Saturday, July 31, 2010

Beirut postage stamp now in circulation

For more than seven years, U.S. Marine veteran Wayne Hodges of Rocky Mount and other veterans have been working to keep the memory alive of the 241 Marines who died in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983 from a terrorist bombing attack.

The Beirut Veterans Stamp Initiative, which has been trying to get the U.S. Postal Service to approve a commemorative stamp for several years, has moved forward without the approval of the Postal Service.

Hodges, who survived the terrorist attack, said . . .

Full story at: The Franklin News-Post

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Special Edition 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Cachet Envelope

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today unveiled a special edition Federal Duck Stamp envelope, or cachet, that hunters, stamp collectors and other conservationists can purchase for $25 -- or $10 more than the cost of a regular Duck Stamp -- to help conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The funds will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in national wildlife refuges along the Gulf Coast.

"When the Dust Bowl of the 1930s destroyed many wetlands, our nation's sportsmen lobbied Congress to support the creation of the Duck Stamp for wetland acquisition and conservation," Salazar said. "Today, the wildlife of the Gulf Coast faces new threats - from the current oil spill to disappearing wetlands - that we must rise to confront. This special edition duck stamp cachet will  . . .

Full story at: KATC News

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Postmark collectors celebrate their hobby

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The first thing you should know about postmark collectors is this: They are people just like us.

Well, maybe not just like us.

"One time somebody compiled a list of 10 reasons to collect postmarks," says Andy Mitchell. "And one of the reasons was 'Nobody ever asks you twice what your hobby is.'"

Postmarks, of course, are those little black circles — containing the name of the town and the date — with the wavy lines that the post office puts on stamps to "kill" or  . . .

Full story at: Foster's Daily Democrat

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New scouting 44-cent U.S. postage stamp goes on sale

PHILMONT — A new 44-cent postage stamp featuring Scouting will soon be available at local post offices around the nation.

Tuesday (July 27) the new stamp will go on sale and the event is being marked by a ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m., at the Villa Philmonte Gazebo at Philmont Scout Ranch south of Cimarron. . . . At the ceremony, there is going be a unveiling of a large likeness poster of the new stamp; in addition, individual copies of the stamp as well as panes of 20 stamps that are . . .

Full story at: Sangre de Christo Chronicle

Commemorative Postmark to celebrate 100 years of Scouting

BARRE — A commemorative postmark will be available in Barre — and Barre only — starting next week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, an organization believed to have started in the Granite City with Troop 1.

On Tuesday, stamp enthusiasts can bring a stamped envelope to the Barre Post Office and have the commemorative postmark printed on it at no cost.

People can also send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the post office containing the letter or envelope they wish to have imprinted with the postmark.

The postmark is not a postage stamp; the postmark “cancels” a stamp on an envelope.

But on the same day the commemorative postmark comes out in Barre, a 44-cent postage stamp will be released . . .

Full story at: Rutland Herald

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Historic Pony Express stamp cover canters to $6,750 in Florida

A rare cover posted eastwards in the run-up to the American Civil War has been sold at auction

A very rare Pony Express cover sent eastwards across the United States on September 22, 1860, was a highlight in Harmer-Schau Auction Galleries' sale of rare world stamps last weekend (July 10).

It is just one of 54 known covers to have been sent along its route between August 15, 1860, and April 14, 1861 - known as the Pony Express's "second period".

The historic philatelic specimen bears a 10¢ Nesbitt entire stamp (in its top right-hand corner, see below) and an attractive strike of the Pony Express's  . . .

Full story at: Paul Fraser Collectibles

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Funnies Comic Strips U.S. Postage Stamps Debut

COLUMBUS, OH — The U.S. Postal Service celebrated five newspaper comic strips by dedicating the Sunday Funnies stamps today. The 44-cent First-Class stamps honor comic strips: Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. The strips, as well as their characters, may have changed over the years, yet each remains an enduring classic.

”Like stamps, comic strips often tell a story through humor, adventure, fantasy and sometimes even drama,” said U.S. Postal Service Eastern Area Vice President Megan Brennan. “Today, we are gathered to commemorate five of our country’s most beloved comic strips and dedicate an amazing stamp pane that represents a unique part of American culture.”

Brennan dedicated the stamps at The Ohio State University, home of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. Joining in the dedication were . . .

