Pickup Trucks

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The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates pickup trucks, the rugged and reliable work vehicles that Americans have driven for nearly a century. Each of the four stamps in the Pickup Trucks series features one of the following iconic models: the 1938 International Harvester D-2, the 1948 Ford F-1, the 1953 Chevrolet, and the 1965 Ford F-100.

Artist Chris Lyons used Adobe Illustrator to create stylized renderings of the pickup trucks. On each stamp, the name and model year of the truck are featured in the top left corner over the words “FOREVER USA.” Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.

The Pickup Trucks stamp collection is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

Warm message of thanks for exceptional customer service

Tooele, UT, Retail Associate Betsy Tate

Tooele, UT, Retail Associate Betsy Tate

When Tooele, UT, Postmaster Roland Dalton recently opened a letter addressed to his office, he was pleasantly surprised by what he found.

Inside the envelope, a customer had written a special letter of thanks to Retail Associate Betsy Tate and the other employees at the office. Her warm message was a welcomed affirmation of the hard work and exceptional customer service Tooele employees provide every day.

The following is an excerpt from the customer’s letter:

“I am writing today to let you know that Betsy Tate has gone above and beyond her duties as an employee. She is always so helpful. She has always gone the extra mile to help me with my business and has always given great advice with a friendly smile. I can tell you that your staff at the Tooele branch is far and above the best service providers I have ever had the pleasure to deal with. They have a very difficult job and still have always greeted me with smiles and help.

I just thought that I would take a moment and thank you and your staff, and especially Betsy for always taking the time to help me with a smile and great service. It is unusual to find such kindness in the world and I am very grateful to your team at the Tooele branch.

Warm regards,

 

Kathy C.”

Eid Greetings

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With a design that evokes centuries of tradition, this Eid Greetings stamp, featuring gold calligraphy and an olive branch, commemorates the two most important festivals—or eids—in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. On these days, Muslims wish each other Eidukum mubarak, the phrase shown in Islamic calligraphy on the stamp. Eidukum mubarak translates literally as “May your Eid be bountiful (or blessed),” a phrase that can be applied to both Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

The calligraphy on previous Eid stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service® has read Eid mubarak, “may the religious holiday be blessed,” with the “your” implied, but this new stamp includes the word “your” to give the text more body within a horizontal frame. The stylized olive branch carries connotations of abundance, family, hospitality, and peace. The background color is purple.

The Eid Greetings stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

Pluto Stamp Earns GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Title

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A 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp traveled more than 3 billion miles on a spacecraft to the dwarf planet has earned the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS achievement for the farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp. The stamp also served as NASA’s rallying cry to set the record straight for exploring Pluto.

This record will extend another 1 billion miles, as NASA recently announced the New Horizons mission will journey beyond Pluto to visit a Kuiper Belt object known as 2014 MU69 — considered to be one of the early building blocks of the solar system.

The U.S. Postal Service and NASA marked the achievement July 19 at a ceremony at Postal Service headquarters. Space fans are asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #PlutoExplored!

“In 2006, NASA placed a 29-cent “Pluto: Not Yet Explored” stamp on board the New Horizons spacecraft on its way to Pluto and beyond,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer and Executive Vice President Jim Cochrane. “That historic flyby with Pluto took place last summer — July 14, 2015, to be precise — after New Horizons travelled more than three billion miles in its nine and a half year journey.”

“Two months ago, at the World Stamp Show in New York City, we issued the “Pluto—Explored!” Forever Stamps that honor the milestone of the New Horizons’ flyby. I think employees at NASA and the Postal Service can take pride in what these accomplishments represent for our organizations and for our country — the talent, the dedication, the hard work, the technological achievement.”

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS official adjudicator Jimmy Coggins presented the certificate to Cochrane. NASA Director of Planetary Science Jim Green and New Horizons Principal Investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute provided the backstory on the stamp and the New Horizons mission.

“The farthest distance traveled by a postage stamp is a quite an impressive achievement, as it spans many planets and billions of miles. As stamps are synonymous with travel, it is fitting that one would travel within the solar system,” said Coggins. “It’s an honor to be a part of this historic moment and welcome the United States Postal Service to the Guinness World Records family.”

“The New Horizons mission to Pluto is not only writing space history, it’s setting a high bar for achievements beyond its many science discoveries,” said Green. “NASA joins the U.S. Postal Service in expressing our mutual appreciation for this special recognition.”

“The New Horizons project is truly honored to be recognized by Guinness World Records for its achievements,” said Stern. “Among my personal favorites are being the fastest spacecraft ever launched, the first mission to explore the Pluto system, the mission that explored the farthest worlds ever visited, and now sending a U.S. postage stamp farthest from Earth!”

Mooving the extra mile for customers

Curtis, NE, Rural Carrier LouAnn Wood

Curtis, NE, Rural Carrier LouAnn Wood

As Curtis, NE, Rural Carrier LouAnn Wood drove along her route following a heavy rainstorm, she came across a cow lying on the ground. The animal didn’t budge as she approached and she assumed it had succumbed to the storm. Wood owns cattle on her own property and felt concerned that there might be a calf somewhere without its mother.

With no cell service in the canyon, she continued along the road until she reached the next mailbox. There, she asked an individual about the cow. The person denied ownership, but suggested that it might belong to a neighbor. When Wood later exited the canyon, she called that neighbor and told her the bad news about the cow. The woman thanked Wood for the information and called her own husband to have him check out the situation.

