorate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

A crowd of more than 200, including fourth grade students from the DuBois and Isles elementary school in Springfield gathered for the event held this morning on the steps of the Old State Capitol.

Springfield Postmaster Doug Maxwell announced that Springfield, IL, has been selected as the First-Day- of-Issue city when the stamps are issued on Feb. 9, 2009.

Jan Grimes, director of the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency; Ray LaHood, congressman and co-chair of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; Harold Holzer, Lincoln scholar and co-chair of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; Marilyn Kushak, chair of the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission; Springfield Mayor Tim Dalvin; and select students from the DuBois and Isles schools assisted Postmaster Maxwell with the unveiling of the stamps.

The stamps will commemorate four stages of Lincoln’s life and legend:rail-splitter, lawyer, politician and president. The stamp art was . . .

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Dazzling Nutcrackers to Transform the Holidays on U.S. Postage Stamps

NEW YORK, Oct 23, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/What do Santa, a king, military captain and drummer all have in common?

They'll be home for the holidays. The U.S. Postal Service dedicates the Holiday Nutcrackers commemorative stamps Thursday during the Fall Postage Stamp Mega Event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

"We're pleased to add the Nutcrackers to our stamp program," said Susan M. Brownell, vice president, Supply Management, for the United States Postal Service. "As these charming little treasures start to land in mailboxes around the country, they're sure to add a glimmer of sparkle to the holiday season."

Nutcrackers have been . . .

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New U.S. postage stamp honors Edgar Allan Poe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every year at meetings weary, experts ponder fame and theory, over many a quaint and curious request for honor on a stamp.
Who should they pick for honored postage: arts or science, famed youth or great age?
The answer's here. The coming year will feature a man of mystery.
Writer Edgar Allan Poe will be featured on a U.S. postage stamp early in 2009, the U.S. Postal Service said Thursday.
The 42-cent stamp will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of poet and mystery writer Poe and will be issued Jan. 16 in Richmond, Va.
The Poe stamp is one of several issues for early in 2009 announced by the post office.
Other new postage announced included . . .
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Postal Service Issues Alzheimer’s Awareness Stamp

Washington, DC —According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 71 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. For these individuals and their families, the significance of this moment cannot be underestimated as it marks the beginning of a devastating descent into memory loss. For the person with Alzheimer's, interaction with the caregiver means everything.

To raise awareness of issues surrounding this dreadful disease and to draw attention to the importance of the caregiver, the U.S. Postal Service will issue 65 million 42-cent Alzheimer's Awareness stamps nationwide beginning on . . .

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George Washington 3-cent "B Grill" Postage Stamp Sells for over $1 million in New York Auction

NEW YORK, Oct 29, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- While the financial markets may be down, the market for rare stamps seems to be red hot.

A single stamp issued by the U.S. post office in 1868 sold for $1,035,000 in an auction held today in New York City. The price includes the 15% buyer's premium.
The stamp was bought by a collector who bid anonymously over the telephone at Siegel Auction Galleries, a firm that specializes in rare stamp auctions.

The million-dollar price was paid for a 3-cent "B Grill" stamp, which was printed in 1868 with an embossed pattern in the paper. Collectors prize such "grilled" stamps, and only four copies of the "B Grill" are known.

The stamp was . . .

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Postage Stamp Watches Inspired by Love and Holidays

(I don't normally feature products on this blog. I am not associated in any way with the sale of these watches and do not get any kind of referral. I simply liked the watches. - A.C. Dwyer)

Postage stamps have featured some of the best art and most beautiful designs over the years, and now your favorites can be yours to enjoy for longer than just the time it takes to send a letter. P.S. Collection by Arjang & Co. is now offering two new timepiece collections that are inspired by some of the most popular U.S. postage stamp designs: the Love series and the holiday series.

The watches range in price from $95-$135 and feature . . .

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