Today, October 10, is Columbus Day, once regaled as the opening of the Western hemisphere to the Old World and now the focal point among historians to reflect and interpret the archaic practices of territorial expansion of that time. Political and social views notwithstanding, Columbus certainly has a place in the world of stamp collecting.
When the 400th anniversaries of Christopher Columbus’ voyages were observed starting in 1892, there were celebrations noting the Italian-born explorer’s excursions to the Americas. Of particular note was the World’s Columbian Exposition, essentially a world’s fair, in Chicago. That’s when the United States Post Office Department issued its first-ever commemoratives, a handsome engraved set of 16, including several unprecedented high-denomination stamps. The stamps are called “Columbians” among collectors.
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:
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.
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: