P.O. Box 76, Norvelt, PA 15674

Volume 33, Number 3

March 2019

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April 7

The next meeting of the stamp club will be April 7.    Please bring cookies for the table.  The hall is open from 1 pm, the meeting starts at 2:15 pm


McKinley Stamp Show 00PM; Sunday - Saturday March 2, 2019 10AM-5: March 3, 10AM-4PM; St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 4667 Applegrove St. NW, North Canton, OH; Sponsored by the McKinley Stamp Club; Contact Dave Pool 330-832-5992.  Website: http://mksc.webs.com; 16 dealers.

Garfield-Perry March Party - Friday March 15, 2019, 11AM-6PM; Saturday March 16, 10AM-5:30 PM; Sunday March 17, 10AM-4PM; La Villa Conference and Banquet Center, 11500 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44130.  50+ dealers. Website address:  http://www.garfieldperry.org/    Note:   This is a new location.

Spring Stamp Expo - Saturday, April 6, 2019; Eugene Clarke Center, 235 S. Third Street, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17202; Sponsored by: Cumberland Valley Philatelic Society;  Contact : Richard Sprankle rspran32@gmail.com  Phone: 717-263-4457.

LANCOPEX 2019 – Friday, April 26, 10am – 5pm; Saturday, April 27, 10am – 4pm; Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd., Lancaster, PA. Sponsored by the Lancaster County Philatelic Society, Contact: Lou DiFelice, 717-572-3419, loudifelice@gmail.com.  20 dealers.  Note that this show is Friday and Saturday.

TUSCOPEX 2019 - Saturday, April 27; 10am - 5pm; Tuscora Park Pavilion, 161 Tuscora Avenue, NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663; Sponsored by: Tuscora Stamp Club; Contact: Jim Shamel, jimhelenshamel@hotmail.com; Phone: 740-922-4610; 8 dealers.

BUTLERPEX 2019 – Friday, May 10, 2019 10am – 5pm & Saturday, May 11 2019; 10am – 4pm; Tanglewood Senior Center, 10 Austin Ave., Lyndora, PA.  Sponsored by the Butler County Philatelic Society.  Contact: Tom Sivak, 724-287-1931 http://www.butlercountyphilatelicsociety.com   

13 dealers. Note that this show is Friday and Saturday.

Wilkinsburg Stamp Show - Friday May 31, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday June 1, 10:00am - 3:00pm; Gateway Fire Hall, 4370 Northern Pike, Monroeville, PA;  Sponsored by the Wilkinsburg Stamp Club; 11+ dealers; Contact: Tom Donohue, wilkinsburgstampclub@yahoo.com Phone: 412-373-8697.  http://www.wilkinsburgstampclub.com/


Star Ribbon - March 22


On  March  22,  2019,  in  Oakbrook  Terrace,  IL,  the  U.S. Postal Service will issue the Star Ribbon stamp(Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a pres-sure-sensitive  adhesive  (PSA)  pane  of  20  stamps , a PSA coil of 3,000 stamps, and aPSA coil of 10,000 stamps. The stamp will go on  sale  nationwide  on  March  22,  2019,  and  must  not  be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue. The Star Ribbon stamp artwork features a digital illustration of a star made of red, white, and blue ribbon. The white space in the middle of the ribbon creates a second, smaller star. The tri-colored ribbon, folded into a patriotic symbol, is  intended  to  evoke  the  connectedness  of  the  American people. Greg Breeding was the art director. Aaron Draplin designed the stamp and created the artwork.   First day address:

FDOI – Star Ribbon Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

All orders must be postmarked by July 22, 2019.

 Coral Reefs - March 29

On  March  29,  2019,  in  St.  Louis,  MO,  the  U.S.  Postal  Service  will  issue  the  Coral  Reefs  stamps (non-denominated priced at the postcard rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive  adhesive  (PSA)  pane  of  20  stamps and a PSA coil of 100 stamps. The stamps  will  go  on  sale  nationwide  March  29,  2019,  and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue.  Four  new  postcard  stamps  celebrate  the  beauty  and wonder of coral reefs. Each stamp depicts a type of stony coral,  along  with  associated  reef  fish,  in  a  highly  stylized manner:

Elkhorn coral, shown with two French angelfish;

Brain coral, with a spotted moray eel;

Staghorn coral, with bluestriped grunts; and

Pillar coral, with a coney grouper and neon gobies.

