Diwali Stamp Ceremony in NYC Oct. 5

Diwali stamp
Diwali stamp.

The United States will issue the new Diwali forever stamp October 5 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street (Between 5th and Madison Avenue), New York, New York. On-site stamp sales starts at noon.The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. The public is asked to RSVP at this link: www.usps.com/diwali.

The event will also be live-streamed at the USPS Facebook page.

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Lennon and Mercury Stamp Albums at Stampex

The stamp collections of John Lennon and Freddie Mercury were shown together for the first time at Stampex (September 14–17) in London, England. Shown here are a few photos of the display at the show and also a close-up look at both of the albums.

[Smithsonian’s NPM press release]

John Lennon and Freddie Mercury Stamp Collections
On Display Together at UK’s STAMPEX

The UK’s largest stamp exhibition Stampex (September 14 – 17, 2016) is bringing together the boyhood stamp collections of music legends John Lennon and Freddie Mercury together for the first time to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

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Kwanzaa Stamp Oct. 1 at Art Festival in South Carolina

Kwanzaa Stamp
Kwanzaa Stamp.

The new United States Kwanzaa forever stamp will be issued October 1 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
at the MOJA Art Festival, in Marion Square, 329 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina.

Here are some additional details about the stamp courtesy the U.S. Postal Service:

With this vibrant new Kwanzaa stamp design, the U.S. Postal Service® continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. This annual non-religious holiday, which takes place over seven days from December 26 to January 1, brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans. December 26, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary of this widely celebrated holiday.

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Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps Debut September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota

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

The U.S. Postal Service will issued its first-ever official Halloween stamps  in appropriate holiday style September 29 in Anoka, Minnesota and nationwide. The northern suburb of the Twin Cities has celebrated Halloween as a community since before 1920, and in 1937 became the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World.” The town supports major decorating contests, a Pumpkin Bowl football game, a charity Orange Tie Ball, and a large parade.

The first-day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Anoka City Hall, River Plaza, 2015 First Ave North, Anoka, Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public.

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Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum Director Allen Kane to Retire

[Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum press release]

Allen Kane, Director of the National Postal Museum (NPM) will be retiring in January 2017.  Allen became director of the NPM in 2002 after serving more than 30 years with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in a variety of senior leadership positions.  At the USPS, one of the accomplishments of which Allen is proudest was his management of the Gulf War Crisis Team, which ensured the successful delivery of 2.5 million pounds of mail per day to US troops.

National Postal Museum.
Image courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. Photo by Juan Carlos Briceño.

In his fourteen-year tenure at the Postal Museum, Allen has overseen many remarkable exhibitions and public programs while also making the museum a world-renowned research resource.  His most notable accomplishment was the development and opening of the William H. Gross Gallery in 2013, which doubled the size of the Museum and made the NPM the largest center for philately in the world.

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