P.O. Box 76, Norvelt, PA 15674

Volume 32, Number 6

June 2018

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Next Meeting will be on August 5

The next meeting of the stamp club will be August 5.  The hall is open from 1 pm, the meeting starts at 2:15 pm.   The APS circuit books will be available.  There will be no meeting in July.


COLOPEX 2018 - Friday, June 15, 10am - 6pm & Saturday, June 16 10am - 3pm; St. Andrew--Nugent Parish Hall, 1899 McCoy Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220

Contact: Van Siegling, Phone:(614)440-4173, http://www.colopex.com         25 dealers

SCOPEX 2018 - Saturday, June 23 10am - 5pm; Sunday, June 24, 10am - 5pm; APS Building, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte. Sponsored by: Mt. Nittany Philatelic Society, Contact: Don Heller; dheller5720@yahoo.com  Phone: 814-861-5720;  14 dealers.

Montrose Stamp Show - July 22, Holiday Inn Akron, 4073 Medina Rd., Akron.  Sponsored by: Lincoln Way Stamps.  Contact:            David G. Pool,  Phone:   330-832-5992.  lincolnway@sssnet.com

APS Stamp Show - August 9-12, Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus;  Contact: Kathleen Edwards, stampshow@stamps.org, Phone: 814-933-3803 ext 217,   http://www.stamps.org/STAMPSHOW-SS



There will be no issues of the newsletter in July and August.  Have a great summer.

 Flag Act of 1818 - June 9

On June 9, 2018, in Appleton, WI, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Flag Act of 1818 stamp (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 9, 2018. With this stamp, the Postal Service marks the 200th anniversary of the Flag Act of 1818, which provided the basic design of the current American flag: 13 stripes symbolizing the original 13 colonies and one star for each state in the Union. The stamp art features a flag with 20 stars, the number of states in the Union when the Flag Act of 1818 was implemented. The flag's crisp folds and layering effect convey a sense of the dynamism of the young nation. Ethel Kessler served as art director for the project with stamp design and typography by Kit Hinrichs. First day address:

FDOI – Flag Act of 1818 Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by October 9, 2018.

Frozen Treats - June 20

On June 20, 2018, in Austin, TX, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Frozen Treats stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in 10 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive, double sided booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 20, 2018.  Frozen Treats stamps feature frosty, colorful pops on a stick in a variety of shapes and flavors. This booklet of 20 scratch-and-sniff stamps showcases whimsical watercolor illustrations in 10 different designs. The stamps are printed with a coating that evokes a sweet summer scent.  Art directors Antonio Alcalá and Leslie Badani designed the stamps with original art by Margaret Berg.  First day address:

FDOI – Frozen Treats Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by October 20, 2018.

Statue of Freedom - June 27

On June 27, 2018, in Bellefonte, PA, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the $1, $2, and $5 Statue of Freedom definitive stamps in one design each. The $1 and $2 Statue of Freedom stamps will be issued in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps. The $5 Statue of Freedom stamp will be issued in a PSA pane of 4 stamps. All three will go on sale nationwide June 27, 2018.  The $1, $2, and $5 Statue of Freedom stamps offer a modern take on vintage patriotic stamp art for use on packages, large envelopes, and other mailings. The design features the head of the statue that tops the U.S. Capitol dome in artwork based on an engraved vignette originally created for a 1923 stamp ($5 Head of Freedom Statue). The tightly cropped enlargement, rendered in emerald green, indigo, and brick red, highlights the solid and dashed lines as well as the cross-hatching characteristic of engraved illustration.  These stamps were printed in intaglio. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps using John Eissler’s engraved artwork.  First day address:

FDOI – Statue of Freedom Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by October 27, 2018.

Duck Stamp - June 29

On June 29, 2018, in Hanover, MD, the U.S. Department of the Interior will issue the $25 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation stamp for the 2018–2019 waterfowl hunting season. The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 29, 2018, and is valid through June 30, 2019.

·         Migratory Bird Uncut Press Sheet (Pane of 4), $2,600.00.

·         Migratory Bird Uncut Press Sheet (Pane of 1), $1,170.00.

·         Migratory Bird Uncut Press Sheet  (Pane of 20), $5,850.00.

