USPS Federal Credit Union and the APS

Representatives from the United States Postal Service Federal Credit Union, a working partner with the American Philatelic Society, visited the American Philatelic Center on April 20 to discuss upcoming promotions and partnerships for the year.

Steve Cimino and Sandy Rose visited from the Washington D.C. area and gave a brief presentation about the credit union’s services, including savings and checking accounts, loans, certificates of deposit, financial counseling services, and 24-hour online service.

All APS members are eligible to join the credit union. Anyone can learn more about the credit union’s services by visiting its website (www.uspsfcu.org), or by calling 800-877-7328.

As part of the day, the USPSFCU treated APS staff and volunteers to lunch. Pictured above from left to right: Steve Cimino (USPS FCU), Mary Walizer, Megan Crater, Stephanie Frankhouser, Cathy Brachbill, John Gonzales (APS Volunteer), Janet Houser, Betsy Gamble, and Sandy Rose (USPS FCU).

National Park Week 2017
Philatelic Reflections

As National Park Week in America concludes Sunday, many stamp collectors have reflected on the parks that have been so beautifully portrayed over the years on U.S. stamps.

Yellowstone National Park commemorative forever stamp issued in June 2016.

From Mike DePaz: The National Park Stamps from 2016 actually made me go to Yellowstone. I always wanted to see the buffaloes roaming free.

Bandalier National Monument commemorative forever stamp issued in June 2016.

From Melanie G. Rogers: The Bandalier National Monument stamp issued last year is special to me. I have visited that site.

10-cent Great Smoky Mountains commemorative stamp from 1934.

From Jeff Stage: The Great Smoky Mountains of 1934 always seemed pretty majestic to me. I easily remembered the stamp when I finally was able to visit there at the border of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Message in a bottle sent on the first day of issue for the 94-cent U.S. Virgin Islands airmail stamp issued in May 2008.

From Jay Bigalke: In May 2008, I traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the first-day-of-issue ceremony for the St. John’s USVI airmail stamp (Scott C145). I wasn’t going to pass the opportunity up for creating cool souvenirs and I went all out. Taking advantage of the first-class parcel rate, I sent a message in a bottle to about 30 individuals complete with a drink umbrella, a rolled up message, and other island inspired decorations. Each bottle was franked with two of the new 94-cent stamps and received a first-day cancellation. The bottles then traveled through the mailstream to get to their destinations.