Kwanzaa Stamp Oct. 1 at Art Festival in South Carolina

Kwanzaa Stamp
Kwanzaa Stamp.

The new United States Kwanzaa forever stamp will be issued October 1 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
at the MOJA Art Festival, in Marion Square, 329 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are some additional details about the stamp courtesy the U.S. Postal Service:

With this vibrant new Kwanzaa stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service® continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. This annual non-religious holiday, which takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1, brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans. December 26, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of this widely celebrated holiday.

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Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps Debut September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota

Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps
Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service will issued its first-ever official Halloween stamps  in appropriate holiday style September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota and nationwide. The northern suburb of the Twin Cities has celebrated Halloween as a community since before 1920, and in 1937 became the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World.” The town supports major decorating contests, a Pumpkin Bowl football game, a charity Orange Tie Ball, and a large parade.

The first-day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Anoka City Hall, River Plaza, 2015 First Ave North, Anoka, Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public.

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Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Director Allen Kane to Retire

[Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum press release]

Allen Kane, Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM) will be retiring in January 2017.  Allen became director of the NPM in 2002 after serving more than 30 years with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in a variety of senior leadership positions.  At the USPS, one of the accomplishments of which Allen is proudest was his management of the Gulf War Crisis Team, which ensured the successful delivery of 2.5 million pounds of mail per day to US troops.

National Postal Museum.
Image courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Photo by Juan Carlos Briceño.

In his fourteen-year tenure at the Postal Museum, Allen has overseen many remarkable exhibitions and public programs while also making the museum a world-renowned research resource.  His most notable accomplishment was the development and opening of the William H. Gross Gallery in 2013, which doubled the size of the Museum and made the NPM the largest center for philately in the world.

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Nativity Stamp November 3 Nationwide

Nativity forever stamp
Nativity forever stamp

The United States Nativity forever stamp will be issued November 3 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony is at 12:15 p.m. at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The stamp art depicts a peaceful yet powerful image of the Holy Family silhouetted against the dawn sky. The baby Jesus lies in a straw-filled manger in the center of the picture with Mary kneeling to the right and Joseph standing to the left holding a lantern with a bright star over the scene. Illustrator Nancy Stahl worked under the art direction of Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, Virginia, to create the stamp image.

New Hanukkah Stamp Debuts Nov. 1

Hanukkah forever stamp
Hanukkah forever stamp

The United States Hanukkah forever stamp will be issued nationwide November 1. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, 333 S.W. Fourth Ave., Boca Raton, Florida.

The new Hanukkah stamp features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home. Artist William Low added visual interest to the scene by highlighting the contrast between the hot candle flames and the cool snow, the vertical candles and the horizontal window frame, and the dark menorah with brightly lit candles. Ethel Kessler was the art director.