Thursday, March 31, 2011

2011 Holiday Baubles U.S. Christmas Postage Stamps to be Issued October 13

(USPS Press Release) The Postal Service’s cheery Holiday stamps for 2011 feature four colorful ornaments sure to add to the joys of the season. These festive baubles may also inspire fond memories of beloved ornaments from childhood—objects that still have the power to enchant us today. The stamps go on sale in October.

Evergreen trees and branches have been used as winter holiday decorations for hundreds of years. Trees were trimmed with fruit—apples were a popular choice—and nuts, candies, or paper. Glass ornaments first appeared in the late 19th century, in Germany, and their use quickly spread to other countries.

While styles from the 1950s inspired the ornaments depicted in the stamp art, sincere wishes for happy holidays never go out of fashion. These stamps offer a fashionably “retro” way to enhance the season’s greetings.

The U.S. Postal Service’s cheery Holiday stamps for 2011 feature four colorful ornaments sure to add to the joys of the season. Linda Fountain, an illustrator located in Hilton Head Island, SC, created the ornaments shown in the stamp art. Drawing on styles popular during the 1950s, she first sketched the ornaments then rendered them using them cut paper. These renderings were scanned and turned into digital files. The actual art objects are slightly larger than a sheet of typing paper.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

First Day Cover with 1945 Roosevelt Postage Stamp Arrives at Destination 66 Years Later

If it were actual snail mail, it would have gotten there 10 times faster.

A letter mailed from Hyde Park, N.Y., in 1945 arrived in Gloucester last week, long after its intended recipient, a Mrs. S.E. Lawrence, had died. A common garden snail could have made the 173-mile journey in 6 1/2 years. Instead it took 66.

Where has it been all these years?

Full story at: Boston Globe

Royal Mail Musicals Postage Stamps Set to Rock You!

London’s West End has established itself as the centre for millions of visitors – and for many it’s the quality of our stage musicals that attracts them.

Royal Mail looked back at more than seven decades of popular stage musicals to find the most suitable shows for the set. Oliver, Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You, Monty Python's Spamalot, Me and My Girl, Return to the Forbidden Planet and Billy Elliot were chosen.

More info at: Royal Mail

Kate Middleton and Prince William UK Royal Wedding Postage Stamps to be Released

Royal Mail has launched a special sheet of stamps to commemorate the forthcoming Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.

The stamps will be available from all Post Office® branches from 21st April 2011, Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday.

The stamps feature the official engagement portraits taken by world-renowned photographer Mario Testino on 25th November. The formal image was taken in the Council Chamber of St James’s Palace, while the informal image shows the couple in the Palace’s Cornwallroom.

As with all Royal Mail’s commemorative stamps, The Queen has given final approval for their issue, with Prince William also involved in the approval of these stamps.

More info at: Royal Mail

World Wildlife Fund Postage Stamps Celebrating 50th Anniversary Released

The UK's Royal Mail issued a total of 14 stamps to mark the anniversary of the foundation of the WWF. 2011 is the UN Year of Forests, and forests are the Post Europ theme and we will be celebrating this through a separate four-stamp miniature sheet that looks at the species of the Amazon Rain Forest.

Created in 1961, the World Wildlife Fund, as it was then known, was formed by a group of eminent wildlife experts who launched the conservation organisation to tackle environmental problems across the world.

More info at: Royal Mail

Latin Music Legend Selena Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

Latin singer-songwriting legend Selena now has her own U.S. postage stamp. The stamps, featuring Selena along with four other Latin music icons, were announced at the 2011 SXSW (South by Southwest) music festival in Austin, Texas and are now available for purchase online.

"The United States Postal Service has a long-standing tradition of honoring and depicting the events and people who have influenced American culture and history and have . . .

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Counterfeit Postage Stamp Ring Nabbed in RCMP Sting

MONTREAL — This is one counterfeiting ring the Mounties just had to stamp out.

