Halloween City Hosts Jack-O’Lanterns Stamps First Day

Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps.
Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps.

The “Halloween City of the World,” Anoka, Minnesota, didn’t hold back anything for the first-day ceremony for the new United States Jack O’Lanterns forever stamps issued September 29.

Approximately 1,500 people attended the ceremony in the downtown area at the city hall. Highlights included hundreds of school children dressed in different costumes, decorated jack o’lanterns, and a huge banner of the stamps that was rolled off the side of the city hall building.

Here’s a selection of photos by APS editor Jay Bigalke from the Anoka ceremony:

Indypex Stamp Show Oct. 7–9

Indypex Stamp Show, sponsored by the Indiana Stamp Club, will be held October 7–9, 2016 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds and Exhibition Center, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville, Indiana (an Indianapolis suburb). Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

The show features:
• 37 dealers
• several dozen frames of exhibits
• show cachets featuring Indiana’s bicentennial celebration
• U.S. Postal Service museum
• an Indiana Bicentennial Postal Exhibit
• U.S. Postal Service will be selling current postal items

Indypex will be hosting the Indiana Postal History Society.

Further information and directions are available on the Indiana Stamp Club website.

Diwali Stamp Ceremony in NYC Oct. 5

Diwali stamp
Diwali stamp.

The United States will issue the new Diwali forever stamp October 5 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenue), New York, New York. On-site stamp sales starts at noon.The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. The public is asked to RSVP at this link: www.usps.com/diwali.

The event will also be live-streamed at the USPS Facebook page.

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Lennon and Mercury Stamp Albums at Stampex

The stamp collections of John Lennon and Freddie Mercury were shown together for the first time at Stampex (September 14–17) in London, England. Shown here are a few photos of the display at the show and also a close-up look at both of the albums.

[Smithsonian’s NPM press release]

John Lennon and Freddie Mercury Stamp Collections
On Display Together at UK’s STAMPEX

The UK’s largest stamp exhibition Stampex (September 14 – 17, 2016) is bringing together the boyhood stamp collections of music legends John Lennon and Freddie Mercury together for the first time to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

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Kwanzaa Stamp Oct. 1 at Art Festival in South Carolina

Kwanzaa Stamp
Kwanzaa Stamp.

The new United States Kwanzaa forever stamp will be issued October 1 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
at the MOJA Art Festival, in Marion Square, 329 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are some additional details about the stamp courtesy the U.S. Postal Service:

With this vibrant new Kwanzaa stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service® continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. This annual non-religious holiday, which takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1, brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans. December 26, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of this widely celebrated holiday.

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