·         Migratory Bird Silk Cachet, $35.00.

·        Migratory Bird Printed 85th Anniversary Cover, $35.00.

Migratory Bird Commemorative Card, $70.00.

O Beautiful - July 4

On July 4, 2018, in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the O Beautiful stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in 20 designs, in a pres-sure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 4, 2018. With the release of the O Beautiful stamps, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the beauty and majesty of the United States through images that correspond with one of the nation’s most beloved songs, “America the Beautiful.” Each of the 20 stamps on the pane features a photo-graph that helps illustrate one of five phrases from the song’s famous first verse: “Spacious Skies” (top row), “Waves of Grain” (second row), “Mountain Majesties” (third row), “The Fruited Plain” (fourth row), and “Sea to Shining Sea” (bottom row). Art director Ethel Kessler designed the pane using existing photographs.  First day address:

FDOI – O Beautiful Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by November 4, 2018.

New Issues This Summer

July 27 - World War I - Turning the Tide - One Forever stamp.  Kansas City

August 7 - The Art of Magic - 5  Forever stamps - Las Vegas.

August 9 - Dragons - 4 Forever stamps - Columbus, OH.

August 11 - US Airmail - One Forever red stamp - College Park, MD.

September 7 - John Lennon - 4 Forever stamps - New York City.

Full descriptions will be included when the newsletter resumes in September.

Idlepark, PA

Idlewood Park had a post office from August 20, 1887 until January 15, 1915.  The first postmaster was S. Johnston.  This area is now served from the Ligonier post office.  Parking was not a problem then.  Most people took the train.  Below is an Idle Park postcard from 1910.

Uniontown Mail Stage Robberies

One of the most unusual mail robberies ever committed was in 1840 at Uniontown by what history calls "a notorious quack physician, Dr. John F. Braddee."  A native of Kentucky, he came east as a stable boy with a horse dealer, took sick and was left behind. He wound up in Uniontown. In due course, he announced that he was a physician and commenced what became a successful practice. Ultimately, he acquired a hotel building at the corner of Fayette and Morgantown streets, along the National Pike, for his offices. That road was quite busy, with many mail-carrying stages that stopped at a yard next door. Braddee cultivated one of the mail coach drivers, whom he later told that mail robbery could be easily and safely accomplished. He added that they could divide quite large profits "without the least fear of detection." The driver, William Corman, was convinced. The plan involved Corman passing the most promising looking pouch from the yard to Braddee's rooms, or leaving it behind when the pouches were changed to another coach Braddee then rifled it and buried or destroyed it. These mail raids began in January 1840. The losses were soon discovered, and special post office agents finally traced a number of robberies to Corman. Upon his arrest, Corman disclosed that Braddee and two others, Pete M. Strayer, a Uniontown saddler, and William Purnell, a servant of Braddee's, were accomplices. It turned out that Braddee was keeping nearly all the proceeds, telling Corman that there was very little in the pouches. When they were arrested, another ironic touch surfaced when it was found that Braddee's education was so deficient that he could not even write his name. Justice triumphed when Braddee was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in Western Penitentiary. He died before completing his term. The others were pardoned, after serving as witnesses for the prosecution.

ED:  This article appeared in the Greensburg Tribune Review “Vignettes”, December 10, 2006

 Monessen Municipal Airport

This cover was flown from the Monessen Municipal Airport on July 4, 1930.  This airport was closed in 1932 when the City of Monessen sold it because they could no longer afford to operate it during the depression.  The airport property is now the site of Hoss’s Steak House and Gabriel Brothers Department Store on Finley Road near the PA Route 201 and Interstate 70 interchange.  At one time the airport held the record for having the most parachute jumps in one day.  The landing approach was generally made over Rehoboth Church with takeoffs toward Allen’s Crossroads and Belle Vernon. It is said that church services were often paused when a plane made a low approach to the airport.  Barnstormers and stunt pilots who gave aerial exhibitions frequented the airport during its active period.  Sightseeing rides were also given to the more daring spectators.  This cover was part of a mailing that was part of an Independence Day exhibition at the airport.  The cover was flown to Bettis Field near McKeesport where it was cancelled.  Bettis Airport is also closed and is now the site of the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.