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.

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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New Butterfly Stamp September 24

The United States Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly nonmachineable rate stamp, currently at 68-cents, will be issued September 24. The first-day-of-issue location is Kansas City, Missouri, without a ceremony.

[Details about the stamp from USPS]

U.S. Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp.
U.S. Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly stamp.

The Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly stamp graces the series as the sixth non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations, or announcements.

The stamp art was created on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern tailed-blue rather than an exact replica. Continue reading “New Butterfly Stamp September 24”

Star Trek Forever Stamps Celebrated

The Star Trek forever stamps debuted September 2 in New York City during the Star Trek: Mission New York event. Here are some photos from the first-day ceremony courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service.

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