Full story at: U.S. Postal Service

Rube Foster: Negro Leagues Baseball League Postage Stamp Released

Father of Negro Leagues Baseball Honored

KANSAS CITY, MO — The baseball league that helped spark integration of American professional sports is being honored today on a 44-cent U.S. postage stamp being issued at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

The Negro Leagues Baseball stamps pay tribute to the all-black professional baseball leagues that operated from 1920 to about 1960. A second commemorative stamp features the league’s founder, Andrew “Rube” Foster, who is considered the “father” of Negro Leagues Baseball. In 1981, Foster was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the “foremost manager and executive” of Negro Leagues baseball.

“The United States Postal Service is honored to be dedicating two stamps today in commemoration of Negro Leagues Baseball,” said Thurgood Marshall Jr., the Postal Service’s Board of Governors vice chairman. “In 1920, the first of several black leagues of the modern era was formed right here in Kansas City. It was called the Negro National League,” Marshall noted. “With the issuance of these stamps, the . . .

Full story at: U.S. Postal Service

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Postage stamps are used as map for a ghostly walking tour of old Manila

MANILA, Philippines—A unique walking tour of historic places and buildings in Manila not only lets people get in touch with the past, but also with the ghosts of the past, through a nostalgic trip around the city.

“Most of the historical buildings listed in the Postal Heritage Walking Tour are said to be inhabited by spirits who used to work there,” says postal heritage tour guide and Filipinas Stamp Collectors’ Club (FSCC) vice president Lawrence Chan.

The tour takes participants on a stroll around Manila’s historical monuments, using postage stamps as a map to these hidden . . .

Full story at: Inquirer.net

Monday, July 12, 2010

Why rare postage stamp investments are now better than the stock market

We look at why collectible stamps offer a level of reliability the traditional financial markets can't match

Until now, you have probably never thought of investing in rare stamps. However in recent years, more and more investors have turned their attentions to diversifying their asset portfolio by investing in the stamp markets - and with good reason.

Merrill Lynch, the investment branch of The Bank of America, advises their high worth investors to seek a 10% investment of capital in alternative sources - an umbrella term that includes rare stamps. And when you look at the figures, it's easy to see why.

The newly released GB30 Rarities index is a definitive guide to the value of the Top 30 rare British stamps recommended for . . .

Full story at: Paul Fraser Collectibles

Canada Post Issues Stamp to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Guides of Canada

Commemorative stamp reflects the important role Guiding continues to play in communities across Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - Canada Post is today issuing a single PERMANENT™ domestic rate stamp to commemorate the centennial of Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada (GGC). The stamp's design reflects the spirit of the Guiding movement with a photograph of two members of GGC sharing a fun moment of friendship. Together, the stamp, stamp booklet and official first day cover feature girls at all five levels of Guiding: Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders and Rangers. Scattered across the stamp and booklet are images of GGC program badges, one of which is the stamp collecting badge. Overall, three million stamps are issued for this special anniversary.

"Like Guiding, this stamp is . . .

Full story at: Marketwire

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Paying the Postage in the United States (1776-1921)

I have to share with you a facinating online philatelic (and numismatic) exhibit that I have just seen.  The exhibit was created by Richard Frajola, a professional philatelist in New Mexico, and originally displayed at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition.

The exhibit illustrates the relationship between U.S. postal rates and the coins that were commonly used to pay them.  What's facinating is that according to Richard Frajola, prior to July 1851, postal rates didn't correspond to the denominations used in U.S. coins, but rather they were based on the most widely used foreign coins at the time. Also, keep in mind that prior to the Act of February 21, 1857, many foreign coins enjoyed legal tender status in the United States and often were more common than their U.S. counterparts.

So take a few minutes and look at Paying the Postage in the U.S. I hope you enjoy the exhibit as much as I did.

Russian spies often showcased on postage stamps

Russia's spies, now homeward bound, could soon be posing for stamp designers in Moscow instead of prison intake photographers.

Ever since the depths of the Cold War, the Kremlin has used postage stamps to showcase operatives who managed to steal some of the West's most guarded secrets -- from atomic bomb designs and diplomatic cables to sensitive technical information -- before they were arrested.

Their stories are as well known in Russia as the legend of American . . .

Full story at: Washington Post