Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stephen Colbert Comments on Harvey Milk Stamp

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Match Factory to Lease Space to Microdistillary

Bellefonte, PA's Centre Daily Times reports space has been leased to Big Spring Spirits at the Match Factory - home of the American Philatelic Society (APS).

According to the article by Britney Milazzo, "...the microdistillery will make two kinds of whiskeys — a bourbon and a rye — a rum, vodka and gin. Corn, wheat and barley will come from local farms..."

APS Executive Director Ken Martin is quoted in the article as saying, "“We think this is going to be a good thing for the Match Factory. Any time we can see a new business that encourages economic growth, we see that as a good sign for Bellefonte.”

American Philatelic Society purchased the Match Factory in 2002.  Since then it has actively sought businesses to occupy vacant space and now has 14 tenants.

The Big Spring Spirit renovation should begin at the end of May. Progress can be viewed on a webcam set up by the company at http://bigspringspirits.com/#contact

For more on this story, click here.


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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Free U.S. Postal History Booklet

Want to learn more about the postal history of the United States?

A free copy of The United States Postal Service - An American History, 1775 to 2006 is available for download by clicking here.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

20 Interesting Facts About The U.S. Post Office

Ariane Lange posted on the BuzzFeed website 20 Facts That Will Shatter Your Perception Of The U.S. Postal Service.

Among these are...

- Although mail was delivered directly to individual houses starting in 1863, mailboxes or slots weren’t required everywhere until 1923. Mail carriers just had to wait at your door until you answered it!
  
- Mail took so long to travel west in the mid-19th century that Los Angeles didn’t find out California had become a state of the Union until six weeks after the fact.

[Editor's Note: California always has been and always will be a 'state of mind.']

For more interesting facts, click here

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:00 AM

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jimi Hendrix To Be Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp

A stamp featuring music icon Jimi Hendrix will be issued March 13 in Austin, Texas according to an article  by Jay Bigalke that appeared in Linn's Stamp News.

 Jay pens, "The pane of 16 stamps will look like previous Music Icons issues, but the arrangement of the individual stamps is different. A block of four of the Hendrix stamp, cropped from a full pane, is shown here to display the unusual “kaleidoscope” layout. Four such blocks comprise the pane, with pane selvage and backing that resembles a 45rpm record."

For more on this story, click here.
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Friday, February 07, 2014

USPS Modifies Stamp Selection Criteria

Bill McAllister, Linn's Stamp News' Washington correspondent, reports, the 12 stamp subject selection criteria used by the United States Postal Service's Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee has been reduced to 11.

"The newest version of the criteria drops the reference that stamp subjects will not be considered for 50 years after a subject has been honored," According to McAllister.

Bill goes on to say, "The newest version also avoids any mention of living people being placed on U.S. stamps or how long an individual must be dead before they can be placed on a U.S. stamp."

To read the entire article and for a list of the new criteria, click here.
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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Lunar New Year Stamp Artist Interview

USPS Lunar New Year stamp artist Kam Mak discusses what went into creating the design for the Lunar New Year stamps for the U.S. Postal Service. He speaks to Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.”
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Friday, January 31, 2014

Forever Stamps Prove to Be a Good Investment

In these days of manic-depressive financial markets, it's nice to be able to put your money into something that isn't designed to make you rich, but that at least is pretty much guaranteed to always rise in value. And that, on occasion, can post a nice tax-free gain -- most recently, 6.5% -- overnight.

He goes on to say, "No, I'm not talking about some esoteric investment product with six levels of derivatives, pages of unreadable disclosures, and fat management fees. I'm talking about … postage stamps."

According to Allan, "Forevers have risen in value by almost 20%, to their current 49 cents from the 41 cents that the Postal Service charged when it sold its first Forevers on April 12, 2007. More than a third of that value increase came on Jan. 26, when the price of a first-class stamp rose to 49 cents from the previous 46 cents: the 6.5% overnight increase..."

To read the entire article, click here.
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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quintessential Penny Black Gift Items

"As surely the most famous, iconic stamp ever issued, it’s no surprise to find that the Penny Black postage stamp is making a comeback of sorts having inspired a collection of inspirational gift items including a scarf, tote bag and apron amongst others," says Rob Stebbings on Britain's Post Office Blog.

To view and order these items, click here.

For more on the Penny Black itself, click here.



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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ireland Withdraws Stamp Over Image

Denise McCarty writes in Linn's Stamp News, "Ireland's An Post halted the sale of a stamp on what would have been its first day of issue over a possible case of mistaken identity."

The  stamp features a photograph of a man believed to be Captain Jack White, a former British Army Officer who volunteered, in 1913, to train the new Irish Citizen Army.

According to Linn's, "This image, which was researched and verified, has been widely used over the years in academic journals and other publications. However, following advance publicity for the stamp...a number of historians have disputed the veracity of the image saying the man depicted is not Jack White."

Linn's reports at least one pane of 15 stamps has been offered for sale by a dealer in Ireland.

To read the entire article, click here.
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 - January 27, 2014)

The New York Times reports, "Pete Seeger, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday. He was 94 and lived in Beacon, N.Y."

For more on his life, click here.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Cost of Collecting Just Went Up

Reporter Lauren Boyer writes on the York Daily Record.com website, "Starting today, stamps cost another three cents and collectors say it's hurting the hobby."
  
According to Boyer, "Because of incremental price increases over the years, it's getting more expensive these days for a kid to collect stamps.Think about it.Each year, the U.S. Postal Service comes out with hundreds of stamp varieties. You pay 49 cents a piece. Say you get a sheet of 20 stamps. That's $10. And so on. A child's allowance can only go so far."

Shown above, nine-year-old Thomas Pokrivka finds a stamp he has been looking for at the 36th Annual Stamp and Postcard Show put on by White Rose Philatelic Society of York, Pennsylvania.

To read the entire article, click here.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Thanks to Stamps You're Got Mail and More

Staff Columnist Sharon Henry of the Orange County Register put together an interesting visual piece that features well known stamps, collectors and dealers following last weekend's ORCOEXPO held in Anaheim.

To view, click here.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Bill Gross - Billionaire Stamp Collector

The Orange County (CA) Register features billionaire stamp collector Bill Gross (shown above) in an article by reporter Elizabeth Held.

According to Elizabeth, "Gross said he can't imagine not having his collection nearby. Many stamp collectors keep their albums locked in a vault, but “there's no fun in that,” he said.

“Why would you want to have a kid and keep them in a room that you can only visit once every three or four months?,”  Gross is quoted as saying.

Elizabeth pens "Gross, the lead donor, gave $10 million to the Smithsonian Institution to help establish the gallery. He also lent the institution three of his rarest stamps for display. He wants to inspire future generations of stamp collectors and remind people of the unique history the stamps represent."

She goes on to say, "Gross also offered organizers an idea they took up. He wanted gallery visitors to be able to start their own stamp collections on the spot. In the middle of the gallery, visitors find a table with baskets filled with stamps. They are invited to take home six stamps to start their stamp albums."

For more on this story along with some photos of items in his collection, click here.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Postal Rates

Effective Jan. 26:
• Letters (1 oz.) – 3-cent increase to 49 cents
• Letters additional ounces – 1-cent increase to 21 cents
• Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) – $1.15
• Postcards – 1-cent increase to 34 cents
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