The RCMP and Canada Post believe they have licked a network that pumped thousands of phoney postage stamps into the Toronto and Montreal regions.

The police force said more than 60 officers and 15 postal inspectors conducted raids Tuesday at 24 convenience stores in the Montreal area.

The crackdown resulted in . . .

Full story at: CTVNews

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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

(USPS Press Release) With this stamp sheet, the Postal Service honors Romare Bearden, one of the 20th century’s most distinguished American artists. The stamps go on sale in September. Bearden is celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to collage along with his work in watercolors, oils, and other media. His art has been praised for depicting African-American experience in its full dimensionality 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 described below.

Conjunction (1971), a collage of various fabrics with crayon and charcoal on canvas, is a large work showing a Southern social scene, reflecting Bearden’s recollections of his early childhood in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. The work celebrates the human activity of connecting through touch and conversation, and pays homage to the Southern quilt-making tradition suggested by the fabrics of the women’s brightly patterned dresses. It is reproduced in the stamp art from a transparency provided by the Romare Bearden Foundation.

Odysseus: Poseidon, The Sea God—Enemy of Odysseus (1977), a collage of various papers with foil, paint, ink, and graphite on fiberboard, is one of many images by Bearden based on literary sources. Poseidon was the archenemy of Odysseus in Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey; his image here combines mythic qualities with multicultural crosscurrents to suggest a larger narrative revealing a deep exploration of the human condition. This work is part of the Thompson Collection, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Prevalence of Ritual: Conjur Woman, a collage of various papers with foil, ink, and graphite on cardboard, is one of a series of important collages from 1964. The power and dignity of the black woman was a central theme in Bearden’s art, and the spiritual and mysterious “conjur” woman was a recurring subject. Bearden’s repeated use and reinvention of motifs finds a parallel in the theme and variation of jazz music, which was an important influence on the artist. This piece is in the collection of an anonymous lender.

Falling Star (1979) is a collage of various papers with paint, ink, and graphite on fiberboard. This image juxtaposes the ordinary, a domestic interior, with the marvelous, as seen through its windows. The falling star is a metaphor with a variety of references in art, literature, and music, and Bearden embraces these multiple meanings for the enrichment they provide to his own art. The process of layering these meanings serves as a metaphor for human experience. This work is in a private collection.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Jazz Appreciation U.S. Postage Stamp Released

U.S. Postal Service Is ‘Stampin’ at the Savoy

NEW ORLEANS — To celebrate America’s musical gift to the world, the U.S. Postal Service today issued the Jazz Appreciation Forever Stamp.

Inspired by vintage jazz record-album covers, Pasadena, Calif., artist Paul Rogers captured the eclectic nature of jazz music and the spontaneity and improvisation of jazz artists in creating art for the Jazz Appreciation Forever Stamp.

“With this evocative Jazz stamp, we celebrate the music and the musicians who play it in studios, clubs and concert halls and on festival stages,” said Thurgood Marshall Jr., vice chairman, Postal Service Board of Governors. “I can’t think of a more perfect place to dedicate this new stamp than here in New Orleans, the birthplace of . . .

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wedding Roses U.S. Postage Stamp to be Released in August

(USPS Press Release) In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Wedding Roses stamp as part of its Weddings series. The stamp is meant for use on the RSVP envelope often enclosed with a wedding invitation and on announcements, thank-you notes, and other correspondence. The stamp goes on sale in August.

Wedding ceremonies are as varied and distinctive as the people who celebrate them. They range from large formal services held inside to small and informal outdoor gatherings—and everything in between. Yet no matter the size and style of the ceremony, one thing remains certain: Weddings are a celebration of the union of two people who have pledged to love and trust one another as they begin a new life together.

The Wedding Roses stamp features a photograph taken by Renée Comet of Washington, D.C. The photograph shows two white roses gently resting atop a piece of wedding correspondence. A white ribbon is visible in the background.

