New Madonna and Child Stamp Oct. 18

United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp.
United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp.

The United States Florentine Madonna and Child forever stamp will be issued October 18 nationwide. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place at noon at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. (across from Union Station).

This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, a 15th-century tempra-on-panel painting in the Widener Collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The painting is dated to circa 1470, and its anonymous artist is known only as “a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino.” William Gicker of Washington, D.C., was the art director for the stamp.

2017 U.S. Stamps Announced

[USPS press release]

What do Love, skywriting, Year of the Rooster, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture all have in common? They are among the subjects of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2017 Stamp program announced today.

For more than 130 years, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to United States history. The 2017 stamp subjects are in keeping with this rich tradition.

“The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of a few subjects of our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps that will have wide appeal to stamp enthusiasts in America and abroad,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “Stamps are miniature works of art that tell America’s story; this is only the beginning as we will announce more subjects going forward.”

Here’s a glimpse of the 2017 stamp program [click images to see more]:

Free Tickets to Wonder Woman First-Day Ceremony

Wonder Woman forever stamps.
Wonder Woman forever stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate the four new Wonder Woman forever stamps Friday, October 7 at 9 a.m. in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center at 655 W. 34th Street. The first-day-of-issue ceremony will take place prior to the opening of New York Comic Con.

There are a limited number of free tickets available for the ceremony. The tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to this USPS website.

Ticket requests are limited to one per individual.

The tickets will provide you with access to the stamp dedication ceremony only and not include free admittance to Comic Con.

A Royal Treat for ‘Royal’ Members

[Royal Philatelic Society London press release]

The new season of The Royal Philatelic Society London opened September 15 in traditional fashion with a display from The Royal Philatelic Collection, shown by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.

The countries chosen this time were British Guiana and Barbados. As Michael Sefi, Keeper of The Royal Philatelic Collection, explained: “there is very little, if anything, of postal history significance.” However, for those who enjoy looking at stamps, the Collection has much to appeal, with essays, die proofs, mint and used stamps, with examples on covers, printings and varieties.

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Sescal Stamp Show Sept. 23-25 in Los Angeles

Block of four Star Trek forever stamps.
Block of four Star Trek forever stamps.

The Sescal Stamp Show, sponsored by the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California, will be held September 23 to 25 at the Hilton LAX Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California.  Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and there is a reduced self-parking rate of $9 with validation.

The American Philatelic Society’s World Series of Philately show features:
• 200 frames of exhibits
• 35 dealers
U.S. Postal Service selling current issues
• Youth activities
• Society meetings

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