WESTMORELAND COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER

P.O. Box 76, Norvelt, PA 15674

Volume 32, Number 7

 

September 2018

 

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NEXT MEETING DATE

October 7

The October meeting will feature the fall auction.  Bring your unwanted material.  Please bring cookies or snacks for the table.  Pop (or soda if you prefer) will be provided.  The hall is open from 1 pm, the meeting starts at 2:15pm.   Bring your want list and checkout the APS circuit books.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Montrose Stamp Show - Sunday, September 16, 2018.  Holiday Inn Akron West, 4073 Medina Rd., Akron 44333;  Sponsored by Lincolnway Stamps, David G. Pool, lincolnway@sssnet.com, 330-832-5992.

Mars Stamp Bourse - Sunday, September 23, 2018; 10:00am-4:00pm.  VFW Post 7505, 331 Mars Valencia Road, Mars, PA  16046. Sponsored by K2 Collectables, Kevin Kellman, 7315 Beachtree Dr., Middletown, MD 21769, 301-524-9562. 

Churchill Stamp Bourse - Sunday, October 7, 2018; Churchill Borough Building, 2300 William Penn Highway, Churchill; Sponsored by K2 Collectables, Kevin Kellman, 7315 Beachtree Dr., Middletown, MD 21769, 301-524-9562.

Gettypex 2018 - Saturday, October 20, 2018,  Gettysburg Fire Company, 35 North Stratton Street, Gettysburg 17350; Sponsored by Blue & Gray Stamp Club; Dwight l. Monn; dmonn@pa.net, 717-624-4864.


US New Issues

Scooby-Doo! - July 14

On July 14, 2018, in Bloomington, MN, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Scooby-Doo! stamp (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 12 stamps.  The stamp will go on sale nationwide July 14, 2018.  The Scooby-Doo! pane of 12 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.  This stamp celebrates the beloved animated Scooby-Doo, the iconic Great Dane who met instant success upon his 1969 debut in the series Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!  The stamp art features Scooby-Doo watering a blossoming plant — a simple act symbolizing a component of the Scooby-Doo DOO GOOD campaign, which provides young people with tools and activities to enrich the environment. The campaign, launching in partnership with generationOn (generationon.org/page/partners), the youth division of Points of Light, also focuses on helping the hungry and acting as animal allies. The selvage, which features a friendly, grinning Scooby-Doo, includes the title Scooby-Doo! and the DOO GOOD logo.   Art director Greg Breeding worked closely with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc. to design this stamp.  First day address:

FDOI – Scooby-Doo! Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by November 14, 2018.


World War I - July 27

On July 27, 2018, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the World War I: Turning the Tide 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 July 27, 2018.  With this stamp, the Postal Service pays tribute to the sacrifice of American soldiers and millions of supporters on the home front who experienced World War I. Entering World War I (1914–1918) in its later stages, the United States helped turn the tide of war in favor of the Allies. The stamp art features a close-up of a member of the American Expeditionary Force holding the U.S. flag. Barbed wire can be seen in the background, as well as an airplane in flight and smoke rising up from the battlefield. The artwork was painted in airbrush on illustration board, a technique that evokes the propaganda posters used during World War I.  Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with art by Mark Stutzman.  First day address:

FDOI – WWI: Turning the Tide Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by November 27, 2018.


The Art of Magic Stamps - August 7

On August 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV, the U.S. Postal Service will issue The Art of Magic stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 7, 2018.   The Art of Magic pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.  The Postal Service celebrates the art of magic with digital illustrations of five classic tricks magicians use to amaze and delight audiences:

A rabbit in a hat (production),

A fortune teller using a crystal ball (prediction),

A woman floating in the air (levitation),

An empty bird cage (vanishing), and n

A bird emerging from a flower (transformation).

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps, and Jay Fletcher created the illustrations and served as the typographer.  First day address:

FDOI – The Art of Magic Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by December 7, 2018.


 The Art of Magic - August 7

On August 7, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV, the U.S.               Postal Service issued The Art of Magic Souvenir Sheet (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet of three stamps. The souvenir sheet went on sale August 7, 2018.  The Art of Magic Souvenir Sheet may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.  The Postal Service celebrates magic, an art form that holds a special place in American history. Each of the three identical stamps on this souvenir sheet features an effect that mimics a classic illusion. By rotating each stamp, customers can see a white rabbit popping out of a black top hat. A version of the stamp without the effect appears in The Art of Magic pane of 20 stamps. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp, while Jay Fletcher created the illustration and served as the typographer.  First day address:

FDOI – The Art of Magic Souvenir Sheet

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by December 7, 2018.