Friday, March 25, 2011

New River Gorge Bridge U.S. Postage Stamp to be Unveiled

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Already depicted on a quarter, the New River Gorge Bridge will soon have its own stamp.

A new postage stamp featuring the New River Gorge Bridge will be unveiled 1 p.m. April 11 at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing north of Fayetteville.

New River Gorge National River, in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, is . . .

Full story at: Charleston Daily Mail

Postage Stamp Design Voted on for First Time Ever by Public

For the first time in Canada Post’s 150-year history, the Canadian public has been given the decision over the design of a new postage stamp.

More than 286,000 votes were cast in Canada Post’s national poll to choose the look for a new specially-themed Mental Health Stamp.

More than 4m of the stamps are set to be printed, going on sale this . . .

Full story at: Post and Parcel

Forever Stamps to Be Around Forever

Public acceptance of the Forever Stamp (Liberty Bell), first issued in 2007, has been so successful that the U.S. Postal Service has decided that all future one-ounce, commemorative first-class postage stamps will be "forever" stamps. The Postal Service is meeting the needs of customers who appreciate the convenience of knowing when they buy stamps, they'll be good forever. Customers want to buy stamps and not have to worry about future price changes; now there is no need to purchase make-up stamps when prices change.

The Forever Stamp first went on sale in April 2007. Since then, 28 billion Forever Stamps have been sold. Starting January 22, all new first-class mail commemorative stamps will be . . .

Full story at: Lehigh Acres Citizen

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Repent Ye, Inventor of the Postage Stamp

The Page of Opinions as penned
by Correspondo, in Old
McFinniganagal's Gazette, 1849

How I deplore the introduction of the common postage stamp.

Everywhere people are writing letters, tossing them off as a sparrow might twitter its morning song. All have gone "mail mad"! Every little thought must be put down in ink and "mailed". All their experience and emotion is reduced to a page of babble and for what and for whom and for whyforth? Who cares if they've broken their fast and are dressing for lunch with the vicar? Until the advent of the postage stamp, I knew nothing of their activity, so why do I need to know now?

And why do they persist in . . .

Full story at: The Australian

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flags of Our Nation U.S. Postage Stamps to be Issued in August

(USPS Press Release) The Postal Service continues its Flags of Our Nation series with ten more stamp designs that feature the flags of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the states of Ohio through Tennessee. The stamps go on sale Aug. 11.

In addition to the flag art, each stamp design includes artwork that provides a “snapshot view” of the state or other area represented by a particular flag. In most cases, an everyday scene or activity is shown, but occasionally the view is of something less commonplace—rare wildlife, perhaps, or a stunning vista. Unlike some previous multi-stamp issuances, this series is not limited to official animals, flowers, or products, nor is it meant to showcase well-known buildings, landmarks, or monuments.

Artist Tom Engeman, a resident of Bethany Beach, Del., created the highly detailed flag portraits and snap show views on the stamps. Over the years, the artist’s colorful and imaginative designs have appeared on many Postal Service products, including the National World War II Memorial stamp (2004) and the nation’s first Forever Stamp (2007).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

2011 Rugby World Cup Postage Stamps Issued by New Zealand

Since the inaugural Rugby World Cup Tournament in 1987, the world has come together in union every four years to celebrate this spectacular Tournament. In 2011, fans around the globe will wear their hearts on their sleeves as they hope to cheer on their favourite teams in the Final at Eden Park in Auckland on 23 October 2011.

Whatever team you choose to support, this official stamp collection will set you on the path towards Rugby World Cup 2011 – the biggest event ever staged in New Zealand, and likely to be the biggest sporting occasion in . . .

Full story at: New Zealand Post

Maori Kapa Haka Postage Stamps Released in New Zealand

A face familiar to Katikati is gracing the newly released $1.20 New Zealand Post stamp - Tineka Wanakore-Eruera.

Capturing the cultural tradition of kapa haka, it is one of a set of stamps officially launched by Prime Minister John Key at the Te Matatini Festival held in Gisborne this month.

