Get Ready for a Beautiful Day in Our Neighborhood

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is coming to our neighborhood.

It’s sure to be a beautiful day when the neighborhood from the groundbreaking children’s television show will be the theme for an afternoon of children’s activities. The special day will include a very special guest – Mr. McFeely, who was the postman on the PBS show that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The American Philatelic Society and WPSU-TV, State College public television invite you to join us at the American Philatelic Center, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte to celebrate Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and a new stamp issued in his honor. Activities for the whole family will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The event occurs the day after the new Mister Rogers forever postage stamp will be formally released in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where Fred Rogers produced and filmed the show about his neighborhood. The show ran for more than 30 years on PBS.

Mister Rogers PhotoMr. McFeely – the postman from the Speedy Delivery Service portrayed by David Newell – will be in character. He will arrive aboard the Penn State trolley and invite everyone inside, where at 2:15 p.m. he will dedicate the new Mister Rogers stamp to become part of the American Philatelic Center’s collection. He will then visit with children and sign autographs.

Other planned activities include an opportunity for children younger than 12 to color a design on an envelope, address it to someone special, affix a stamp to the envelope and mail it (limited to one per child). The APS, through its historic Headsville Post Office, will have Mister Rogers stamps available for purchase.

WPSU will bring its cutout trolley, reminiscent of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Trolley, which is a nice backdrop for photos. Also, Daniel Tiger, star of an animated Mister Rogers spinoff show, will be present via a life-size cutout (more photo ops!). These are set pieces that WPSU uses in live broadcasts.

WPSU will hand out Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Activity Booklets to children 8 and younger along with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood coloring sheets.

In addition to decorating and mailing an envelope, the APS Education Department will offer other stamp collecting activities, including an opportunity for children to create their own free stamp albums.

Children of all ages will be able to reminisce as we share video clips of Mister Rogers Neighborhood during the event.

Tours of the American Philatelic Center will be available.

Deborah Kris Farmer offered the following on the PBS web pages dedicated to Mr. Rogers (

“Fred Rogers was always addressing two audiences. First, he offered children lessons about friendship, emotions, and growing up. And he also offered parents simple strategies for helping their children grow and thrive: how to talk to kids, how to listen, and how to use song, story, and make-believe to communicate important ideas.

“Fred Rogers’ techniques were grounded in his study of child development, said Angela Santomero, the creator of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. “There was a reason behind everything he did. It was all very child centered.”

Public broadcasting station WPSU Penn State is a collection of innovative writers, storytellers, teachers, producers, designers and technicians — using 21st-century tools and media to bring information, education, and entertainment to viewers, listeners, and larger communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. WPSU engages communities in the heart of Pennsylvania with educational and commercial-free programs that reach across generations to inform, intrigue and inspire.

American Philatelic Society Names New Editor

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania — Today, the American Philatelic Society announced that Martin Kent Miller of Greer, South Carolina would become the new Editor for the Society. Miller will serve as Editor of the APS flagship publication, The American Philatelist, a monthly journal dedicated to stamp collecting and the Philatelic Literature Review, the quarterly publication of the American Philatelic Research Library.

Miller, 49, joined the APS in 2008, but has been a stamp collector since 1974. His collecting interests include philatelic materials related to the USS North Carolina, the 1934–35 National Parks series, and a single-issue collection of the 1937 West Point commemorative. He is currently President and Founder of The Image Forge, a corporate communications firm in Greer in operation since 2003. In 2012, Miller branched out into the social media world as Co-Founder and Director of Marketing for Socialtopias in Charlotte, NC. He was Global Communications Manager for Michelin Aircraft Tire Corporation in Greenville, SC from 2000 to 2003 and Vice President and General Manager of Hell Gravure Systems, North America in Schaumburg, IL and through their relocation to Inman, SC.  Miller holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Harding University in Searcy, AR where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

“We’re excited to have Martin joining the team,” said Scott English, Executive Director of the APS, “He brings a wide range of experience in publication, marketing, and branding to our organization. We hope to leverage his talents not only with the publications, but leading the way in growing our online presence to promote the APS and the hobby.”

While Miller’s primary responsibilities will be managing the two publications of the APS and APRL, he will also lead the efforts to revamp the APS website and develop the online strategies for promoting the APS and the hobby to a whole new audience.

