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.

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.

Marshall Islands Tropical Flowers Stamps at AmeriStamp

The Marshall Islands will issue a sheet of 10 stamps featuring tropical flowers at the AmeriStamp Expo stamp show in Reno, Nevada.

The first-day ceremony is scheduled for March 3, the first day of the show, at a time to be announced at the Reno Sparks Convention Center.

mi_flowerssheetThe stamps depicted are (top row, from left): plumeria, hibiscus, primrose willow, annona muricata, and globe amaranth; (bottom row, from left) arrowleaf elephants ear, field pumpkin, Asiatic pennywort, fire on the mountain, and Polynesian arrowroot.

blog-reno-2016The show will feature approximately 50 dealers, a dozen societies, 40 meetings and seminars, and exhibits, including the annual World Series of Philately single-frame competition.

For more information, visit


Two Courses in Reno; EFOs and Nevada Revenues

blog-reno-2016Two On the Road Course offerings, one before and one during, at the March 3–5 AmeriStamp Expo show in Reno, Nevada.

March 2 Course – EFOs and You

The American Philatelic Society will offer a one-day On the Road Course March 2 titled “EFOs and You: How Your Collection, Knowledge Base, and Exhibit Can All Benefit from Postal Blunders.” The course, taught by Wayne Youngblood, takes place March 2, just prior to AmeriStamp Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.

Among the many topics the course will cover are:

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Letters From Santa Program Details

[USPS Press Release]

U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program
Provides Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter
Great Photo Opportunity to Treasure for Years

santaletterNORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.

Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.

2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.

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