The stamps feature five teams that achieved excellence at the Te Matatini Festival in 2009 and illustrate six aspects of kapa haka.

Widely regarded as the premier Maori . . .

Full story at: Bay of Plenty Times

Prince William and Kate Middleton Royal Wedding NZ Postage Stamps to be Released

The royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton is still more than a month away but stamps to mark the event go on sale tomorrow, and collectors are keen to say “I do”.

New Zealand Post says online demand is particularly high, with orders from around the world for the Kiwi souvenir issue.

There are two versions of the stamps:

The traditional suited pose and the more casual in . . .

Full story at:

First Spacecraft to Orbit Mercury Will Get New Postage Stamp in May

March 18, 2011 — NASA's MESSENGER probe entered orbit around Mercury Thursday evening, making history as the first spacecraft to circle the innermost planet from the Sun. But even before the well-traveled craft fired its main thruster to enter Mercury's gravitational influence, a U.S. postage stamp was waiting to celebrate its success.

"I for one was never worried," said MESSENGER's project manager Peter Bedeni from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, about the probe's orbital insertion.

Neither apparently was the U.S. Postal Service. Sitting in a USPS facility somewhere are 30 million postage stamps inscribed with . . .

Full story at: collectSPACE

U.S. Postage Stamps Used to Smuggle Drugs Into Prison

"These inmates appeared to have found a way to make stamp collecting popular again," AC Dwyer

State and Carbon County law enforcement officials snuffed out a prison drug-smuggling Monday, charging 11 people in a scheme involving a drug hidden behind postage stamps.

Carbon County District Attorney Gary Dobias said the five-month investigation, dubbed "Operation Postage Stamp," uncovered an operation where thin strips of a narcotic used to treat heroin addiction were tucked under postage stamps on letters sent to prisoners.

Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan said the prescription drug, Suboxone, was . . .

Full story at: The Standard Speaker

Monday, March 21, 2011

Chronicles of Narnia Postage Stamps Released

Myths that arise from history, language and landscape have shaped our literary and artistic heritage, and popular culture. The stories chosen for this stamp issue are the myths and legends of King Arthur, the Narnia stories of CS Lewis, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series and the Discworld of Sir Terry Pratchett.

Royal Mail commissioned research from experts in British folklore and cultural history to determine the most appropriate characters from myth, legend and literature to populate this issue.

It soon became obvious that most of these tales, whether ancient or modern, involved more than one magical character so it was decided to look at four different sets of stories and extract two characters from each.

The stories chosen were the myths and legends of King Arthur, the Narnia stories of CS Lewis, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series and the Discworld of Sir Terry Pratchett.

View stamp details at: Royal Mail

Harry Potter Postage Stamps Released

Would you trust Lord Voldemort to deliver your letters? That's the question I ask myself as I contemplate the Royal Mail's new stamps release, which has Harry Potter's arch-enemy (Ralph Fiennes from the film versions, in that really creepy make-up) among its choice of eight characters celebrating a theme of British "magical adventure".

Personally I find it hard to believe that an individual who'd kill you as soon as look at you can be relied on to speed your electricity bill to its destination, but I suppose, as the man says in Some Like It Hot, nobody's perfect.

The Royal Mail says it commissioned research from . . .

Full story at: Guardian News

Saturday, March 19, 2011

United States Merchant Marine Postage Stamps to be Released in July

(USPS Press Release) Since the founding of the republic, the United States has looked to the commercial maritime industry for much of its growth and security. This stamp issuance pays tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine, the modern name for the maritime fleet that has played this vital role. The four-stamp design on this pane features types of vessels that have formed an important part of this history: clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, Liberty ships, and container ships. The stamps go on sale in July.

Illustrator Dennis Lyall of Norwalk, CT, created the stamps under the art direction of Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA.

