New Holiday Wreath Vended Stamp

Holiday Wreath SSK vended stamp.
Holiday Wreath SSK vended stamp.

A new Holiday Wreath vended stamp was loaded into self-service kiosk vending machines at post office in the United States in early November. The labels temporarily replace the flag design for the holiday season.

The design for the stamp features the Holiday Windows stamp design of a wreath that was created by artist William Low.

These vended stamps are listed by Scott catalog editors in the computer vended postage stamps category. Those interested in learning more about these stamps can visit the Meter Stamp Society, an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society.

Latest USA Philatelic Catalog Promotes StampApp

The U.S. Postal Service’s third quarter USA Philatelic catalog arrived this last week (October 25) in post offices. The slick, 38-page catalog features the Postal Service’s new StampApp for hand-held devices on the cover and four pages inside.

blog-usaphilquarter3-catalog“(This) is a dynamic mobile app designed for U.S. stamp collectors, with a platform where users can browse the entire U.S. stamp library while managing their own personal collections,” writes Mary-Anne Penner in the catalog’s Introduction. Penner is director of USPS Stamp Services.

The catalog also includes information and ordering details for current USPS stamps and other products available from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Missouri. The most current stamp depicted is Star Trek, issued September 2.

Summit on the Future of Philately Oct. 28

The American Philatelic Society and the American Stamp Dealers Association will host an invited group of leaders from the philatelic community this Friday, October 28, for a “Summit on the Future of Philately.”

The summit will happen at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and the public session will be broadcast via the APS Facebook page. For people who have comments or questions that they want to share with the group can send them via e-mail to future@stamps.org.

The goal of the meeting is to discuss and develop actions for strengthening the hobby for years to come.

Below is the agenda for the Summit on the Future of Philately.  The call-in phone number is 888-537-7715 with a Passcode: 13291358#

Public Session – 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Expected Schedule
12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.  Greeting and Overview
12:40 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.  Growing the Hobby
1:20 p.m. – 2 p.m.  The Future of Stamp Shows and Dealers
2 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.  Philatelic Partnerships
2:40  p.m. – 3 p.m.  Action Items and Report Back
3 p.m.  Adjourn

 

Halloween Themed Worksheets for Young Collectors

Legend of Sleepy Hollow readers theater
Legend of Sleepy Hollow readers theater.

The American Philatelic Society’s education department has created multiple Halloween themed activities for use by young stamp collectors and teachers. The United States Jack-o’-lantern forever stamps and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow stamps were used for inspiration.

For the Jack-o’-lantern forever stamps there is a Pumpkin Stamp Maze printable game (grades K-5), a Pumpkin Stamp Matching printable game (grades K-5), and a Pumpkin Stamp Finish the Pattern printable game (grades K-5).

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

For the Legend of Sleepy Hollow there is a Readers Theater for grades 4-8. The teacher notes are available here for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow Readers Theater.

Additional activities and resources can be found on the APS website at stamps.org/young-collector.

New Book by APS: Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950

Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950, by Charles Posner.
Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950, by Charles Posner.

The United States stamps of 1950 never looked so fabulous! More than 65 years after they debuted, that year’s commemorative stamps are back in the philatelic spotlight thanks to a new book published by the American Philatelic Society.

Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950, by Charles Posner tells the stories of these 11 stamps from concept to finished product.

The stamps presented are American Bankers Association, Samuel Gompers, National Capitol Sesquicentennial (four stamps), Railroad Engineers of America, Centenary of Kansas City, Boy Scouts of America, Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial, and California Statehood Sesquicentennial.

The 103-page, hardbound book examines in retrospective detail the history of these stamps, from their origins to their designs and printings to the oft-elaborate first-day ceremonies, which sometimes include parades, pageants, and plenty of pomp. You’ll read about the politics, controversies, and tugs-of-war involving concepts, stamp designs, and first-day sites all which finally led to the public’s use of the stamps.

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