Seashells Stamps January 28: San Diego Ceremony Planned

The four new Seashells postcard rate stamps will debut nationwide, Saturday, January 28. A first-day ceremony for the stamps is scheduled to take place at the Sandical stamp show  at noon.

The show is at the Al Bahr Shrine, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, in San Diego.

The four Seashells stamps will be issued in a pane of 20 and in a coil of 100.

Seashells
Seashells

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

Four new postcard stamps celebrate the wonder of seashells. Each stamp depicts one iconic shell found in North American waters: the alphabet cone, the Pacific calico scallop, the zebra nerite, and the Queen conch, commonly known as the pink conch. The highly stylized stamp art expresses a lighthearted, artistic view of shells. The horizontal swaths of white and blue in the background suggest waves washing the shells onto a beach. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. Sergio Baradat created the stamp art.

San Diego Area Stamp Show, January 27–29

Sandical 2017, sponsored by the San Diego Philatelic Council, will be held January 27–29 at the Al Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego CA 92111. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The show will feature:
• 21 dealers
• the San Diego Philatelic Library
• the U.S. Postal Service will be present selling current items.
Organizations meetings:
• Regional meetings of the German American Philatelic Society
• the Eire Philatelic Association
• the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California Awards Banquet is open to all, $50 per person, but reservations are required.

For additional show information visit the Sandical website.

Royal Mail Honors David Bowie on a Set of 10 Stamps

Songwriter, performer, and music innovator David Bowie will be honored on a set of 10 commemorative stamps to be issued March 14 by Royal Mail of Great Britain.

Bowie — considered by many critics, music historians, and fans as one of the most influential musicians and performing artists of the modern era — would have been 70 on January 8, but died from cancer a year ago on January 10.

Six stamps will feature album covers: Hunky Dory; Aladdin Sane; “Heroes”; Let’s Dance; Earthling and ★ [Blackstar], which was released on the singer’s birthday, two days before he died. The arc of the vinyl album protrudes from the right hand side of each stamp.

Another four stamps will show Bowie performing on tours across four decades: The Ziggy Stardust Tour (1972); The Stage Tour (1978);The Serious Moonlight Tour (1983); and A Reality Tour (2004).

Endlessly innovative and pioneering, Bowie is widely regarded as having elevated his music to an art form. He also was a music composer and producer, writer, and actor, performing in movies (The Man Who Fell to Earth) and on Broadway (Elephant Man).

In its appreciation of Bowie after his death, USA Today used such phrases as “transformative,” “enduring chameleon,” “charismatic,” and “shape-shifter” to describe him.

This is the first time Royal Mail has dedicated an entire stamp issue to an individual music artist or cultural figure. Royal Mail has honored two other rock-era musical groups with stamps: The Beatles (2010) and Pink Floyd (2015). In addition to Bowie’s 70th birthday, the stamps coincide with the 50th anniversary of the singer’s first album.

Alongside the special stamps, first-day covers and a presentation pack, Royal Mail will offer several limited edition David Bowie souvenirs, some of which have an edition limit of just 950. Advance orders are being accepted on the Royal Mail website (royalmail.com/davidbowie). The set of six album stamps (£6.48) and four-stamp performance minisheet (£4.32) will cost approximately $13.60.

How to Prepare for a Visit to a Stamp Show

Assuming you are a collector, review and copy your want list into a simple easy-to-carry and easy-to-read format, and BRING it with you. There’s nothing worse than being at show surrounded by millions of stamps and not knowing what you would like to buy. Be sure to bring any other collecting tools you’ll need, and a couple of pens (they get lost) to scratch off your purchases.

Check to see what exhibits will capture your interest. You might be able to do this ahead of time if exhibit titles and descriptions are available through the show’s website or exhibit committee. Or, check the program as soon as you arrive.

For a very large show, such as StampShow sponsored by the American Philatelic Society, check the official website ahead of time to learn of special events, workshops, or meetings you might be interested in.

If you specialize in specific areas, you might be able to obtain a dealer’s list ahead of time to see if dealers specializing in those areas will be on hand. If that is not possible, ask at the registration desk or speak to the bourse chair, who might be able to guide you.

If you are new to collecting and attending a big show, like an international or national show, take a deep breath and don’t get overwhelmed. There should be a show program. Look it over carefully to match your interests with workshops, exhibits, meetings, dealers, and special events.

For a schedule of stamp shows taking place in your area you can visit the APS’s calendar of events online and search by date or location.

Southeastern Stamp Expo 2017 Jan. 27–29 in Atlanta Suburb

Southeastern Stamp Expo 2017 (SESE), sponsored by the Southeast Federation of Stamp Clubs, will be held at the Hilton Hotel Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092 on January 27-29. Show hours are 10 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free; admission is $5 for the entire family all weekend and includes a drawing for a Penny Black.

U.S. Flag
U.S. Flag

The show will feature:
• Twenty-two dealers will have 40 tables of stamps, postal history, ephemera, and supplies.
• More than 170 frames of exhibits feature US and worldwide material.
• To celebrate the opening of the new Atlanta Braves’ Stadium, SESE will feature a cacheted event cover with commemorative postmark, by Chris Lazaroff.
• The USPS will hold a First-Day Ceremony for the new U.S. Flag forever stamp at 11 a.m. on Friday.
• APS President, Mick Zais will host an APS town hall meeting Saturday afternoon.
• Megan Orient, Manager of Shows and Exhibitions, will be staffing an APS table.
On Thursday, January 26, before the show, Gary Wayne Loew, author of Mastering Postal History, will teach an APS On the Road course, “Mastering Postal History: How to Read and Interpret a Cover.”

Visit the show, stay at the Hilton and enjoy the SESE hospitality suite, donation auction, the Stamp Explorers youth area and much more.