Since colonial times, America’s merchant ships have plied the oceans and other navigable waters conveying goods and passengers. During wartime, they have also helped deliver troops and war materials. This role was formalized shortly before World War II, when legislation empowered the "U.S. Merchant Marine" to serve as a naval auxiliary unit. During World War II, the U.S. Merchant Marine bore the brunt of delivering military supplies overseas to U.S. forces and allies. Today, it continues to help meet the nation’s security needs while also transporting commodities that sustain the American economy.

Clipper Ships
Clipper ships, ushered in by the California Gold Rush of 1849 and noted for their streamlined shape and majestic cloud of square-rigged sails, set numerous speed records for their time.

Auxiliary Steamships
Auxiliary steamships—steam-powered ships with back-up sailing rigs— were the ocean liners of their day, competing in the 1850s with clipper and other sailing ships for transatlantic mail and passenger service.

Liberty Ships
During World War II, the United States built more than 2,700 Liberty ships, plain but sturdy cargo vessels that sustained the Allied forces with a steady supply of food and war material.

Container Ships
Container ships, pioneered in the 1950s, are the lifeblood of today’s global economy, carrying nearly all the world’s manufactured goods across the oceans and exemplifying the modern merchant marine.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Latin Music Legends Honored on U.S. Postage Stamps This Week

AUSTIN, TX — Five legendary musicians and performers of the Latin sound whose contributions have had a lasting impact on American music — Selena, Carlos Gardel, Carmen Miranda, Tito Puente, and Celia Cruz — today were honored on U.S. commemorative Forever stamps. The stamps went on sale this week at nationwide at Post Offices and online at

“From this day forward, these colorful, vibrant images of our Latin music legends will travel on letters and packages to every single household in America,” said Marie Therese Dominguez, vice president, Government Relations and Public Policy.

“In this small way, we have created a lasting tribute to five extraordinary performers, and we are proud and honored to share their legacy with Americans everywhere through these beautiful stamps,” Dominguez said.

Among the distinctive musical genres and styles represented by the music legends featured on the Forever stamps are . . .

Full story at:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kate Middleton and Prince William Royal Wedding Postage Stamps Released

The British Pacific nations of Cook Islands, Aitutaki and Penrhyn have recently released a set of postage stamps celebrating the engagement of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

The stamps feature candid photographs of the engaged couple along with one postage stamp that also features the engagement ring that is the same as the one that Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana 3 decades ago.

View postage stamps at: The Cook Islands Stamp Bureau

Monday, March 14, 2011

Owney the Postal Dog U.S. Postage Stamp to be Issued July 27

(USPS Press Release) With this stamp, the Postal Service commemorates Owney, the canine mascot of the Railway Mail Service. The stamp goes on sale July 27. Beloved of clerks on mail-sorting trains at the end of the nineteenth century, Owney was hailed as a symbol of good luck. Today he is an icon of American postal lore whose story highlights the historical importance of the Railway Mail Service.

Developed during the 19th century, the Post Office Department’s Railway Mail Service was an efficient and decentralized way to process mail by sorting it aboard moving trains, an innovation that became increasingly important after the Civil War. In the 1880s, during the height of the Railway Mail Service, a dog, likely a terrier mix, appeared in the Post Office in Albany, New York. Clerks took a liking to him and named him Owney. Fond of riding in postal wagons, Owney followed mailbags onto trains and soon became a good-luck charm to Railway Mail Service employees, who made him their unofficial mascot. Working in the Railway Mail Service was highly dangerous; according to the National Postal Museum, more than 80 mail clerks were killed in train wrecks and more than 2,000 were injured between 1890 and 1900. However, it was said that no train ever met with trouble while Owney was aboard.

The stamp art features a new illustration of Owney by artist Bill Bond of Arlington, VA. The illustration depicts Owney in profile, facing left, with many of his famous tags and medals gleaming in the background.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pioneers of American Industrial Design U.S. Postage Stamps to be Released in July

(USPS Press Release) The Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamp pane honors 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers. Encompassing everything from furniture and electric kitchen appliances to corporate office buildings and passenger trains, the work of these designers helped shape the look of everyday life in the 20th century. The stamps go on sale in July.

