APS Position Available: Editor,
‘The American Philatelist’ and
‘Philatelic Literature Review’

The American Philatelic Society, the world’s largest non-profit, stamp collecting organization is seeking an editor for its flagship publication, The American Philatelist, the Society’s full-color 100-page monthly publication. The Editor will also lead publication of the quarterly Philatelic Literature Review for the Society’s sister organization, the American Philatelic Research Library. With a staff of three, the Editor will shape each magazine, working with authors, staff, members, and advertisers to cover a broad range of philatelic topics.

The Editor and staff also lead in developing the look and feel of the APS, designing advertisements, logos, show cancels, brochures, website, monthly e-newsletter, and social media. Over the coming two years, the APS and APRL will be investing to increase and improve its web presence across platforms through the Editorial Department, so this is an incredible opportunity to grow and utilize brand awareness and new media.

What we require from a candidate:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferred in Journalism, English, or History
  • Experience with editing, graphic and layout
  • Proficiency with InDesign and Photoshop
  • Strong organizational skills, this is a deadline-driven position

What we would like to see from a candidate:

  • Knowledge of philately and the philatelic world
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstration of attention to detail and problem-solving skills

This position reports to the Executive Director and requires relocation to work at our headquarters in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Salary range is $60,000 to $70,000 depending on qualifications.

To guarantee consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of prior work to Scott English, Executive Director, at scott@stamps.org.  To be guaranteed consideration for the positions, send by September 7, 2017.  Desired start date is no later than October 9, 2017.

Father Theodore Hesburgh Stamp September 1 Nationwide

Father Theodore Hesburgh
Father Theodore Hesburgh

The U.S. Postal Service will honor Father Theodore Hesburgh with a commemorative forever stamp issued in two formats (a pane of 20 and a coil of 50) on Friday, September 1.

The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the University of Notre Dame in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony event is free and open to the public. Scheduled to participate are Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Postal Service; The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, 66th Secretary of State of the United States; Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. President, University of Notre Dame; Rev. Austin I. Collins, C.S.C. Religious Superior of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers, University of Notre Dame; Rev. Thomas J.O’Hara, C.S.C. Provincial Superior, Congregation of Holy Cross; and Richard “Digger” Phelps, Former Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Member.

Here is some additional background on the stamp issue from the U.S. Postal Service:

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, (1917–2015), longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, is considered one of the most important academic, religious and civic leaders of the 20th century.

Appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1957, Hesburgh helped to compile reports on racial discrimination and the denial of voting rights that resulted in the Omnibus Civil Rights Act of 1964. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom the same year, and later founded the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame.

A champion of causes ranging from education to immigration reform to the plight of underdeveloped nations, Hesburgh worked with many organizations that reflected his beliefs, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the National Science Board, the Overseas Development Council, and the Select Committee on Immigration and Refugee Policy. An advocate for limiting nuclear arms, he was the Vatican’s representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1956-1970.

Ordained into the priesthood of the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1943, Hesburgh was appointed to the faculty at Notre Dame in 1945. He became Notre Dame’s 15th president in 1952, a position he held for 35 years, the longest presidential term in the university’s history. Hesburgh spearheaded successful efforts to strengthen the faculty and administration, improve academic standards and increase the university’s endowment.

In 1987, Hesburgh stepped down as Notre Dame’s president, devoting his time in retirement to supporting university initiatives, in particular the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and serving on various boards and presidential commissions.

Hesburgh was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2000, one of many awards and honors received during his lifetime.

Total Solar Eclipse Stamp Product of Several Voices

The United States Postal Service’s Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the collaboration of several interested voices, according to Antonio Alcalá, the stamp’s art director for the USPS.

The stamp was issued in June in anticipation of the August 21 eclipse, which will travel the length of the United States from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeastern Seaboard.

On June 20, the Summer Solstice, the USPS issued a first-ever stamp with changeable ink. The forever stamp, currently sold at 49 cents and forever valid for first-class domestic mail, has a darkened orb — such as an eclipsed sun — but when heated (such as under a thumb) turns into the face of the moon.

The stamp uses thermochromic ink to create its special effect. The dark, round image of the eclipse on the stamp transforms into the illuminated moon from the heat of a finger. The image turns black again when it cools. This is the first time such ink has been used on a U.S. stamp, according to the Postal Service.

The Postal Service warns that thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect.

The forever stamp is issued in a pane of 16. Alcalá of Alexandria, Virginia, designed the stamp. The stamp features a photograph of an eclipse taken by Fred “Mr. Eclipse” Espenak on March 29, 2006 in Jalu, Libya. Espenak, of Portal, Arizona, is a retired NASA astrophysicist and is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on total solar eclipses with 27 under his belt.

“I’m honored to have my images on this unique stamp,” Espenak said. “But more importantly, the stamp will spread the news about America’s great eclipse to many more people than I could ever reach,” said Espenak, who began collecting eclipse stamps after witnessing his first as a teenager. “A total eclipse of the sun is simply the most beautiful, stunning and awe-inspiring astronomical event you can see with the naked eye.”

On the back of the pane is a map of the United States showing the path of totality, those places where the sun will be completely blocked as the moon passes between it and Earth. “The 70-mile-wide shadow path of the eclipse, known as the path of totality, will traverse the country diagonally, appearing first in Oregon (mid-morning local time) and exiting some 2,500 miles east and 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina (mid-afternoon local time),” the pane says.

Major cities in the path that are identified on the map are Salem, Oregon; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming; Lincoln, Nebraska.; Kansas City, Kansas.; St. Louis, Missouri.; Nashville, Tennessee; and Charleston, South Carolina.

We asked Alcalá a few questions about creating the stamp and the pane.

When did you start working on this stamp?
Spring 2016

Can you give us any background on how an eclipse stamp came to be? Did a specific group or groups promote it through Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee? Was it a CSAC idea?
It was a combination of both CSAC and USPS interest in the event based on our research.

Please tell us how and when this unique printing concept came about? Who suggested it?
I was investigating various ways to represent the eclipse on a stamp while simultaneously exploring different printing techniques. I suggested thermochromic ink as a way to represent the event in a way that would engage the public and also provide educational content. USPS supported this idea and printing technique from the moment it was first proposed.

Which came first, the concept of thermochromic ink or Mr. Espenak’s images?
As mentioned, I was exposed to the images and the printing technique as a possibility fairly simultaneously.

How did the testing (or trial and error) phase go? Did the stamp work as expected immediately or did adjustments have to be made? If so, what kind of adjustments?
There was a bit of testing to gauge how much ink to lay over the moon image to get the desired effect.

Were there any specific challenges in the printing process involving this special ink?
Though it wasn’t really a challenge, the printing of the underlying image and the thermochromic disc happened at two different locations.

What kind of imagery did Mr. Espenak supply?
Mr. Espenak provided a high resolution electronic file of the image shown on the stamp. 

The stamp has the wording in a tone of white. Was there any thought to use a different color, especially with white as the dominant color of the sun’s corona?
No, I did not consider a different color. In part, I envisioned this stamp as a companion to the previously released stamps featuring the planets and Pluto. Therefore, I used the same format. But I also think the type is quite legible without being intrusive.

Is there anything else interesting you would like to share about this stamp?
I’m thrilled that it turned out so well. The stamp is exactly as originally envisioned. A real success!