A Charlie Brown Christmas

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On December 9, 1965, millions of Americans learned what Christmas is all about. That evening, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first animated special featuring characters from Charles Schulz’s beloved comic strip Peanuts, aired on CBS. Over the years, watching the understated ode to the holiday season has become an annual tradition for many families. The program now airs every year on ABC.

This booklet of 20 stamps features 10 still frames from A Charlie Brown Christmas (two of each design). They include: Charlie Brown holding the sapling that eventually becomes his Christmas tree, Charlie Brown and Pigpen with a snowman, Snoopy and children ice skating, the cast of the program gathering around the Christmas tree, Linus kneeling by the sparsely decorated Christmas tree, Charlie Brown checking his mailbox for a Christmas card, Charlie Brown and Linus leaning on a snowy brick wall, Charlie Brown and Linus standing by the tree, a frustrated Charlie Brown standing in front of Snoopy’s doghouse, and Charlie Brown decorating the tree in front of the prize-winning lights display on Snoopy’s doghouse.

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

Cruisin’ for Cool Cars

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In the recent Rod Run to the End of the World car event in Ocean Park, WA, more than 800 classic cars 30 years or older were available for admiration by the viewing public. Though many in attendance could only visualize owning the valuable collection, there was another alternative that would fit anyone’s budget.

Retail Associate Yukiko Hightower, Postmaster Barbara Henry, and Retail Associate Melodie Valley-Wanke.

Retail Associate Yukiko Hightower, Postmaster Barbara Henry, and Retail Associate Melodie Valley-Wanke.

Joining the stylish ensemble of autos was Postmaster Barbara Henry and several members of her staff. The postal team sold a variety of items at the event, including  a diverse collection of popular stamps, Hot Rods stamp collectibles, and Priority Mail boxes for visitors who wanted to mail their newly purchased collectibles home.

Justice for Missing Child

St. Paul, MN, Eagan Branch City Carrier Assistant David Kesseh.

St. Paul, MN, Eagan Branch City Carrier Assistant David Kesseh.

Earlier this year, the Crystal Police Department received a report of missing child named Barway Collins. In the early days of the investigation, St. Paul, MN, Eagan Branch City Carrier Assistant David Kesseh offered to assist law enforcement in any way possible to find the missing child. For the next several weeks, Kesseh spent many of his free hours helping in the search. Unfortunately, Collins’ body was ultimately found in the Mississippi River, though his killer ultimately confessed to the crime.

The tragic ending in the search didn’t diminish the contributions of Kesseh and other volunteers. Recently, Kesseh received a letter of appreciation from the Crystal Police Department, thanking him for the “countless hours” he contributed. The letter read in part: “Your assistance proved to be a valuable resource throughout the investigative process. We greatly appreciate the time and energy you contributed to the case. With your assistance, justice has been served for “Little Barway.”

World Post Day

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Traditionally observed every year on October 9, World Post Day was created back in 1969 by the Universal Postal Union as a way to create awareness of the Postal Service, its people, and the impact it has on the lives of citizens around the globe. This Friday, people from around the world will celebrate the day, and postal organizations world-wide will engage in activities and promotions to increase awareness of the Postal Service and the impact it has on the lives of the world’s population.

For individuals who’d like to join in on the fun, mail a special letter or card to a friend of family member, even if it’s just to say hello and let that person know you’re thinking about them. Besides enjoying a surprise message from you, they’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness of the unexpected arrival in the mail, and it might also encourage them to reciprocate.

Mail continues to have a meaningful impact in society, even in a digital age. Besides its tactile and visual appeal, no message creates as much joy, wonder, and intrigue than those lovingly sent and eagerly received in the mail.

To learn more about World Post Day, click here.

PCC Week Wrap-up

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During the many Postal Customer Council (PCC) events held across the nation recently, postal leadership and members of the business mailing community had the chance to come together and discuss important topics relative to the mailing industry. In her keynote address in Portland, OR, Postmaster General Megan Brennan discussed innovation, the importance of PCCs, the value of mail, and the future of the mailing industry among other topics.

PMG Megan Brennan visits business mailers’ booths at the PCC event.

PMG Megan Brennan visits business mailers’ booths at the PCC event.

“The Inspectors” Debuts Tomorrow


“The Inspectors,” a new CBS dramatic series about the Postal Inspection Service’s efforts to fight crime and protect the mail, will debut Saturday, Oct. 3. Most stations will air it at 10:30 a.m., although times may vary.

The half-hour show aims to educate viewers on how to guard themselves from identity theft, email scams and other mail crimes.

The series stars Jessica Lundy and Terry Serpico as Inspectors Amanda Wainwright and Mitch Ohlmeyer. Other characters include Amanda’s teenage son Preston (Bret Green), an intern in the crime lab, and Georgia Darby (Charmin Lee), a forensics expert.

