Festival of Diwali Forever Stamp Event Photos

Photos from the festival of Diwali forever stamp first-day-of-issue ceremony that took place October 5 at the Consulate General of India in New York City.

All of the photos are courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

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Columbus Sighted on Stamps from Near and Far

Today, October 10, is Columbus Day, once regaled as the opening of the Western hemisphere to the Old World and now the focal point among historians to reflect and interpret the archaic practices of territorial expansion of that time. Political and social views notwithstanding, Columbus certainly has a place in the world of stamp collecting.

When the 400th anniversaries of Christopher Columbus’ voyages were observed starting in 1892, there were celebrations noting the Italian-born explorer’s excursions to the Americas. Of particular note was the World’s Columbian Exposition, essentially a world’s fair, in Chicago. That’s when the United States Post Office Department issued its first-ever commemoratives, a handsome engraved set of 16, including several unprecedented high-denomination stamps. The stamps are called “Columbians” among collectors.

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Holiday Windows Stamp Event Photos

Holiday Windows forever stamps.
Holiday Windows forever stamps.

The new United States Holiday Windows forever stamps were issued nationwide October 6 in New York City. The stamps debuted during the American Stamp Dealers Association fall National Postage Stamp Show.

The four stamps were issued in a double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format).

Here are some photos from the event courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service:

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October — National Stamp Collecting Month

You know what month it is, so this is the perfect time to celebrate stamps, our ambassadors of art, culture, and people.

Phil A. Telic, the American Philatelic Society’s wisest and most senior member (APS member No. 1886)
Phil A. Telic, the American Philatelic Society’s wisest and most senior member (APS member No. 1886).

Phil A. Telic, the American Philatelic Society’s wisest and most senior member (APS member No. 1886) offers some great advice to embrace philately.

“No matter what you collect — your hometown’s postal history, holidays on stamps, classic U.S. issues, or freaks and oddities — it’s personal,” Phil A. Telic says. “But that makes it all the more fun and worthwhile to share with others.”

And, there are so many ways and places you can share the hobby during National Stamp Collecting Month, which the U.S. Postal Service first proclaimed in 1981.

Phil A. Telic suggests these easy activities:

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Holiday Windows Stamps at ASDA Show in NYC

Holiday Windows forever stamps.
Holiday Windows forever stamps.

The American Stamp Dealers Association, Inc. is hosting it’s National Fall Postage Stamp Show, October 6–9 at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Avenue and 53rd Street, New York, New York. Show hours are Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free.

The bourse will feature:
• a U.S. Postal Service Holiday Windows first day ceremony, October 6 at 11 a.m.
• 25+ dealers
• John Pendeault’s two-frame exhibit “The Effect of the Civil Unrest on Iceland Mail”
• a free appraisal service available 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day will put a value on your material and advise you on what to do. To participate in this service, check in at the ASDA Booth located at the show entrance.

The American Philatelic Society will have a booth staffed by Wendy Masorti, APS Director of Internet Sales and Webmaster. She also will have a seminar on “How to buy and sell online.”

For more information on the show visit its website.