Oscar de La Renta Stamp Ceremony to Include Clinton, Wintour, Cooper

The U.S. Postal Service will walk boldly down the runway next month as it hosts its most fashionable first-day ceremony ever when it honors fashion designer Oscar de la Renta on a set of new forever stamps.

The 11 stamps — 10 featuring details from dresses and gowns designed by de la Renta — along with a single stamp of the designer’s black-and-white portrait – will be formally released at 11 a.m. February 16 Vanderbilt Hall East at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

Oscar de la Renta souvenir sheet of 11.
Oscar de la Renta souvenir sheet of 11.

The ceremony occurs during what is known as Fashion Week when designers release their latest collections, often to the glitz and glamour of special showings.

Those scheduled to be on hand for the stamp ceremony include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue magazine; Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC; Anderson Cooper, journalist, author, and son of designer Gloria Vanderbilt; and Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service.

The Postal Service notes that there will be no autograph session, something typically held at many first-days allowing those in attendance to briefly interact with those taking part in the ceremony.

Internet glimpses of appreciations for the designer inevitably include the words “pioneer,” “elegant,” and “gentleman.”

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Dorothy Height Stamp Event Feb. 1

Dorothy Height (Black Heritage series)
Dorothy Height (Black Heritage series)

The Dorothy Height forever stamp will be issued nationwide February 1. The ceremony for the stamp will take place at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The Height stamp is the 4oth in the Black Heritage series.

Here is the USPS media advisory on who is participating in the ceremony:

Postal Service to Honor Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height

What: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 2017 Black History Month observance with the issuance of the Dorothy Height Forever stamp, 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series.
Who: Ronald A. Stroman, deputy postmaster general and chief government relations officer, United States Postal Service
Congressman John Lewis
Alexis Herman, president, Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation
Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair, National Council of Negro Women
Naima Randolph, Dorothy Height’s great niece
Derry Noyes, art director
Bishop Vashti McKenzie, bishop of the African American Episcopal Church
When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m. ET (Doors open at 10:00 a.m. ET)
Where: Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth Street, Washington, DC 20059 (NOTE: This ceremony is free and open to the public. Space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. To obtain a free ticket, visit the Cramton Auditorium Box Office. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Background: The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912–2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a photograph shot in 2009 by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

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.