Nebraska Stamp Debuts March 1 on Statehood Day

Nebraska Statehood
Nebraska Statehood

The United States Nebraska Sesquicentennial stamp debuts tomorrow, March 1, nationwide. A first-day ceremony will take place at the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln.

A list of event participants and additional information on the new commemorative stamp is provided below.

[USPS media advisory]

Forever Stamp Celebrating Nebraska Sesquicentennial to Debut March 1; Nebraska Photographer to Provide Backstory on Stamp Photo at Event

WHAT: First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Nebraska Statehood Forever Stamp celebrating the state’s sesquicentennial (150th birthday).  At the event, native Nebraskan photographer Michael Forsberg  will discuss the perseverance involved in capturing this photo of Sandhill Cranes migrating along the Platte River. This event is free and open to the public. The stamp goes on sale at Nebraska Post Offices March 1 and may be pre-ordered now at usps.com for delivery shortly after March 1.

WHO: Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Nebraska First Lady Susanne Shore
Stamp Photographer and Nebraska Native Michael Forsberg
Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission Chairperson Dr. Sara Crook
U.S. Postal Service Information Technology Vice President and Nebraska Native Jeffrey Johnson

WHEN: Wed., March 1 at 9:30 a.m. CST

WHERE: Nebraska State Capitol
Second Floor Rotunda
1445 K St, Lincoln, NE 68508
The public may RVSP online at usps.com/nebraska

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s statehood with a Forever Stamp. Known for its agricultural bounty, the Cornhusker State became the 37th state of the Union March 1, 1867. The Postal Service traditionally issues commemorative postage stamps at intervals of 50 years from the date of a state’s first entry into the Union.

Forsberg tucked himself among prairie grasses on the riverbank between the cities of Grand Island and Kearney, NE, to capture the stamp image. His photo depicts Sandhill Cranes flying low as they scout for sandbars for nighttime roosts that offer safety from riverbank predators. Annually, more than 500,000 Sandhill Cranes make a stop along the Platte River valley in March and early April for a mid-migratory rest. The timeless spectacle is unique to Nebraska.

 

National Postal History & Stamp Show Coming to Reno March 3–5

AmeriStamp Expo, the nation’s second largest postage stamp and postal history show, will take place March 3–5 in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center at 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Details are available on the show website: stamps.org/StampExpo.

Postal historians as well stamp collectors, dealers, artisans, and the general public can learn about stamps and postal history, buy and sell stamps, and have stamp collections evaluated. Displays include letter carriers’ museum artifacts, an historic postal vehicle, an historic post office window, and a few of America’s rarest postal items — including the earliest known U.S. Presidential “Free Frank” from 1789. More than 130 private collections of stamps, postal history, and philatelic material will be exhibited.

Among the most popular reasons to attend the Expo is the “Stamps In Your Attic” program, a free service to identify and evaluate stamps and postal history. The public is encouraged to bring along inherited collections of stamps or old family correspondence to receive input as to their uniqueness and care.

Youth can learn about stamp collecting through microscopes, design their own stamps, fill a stamp passport, play games, and pick up items for their collections in the Youth Area — all for free. Adults interested in learning more about the hobby can attend free Beginning Collectors seminars and other workshops.

Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope
Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope

Friday, March 3, ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively, for the new Barn Swallow Stamped Envelope and Flora stamps being issued by the United States Postal Service® and Marshall Islands Postal Service, respectively. Saturday, March 4, a special ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. to celebrate the national kick-off to the 25th anniversary National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger®” Food Drive. Artist Jeff Keane of the Family Circus comic strip will help dedicate a personalized postage souvenir sheet featuring the iconic campaign artwork, printed by PhotoStamps.com. Autograph sessions will follow each ceremony. Proceeds from postage sheet sales will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, who will also have a booth at the show to accept contributions and donations of canned goods.

AmeriStamp Expo 2017 is hosted by the American Philatelic Society, in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United States Postal Service. Event details are available at stamps.org/StampExpo. For details, call (814) 933-3803 ext. 217 or e-mail stampshow@stamps.org.

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Ft. Lauderdale Stamp Bourse Feb. 10–12

The American Stamp Dealers Association’s (ASDA) Winter Postage Stamp Show will be held February 10–12 at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free.

Patriotic Nonprofit stamp.
Patriotic Nonprofit stamp.

The show will feature:
• 14 dealers from across the nation that will be buying and selling.
• the United States Postal Service will issue the nondenominated Patriotic Nonprofit definitive stamp Friday morning at 11 a.m. The stamp is being issued in a coil of 10,000 format.
• USPS and the United Nations Postal Agency Booths for the latest new issues.
• a free appraisal service will be available Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Bring in those stamps/collections that you have inherited or been storing for years and they will put a value on your material and advise you on what to do.

For more information visit the ASDA website.

Oscar de La Renta Stamp Ceremony to Include Clinton, Wintour, Cooper

The U.S. Postal Service will walk boldly down the runway next month as it hosts its most fashionable first-day ceremony ever when it honors fashion designer Oscar de la Renta on a set of new forever stamps.

The 11 stamps — 10 featuring details from dresses and gowns designed by de la Renta — along with a single stamp of the designer’s black-and-white portrait – will be formally released at 11 a.m. February 16 Vanderbilt Hall East at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.

Oscar de la Renta souvenir sheet of 11.
Oscar de la Renta souvenir sheet of 11.

The ceremony occurs during what is known as Fashion Week when designers release their latest collections, often to the glitz and glamour of special showings.

Those scheduled to be on hand for the stamp ceremony include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue magazine; Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC; Anderson Cooper, journalist, author, and son of designer Gloria Vanderbilt; and Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service.

The Postal Service notes that there will be no autograph session, something typically held at many first-days allowing those in attendance to briefly interact with those taking part in the ceremony.

Internet glimpses of appreciations for the designer inevitably include the words “pioneer,” “elegant,” and “gentleman.”

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Dorothy Height Stamp Event Feb. 1

Dorothy Height (Black Heritage series)
Dorothy Height (Black Heritage series)

The Dorothy Height forever stamp will be issued nationwide February 1. The ceremony for the stamp will take place at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

The Height stamp is the 4oth in the Black Heritage series.

Here is the USPS media advisory on who is participating in the ceremony:

Postal Service to Honor Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height

What: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 2017 Black History Month observance with the issuance of the Dorothy Height Forever stamp, 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series.
Who: Ronald A. Stroman, deputy postmaster general and chief government relations officer, United States Postal Service
Congressman John Lewis
Alexis Herman, president, Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation
Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair, National Council of Negro Women
Naima Randolph, Dorothy Height’s great niece
Derry Noyes, art director
Bishop Vashti McKenzie, bishop of the African American Episcopal Church
When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m. ET (Doors open at 10:00 a.m. ET)
Where: Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth Street, Washington, DC 20059 (NOTE: This ceremony is free and open to the public. Space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. To obtain a free ticket, visit the Cramton Auditorium Box Office. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Background: The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912–2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a photograph shot in 2009 by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.