WESTMORELAND COUNTY PHILATELIC SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER

P.O. Box 76, Norvelt, PA 15674

Volume 33, Number 1

January 2019


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1st Class Rate Goes to 55˘ on January 27th

 

MEETING DATE

February 4

The next meeting of the stamp club will be February 4.  Please bring cookies for the table.  The hall is open from 1 pm, the meeting starts at 2:15 pm.  

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

DUES ARE DUE

Don’t forget to pay your dues.  Dues are $10.00 for adults and $1.00 for junior members (18 years old or younger).  Please add an additional $5.00 if you would like the newsletter mailed to you.  The Newsletter is available on our website.  Dues can be mailed to the above address.  Make the check out to the Westmoreland County Philatelic Society.

 US New Issues

Hearts Blossom - January 10


On January 10, 2019, in San Juan, PR, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Hearts Blossom 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 January 10, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  Hearts Blossom is the latest stamp in the Love series from the U.S. Postal Service. The stamp art features the word “Love” in cursive script below 12 colorful hearts meant to visually express love’s joyful, bountiful nature. The color palette — red, purple, orange, and pink — is intended to create a happy, positive feeling. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp.  First day address:

FDOI – Hearts Blossom Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by May 10, 2019.


 

Year of the Boar -  January 17

On January 17, 2019, in Houston, TX, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Year of the Boar 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 January 17, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue., Year of the Boar is the 12th and final stamp in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Boar begins on February 5, 2019, and ends on January 24, 2020. The stamp art depicts several bright pink peach blossoms on a branch. Peach blossoms, which often bloom just in time for Lunar New Year, mark the beginning of spring in Chinese culture. Artist Kam Mak created this original painting. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps, including Clarence Lee’s cut-paper design of a boar and the Chinese character for “boar” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun.  First day address:

FDOI – Year of the Boar Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by May 17, 2019.


 

Joshua Tree - January 27

On January 27, 2019, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the $7.35 Joshua Tree Priority Mail stamp in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of four stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 27, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  Celebrating the desolate beauty of the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) and its distinct desert environment, this Priority Mail stamp depicts a common scene throughout much of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. Using the bold colors of the sun’s reflection off of the trees, rocks, and other shrubby vegetation, artist Dan Cosgrove illuminates the desert scene in warm, golden hues. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.  First day address:

FDOI – Joshua Tree Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by May 27, 2019.


 

Bethesda Fountain - January 27

On January 27, 2019, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the $25.50 Bethesda Fountain Priority Mail Express stamp in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of four stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 27, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  With this Priority Mail Express stamp, the Postal Service commemorates the Bethesda Fountain, one of Central Park‘s most iconic structures. Dedicated in 1873, the fountain is a gathering place beloved by New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors alike. The stamp art features a stylized depiction of the fountain. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.  First day address:

FDOI – Bethesda Fountain Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by May 27, 2019.



California Dogface (Butterfly) - Jan, 27

On January 27, 2019, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the California Dogface stamp (Non-denominated priced at the Non-machineable Surcharge rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 120100). The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 27, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  The California dogface graces the seventh non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations, or announcements. The stamp art was digitally created using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of a California dogface (Zerene eurydice) rather than an exact replica. Nationally known artist Tom Engeman created the stamp art. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.  First day address:

FDOI – California Dogface Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by May 27, 2019.


 

U.S. Flag 2019 - January 27

On January 27, 2019, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the U.S. Flag 2019 stamp (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in the following formats:  A pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps produced by security printers Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU) and Banknote Corporation of America (BCA), and a PSA coil of 100 stamps produced by security printers APU and BCA.   The stamps will go on sale nationwide January 27, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  With this new 2019 stamp, the Postal Service celebrates the American flag, the most recognizable symbol of our nation. The stamp features a U.S. flag, one of several on the flagpoles near the end of Chicago’s Navy Pier, waving in a May breeze. The photograph was taken by art director Antonio Alcalá.  First day address:

FDOI – U.S. Flag 2019 Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by May 27, 2019.


 

Uncle Sam’s Hat - January 27

On January 27, 2019, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Uncle Sam’s Hat (Non-denominated additional ounce rate) stamp in one design (with new format), in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 100 stamps (Item 746900). The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 27, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  First day address:

FDOI – Uncle Sam’s Hat Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by May 27, 2019.