Industrial design is the study and creation of products whose appearance, function, and construction have been optimized for human use. It emerged as a profession in the U.S. in the 1920s but really took hold during the Depression. Faced with decreasing sales, manufacturers turned to industrial designers to give their products a modern look that would appeal to consumers. Characterized by horizontal lines and rounded, wind-resistant shapes, the new, streamlined looks differed completely from the decorative extravagance of the 1920s. They evoked a sense of speed and efficiency and projected the image of progress and affluence the public desired.

Consumer interest in modern design continued to increase after World War II, when machines allowed corporations to mass produce vacuums, hair dryers, toasters, and other consumer goods at low cost. Industrial designers helped lower costs further by exploiting inexpensive new materials like plastic, vinyl, chrome, aluminum, and plywood, which responded well to advances in manufacturing such as the use of molds and stamping. Affordable prices and growing prosperity nationwide helped drive popular demand.

Even as streamlining gave way to new looks in the 1960s, the groundbreaking work of industrial designers continued to transform the look of homes and offices across the country. Today, industrial design remains an integral component of American manufacturing and business, as well as daily life.

Frederick Hurten Rhead
Frederick Hurten Rhead helped pioneer the design of mass-produced ceramic tableware for the home. He is best remembered for the sleek Fiesta® line (shown on the stamp) introduced by The Homer Laughlin China Company in 1936.

Walter Dorwin Teague
Known as the “dean of industrial design,” Walter Dorwin Teague believed that good artistic design fit both form and function into a single aesthetic package. During his career-long collaboration with Eastman Kodak Company, he designed several popular cameras, including the 1934 “Baby Brownie” (shown on the stamp).

Norman Bel Geddes
A founding member of the American Society of Industrial Designers, Norman Bel Geddes was a noted champion of streamlining. “Speed is the cry of our era,” he once said, “and greater speed one of the goals of tomorrow.” The author of highly influential books on design and urban planning, Bel Geddes created visionary new looks for cars, trains, planes, buildings, even entire cities.

Raymond Loewy
Raymond Loewy arguably did more to define the look of modern America than perhaps any other industrial designer. Loewy created the distinctive look of Air Force One and worked with NASA on the interiors of America’s first space station, Skylab. In 1971, he created the logo for the newly formed U.S. Postal Service, and his designs have appeared on several postage stamps.

Donald Deskey
Donald Deskey is best known for the lavish Art Deco interiors he designed in 1932 for Radio City Music Hall in New York City. However, he was also one of America’s most innovative industrial designers. A founding member of the American Society of Industrial Designers, Deskey was instrumental in winning public acceptance for modern design.

Gilbert Rohde
Gilbert Rohde was one of the most influential and innovative furniture designers in the U.S. His designs for Herman Miller in the 1930s and 1940s were based on simplicity and practicality and marked the beginning of modern design at the company.

Greta von Nessen
Greta von Nessen specialized solely in lighting, and none of her designs is better known than the “Anywhere” lamp (shown on the stamp). Introduced in 1951, the lamp featured a tubular aluminum base and an adjustable shade made of enameled metal. This and several other of von Nessen’s lamps have been featured in industrial design exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art.

Russel Wright
Specializing in household products, Russel Wright revolutionized the way we live at home. He designed at a time when growing numbers of Americans were shedding the prim conventions of the early 20th century in favor of simple and informal practicality. During his career, Wright created affordable modern furniture and tableware characterized by minimal but elegant forms.

Henry Dreyfuss
Considered by many to be the first designer to apply ergonomics systematically to product design, Henry Dreyfuss considered the user to be the center and focus of his industrial design work. During a career that lasted more than 40 years, he designed products that touched all corners of American life, from household appliances like clocks, sewing machines, and vacuum cleaners to tractors and even the comfortable interiors of trains and planes.