Each episode will conclude with a crime-prevention message from Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, similar to the messages Efrem Zimbalist Jr. delivered on the 1960s series “The F.B.I.”

Preview videos from “The Inspectors” are available on the show’s Twitter feed.

Credit Card Chip Puts Brakes on Fraudulent Charges

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Beginning today, the expense of fraudulent credit card charges may not necessarily be the responsibility of credit card issuers. That’s because yesterday was the deadline for retailers to adopt a more advanced computer chip embedded credit card payment system. Retailers that fail to install the new system may now be responsible for fraudulent credit card charges if their systems are compromised.

Credit cards infused with a computer chip function differently than a traditional magnetic strip card. Unlike swipe stripe cards, chip cards are inserted into a slot on a card reader. The card remains in the slot for several seconds while it interfaces with the network. During this process, a unique, one-time use transaction code is generated to facilitate payment. If the retailer’s network is compromised by a fraudster, the unique transaction code cannot be used for fraudulent charges as the code has already been used.

A chip embedded card isn’t using a new form of technology to conduct transactions. In fact, the technology has existed for the last two decades. Much of Europe already adopted the technology since that time, which has helped reduce the number of fraudulent credit card transactions in those countries. For the United States, the cost of transitioning to the new system has been a significant deterrent. Now, the potential financial burden of not upgrading may significantly outweigh the initial cost of implementation.

While some retailers have installed the necessary payment terminals to accept the new cards, many of their networks are not yet capable of working with the transaction technology. Also, some card issuers have yet to send their card holders chip cards to replace their old swipe stripe cards.

The transition period for some retailers to upgrade payment equipment to accept computer chip technology may take some time as they work through the costs and logistics of doing so. As they bring these systems online, the treasure trove of credit card data siphoned from retail networks by fraudsters will inevitably become less valuable.

Helping Hand for Hard Fall

Omaha, NE, Ralston Station City Carrier Assistant Christopher Ewing.

Omaha, NE, Ralston Station City Carrier Assistant Christopher Ewing.

During someone’s first week at work, a new employee typically concentrates on becoming familiar with the nuances of the job. For Omaha, NE, Ralston Station City Carrier Assistant Christopher Ewing, his first week on the job included helping an elderly customer.

On his fourth day of delivering mail, Ewing heard a woman yelling for help. When he investigated, Ewing discovered that 92-year-old Jean had fallen in her dining room and couldn’t get back up. At the customer’s request, Ewing helped her up from the floor and into an adjacent chair. Jean wasn’t injured from her fall and declined the assistance of medical personnel. She did, however, request her telephone book so she could call her granddaughter to care for her. Before he left, Ewing also picked up Jean’s medication and paperwork that had fallen to the floor during the accident.

“This is the kind of employee that the United States Postal Service needs,” said Customer Service Supervisor Maureen Gadbois. “I am proud to say he is one of ours. Chris did what any kind and caring person would have done in this situation and he definitely upheld the postal image today.”

Severe Injury Nearly Costs Man Leg

Seattle, WA, Riverton Station City Carrier Leo Herrera.

Seattle, WA, Riverton Station City Carrier Leo Herrera.

While on his route recently, Seattle, WA, Riverton Station City Carrier Leo Herrera spotted a frightening scene. A man was in the process of clearing brush on a friend’s property using a machete when he accidently hit himself in the ankle.

The machete’s impact with the customer’s leg broke the bone and caused severe bleeding. A neighbor called 911, but was frantic and “out of control,” offering limited help to the injured man. Herrera immediately jumped into action when he saw the shocking scene.

The bold carrier placed a tourniquet on the man’s leg to stop the bleeding and “took control of the situation” according to a witness. Firefighter medics arrived on the scene shortly thereafter and took over.

The customer survived the severe injury and retained his leg thanks to Herrera’s heroic act.

Not Alone During Hard Fall

Tucson, AZ, Rural Carrier Associate Lisa Stewart.

Tucson, AZ, Rural Carrier Associate Lisa Stewart.

Tucson, AZ, Rural Carrier Associate Lisa Stewart was in the process of delivering mail along her route recently when she saw an alarming scene unfold before her. An older man was walking nearby when he stumbled over a collection of river rocks and fell to the ground. To complicate matters, the man had undergone knee surgery a few years ago, and his knee didn’t endure the impact with the ground as well as it might have in days past.

Stewart tried to help the man back to his feet, but he warned that he was too heavy for her to lift. That’s when Stewart called 911 and asked for the fire department to send assistance.

While the man waited for help to arrive, Stewart remained with him and made sure he didn’t have to wait alone. Later that day, the man called Customer Service Manager Ute Eisinger to tell him what happened.

“He wanted to make sure Lisa didn’t get in trouble for interrupting delivery or running late while she helped and waited there with him until the fire department arrived,” said Eisinger. “Lisa did an amazing job in an emergency situation, and I’m proud of her actions.”


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