National Moth Week Takes Flight Tomorrow

nj_2013_0716Postal officials in East Brunswick, New Jersey, are helping National Moth Week (July 20–28) take flight this year by offering a specially designed postmark. If you want to add the postmark to your collection bring stamped envelopes, postcards, and other collectibles to Butterfly Park—at the corner of Winton Road and Rues Lane in East Brunswick—tomorrow, Saturday, July 20, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Afterward share pictures of your cancellations on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. We’d love to see them! Just remember to tag us (@uspsstamps).

Can’t make it to East Brunswick but still want to celebrate this national (and now international!) event? You can get the free postmark for up to 30 days after Moth Week. Just mail a self–addressed, stamped envelope containing the item(s) to be cancelled by August 28 to: Postmaster, 614 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick NJ 08816-9998. After applying the postmark, the cancelled item(s) will be mailed back to you.

National Moth Week offers everyone an opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute valuable scientific data about moths. This year, nearly 400 moth-spotting and educational events are registered in all 50 states and nearly 40 countries. Many events will take place across New Jersey, where the annual event originated. In addition to the temporary philatelic station at Butterfly Park, the events on July 20 in East Brunswick will include a 10 a.m. butterfly and caterpillar hunt and an 8:30 p.m. Moth Night observation. Participation is free and open to people of all ages and abilities, from young citizen scientists to professional entomologists.

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The Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery. Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society. Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports. Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.