Peter Müller-Munk
Peter Müller-Munk is best remembered for the “Normandie” pitcher featured on the stamp. Introduced by the Revere Copper and Brass Company in 1935, the mass-produced pitcher was made of chromium-plated brass, an alternative to silverware that was affordable and easier to care for.

Dave Chapman
Honored by the Industrial Designers Society of America for his “vigorous sponsorship and backing of design research and high standards of industrial design education,” Dave Chapman is probably most known for his innovative and award-winning designs for classroom furniture. He also designed household appliances like refrigerators, hairdryers, radios, and electric heaters. Shown at the first exhibition of the American Society of Industrial Designers in 1947, Chapman’s streamlined sewing machines (shown on the stamp) featured a chrome grille that evoked the sleek look of contemporary automobiles.

Eliot Noyes
Eliot Noyes bridged the gap between business and art, transforming the industrial design profession into more than just a commercial venture. Rather than continue the practice of changing a product’s design every year, Noyes persuaded his corporate clients to adopt long-lasting design principles instead. He is best remembered for his long working relationship with IBM, for whom he designed buildings, interiors, and a range of office equipment, like the iconic 1961 “Selectric” typewriter pictured on the stamp. He also helped IBM and other companies develop a distinct and consistent identity.

Art director Derry Noyes selected objects designed by 12 of the nation’s most important and influential industrial designers to feature on this colorful pane of self-adhesive stamps. The selvage features a photograph of the “Airflow” fan designed by Robert Heller around 1937. Denis Farley photographed the fan for The Macdonald Stewart Foundation.

Each stamp includes the designer’s name, the type of object, and the year or years when the object was created. The pane’s verso includes a brief introduction to the history and importance of American industrial design, as well as text that identifies each object and briefly tells something about each designer.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Egyptian Royal Stamp Collection at the Smithsonian

Egypt's King Fuad and his son, King Farouk, were presented with specially printed imperforate copies of every Egyptian stamp issued from 1926 until 1952, when Farouk was overthrown and exiled.

After the royal collections were sold, George L. Lee acquired some of the imperforate stamps and researched their origins. His writings provided philatelists with reliable information about these stamps for the first time.

In 1961, he gave his collection of royal imperforates (approximately 10% of all the copies in existence) to the . . .

Full story and images at: National Postal Museum

Monday, March 7, 2011

Text Messaging Stamps Mark Fatal Blow to Stamp Collecting

At least one country is making postage stamps a relic of the past. The Swedish postal service is ditching stamps in favor of a text message payment system.

After mobile users send a text, they will receive a reply that includes a code to be written on a piece of mail that will represent paid postage. It will work for packages weighing up to two kilograms.

"We're very interested and are just now looking into . . .

Full story at: PC Magazine
Magyar Posta has released a new 2011 Easter postage stamp on March 1.

The stamp design uses a reproduction of a work by the textile artist Erzsébet Szekeres entitled Hungarian Golgotha. The stamp’s first day cover is adorned by a detail from another work by the same artist, Lamb of God. The graphic design of the special postmark employs a stylised version of the lamb on the cover.
The word golgotha is derived from the Hebrew . . .

Full story at: Magyar Posta

Treasures of Malta Postage Stamps to be Issued in March

The Philatelic Bureau of MaltaPost continues with its series of ‘Treasures of Malta’ with the issue of a philatelic commemorative set of three stamps on the 9th of March 2011.

The philatelic stamps will feature some of Malta and Gozo’s cultural and unique landscapes which are Valletta, Manoel Island and the Victoria Cittadella.

1,200,000 stamps will carry a face value of . . .

Full story at: Gozo News

Sunday, March 6, 2011

National Postal Museum's Employees Could Lose Their Jobs

ANTIGONISH — Allison Langley and 18 other temporary employees at the National Philatelic Centre expect to be unemployed soon.

The remaining 50 permanent employees are worried about Canada Post’s privatization of the Antigonish centre.

