Friday, April 13, 2012

Cherry Blossoms Become a Money Tree for USPS

The Washington Post's Timothy R. Smith pens, "The U.S. Postal Service has a money tree and it sprouts a cherry blossom.USPS’s commemorative cherry blossom series is selling nearly 1 million stamps a day, far above last year’s popular Pixar issue. It has been so popular that post offices frequently sell out. Some have to place emergency orders to get overnight delivery to restock."

Stephen Kearney, executive director of USPS stamp services is quoted as saying, "Unveiled on March 24 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s donation of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, USPS initially ordered 100 million stamps printed. It has ordered a reprint of 50 million, with the possibility of 50 million more."

According to Mark Saunders, a USPS spokesman, this is the third reprint for a commemorative stamp in recent memory, said . In 1997, the post office reprinted its Bugs Bunny series and then its Adopt a Shelter animal series in 2010.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM