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Posted 09/08/2017   10:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add TheArtfulHinger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well there's a little over a year left until we reach the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI for the USPS to remedy the situation. Most historians will tell you that WWI was probably the single most important event of the last 200 years, even moreso than war #2. It was the event that birthed the world we live in today, it's that simple. But on second thought, I guess Disney villains, sports and fashion designers are much more important . No wonder (non-stamp collecting) Americans are so historically illiterate compared to the rest of the world...

I actually don't mind stamps like the Disney ones myself, but c'mon, let's not forget our history here. I don't collect current US issues, but I think I'd quit in disgust if we get through 2018 without a single stamp on WWI.

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Posted 09/10/2017   06:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


Recent assigned Scott catalogue numbers (from http://virtualstampclub.com/lloydblog/?p=5984)

5212 Paintings by Andrew Wyeth pane of 12
a. (49¢) Wind from the Sea
b. (49¢) Big Room
c. (49¢) Christina's World
d. (49¢) Alvaro and Christina
e. (49¢) Frostbitten
f. (49¢) Sailor's Valentine
g. (49¢) Soaring
h. (49¢) North Light
i. (49¢) Spring Fed
j. (49¢) The Carry
k. (49¢) Young Bull
l. (49¢) My Studio

5213 (49¢) Disney Villains – The Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
5214 (49¢) Disney Villains – Honest John from Pinocchio
5215 (49¢) Disney Villains – Lady Tremaine from Cinderella
5216 (49¢) Disney Villains – Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
5217 (49¢) Disney Villains – Captain Hook from Peter Pan
5218 (49¢) Disney Villains – Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
5219 (49¢) Disney Villains – Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians
5220 (49¢) Disney Villains – Ursula from The Little Mermaid
5221 (49¢) Disney Villains – Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
5222 (49¢) Disney Villains – Scar from The Lion King
a. Block of 10, #5213-5222

5223 (49¢) Sharks – Mako Shark
5224 (49¢) Sharks – Whale Shark
5225 (49¢) Sharks – Thresher Shark
5226 (49¢) Sharks – Hammerhead Shark
5227 (49¢) Sharks – Great White Shark
a. Vert. strip of 5, #5223-5227

5228 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Monarch Butterfly on Purple Coneflower
5229 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Western Honeybee on Golden Ragwort
5230 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Monarch Butterfly on Red Zinnia
5231 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Western Honeybee on Purple New England Aster
5232 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod
a. Vert. strip of 5, #5228-5232
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Posted 10/12/2017   7:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamp Announcement 17-39: The History of Hockey Stamps



On October 20, 2017, in Detroit, MI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue The History of Hockey stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents) in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475500) and a souvenir sheet of two stamps (Item 564600). This is a joint issue with Canada Post, who will issue their stamps on the same day.

The History of Hockey stamps will appear in a future edition of the Postal Bulletin. The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 20, 2017.

With the issuance of these two se-tenant stamps, the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post join in celebrating ice hockey, the fast-paced sport played on frozen ponds and in rinks across North America. One of the issue's two stamps portrays a modern hockey player skating on a pond in present day. The second stamp pictures a vintage player, who represents the game's past, set against a snowy background. The pane of 20 stamps includes 10 of each design. The two vertically stacked stamps are arranged to mirror each other. "The History of Hockey" appears in the center of the pane flanked by the flags of the United States and Canada.

The History of Hockey souvenir sheet features a scene that illustrates the evolution of the sport across generations. The selvage area depicts a father teaching his daughter the skills of the game. The scene also includes one of the issue's two se-tenant stamps, which portrays a modern hockey player. The second stamp pictures a vintage player, who represents the game's past, set against a snowy background. The two vertically stacked stamps are arranged to mirror each other. "The History of Hockey" appears in the bottom left corner of the sheet under the flags of the United States and Canada. The stamps are identical to those sold as a pane of 20 stamps.
Designed by Subplot Design, Inc., for Canada Post, the artwork on the stamps and souvenir sheet is intended to celebrate and reflect on the history of hockey. K.C. Armstrong was the photographer. Susan Gilson was the art director of the Canadian version of the stamps. William J. Gicker was the art director of the American version of the stamps; Greg Breeding designed the typography.



