Canada Post Debuts Four Christmas Stamps

2016 Christmas souvenir sheet.
2016 Christmas souvenir sheet.

Canada Post issued four new Christmas stamps today, November 1. Three have a contemporary theme and a single stamp with a religious theme.

Here are details from Canada Post on the contemporary Christmas stamps:

On the domestic stamp, a smiling Santa stands in the snow facing a jovial tree. On the U.S.-rate stamp, a vibrant green tree is adorned with a red Santa hat. The international-rate stamp features a white dove, carrying an olive branch, a symbol of peace.

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November 2016 American Philatelist Available Online

November 2016 American Philatelist.
November 2016 American Philatelist.

The November issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

When the Post Office Branched Out by Dennis Pack. The 1890s saw continued business and population growth, which meant the need for more services from the U.S. Post Office Department. The solution: Open official sub-stations to meet the needs of basic service.

Up, Up, Way Up, and Away by Ray Cartier. Balloonists and mechanized flight into the stratosphere have created a high-flying topical area that touches on science, nature, invention, exploration, success, and failure.

Look Closely, Very Closely by James Weigant. Finding a handsome cover from an unusual place — such as Indian Territory, which eventually became a part of Oklahoma — can light up a collector’s eyes, that is, until a closer look reveals the not-always-obvious signs of a fraud.
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Collecting Coast to Coast. Private Auxiliary Markings by Wayne L. Youngblood. Extra non-postal markings, from “Consular Mail” to “Free Matter for the Blind,” provide an interesting flavor to covers of all sorts.

Books and Catalogs by Jeff Stage. Steve Zwillinger talks about his new book that offers scores of ideas, tips, and directions to exhibitors.

Worldwide in a Nutshell: Armenia by Bob Lamb. Many years of unrest left the small country in the southern Caucasus under many regimes. Russia was the first to bring a formal postal service to the region.

Latest USA Philatelic Catalog Promotes StampApp

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.

blog-usaphilquarter3-catalog“(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.

Summit on the Future of Philately Oct. 28

The American Philatelic Society and the American Stamp Dealers Association will host an invited group of leaders from the philatelic community this Friday, October 28, for a “Summit on the Future of Philately.”

The summit will happen at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and the public session will be broadcast via the APS Facebook page. For people who have comments or questions that they want to share with the group can send them via e-mail to future@stamps.org.

The goal of the meeting is to discuss and develop actions for strengthening the hobby for years to come.

Below is the agenda for the Summit on the Future of Philately.  The call-in phone number is 888-537-7715 with a Passcode: 13291358#

Public Session – 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Expected Schedule
12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.  Greeting and Overview
12:40 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.  Growing the Hobby
1:20 p.m. – 2 p.m.  The Future of Stamp Shows and Dealers
2 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.  Philatelic Partnerships
2:40  p.m. – 3 p.m.  Action Items and Report Back
3 p.m.  Adjourn

 

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.