Year of the Rooster Stamp Issue Date Announced

Year of the Rooster (Celebrating Lunar New Year series)
Year of the Rooster (Celebrating Lunar New Year series).

The United States Postal Service will issue the Year of the Rooster commemorative forever stamp January 5 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King Street, Seattle, Washington.

Here is the USPS media advisory announcing the issue date for the stamp with additional information:

Postal Service to Celebrate 2017 Lunar New Year
Issuing Year of the Rooster Forever Stamp

What: The U.S. Postal Service rings in the Year of the Rooster by issuing the tenth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Rooster begins on Jan. 28, 2017 and ends on Feb. 15, 2018.

Who: Greg G. Graves, vice president Area Operations – Western Area,
United States Postal Service
Yibo Lu, director, Chinese Radio Seattle’s CRS Office
Beth Takekawa, executive director, The Wing Luke Museum
Ron Chew, CEO, Chew Communications
Assunta Ng, founder and publisher, Seattle Chinese Post and Northwest Asian Weekly

When: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Background: The most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world, the Lunar New Year is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage.

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Letters From Santa Program Details

[USPS Press Release]

U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program
Provides Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter
Great Photo Opportunity to Treasure for Years

santaletterNORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.

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Florida Stamp Show December 2–4 in Orlando

Florex 2016 — the Florida State Stamp Show and the final World Series of Philately show of 2016 — will be Friday through Sunday, December 2–4, in Orlando.

The show, which bills itself as the largest WSP show in the Southeast, will be held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, state Route 50 (Commercial Exhibit Hall 4603 West Colonial Drive), 3½ miles west of downtown Orlando.

Parking and admission to the show are free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The show will feature about 45 dealers from all over North America, occupying 63 booths, along with 184 frames of competitive exhibits, representing nearly 2,900 pages of material.

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December 2016 American Philatelist Available Online

December 2016 American Philatelist.
December 2016 American Philatelist.

The December issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

The Art of Expertizing by Mercer Bristow. Starting with seven candidates, the American Philatelic Society’s on-staff expertizer takes us through the process to determine whether a classic stamp from an old German state is the real deal.

Seeking Another Philatelic Quest? by Peter Elias. Most collectors in the United States are somewhat in the dark when it comes to some modern European specialties. The author reviews the popularity and varieties of Spanish thermal ATM stamps.

Curious Aberration on Indonesian Covers by Mardjohan “John” Hardjasudarma. Indonesia’s legacy of first-day covers includes some unofficial back-side first-day cancellations of older stamps.

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