Art  director  Ethel  Kessler  designed  the  stamps.  Tyler Lang created the stamp art. 

First day address:


FDOI – Coral Reefs Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900


All orders must be postmarked by July 29, 2019.

Marvin Gaye - April 2

On  April  2,  2019,  in  Los  Angeles,  CA,  the  U.S.  Postal  Service will issue the Marvin Gaye stamp (Forever priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive  adhesive  pane  of  16  stamps.  The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 2, 2019, and  must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue. The Marvin Gaye pane of 16 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually. With this new stamp in the Music Icons series, the U.S.Postal  Service  honors  Marvin  Gaye  (1939–1984),  one  of the most influential music performers of his generation. The stamp  design  features  a  portrait  of  the  “Prince  of  Soul” inspired   by   historic   photographs.   The   stamp   pane   is designed to resemble a vintage, 45-rpm record sleeve. One side  of  the  pane  includes  the  stamps,  brief  text  about Gaye’s legacy, and the image of a sliver of a record seeming  to  peek  out  the  top  of  the  sleeve.  Another  portrait  of Gaye,  also  inspired  by  historic  photographs,  appears  on the  reverse  along  with  the  Music  Icons  series  logo.  Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp pane with original art by Kadir Nelson. First day address:


FDOI – Marvin Gaye Stamp

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900


All orders must be postmarked by August 2, 2019.

Post Office Murals  - April 10

On April 10, 2019, in Piggott, AR, the U.S. Postal Service  will  issue  the  Post  Office  Murals  stamps  (Forever priced  at  the  First-Class  Mail   rate)  in  five  designs,  in  a pressure-sensitive  adhesive  pane  of  10  stamps.  The  stamps  will  go  on  sale  nationwide  April  10, 2019,  and  must  not  be  sold  or  cancelled  before  the  first-day-of-issue. The Post Office Murals pane of 10 stamps may  not  be  split  and  the  stamps  may  not  be  sold individually. This  pane  of  10  stamps  features  five  different  murals designed to add a touch of beauty to Post Office  walls, while depicting the American landscape during the era of the  Great  Depression.  On  the  stamp  art,  the  town  or  city and  state  in  which  the  work  of  art  is  located  is  printed underneath each mural. The murals included are:

“Kiowas Moving Camp” (1936), Anadarko, OK;

“Mountains and Yucca” (1937), Deming, New Mexico;

“Antelope” (1939), Florence, Colorado;

“Sugarloaf Mountain” (1940), Rockville, Maryland;

“Air Mail” (1941), Piggott, Arkansas.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.   First day address:


FDOI – Post Office Murals Stamps

USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services

8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64144-9900


All orders must be postmarked by August 10, 2019. 

Valentine Postmarks


All requests must be made within 30 days of the postmark date.

St. Patrick Cancel

All requests must be made within 30 days of the postmark date.


Cereal, PA


Cereal, PA is located in Westmoreland County just south of Hahntown (about 1 mile south of Circleville).  It was the home of the Jersey Cereal Food Company.  The post office at Cereal served the company.  It was located in the General Office Building.  Postmaster Frank A. Farmer was also the Secretary – Treasurer of the company.  The post office operated from November 13, 1907 to August 31, 1920 at which time it became a rural branch of Irwin until it closed April 30, 1937 (during the Depression).   At one time the Jersey Cereal Food Company was the largest cereal food manufacturing company in Pennsylvania. The company was one of the first to bar cigarette smoking and the use of alcohol by its employees.  Three of its best selling products were Jersey brand pancake flour, corn flakes and rolled oats.    

The Irish Post Office

Mail delivery in Ireland dates back to 1638, when 'The Deputy Postmaster to Foreign Parts’, Evan Vaughan, organized post stages from Dublin to Belfast, Coleraine, Derry, Sligo, Galway and Cork.  Until mail coaches were introduced in 1789, ‘post boys’, who provided their own horses, carried the mail. Mail was expensive and was delivered only after the addressee paid a ‘conveyance fee’.


Dublin's GPO with it’s fine classical facade is one of the world's oldest postal headquarters. It has operated from the same building since 1818. The General Post Office took its place in modern Irish history when it became the center stage of the Easter Rising in 1916 and secured the distinction of becoming the center of a revolution.