Holiday Windows Stamp Event Photos

Holiday Windows forever stamps.
Holiday Windows forever stamps.

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:

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October — National Stamp Collecting Month

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)
Phil A. Telic, the American Philatelic Society’s wisest and most senior member (APS member No. 1886).

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.

Phil A. Telic suggests these easy activities:

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Holiday Windows Stamps at ASDA Show in NYC

Holiday Windows forever stamps.
Holiday Windows forever stamps.

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.

October 2016 American Philatelist Available Online

October 2016 The American Philatelist
October 2016 The American Philatelist.

The October issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view.

Here are some of the highlights:

The Culture of Stamps by Thomas Broadhead. Our beloved bits of tiny paper say much about our connections to nature, the cosmos, spirituality, and each other.

The Power of One in Stamp Collecting by Thomas Horn. With some time and effort, an older collector spawns the interest and imagination of a young collector through a series of special letters.

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Halloween City Hosts Jack-O’Lanterns Stamps First Day

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

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: