The new United States Holiday Windows forever stamps were issued nationwide October 6 in New York City. The stamps debuted during the American Stamp Dealers Association fall National Postage Stamp Show.
The four stamps were issued in a double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format).
Here are some photos from the event courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service:
Mark Reasoner, President American Stamp Dealers Association.
Joseph Corbertt, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, USPS.
Holiday Windows stamp unveiling. L to R: -Mark Reasoner, President American Stamp Dealers Association. -Joseph Corbertt, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, USPS. -William Low, artist. -David Spaeth, Chief Executive Officer, Spaeth Design. – Mary-Ann Penner, Director Stamp Services, USPS.
Holiday Windows stamp artist William Low.
Holiday Carolers perform in front of the stamp.
Mary-Ann Penner, Director Stamp Services, USPS.
David Spaeth, Chief Executive Officer, Spaeth Design.
You know what month it is, so this is the perfect time to celebrate stamps, our ambassadors of art, culture, and people.
Phil A. Telic, the American Philatelic Society’s wisest and most senior member (APS member No. 1886) offers some great advice to embrace philately.
“No matter what you collect — your hometown’s postal history, holidays on stamps, classic U.S. issues, or freaks and oddities — it’s personal,” Phil A. Telic says. “But that makes it all the more fun and worthwhile to share with others.”
And, there are so many ways and places you can share the hobby during National Stamp Collecting Month, which the U.S. Postal Service first proclaimed in 1981.
The American Stamp Dealers Association, Inc. is hosting it’s National Fall Postage Stamp Show, October 6–9 at the New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Avenue and 53rd Street, New York, New York. Show hours are Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free.
The bourse will feature:
• a U.S. Postal Service Holiday Windows first day ceremony, October 6 at 11 a.m.
• 25+ dealers
• John Pendeault’s two-frame exhibit “The Effect of the Civil Unrest on Iceland Mail”
• a free appraisal service available 10 a.m.–3 p.m. each day will put a value on your material and advise you on what to do. To participate in this service, check in at the ASDA Booth located at the show entrance.
The American Philatelic Society will have a booth staffed by Wendy Masorti, APS Director of Internet Sales and Webmaster. She also will have a seminar on “How to buy and sell online.”
For more information on the show visit its website.
The “Halloween City of the World,” Anoka, Minnesota, didn’t hold back anything for the first-day ceremony for the new United States Jack O’Lanterns forever stamps issued September 29.
Approximately 1,500 people attended the ceremony in the downtown area at the city hall. Highlights included hundreds of school children dressed in different costumes, decorated jack o’lanterns, and a huge banner of the stamps that was rolled off the side of the city hall building.
Here’s a selection of photos by APS editor Jay Bigalke from the Anoka ceremony:
Crowd at Anoka City Hall Plaza where the first-day ceremony took place for the new Jack O’Lantern forever stamps.
Fall decorations and Jack O’Lantern stamps with the social media tag to be used for the event.
Anoka County Historical Society booth at the event. The society handed out a special version of “The American Philatelist” of the Haunted Philately article from the September 2016 issue.
Decorated Jack O’Lanterns as Forever Stamps.
Collector Todd Ronnei have a few envelopes postmarked at the event.
USPS Stamp Sales area. A long line existed consistently during the morning.
An enthusiastic USPS chief financial officer and executive vice president Joseph Corbett celebrating the stamps with Anoka.
Jack O’Lanterns stamp unveiling.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar speaking about Anoka during the event.
Stamp Photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce.
Rebecca Ebnet-Mavencamp, executive director of the Anoka Historical Society.
Samantha Jenson, student of St. Stephen’s Catholic School, reading a poem.
Stamp poster that was rolled off the City Hall building. The banner will be placed on the traffic facing side of the plaza for the entire month of October.
Sally Andersen-Bruce signing autographs.
The USPS products sign with multiple sold out signs after the crowd purchased almost every product they brought for sale.
A special Witch cancel was offered using orange ink.
APS Member John Freeburg with a first-day ceremony program and the banner in the background. It was John that prompted city officials to push to get the ceremony in Anoka.
National Register of Historic Places historical marker installed at the old post office building.
Sara Given created a one-of-one homemade Jack O’Lantern stamp with Anoka map dress for the event.