Halloween Themed Worksheets for Young Collectors

Legend of Sleepy Hollow readers theater
Legend of Sleepy Hollow readers theater.

The American Philatelic Society’s education department has created multiple Halloween themed activities for use by young stamp collectors and teachers. The United States Jack-o’-lantern forever stamps and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow stamps were used for inspiration.

For the Jack-o’-lantern forever stamps there is a Pumpkin Stamp Maze printable game (grades K-5), a Pumpkin Stamp Matching printable game (grades K-5), and a Pumpkin Stamp Finish the Pattern printable game (grades K-5).

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

For the Legend of Sleepy Hollow there is a Readers Theater for grades 4-8. The teacher notes are available here for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow Readers Theater.

Additional activities and resources can be found on the APS website at stamps.org/young-collector.

New Book by APS: Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950

Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950, by Charles Posner.
Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950, by Charles Posner.

The United States stamps of 1950 never looked so fabulous! More than 65 years after they debuted, that year’s commemorative stamps are back in the philatelic spotlight thanks to a new book published by the American Philatelic Society.

Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950, by Charles Posner tells the stories of these 11 stamps from concept to finished product.

The stamps presented are American Bankers Association, Samuel Gompers, National Capitol Sesquicentennial (four stamps), Railroad Engineers of America, Centenary of Kansas City, Boy Scouts of America, Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial, and California Statehood Sesquicentennial.

The 103-page, hardbound book examines in retrospective detail the history of these stamps, from their origins to their designs and printings to the oft-elaborate first-day ceremonies, which sometimes include parades, pageants, and plenty of pomp. You’ll read about the politics, controversies, and tugs-of-war involving concepts, stamp designs, and first-day sites all which finally led to the public’s use of the stamps.

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Photos from Wonder Woman Forever Stamp Event

Wonder Woman forever stamps.
Wonder Woman forever stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service issued four Wonder Woman forever stamps Friday, October 7 at in New York City prior to the opening of New York Comic Con. The stamps depict Wonder Woman during four eras of comic book history: Golden Age (1941–55), Silver Age (1956–72), Bronze Age (1973–86), and Modern Age (1987–present).

Here are some highlights from the first-day-of-issue ceremony. All photos are courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

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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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