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Latest Scott number assignments

5233 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden coil stamp – Red Camellias and Yellow Forsythia in Yellow Pitcher, serpentine die cut 10¾ vert.
5234 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden coil stamp – White Peonies and Pink Tree Peonies in Clear Vase, serpentine die cut 10¾ vert.
5235 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden coil stamp – Blue Hydrangea in Blue Pot, serpentine die cut 10¾ vert.
5236 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden coil stamp – Assorted Flowers in White Vase, serpentine die cut 10¾ vert.
a. Strip of 4, #5233-5236

5237 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden booklet stamp – Red Camellias and Yellow Forsythia in Yellow Pitcher, serpentine die cut 11 on 2 or 3 sides
5238 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden booklet stamp – Assorted Flowers in White Vase, serpentine die cut 11 on 2 or 3 sides
5239 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden booklet stamp – White Peonies and Pink Tree Peonies in Clear Vase, serpentine die cut 11 on 2 or 3 sides
5240 (49¢) Flowers from the Garden booklet stamp – Blue Hydrangea in Blue Pot, serpentine die cut 11 on 2 or 3 sides
a. Block of 4, #5237-5240
b. Booklet pane of 20, 5 each #5237-5240

5241 (49¢) Father Ted Hesburgh, serpentine die cut 11
5242 (49¢) Father Ted Hesburgh coil stamp, serpentine die cut 9½ horiz.

UX647 (34¢) Azulillo postal card
UY54 (34¢+34¢) Azulillo paid reply postal card
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Posted 10/13/2017   12:58 pm  Show Profile Check acanalizo's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add acanalizo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well TheArtfulHinger, maybe the USPS not issuing a stamp of WWI is part of the new trend of getting rid of our history - if we don't teach it, don't talk about it, don't memorize it, take down its statues, maybe someday it never happened.




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Posted 10/13/2017   3:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Glenn,

I'm still hoping for something postmarked 11AM on the 11th of November next year.

But you are right, an awful lot of history is being swept under the rug.

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Posted 10/14/2017   07:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamp Announcement 17-40: Alzheimer's Semipostal Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Alzheimer's semipostal stamp (Nondenominated, First-Class Mail® priced at 60 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 564200). A November release date is anticipated for the stamp; more information will be announced as it becomes available. The Alzheimer's semipostal stamp will appear in a future edition of the Postal Bulletin and must not be sold before the official first-day-of-issue.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 564200, Alzheimer's Semipostal (Nondenominated, First-Class Mail priced at 60 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps
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Posted 10/14/2017   08:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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But you are right, an awful lot of history is being swept under the rug.


From a USPS perspective (avoiding the broader discussion) I would say ignored as to have more pop culture topics and colorful stamps. The Sharks stamps was not a subject that needed an issue.
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Posted 10/14/2017   09:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Angore, from the USPS perspective, that's probably the case. What, just a year or two ago there was a nice set of civil war stamps, the Coast Guard commemorative, and others. As for sharks, I could see them appealing to kids, like dinosaur stamps. But how many parents try to interest their kids in stamps these days?

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Posted 10/22/2017   10:51 pm  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Is anyone aware of a possible $7.15 stamp? I keep getting APS circuits with PO labels instead of stamps.

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Posted 10/23/2017   06:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not with one stamp.
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Posted 10/23/2017   08:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Angore,


Quote:
Is anyone aware of a possible $7.15 stamp?


I read "possible" here to refer to a future $7.15 stamp, not an existing one.

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Posted 10/23/2017   08:20 am  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Correct. I meant a future stamp

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Posted 10/23/2017   08:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Got ya,

Here are the proposed rates and usually the lowest value priority mail ($6.65?) is usually available as a stamp.

Letters (1 ounce): 49 cents (current), 50 cents (proposed)
Letters (additional ounces): 21 cents (no change from current price)
Outbound international letters (1 ounce): $1.15 (no change from current price)
Domestic postcards: 34 cents (current), 35 cents (proposed)
Small flat-rate box: $7.15 (current), $7.20 (proposed)
Medium flat-rate box: $13.60 (current), $13.65 (proposed)
Large flat-rate box: $18.85 (current), $18.90 (proposed)
Regular flat-rate envelope: $6.65 (current), $6.70 (proposed)
Legal flat-rate envelope: $6.95 (current), $7 (proposed)
Padded flat-rate envelope: $7.20 (current), $7.25 (propose
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For the new Ice Hockey stamps, has anyone noticed a difference between the stamps from the 20-stamp pane and those from the SS? It seems to me that the pane stamps have a glossy finish whereas those from the SS have more of a matte finish. While I believe this difference to be real, I have no explanation. The postal bulletin indicated that both the pane & the SS were produced using non-phosphored type III paper. Both are block tagged, with the two 10-stamp groups from the pane constituting blocks and the SS pair also constituting a block. The selvage is untagged for both.
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