WESTMORELAND COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER

P.O. Box 76, Norvelt, PA 15674

Volume 32, Number 8

 

October 2018


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November Meeting Cancelled

 


 

NEXT MEETING DATE

December 2

There will be no meeting in November.  The next meeting of the stamp club will be December 2.  Please bring cookies for the table.  Drink will be provided.  The hall is open from 1 pm, the meeting starts at 2:15pm.  

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

GETTYPEX 2018, Saturday, October 20,  2018, 10AM to 4PM, Gettysburg Fire Company, 35 North Stratton Street, Gettysburg. Sponsored by Blue & Gray Stamp Club, Contact Dwight L. Monn, dmonn@pa.net; 717-624-4864. - 12 dealers

PITTPEX 2018 - Saturday/Sunday, November 3 & 4; Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 10AM-3pm; South Fayette Fire Hall, 661 Millers Run Road, Bridgeville. I79 Exit 54 (Bridgeville), Left on Route 50 West, .05 miles to Millers Road, Right 2.3 miles to fire hall.  Contact Bryan Gross, maxaugust@aol.com; 412-353-1317. Annual exhibition and bourse sponsored by the Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh. About 11 dealers, Exhibits, youth area, flea market.

Johnstown Stamp Show – Saturday, November 10; 10:00am – 4:00pm; Second year at New Location: St. John Gulabert Activity Center, 100 Adams St. Johnstown.  Sponsored by the Johnstown Stamp Club. 5 dealers, USPS substation.  Contact Charles D. Holtzman, Jr., chazhjr@msn.com; 814-532-0199 - 5 dealers.


 Birds in Winter - Sept.  22

On September 22, 2018, in Quechee, VT, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Birds in Winter stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 22, 2018.  The Birds in Winter stamps celebrate four of winter's winged beauties:

The black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus),

The northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis),

The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata), and

The red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus).

The stamp art highlights the handsome plumage of resident birds often spotted throughout the year's coldest months. Evoking the drab feeling of winter with the stark white backgrounds, stamp artist Nadia Taylor hoped to create a vivid contrast with the bright flashes of color found in the digital rendering of each bird. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.  First day address:

FDOI – Birds in Winter Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by January 22, 2019.


Hot Wheels - Sept. 29

On September 29, 2018, in Fort Worth, TX, the U.S.Postal Service will issue the Hot Wheels stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in 10 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps.  The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 29, 2018, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.  The Hot Wheels pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.  This issuance celebrates Hot Wheels, the iconic die-cast cars that for the last 50 years have ignited the imaginations of generations of children around the world. Arranged in diagonal rows, the 20 stamps showcase photographer Len Rizzi’s images of 10 Hot Wheels cars — two of each design — speeding along a bright orange track. Each stamp features the name of the vehicle.  The iconic, curvy Hot Wheels logo appears in the top right corner of the pane. The back of the pane displays the Hot Wheels 50th anniversary logo. William J. Gicker served as art director. Greg Breeding designed the stamps and was the typographer.  First day address:

FDOI – Hot Wheels Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by January 29, 2019


“Madonna and Child” - Oct. 3

On October 3, 2018, in Santa Fe, NM, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the “Madonna and Child” by Bachiacca stamp (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 3, 2018, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.  This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, an oil-and-gold-on-panel painting by Italian Renaissance artist Francesco d’Ubertino Verdi (1494–1557), known as Bachiacca. Dating from the early 1520s, the painting is part of the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. William J. Gicker served as art director for this stamp, and Greg Breeding was the designer.  First day address:

FDOI – “Madonna and Child” by Bachiacca Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by February 3, 2019.


 Kwanzaa 2018 - Oct. 10

On October 10, 2018, in Raleigh, NC, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Kwanzaa 2018 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 October 10, 2018, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.  With this new stamp, the Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. The annual holiday, which takes place over 7 days from December 26 to January 1, brings family, community, and culture together for many African Americans. The stamp depicts a small family adorned in a mixture of western and traditional clothing, paying tribute to the holiday’s focus on the contemporary African-American experience while also drawing on African roots. They are gathered around a kinara (candleholder), the warm light from the seven candles illuminating their faces. Several other important Kwanzaa symbols sit on the table. Artist Floyd Cooper used a method he calls “oil erasure” — covering an illustrated board in oil paint and then erasing layers of paint to reveal his images — to create this design of familial love and connection. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.  First day address:

FDOI – Kwanzaa 2018 Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by February 10, 2019


Hanukkah - Oct. 16

On October 16, 2018, in Newport, RI, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Hanukkah 2018 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 October 16, 2018, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  The U.S. Postal Service and Israel Post join together to celebrate Hanukkah, a joyous Jewish holiday. The stamp features a papercut design of a 9-branch menorah used during the holiday. Drawing on Jewish paper cutting traditions, the artist based her design on Hanukkah themes and references from ancient texts. Behind the menorah, he artist cut a design reminiscent of the shape of an ancient oil jug to represent the heart of the Hanukkah miracle. Meant to last one day, the sacred oil burned for eight. On each side of the design are two broken oil jugs and two dreidels— spinning tops used in the modern Hanukkah game. The plant twining along the sides is a pomegranate; both the flowers and the fruit are seen in the twisting branches. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Tamar Fishman.  First day address:

FDOI – Hanukkah 2018 Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by February 16, 2019.


Santa - Oct. 11

On October 11, 2018, in Pigeon Forge, TN, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Sparkling Holidays stamps (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive booklet of 20 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 11, 2018, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.  The U.S. Postal Service celebrates Christmas with Sparkling Holidays, four new stamps featuring classic images of Santa Claus painted by famed commercial artist Haddon Sundblom. Each of the four images portraying a close-up of Santa’s face are details from larger paintings created by Sundblom and originally published in ads for The Coca-Cola Company from the 1940s through the early 1960s. Sundblom is the man credited with refining the modern image of Santa Claus. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.  First day address:

FDOI – Sparkling Holidays Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by February 11, 2019


Sparkling Holidays - Oct. 11

On October 11, 2018, in Pigeon Forge, TN, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Sparkling Holidays Souvenir Sheet (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive souvenir sheet of one stamp. The stamp will go on sale October 11, 2018.  Celebrate the holidays with the Sparkling Holidays Souvenir Sheet.

The artwork features a detail of a Haddon Sundblom painting originally published in an ad for The Coca-Cola Company in 1963. The souvenir sheet features an iconic holiday scene of Santa Claus visiting a home on Christmas Eve and showcases one stamp, a semi-jumbo version of one of the four special-sized stamps featured in the Sparkling Holidays booklet of 20. The stamp itself features Santa's face and hat with one hand holding a book and the other adjusting his glasses. The souvenir sheet format offers the opportunity to see more of Sundblom's original painting.  The souvenir sheet will only be available through The Postal Store at usps.com or through our toll-free number at 800-782-6724. First day address:

FDOI – Sparkling Holidays Souvenir Sheet

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by February 11, 2019.



 


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