Favorite Links of the Week: Keeping It Local Edition

We’re just a few weeks into the new year, and already we’re overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the 2013 stamp program. All across the country, communities small and large have embraced the stamps released so far, stoked excitement about upcoming releases, and reminded us that stamps reflect all facets of American life.

Apples33-2013-block4-BGv1Who knew, for example, that the new Apples postcard stamps would resonate just as strongly in West Virginia (where the Golden Delicious is the state fruit) as in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, home to the Baldwin variety as well as stamp artist John Burgoyne.

The Apples stamps drew dozens of enthusiasts to lovely Yakima, Washington—home to 60 percent of the state’s apple production—for the town’s first ever stamp unveiling. Woohoo!

And the New York Apple Association (NYAA), based in Fishers, New York, also joined the fun this week when it learned that the Apples stamps feature the local Northern Spy variety. “To celebrate,” said Molly Golden, director of marketing for NYAA, “we suggest consumers bake a pie with Spies and any other great New York apple variety.” Love the idea! Recipes anyone?

In other local stamp news:

  • A beloved Vermont landmark, the Arlington Green Bridge in Bennington County, is featured on the new Priority Mail stamp issued this morning.

Thanks to all the communities around the country that have embraced stamps as part of their local story. You truly bring stamps to life.

The Emancipation Proclamation, Modern Art, and A New Pixar Movie? Our Favorite Links of the Week

What a fantastic first week of 2013 this has been! Hundreds of you braved the cold early on New Year’s Day to stand in line at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., to see the dedication of the Emancipation Proclamation stamp exactly 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the original document. Keeping up with all the news about the stamp since then has been difficult, but fun! Here are some of our favorite links from the week:

  • The National Archives has posted wonderful photographs on its Facebook page from all three days that the Emancipation Proclamation was on display, including images from the stamp dedication ceremony and historic reading of the original document. Not to be missed!

What did we miss? Share your favorite Emancipation Proclamation stamp links in the comments.

Some other odds and end making us happy this week:

  • This Cultural Diary page includes a pane of 16 Romare Bearden stamps, featuring four different designs.

    This Cultural Diary page includes a pane of 16 Romare Bearden stamps, featuring four different designs.

    Studio 360 has a wonderful new story about artist Romare Bearden, whose extraordinarily beautiful collages are featured on a stamp sheet from 2011 that is still available for purchase. (Psst, we will be giving away some Romare Bearden stamp-related products in the coming weeks.)

  • And speaking of modern art, did you know that you can see many of the artists featured on the Modern Art in America stamp sheet at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City? The museum’s “American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe” exhibit showcases work by Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Joseph Stella, among others. Wow!
  • We were reminded on Twitter this week that February is A Month of Letters (#lettermo). Will you be taking part?
  • And, finally, we were excited by the news that Mike and Sully of Monsters, Inc. will reunite this June in the new Pixar movie Monsters University. Any excuse to send a Mike and Sully postcard is a good excuse, right?

Oh, we’d like to extend a special shout out to Kevin in Jacksonville, Florida, for the awesome 2-cent postcard he recently mailed to us.  Thanks, Kevin! You can find Kevin online here.

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See you next week! Until then, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Holy Family & Santa and Sleigh: Some of Our Favorite Links

Are you ready for the holidays? Well, we are, and we kicked off the start of the holiday season last week with the release of the Holy Family and Santa and Sleigh stamps. In case you missed the fun, here’s a brief roundup of some of our favorite Christmas stamps news stories of the week.

  • The Holy Family stamp departs from the usual Madonna and Child image that appears on U.S. postage stamps. “Forty-eight out of 50 years were the same type of image,” says Louis Guiliano from the USPS Board of Governors. “We wanted to express a different part of the Christmas story.” Read more from Guiliano and about the Holy Family stamp here.
  • Even Santa himself made it to the dedication of the Santa and Sleigh stamps! For more pictures from the celebration, visit the USPS Media Center.

Also this week we send a special shout-out to Hints from Heloise, which featured Stamp Camp USA, an organization that introduces kids to the fun hobby of stamp collecting. Follow the link to learn how you can help.

Voting by absentee ballot this year? Make sure you have the right amount of postage!

December 17, the busiest mail day for USPS, will be here sooner that we realize. Have you gotten your stamps yet?

Favorite Links of the Week: More buzz for Earthscapes, new Christmas Stamps debut

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our roundup of stamp stories this week.

Berkeley, California, photographer Barry Rokeach’s stunning work, which was featured on one of the Earthscapes stamps, is detailed by Berkeleyside.

Westport News reports on Westport (Connecticut) Historical Society‘s recently opened exhibit showcasing U.S. postage stamps designed by local artists.

Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Sarah Hughes will help dedicate the Santa and Sleigh (Forever®) stamps tomorrow in New York City.

What were some of your favorite philatelic stories this week?

Favorite Links of the Week: Earthscapes Redux

It’s that time of the week again, and there’s been so much buzz about the new Earthscapes (Forever®) stamps, issued on Monday, that we’re devoting another week of favorite links to them.

WTTG Fox 5 in Washington, D.C., interviewed Executive Director of Stamp Services Steve Kearney at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, before Monday’s issuance ceremony, offering some great inside information about the creation of the stamps.

The scientific, as well as aesthetic, importance of the Landstat 7 Satellite images included on the sheet is explained on RedOrbit.com.

Pacific Northwesterners at The Oregonian celebrated the appearance of the famous volcanic crater of Mount St. Helens on the Earthscapes sheet.

The Green Bay Press Gazette covered a special unveiling of the cherry orchard stamp, which features a Door County, Wisconsin, orchard in bloom.

The less iconic but, as the Las Vegas Review-Journal points out, very real depiction of Sin City is captured in a shot of a residential subdivision.

Meteorologist Bob Ryan of WJLA ABC7 in Washington, D.C., who was master of ceremonies at the issuance event on Monday, talks about his favorite stamps on the sheet.

And if you weren’t able to make it to the ceremony, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center put together a video of highlights from the official dedication.

If all this excitement is any indication, you may want to heed Mr. Kearney’s advice and get your Earthscapes stamps as soon as you can!