Friday, July 29, 2011

2012 Scouting U.S. Postage Stamp Revealed

Stamp illustrator Craig Frazier loves seeing his work in the mail — or rather, on the mail. “I never get tired of seeing my stamps on an envelope. It’s thrilling,” he says. “There’s something very ‘official’ about it.”

Therein lies a challenge for the U.S. Postal Service. As Frazier recognizes, commemoration on a stamp is a nearly universal symbol of arrival into national significance. Yet how many worthy organizations might deserve such recognition? Many. How many slots are available? Not many.

Back in the 1980s, pressure to recognize different groups grew so great that the Postal Service had to issue a blanket policy: We don’t do  . . .

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U.S. Merchant Marine Postage Stamps Released

KINGS POINT, NY — The Postal Service today salutes the U.S. Merchant Marine by issuing 60 million Forever stamps to set sail through the nation’s mail stream starting today.

Related events will take place on the S.S. Lane Victory Liberty ship in San Pedro, CA, today and tomorrow in Baltimore, MD, on the S.S. John W. Brown Liberty ship.

“The new four-stamp pane that we are issuing today features vessels that have formed an important part of our country’s maritime history — clipper ships, auxiliary steamships, Liberty ships and container ships,” said Jim Cochrane, vice president, Product Information. “As we dedicate these stamps, we pay homage not only to the ships, but also to the . . .

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U.S. Postal Service Issues Macot Owney the Dog Postage Stamp

WASHINGTON — The mascot that provided good luck to the Railway Mail Service returns today after a century after riding the rails and protecting the mail in the form of 60 million Owney the Postal Dog Forever stamps.

To celebrate the news, Owney, a resident of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, is back with a makeover for the opening of a new exhibit that chronicles his adventures. The museum also is announcing an Owney photo look-alike contest. Postal Service Owney related activities will take place at the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO, and at the visitors’ center in Albany, NY, today. Events will also take place in Toledo, OH, and Tucson, AZ today, and on Aug. 1, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona will host an Owney look-alike contest.

“With his new stamp and through the efforts of the National Postal Museum, Owney’s legacy will . . .

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2012 Santa Claus Christmas U.S. Postage Stamps Revealed

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service is offering relief from the summer heat with a sneak peek at its cool 2012 Holiday Celebration Santa and Sleigh Forever stamps through social media.

Using social media to reach broader, more diverse audiences is an initiative that began last week to engage more interest in stamp collecting. Select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will be previewed one at a time throughout the summer.

“These cheerful stamps portray Santa Claus flying through the air in his sleigh,” said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services. “With a . . .

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

USPS Asks Facebook Friends to Vote on Favorite 2012 Postage Stamp

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service is asking its Facebook friends to vote for their favorite 2012 stamp previewed this week as it continues to announce some of next year’s stamps through social media outlets.

Today’s sneak peek is the Bicycling Forever stamps. Using social media to reach broader, more diverse audiences is an initiative that began Monday. Select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will continue to be previewed . . .

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Monday, July 18, 2011

U.S. Postal Service Offers Sneak Peek at 2012 Postage Stamps

WASHINGTON — In a move to raise awareness of its stamp program and to reach diverse audiences and people of all ages, the Postal Service is offering a sneak peek at some of the stamps that will be issued in 2012, beginning today through social media sites.

Customers may preview the stamps on Facebook at, through Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for the back story on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

“Stamps reflect our American culture, icons and lifestyles,” said Postal Service Executive Director of Stamp Services Stephen Kearney. “We have stamps with nearly every topic imaginable. By providing a sneak peek at next year's stamps, we're helping customers find stamps that they're interested in and excited about. Social media is a great way to do that — and to make it easier for people to share the news about stamps of interest with their friends.”

Kearney said select stamps from the 2012 commemorative program will be previewed one at a time beginning . . .

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wilt Chamberlain on a U.S. Postage Stamp?

Wilt on a stamp? Better be a big stamp.

A Philadelphia-based campaign to get Wilt Chamberlain on a U.S. stamp has gotten to the right place. According to a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service, the Chamberlain-on-postage idea definitely "is under consideration."

That's no small thing. A committee sends . . .

Full story at: Philadelphia Inquirer