USA Philatelic Features Airmail, StampShow and More

USA Philatelic, the “official source of current stamps and stamp products from the U.S. Postal Service,” delivers more than a colorful showcase of new issues in its summer 2018 issue. “The Thrill of the Chase” on page 40 examines the world of collecting stamps by topic ‒ one of the highlights of this year’s StampShow/National Topical Stamp Show in Columbus, Ohio.

This year’s show will be co-hosted jointly by the APS and the American Topical Association (ATA), and will host the first-day-of-issue ceremony for the release of a quartet of new Forever-rate Dragons stamps.

ATA Journal Topical TimeDawn Hamman has a unique perspective on topical philately. Although she only recently began collecting in 2012, she has become an ardent advocate for that popular branch of the hobby, rapidly becoming a vice president of its American Topical Association and a frequent contributor to the ATA’s highly regarded journal, Topical Time.

Although many collectors specialize in stamp topics related to their professions and passions, Hamman notes that topical collecting is “very creative and flexible,” with no limitation on what you can collect or how you can collect it. Topicalists can create stamp, cover and cancel collections tailored to their interests, tastes and budgets.

Hamman looks forward to meeting, exchanging ideas and learning from other collectors at the Aug. 9-12 StampShow/NTSS, beginning with the release of the Dragons stamps Aug. 9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The APS hopes to see you there, too.

Also of interest to U.S. collectors in this issue of USA Philatelic is a cover story on stamps celebrating the centennial of U.S. airmail service and the dauntless daredevils who flew those early American mails equipped with little more than a compass and a canvas map.

For free copies of the quarterly USA Philatelic, call 1-800-782-6724, or visit usps.com/philatelic.

ATA VP Dawn Hamman Interviewed for USA Philatelic

ATA VP Dawn HammanThe summer edition of the U.S. Postal Service’s catalog, USA Philatelic, includes an interview with Dawn Hamman. Hamman is vice-president of the American Topical Association and an avid collector, writer and exhibitor. The interview highlights the power of topical collecting to reach broad new audiences with creative, flexible approaches to collecting. She goes on to discuss how the “thrill of the chase” makes collecting a riveting hobby for collectors old and new.

Also featured in the article is the combined StampShow and National Topical Stamp Show co-hosted by the American Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association. The U.S. Postal Service will issue the new Mythical Dragons forever stamps at the show, making for a natural show theme of “Here Be Dragons.” Both organizations are working to make this year’s show an experience for collectors of all ages and interests. The July edition of The American Philatelist will feature several articles related to the show theme and a comprehensive guide to the event. A mobile app is also available.

The USA Philatelic interview highlights the U.S. Postal Service’s interest and dedication to supporting stamp collectors and their widely varied interests. The central booth at StampShow/NTSS will be home to the USPS during the four day event and will offer a virtual reality experience sure to please even the most discerning technophiles.

For information regarding StampShow/NTSS, visit the official show page at: www.stamps.org/STAMPSHOW-SS

More information regarding the American Topical Associationis available on their website: www.americantopicalassn.org/home.shtml.

USA Philatelic is available free at most U.S. Post Offices and can be requested, free of charge, from USPS.com.

Dragons Will Invade American Philatelic Society’s StampShow

You may want to consider packing some heavy armor, shields, crossbows, magic potions or anything else that might tame or slay a dragon if you plan on visiting Columbus, Ohio this August.

The U.S. Postal Service will issue four new Dragons stamps during StampShow, scheduled for August 9 to 12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.

StampShow – sponsored by the American Philatelic Society – is the nation’s largest annual philatelic show and promises to be more exciting than ever. This is first time the show will be co-sponsored with the American Topical Association, the group that helps collect stamps by topics, such as heraldry, legends and dragons.

The show will offer philatelic activities, exhibits and experiences, making it an event for collectors and non-collectors of all ages. There will be hundreds of exhibits, stamp rarities on display, specialty societies on hand, presentations, youth and beginners’ activities and dozens of dealer booths. The U.S. Postal Service plans to be at the show with an extraordinary booth.

Something sure to make the show more enjoyable will be the society’s new mobile app for the show, scheduled for release May 1.

StampShow, which moves among locations annually, will serve as the 132nd convention of the society, which has about 29,000 members worldwide.

The four new U.S. stamps will be issued in panes of 16.

“The high-flying, fire-breathing mythological creatures … have roamed our imaginations for millennia,” the Postal Service said in a news release.

The stamps feature digital illustrations created by artist Don Clark of Invisible Creature studio. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.

The designs show:

A green fire-breathing dragon towering over a medieval-inspired castle.

A purple dragon with orange wings and sharp black armor on its back snaking around a white castle that evokes Camelot.

A black dragon with green wings and green armor on its back swooping past a ship on the sea.

A wingless orange dragon, inspired by creatures from Asian art, architecture and ancient religion and lore, weaving its way around a pagoda.

“We’re very excited to bring these beautiful stamps to the 132nd annual APS convention,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner. “This is one of the premier stamp shows in America and serves as an excellent platform to showcase these special stamps.”

“We’re thrilled to have USPS unveil these great stamps with us in Columbus,” said Scott English, APS executive director. “There will be something for the whole family highlighting this cool theme. No experience necessary, so we hope you will join us!”

The U.S., not home to many dragons of lore, has not issued many stamps with dragons; maybe just a couple from Lunar New Year series. The 2000 Lunar New Year stamp (Scott 3370) features a paper-cut styled dragon to mark the Year of the Dragon. The 2012 Lunar New Year stamp (Scott 4623) features a colorful dragon head of the type used in parades and celebrations. Many European and Asian countries have included dragons on stamp. They include Austria, Cambodia, China, Great Britain (including this year’s Game of Thrones set), Japan, Jersey and the Philippines.

More information about StampShow and the APS can be found online at https://stamps.org/STAMPSHOW-SS.

More information from the U.S. Postal Service can be found online at: https://aps.buzz/2GaraS0