The embankment the cow had been standing on gave way due to the heavy rain and it fell down in the process. Unable to get back up, the animal remained on the ground until its owner rendered aid.

The customer called Wood later on and told her that the cow is doing well and is back with its calf. She also thanked the concerned carrier for the information and for watching out for her customer’s animals.

“LouAnn is a great, conscientious carrier who is very good at her job!” said Curtis Postmaster Susan Kugler.

Jaime Escalante

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With the Jaime Escalante Forever stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors Jaime Escalante (1930-2010), the East Los Angeles teacher whose inspirational methods led supposedly unteachable high school students to master calculus.

The digital illustration by Jason Seiler depicts Escalante in a style meant to resemble an oil painting. Escalante stands in front of a chalkboard on which calculus symbols are visible. He is wearing his signature flat cap, looking forward toward the viewer. The illustration is based on a photograph taken by Jaime W. Escalante, on May 6, 2005, in the actual classroom at Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, California, where his father formerly taught.

Fame came to Escalante in an unexpected and unhappy way. In 1982, 18 of his students took the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam. Controversy followed when the testing service accused 14 students of cheating. Escalante suspected that the accusation of cheating was due to the fact that the students were Mexican Americans from a low-income area of Los Angeles. The testing service denied the allegation and proposed a solution: that the 14 students retake the test. Twelve of the 14 did, a different exam from the first, and all passed.

Escalante and his students became instant heroes in the fall of 1982 when the story broke in the news media and attracted the attention of Hollywood filmmakers. The movie Stand and Deliver, released in 1988, garnered good reviews and made Escalante one of the most famous teachers in America.

In 1999, Escalante was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame for his efforts to have children believe in their ability to achieve.

The Jaime Escalante Forever stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

Patriotic celebration

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Letter Carriers from Tacoma, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek, WA, joined with their colleagues at the Bothell Post Office to take part in a Fourth of July parade in Bothell.

The united team drove the patriotically-decorated ProMaster vehicle (behind the group) in the parade held on Saturday, July 2. Spectators at the parade clapped and cheered during the celebration, reveling in the colorful displays.

Missouri carrier leaps into action to save the life of a dying child

While delivering mail along her route recently, Independence, MO, City Carrier Audrey Odell heard a woman yelling.

“Someone help us, my baby!” the woman screamed.

Odell approached the cry for help and stopped her vehicle near a woman sitting on the ground holding a child. The concerned carrier dismounted and secured her vehicle, then moved quickly to the woman.

“Do you know CPR?” the woman frantically asked.

“Yes,” Odell replied.

Without hesitation, Odell took the infant from his mother and set him on the ground. She performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the next five minutes until paramedics arrived. Though the child remained in the hospital for some time following the incident, he is alive due to the extraordinary efforts of his local letter carrier.

“We’re very proud of Audrey recognizing the need to assist, and stepping in to assist,” said Mid-America Manager Gail Hendrix.

In addition to official recognition by the Postal Service, the Independence Police Department also intends to celebrate Odell’s heroic actions.

Keep your mail safe while on vacation with Hold Mail Service

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Going somewhere for vacation this summer? Don’t forget to put your mail on hold while you’re gone.

Hold Mail Service will keep your mail safely at your local Post Office until you return. You can schedule the service up to 30 days in advance, or by 2 a.m. CST on the start date. Mail can be held at your Post Office for any timeframe between 3 and 30 consecutive days. On the end date, your carrier will deliver your held mail.

Each address can have one Hold Mail Service scheduled at a time. All mail will be held, rather than an individual’s mail. For more information on Hold Mail Service, click here.

If you’ll be away from home longer than 30 days, there’s another option to make sure you continue to receive your mail on a regular basis. Premium Forwarding Service will hold mail, package it, and ship it to you each week for a weekly fee. The service can be used from 2 weeks up to 1 year. For more information on Premium Forwarding Service, click here.

Centenarian receives birthday party of a lifetime

Spokane, WA, Maybelle Wendler spends her 105th birthday surrounded by friends.

Spokane, WA, Maybelle Wendler spends her 105th birthday surrounded by friends.

When friends prepared for Maybelle Wendler’s 105th birthday party, they wanted a surprise guest list for the Spokane, WA, resident. One of the guests they invited was her local letter carrier.

Spokane Valley City Carrier Tracy Pardick was honored to receive the request. He joined Maybelle along with the mayor, representatives from the local fire and police department, and all of her friends from the Broadway Court Estates to share the special occasion. In addition to a rose presented to Maybelle by each individual in uniform, Mayor Rod Higgins also gave her a key to the city.

Spokane Valley City Carrier Tracy Pardick shares a touching moment with Maybelle.

Spokane Valley City Carrier Tracy Pardick shares a touching moment with Maybelle.

Besides a fondness for the mail, Maybelle has another connection with the Postal Service. From 1943-1946, she served as a contract mail carrier in Newman Lake. She left the service in 1946 to devote her time to raising her family, but her daughter fondly remembers riding in the delivery vehicle while her mom delivered mail.

While Maybelle’s 105th birthday party was an entertaining one, it was also bittersweet. The event doubled as a goodbye party as Maybelle will soon be moving to Boise, ID, to be closer to her daughter.

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