The Philatelic Summit 2017 to be held April 7 to 9 in Stockholm, Sweden will offer presentations and workshops by some of the world’s leading philatelists. There are spaces that remain available for those interested in participating.
A summit focus will be on choice of material based on philatelic importance. Through workshops and presentations, the summit will cover areas such as postal history, thematic philately, and traditional philately.
One keynote presentation is “Fathers of Philately and London as the Stronghold of Organized Philately,” by Brian John Birch, Tomas Bjäringer. Another is “Philatelic Importance Reflected Through the History of Philatelic Exhibiting and Glanced Through the Today’s Context,” by Christopher G. Harman.
Others offering presentations include Gordon Eubanks, Jamie Gough, Lawrence Haber, and Jonas Hällström.
The summit is organized by Corinphila, Köhler and their partners in the Global Philatelic Network.
The U.S. Postal Service will walk boldly down the runway next month as it hosts its most fashionable first-day ceremony ever when it honors fashion designer Oscar de la Renta on a set of new forever stamps.
The 11 stamps — 10 featuring details from dresses and gowns designed by de la Renta — along with a single stamp of the designer’s black-and-white portrait – will be formally released at 11 a.m. February 16 Vanderbilt Hall East at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.
The ceremony occurs during what is known as Fashion Week when designers release their latest collections, often to the glitz and glamour of special showings.
Those scheduled to be on hand for the stamp ceremony include former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue magazine; Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC; Anderson Cooper, journalist, author, and son of designer Gloria Vanderbilt; and Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service.
The Postal Service notes that there will be no autograph session, something typically held at many first-days allowing those in attendance to briefly interact with those taking part in the ceremony.
Internet glimpses of appreciations for the designer inevitably include the words “pioneer,” “elegant,” and “gentleman.”
The Dorothy Height forever stamp will be issued nationwide February 1. The ceremony for the stamp will take place at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
The Height stamp is the 4oth in the Black Heritage series.
Here is the USPS media advisory on who is participating in the ceremony:
Postal Service to Honor Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height
What: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 2017 Black History Month observance with the issuance of the Dorothy Height Forever stamp, 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series. Who: Ronald A. Stroman, deputy postmaster general and chief government relations officer, United States Postal Service
Congressman John Lewis
Alexis Herman, president, Dorothy I. Height Education Foundation
Ingrid Saunders Jones, chair, National Council of Negro Women
Naima Randolph, Dorothy Height’s great niece
Derry Noyes, art director
Bishop Vashti McKenzie, bishop of the African American Episcopal Church When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, 11:00 a.m. ET (Doors open at 10:00 a.m. ET) Where: Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth Street, Washington, DC 20059 (NOTE: This ceremony is free and open to the public. Space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. To obtain a free ticket, visit the Cramton Auditorium Box Office. Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) Background: The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912–2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century. The stamp features artist Thomas Blackshear II’s gouache and acrylics on board portrait of Height. The painting is based on a photograph shot in 2009 by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.
The four new Seashells postcard rate stamps will debut nationwide, Saturday, January 28. A first-day ceremony for the stamps is scheduled to take place at the Sandical stamp show at noon.
The show is at the Al Bahr Shrine, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, in San Diego.
The four Seashells stamps will be issued in a pane of 20 and in a coil of 100.
Here is some additional information on the stamp issue from the U.S. Postal Service:
Four new postcard stamps celebrate the wonder of seashells. Each stamp depicts one iconic shell found in North American waters: the alphabet cone, the Pacific calico scallop, the zebra nerite, and the Queen conch, commonly known as the pink conch. The highly stylized stamp art expresses a lighthearted, artistic view of shells. The horizontal swaths of white and blue in the background suggest waves washing the shells onto a beach. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. Sergio Baradat created the stamp art.
Sandical 2017, sponsored by the San Diego Philatelic Council, will be held January 27–29 at the Al Bahr Shrine Center, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, San Diego CA 92111. Show hours are Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
The show will feature:
• 21 dealers
• the San Diego Philatelic Library
• the U.S. Postal Service will be present selling current items.
• Regional meetings of the German American Philatelic Society
• the Eire Philatelic Association
• the Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California Awards Banquet is open to all, $50 per person, but reservations are required.