“Philately has always been the unifying point of my varied interests — art, design, printing and history,” commented Miller. “I’m honored to now have the opportunity to combine my professional experience with the hobby that holds my love and passion.”

Miller officially joins the APS team on October 1, 2017, but will begin working with current Editor Jay Bigalke immediately.

September 2017 American Philatelist Available Online

The September issue of The American Philatelist is online for APS members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

U.N. Philately by Jeff Stage. Don’t be fooled. The United Nations may not have issued its first stamps until 111 years after the Penny Black, but there is still a world of philately to collect. An expert offers some background about U.N. collecting in anticipation of the UNEXPO17, a special World Series of Philately show, in October at the American Philatelic Center.

An Unusual Registered Item by Vincent Centonze. Why would someone send a postal card — easily viewed by anyone — as a registered item? Perhaps it was just as some assurance of delivery … or was there a blatant message the sender hoped to broadcast through the mailstream?

The Metcalf-Hunt Correspondence, 1835-1875 by Robert L. McCaughey. A collection of nearly 200 covers and letters from the 1800s help tell the story of two prominent New England families — the Metcalfs and Hunts — and their hometown of Providence, Rhode Island.

Will-Call Cards and the Traveling Salesman by Wayne Youngblood. Salesmen’s will-call cards provide an interesting collectible area that offers interesting messages, postmarks and other postal cancellations, stamp usage, and advertising, from some of the U.S. postal system’s glory years.

Turks and Caicos Islands by Noel Davenhill. We travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands, likely discovered by Columbus, wound up as a dependency of Jamaica, and finally as a British Overseas Territory. First, just the Turks Islands were occupied, but the salt industry, followed by tourism prompted growth, and philately, on the Caicos Islands as well.

Guinea-Bissau by Bob Lamb. First colonized by Portugal, this small locale on Africa’s west coast first used overprinted stamps from Cape Verde. Stamps after World War II were inscribed “Guiné” and a whole new look was created after independence in the mid-1970s.

APS 2017 Web Award Winners

The American Philatelic Society has named the winners in this year’s Chapter and Affiliates Web Awards recognizing website excellence.

Eleven groups participated in the competition that was open to all APS chapter clubs; clubs or federations that run stamp shows; and affiliates. Each site was evaluated in a variety of areas, including overall content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, and interactivity. The judges were Donald J. Chenevert Jr., of Springfield, Missouri, and Lloyd A. de Vries, of Washington Township, New Jersey.

All entrants received a certificate and distinctive electronic award badge to post on their site signifying their award level and competition year. The 2018 competition will be held in the spring with details available at

Here is a summary of the awards. Congratulations to all!

American First Day Cover Society (

American Topical Association (

Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (

Europa Study Unit (

The Stamp Forum (

Chicago Philatelic Society (

Christmas Philatelic Club (

Scandinavian Collectors Club (

Silver Bronze
American Society of Polar Philatelists (

Compex Show Committee (

Vermont Philatelic Society (

APS Position Available: Editor,
‘The American Philatelist’ and
‘Philatelic Literature Review’

The American Philatelic Society, the world’s largest non-profit, stamp collecting organization is seeking an editor for its flagship publication, The American Philatelist, the Society’s full-color 100-page monthly publication. The Editor will also lead publication of the quarterly Philatelic Literature Review for the Society’s sister organization, the American Philatelic Research Library. With a staff of three, the Editor will shape each magazine, working with authors, staff, members, and advertisers to cover a broad range of philatelic topics.

The Editor and staff also lead in developing the look and feel of the APS, designing advertisements, logos, show cancels, brochures, website, monthly e-newsletter, and social media. Over the coming two years, the APS and APRL will be investing to increase and improve its web presence across platforms through the Editorial Department, so this is an incredible opportunity to grow and utilize brand awareness and new media.

What we require from a candidate:

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferred in Journalism, English, or History
  • Experience with editing, graphic and layout
  • Proficiency with InDesign and Photoshop
  • Strong organizational skills, this is a deadline-driven position

What we would like to see from a candidate:

  • Knowledge of philately and the philatelic world
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstration of attention to detail and problem-solving skills

This position reports to the Executive Director and requires relocation to work at our headquarters in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Salary range is $60,000 to $70,000 depending on qualifications.

To guarantee consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of prior work to Scott English, Executive Director, at  To be guaranteed consideration for the positions, send by September 7, 2017.  Desired start date is no later than October 9, 2017.