$2 Inverted Jenny Stamp to Remain
on Sale Until Sold Out

The United States $2 Inverted Jenny souvenir sheet will remain on sale at post offices until sold out. The May 25 announcement of the stamp being removed from sale, as posted in the Postal Bulletin, was in error.

“The $2 inverted Jenny stamps will remain on sale until sold out,” said USPS spokesman Mark Saunders. “Stamp Services will make a correction in the Postal Bulletin.”

The $2 Inverted Jenny stamps are only available at post offices that still have them in stock. The USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services location no longer has any supply of the souvenir sheet.

The stamp was issued in September 2013 and 100 sheets were printed with the airplane flying the correct way. Those stamps were distributed throughout the stock and collectors have been hunting for the variety since its debut.

Inspirational Cancer Warrior Terry Fox Honored in Canada 150 Series

Terry Fox — a determined young athlete who seemingly willed himself into the spirit of an entire nation — will be featured on a stamp in a set commemorating Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Fox, a Winnipeg native, was just 18 in March 1977 when doctors discovered he had an aggressive form of bone cancer and amputated his right leg 6 inches above the knee.

Three years later, Fox doggedly set out on a cross-country fundraiser on April 12, 1980 by dipping his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean in St. John’s, Newfoundland and started running westward, intent on raising money to fight cancer.

Dubbed the “Marathon of Hope,” Fox managed about 26 miles a day, but was disappointed by a lukewarm reception through the Maritimes and Quebec. But by the time he reached Ontario, word had spread about the handsome young athlete with the moppish curly hair and the skip gait who was running the equivalent of a marathon every day.

Money, cheers, and honors started pouring in. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, hockey great Bobby Orr, and actress Maggie Smith were just a few of the many celebs who came out to meet the courageous young runner. He would receive the distinguished insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Fox bravely hobbled his way nearly to Thunder Bay, Ontario. But the Marathon of Hope sadly ended September 1, 1980 as Fox could no longer run. Cancer had spread to his lungs. Fox covered in 5,373 kilometers (3,338 miles), more than halfway across the country, in 143 days. He died June 28, 1981, a month before his 23rd birthday.

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Denver Colorado Stamp Show, May 26–28

The Rocky Mountain Stamp Show will be held May 26–28 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Denver International, 15500 E. 40th Ave., Denver, CO 80239. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission: 3-Day Pass: $5.00, Daily: $2.00, Youth: Free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free.

The show will feature:
• 33 dealers.
• 336 frames of exhibits.
• The U.S. Postal Service will be present with current issues for sale.
• What’s in your Attic? Free collection evaluation.
• Denver Stamp Camp.
• The Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library’s 700 lot “Silent Auction” featuring U.S. and Foreign material.

Societies meeting include:
Military Postal History Society
Universal Ship Cancellation Society
American Society of Polar Philatelists

The awards banquet, will be held on site Saturday evening, May 27. Reservations are required.

Tara Murray, APRL Director of Information Services/Librarian, will be staffing a table during the show.

More information on functions, seminars, banquet price, time, meetings / times, participating postal administrations, etc. are found on their website.

StampShow 2017 Seeking Exhibits;
$150 Prize for Best Canadian Exhibit

APS StampShow 2017 is seeking exhibits for the upcoming August 3–6 show in Richmond, Virginia. The show is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation and is encouraging exhibitors of Canada to submit entries. There will be a $150 prize for the best Canadian exhibit at the show. The prospectus and entry form are available. Deadline to enter is June 1.

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum will also have an exhibit at the show.

APS StampShow 2017 will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third Street, Richmond, Virginia. Function ticket reservations and online registration for the show has been posted to the website.

The judges are Tim Bartshe (Colorado), Chief Judge; Ed Andrews (North Carolina); Darrell Ertzberger (Virginia); Rob Henak (Wisconsin); Yamil Kouri (Massachusetts); Ron Lesher (Maryland); Joan Orr (Australia); Charles Verge (Canada); Pat Walker (Florida); FIP Option Jury Bob Odenweller (Ohio) and James Mazepa (Florida).

Please e-mail Kathleen Edwards for further information.

New 2017–2018 Duck Stamp June 23 in Little Rock, Arkansas

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will issue the new $25 Canada Geese Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck stamp) June 23 nationwide.

James Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese.
James Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. Image courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

A first-day-of-sale ceremony will take place June 23 at 10 a.m. at the Bass Pro Shop in Little Rock, Arkansas. The event is free and open to the public.

The stamp will feature a painting by James Hautman. The design of the stamp itself will be revealed on the first day for the stamp.

For additional information on the results of the contest where the painting was selected, check out the APS’s previous post on the blog.