Mississippi Statehood Stamp March 31

Mississippi Statehood
Mississippi Statehood

The United States Postal Service will honor the 200th anniversary of Mississippi Statehood with a new commemorative forever stamp being issued March 31 in Gulfport, Mississippi and nationwide.

Details on the ceremony in Gulfport and additional information on the stamp are provided in the USPS press release below.

[USPS Press Release]

Postal Service Saluting 200th Anniversary of Mississippi Statehood
New Forever Stamp Debuts at South Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration

What: The U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mississippi becoming the 20th state on December 10, 1817. The Mississippi Statehood Forever stamp features a photograph taken by Lou Bopp in 2009. It shows a close-up of a musician’s hands as he plays his guitar. Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who created a uniquely American genre of music.

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Garfield-Perry March Party, March 23–25

The Garfield-Perry Stamp Club’s March Party stamp exhibition and bourse will be held March 23–35 at the La Villa Conference and Banquet Center, 11500 Brook Park Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44130. Show hours are 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

The show will feature:
• 60 dealers.
• 200 frames of exhibits.
• the USPS and UNPA will be present at the show selling current items.
• United Nations First Day of Issue ceremony, International Dance, six mini-sheets, Thursday at 12 p.m.
• U.S. Postal Service First Day of Issue, 10-cent Pear, Thursday at 1 p.m.
• a Garfield-Perry pictorial cancel and show cachet.
• free stamps for kids in our youth and new collector area.

The United States Stamp Society and Ohio Postal History Society will hold their annual meetings at the show. There will be other presentations and events, including a discussion by author James Barron of his book The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

All are invited to attend the APS Town Hall meeting with Scott English at the show, Friday March 24 at 11 a.m. APS Ambassadors and Chapter representatives are encouraged to attend to learn about new APS initiatives, programs and other news to take back to your chapter meetings.

More information about the show is available at Garfield-Perry’s website.

Canada’s New Daisies Permanent Stamps

Happy Spring! Earlier this month, on March 1, Canada Post issued two new Daisies permanent-rate stamps as part of its annual spring flower stamp issue.

The stamps were produced in multiple formats, a booklet, souvenir sheet, coil, and picture postal cards.

Here’s the Canada Post press release on the stamp issue:

Canada Post “picks” Daisies for 2017
Annual flower issue timed for spring and newlyweds

OTTAWA – Once again, Canada Post will welcome spring and delight future newlyweds, gardeners and collectors with their annual spring flower issue. This year, the domestic-rate Permanent stamps will focus on two colourful varieties of daisies:

• While named after a shoreline village in Ohio, the lakeside daisy is now almost exclusively found on southern Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula and Manitoulin Island. Designated “threatened” on both federal and provincial species-at-risk lists, the perennial plant thrives in development-prone areas of exposed bedrock with scant soil.

• The usually lavender showy fleabane is found in wet meadows and open forests in higher elevation areas of British Columbia and Alberta.

For 2017, all stamp issues will include references to Canada’s sesquicentennial. For the Daisies issue, the words “Canada 150” are printed on the stamps in microtype.

Due to the popularity of this issue for wedding invitations and stationery, the 26 mm (W) X 32 mm (H) stamps are available in booklets of 10 or coils of 50 — with the coil liner printed with the lyrics of Harry Dacre’s 1892 classic song, “Daisy, Daisy.” A two-stamp Souvenir Sheet, prepaid postcards of both designs and strips of four and 10 stamps from the coil are also available. An Official First Day cover featuring both stamps is canceled in Tobermory, Ontario. The stamps were designed and illustrated by Debbie Adams, of Adams + Associates Design Consultants Inc. and printed by the Lowe-Martin Group.

Ireland St. Patrick’s Day 2017 Stamp

Ireland’s post office, An Post, issued a St. Patrick’s Day 2017 stamp February 23 featuring artwork by Aaron Canning. The stamp was issued in a pane of 16 stamps.

Here are additional details about the stamp provided on the An Post website:

St. Patrick’s Day 2017
An Post commissioned Aaron Canning, an Irish graphic designer based in Vienna, Austria to design this year’s stamp. His response was to use a minimal design featuring Celtic lines but in a modern manner — the old being the use of Celtic lines and weaving, and the new is the mix of thick and thin lines. This is a very familiar Celtic style of design, and you will see it a lot if you live in Ireland. Often called ‘interlace’ it is characterised by a continuous, unending pattern of connected strands or plaitwork. A great example of interlace is the Celtic knots that you see in jewellery, manuscripts, burial crosses and, in more recent years, popular culture and tattoos. Interlace is the most common feature of Celtic art, along with spirals and fantastic animal shapes.

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Legacy Continues

The legacy of last year’s World Stamp Show-NY 2016 continues, thanks to $200,000 in grants from the show to help philatelic groups. Donations include a $25,000 matching grant to the American Philatelic Society to support the society website and marketing, as well as $100,000 to the next U.S. international show.

Read  details about all the grants here, http://stamps.org/userfiles/file/news/WSS-NY-Legacy.pdf.