A new Holiday Wreath vended stamp was loaded into self-service kiosk vending machines at post office in the United States in early November. The labels temporarily replace the flag design for the holiday season.
The design for the stamp features the Holiday Windows stamp design of a wreath that was created by artist William Low.
These vended stamps are listed by Scott catalog editors in the computer vended postage stamps category. Those interested in learning more about these stamps can visit the Meter Stamp Society, an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society.
The U.S. Postal Service’s third quarter USA Philatelic catalog arrived this last week (October 25) in post offices. The slick, 38-page catalog features the Postal Service’s new StampApp for hand-held devices on the cover and four pages inside.
“(This) is a dynamic mobile app designed for U.S. stamp collectors, with a platform where users can browse the entire U.S. stamp library while managing their own personal collections,” writes Mary-Anne Penner in the catalog’s Introduction. Penner is director of USPS Stamp Services.
The catalog also includes information and ordering details for current USPS stamps and other products available from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Missouri. The most current stamp depicted is Star Trek, issued September 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.