Dragons - August 9

On August 9, 2018, in Columbus, OH, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Dragons stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 16 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 9, 2018.  The Dragons pane of 16 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.  The U.S. Postal Service celebrates dragons, the high-flying, fire-breathing mythological creatures that have roamed our imaginations for millennia. Each of the stamps showcases one of four dragons:

A green fire-breathing dragon towering over a medieval-inspired castle;

A purple dragon with orange wings and sharp black armor on its back snaking around a white castle;

A black dragon with green wings and green armor on its back swooping past a ship on the sea;

A wingless orange dragon weaving its way around a pagoda.

Each of the stamps and the header feature orange foiled highlights that add a fire-like glint. At the top of the pane, “Dragons” appears alongside a black fire-breathing dragon.  The stamps are digital illustrations created by artist Don Clark of Invisible Creature studio, while Greg Breeding served as art director.  First day address:

FDOI – Dragons Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by December 9, 2018.


Air Mail - August 11

On August 11, 2018, in College Park, MD, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the United States Air Mail (red) 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 August 11, 2018.  The United States Air Mail (red) stamp will be the second stamp issued in 2018 by the Postal Service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of regular air-mail service. The first stamp, United States Air Mail (blue), issued in May, paid tribute to the pioneering spirit of the brave Army pilots who initiated the airmail service on May 15, 1918. This second stamp, identical to the first except that it is rendered in red, commemorates the beginning of airmail delivery through the U.S. Post Office Department on August 12, 1918. Both stamps are printed in intaglio and feature a drawing of the type of plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. The stamp design evokes that earlier period. The stamp designer and typographer was Dan Gretta, while Greg Breeding served as the art director.  First day address:

FDOI – United States Air Mail (Red) Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by December 11, 2018


Poinsettia - August 26

On August 26, 2018, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Global Poinsettia stamp (Global Forever priced at the First-Class Mail International rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 26, 2018.  Global Poinsettia is a new Global Forever international rate stamp that can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International service is available. A striking photograph of a poinsettia arranged against a white background graces this round holiday stamp. Taken from above, the photo captures the beauty of the green leaves, the red bracts, and the yellow flowers in the center of the plant. Text repeated twice around the circumference of the stamp reads “GLOBAL” in bold red letters and “USA,” “FOREVER,” and “2018” in black. William J. Gicker was the art director and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Betsy Pettet.  First day address:

FDOI – Global Poinsettia Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by December 26, 2018.


John Lennon - Sept. 7

 

On September 7, 2018, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the John Lennon stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 16 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 7, 2018.   The John Lennon pane of stamps may not be split or sold individually.  The newest stamps in the Music Icons series honor singer-songwriter John Lennon (1940–1980), a rock-and-roll hero successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist.  Still beloved around the world, Lennon's music remains an anchor of pop radio and continues to speak for truth, peace, and tolerance. The stamp design features a photograph of Lennon taken by noted rock-and-roll photographer Bob Gruen in August 1974 during the photo session for Lennon's 1974 album Walls and Bridges. For the stamps, the original black-and-white image has been treated in gradations of color.  The stamp pane is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the stamps, brief text about Lennon's legacy, and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve. A black-and-white photograph of Lennon seated at his white piano appears on the reverse, along with Lennon's signature and the Music Icons series logo. Taken by photographer Peter Fordham, the original photograph was used to promote Lennon's landmark 1971 solo album, Imagine. Art director Antonio Alcalá worked on the stamp pane with designer Neal Ashby.  First day address:

FDOI – John Lennon Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by January 7, 2019.


First Responders - Sept. 13

On September 13, 2018, in Missoula, MT, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Honoring First Responders 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 September 13, 2018.  With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes the men and women — firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical service professionals — who respond to critical situations with skill, dedication, and uncommon bravery. First responders are found throughout society, from small townships to the federal government, and their ranks often include a wide range of law enforcement professionals and public safety personnel. The digital illustration on this stamp is a symbolic scene that shows three first responders in profile as they race into action. Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altizer to create this stamp.  First day address:

FDOI – Honoring First Responders Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by January 13, 2019.


Pictorial Postmark

 

All requests must be postmarked by October 10.


 

 


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