Canada Post says it is struggling with the declining use of its . . .

Full story at: The Chronicle Herald

Sign petition to stop privatization by Canada Post

Friday, March 4, 2011

American Scientists U.S. Postage Stamps to be Issued June 16

(USPS Press Release) The third American Scientists stamp issuance honors chemist Melvin Calvin, botanist Asa Gray, physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer, and biochemist Severo Ochoa. The stamps go on sale June 16.

Melvin Calvin was the first scientist to trace in detail the process of photosynthesis and conducted pioneering research on using plants as an alternative energy source. He won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1961.

Asa Gray, one of the first professional botanists in the United States, advanced the specialized field of plant geography and became the principal American advocate of evolutionary theory in the mid-nineteenth century.

Maria Goeppert Mayer developed a theoretical model that helped explain the structure of the atomic nucleus; for this work she became the only woman other than Marie Curie to win a Nobel Prize in physics.

Severo Ochoa, a biochemist, was the first scientist to synthesize ribonucleic acid (RNA) and competed in the race to decipher the genetic code. Ochoa won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1959.

For each stamp in this block of four, art director Ethel Kessler collaborated with Greg Berger of Bethesda, MD, to create a collage featuring a photograph and signature of the scientist, along with items such as equations and diagrams that are associated with the scientist’s research.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Canada Post grows two new stamps!

OTTAWA, March 3 /CNW/ - Canada Post is about to add another flower to its bouquet of floral stamps. This year's pair of PERMANENT™ stamps, to be released March 3, 2011, features two colorful Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus); 'Sunbright' and 'Prado Red.' In a first for Canada Post, the flowers featured were grown specifically for the purpose of being the stars of this stamp series.

Canada Post's Stamp Services team picked out several sunflower varieties that would appear most attractive on stamps, and then met with . . .

Full story at: Digital Journal

Stamp Artist’s Tribute to Royal Wedding Between Prince William and Kate Middleton

Queen's portrait used to create artwork
 Artist Peter Mason is hoping for the royal stamp of approval for his latest work – a portrait of Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton.

The “first class” creation is made from more than 3,000 postage stamps — each of which features the head of his subject’s grandmother.

Mr Mason, a 66-year-old retired art teacher from Hednesford, Staffordshire, has previously created stunning images of the Queen, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Simon Cowell among many others.

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Full story at: Express and Star

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Stamp Collecting: China's Next Investment Bubble?

The wave of Chinese money that has crashed through the markets for fine wine, art and antiques is now flooding into the altogether sleepier world of stamp collecting.

At an auction in Hong Kong this week, a rare block of four stamps from the Cultural Revolution sold for HK$8,970,000 (US$1.1m) – an all-time record for a Chinese stamp or multiple. Including a 15 per cent buyer’s fee, the anonymous buyer paid over US$1.3m for the stamps.

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Full story at: Financial Times

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Irish Postage Stamp Celebrates 50th Anniversary of American Chamber of Commerce

A new postage stamp celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland was issued today by An Post.

American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland Chief Executive, Joanne Richardson and An Post CEO Donal Connell unveiled the new 55c stamp at the striking Georgian hall door of the Chamber’s Dublin headquarters at Wilton Place, which is shown framing Irish and American flags on the new stamp.

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Full story at: An Post

New Coin and Flag Postage Stamps to be Issued by the United Nations

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New U.N. postage stamps will feature coins and the flags of Chile, Comoros, Fiji, Guyana, Iceland, Mauritius, Norway, Timor-Leste, and others.

On 3 March 2011, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will continue its Coin and Flag series by releasing 24 new stamps in the denominations of US$ 0.44, CHF 0.85 and € 0.65. Three mini-sheets of eight stamps each will be released.

This is the fifth year of the stamp series representing the coins and flags of Member States of the United Nations. The series is expected to run for approximately eight years until stamps representing all 192 Member States are issued.

For more info: United Nations Postal Administration