John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was the nation’s first Catholic president and, at age 43, the youngest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office.

The stamp features a photograph taken by Ted Spiegel of Kennedy campaigning for president in Seattle, Washington, in 1960. The selvage art, showing President Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House Historical Association).

Kennedy was known for his charismatic personality and his ability to appeal to the nation’s higher ideals and to inspire young Americans to engage in public service. In his Inaugural Address, he called upon Americans to “ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.”

In the early months of his administration, Kennedy announced his signature initiative, the Peace Corps, to aid poor people in developing nations. In May 1961, Kennedy announced the bold goal of landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade, setting the nation on the path toward achieving the historic moon landing in 1969.

As the leader of the Free World during the height of the Cold War, Kennedy confronted the Soviet Union in a series of conflicts that could have escalated into a major war. The most dangerous of these was the Cuban Missile Crisis in the fall of 1962, when Soviet forces installed nuclear missiles in Cuba. Resisting the urging of his military advisers to bomb the missile sites, Kennedy opted instead for a naval “quarantine” and negotiations to convince Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev to remove the missiles, thus defusing a world crisis.

On November 22, 1963, while riding with his wife Jacqueline in an open car thronged by cheering crowds in Dallas, Texas, Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. His violent and tragic death at age 46 left the nation grief-stricken and was one of the darkest moments in our history.

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

Dorothy Height

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The 40th stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Dorothy Height (1912–2010), the tireless activist who dedicated her life to fighting for racial and gender equality. Although she rarely gained the recognition granted her male contemporaries, she became one of the most influential civil rights leaders of the 20th century.

In 1963, the Height-led National Council of Negro Women joined the Council for United Civil Rights Leadership. Height was an architect of the August 1963 March on Washington, where she shared the stage with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, but unlike several of her male colleagues, Height did not speak at the landmark event. It was Height, however, who pushed to include a voice of youth like John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and insisted on no time limits for King’s speech.

The need for gender equality was important to Height, who fought for the rights of women, particularly women of color. President John F. Kennedy named her to his Commission on the Status of Women (which was chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt); she attended the 1963 White House ceremony at which he signed the Equal Pay Act. In 1971, she helped form the National Women’s Political Caucus.

In 1977, Height officially retired from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), for which she worked for 40 years. In addition to numerous honorary degrees, Height received the nation’s two highest civilian honors. In 1994, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A decade later, President George W. Bush presented her with the Congressional Gold Medal. In 2009, she was a guest of Barack Obama when he was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

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

Lunar New Year

Stamp artist Kam Mak, Western Area VP Greg Graves, and Retail Associates Jianmei Guan, Jennifer Kim, Xiao Chen and Haoi Tran.

Stamp artist Kam Mak, Western Area VP Greg Graves, and Retail Associates Jianmei Guan, Jennifer Kim, Xiao Chen and Haoi Tran.

The Postal Service dedicated the Year of the Rooster Forever stamp recently, the 10th of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series during a First-Day-of-Issue ceremony at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Considered the most important holiday of the year for many Asian communities around the world, the Lunar New Year is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage.

Western Area Vice President Greg Graves dedicated the stamp at its official unveiling.

“Today’s event is important, not only because it’s our first stamp dedication of the new calendar year, but also because it gives the Postal Service a chance to reinforce our commitment to celebrate America’s great diversity through our stamps,” said Graves. “The beautiful Year of the Rooster Forever stamp is a sterling example of the Postal Service’s mission to issue stamps that demonstrate our country’s deep regard for its rich, multi-cultural heritage.”

Philatelists revel in NM event

Two customers peruse the many philatelic collectibles with Albuquerque, NM, P&DC General Clerk Lori Aldrich and Main Office Retail Associate Cecilia Padilla.

Two customers peruse the many philatelic collectibles with Albuquerque, NM, P&DC General Clerk Lori Aldrich and Main Office Retail Associate Cecilia Padilla.

Philatelists across New Mexico and beyond converged recently at the 11th annual New Mexico Philatelic Exhibition. Held at the Meadowlark Senior Center in Rio Rancho, the event showcased numerous stamp collection displays, tables packed with fun activities for children to spark their interest in stamp collecting, and a special postmark to commemorate the exhibition.

This year’s theme for the show was the National Parks Forever Stamp sheet which includes the Bandelier National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, both located in New Mexico.

The robust turnout not only delighted visitors, it also generated more than $2,000 in revenue for the Postal Service.

Wonder Woman

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The Postal Service, in conjunction with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, dedicated four Forever stamps recently that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder WomanThe first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the DC Entertainment booth at New York Comic Con.

Fans are encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtags #WonderWomanForever and #WonderWoman75.

“Wonder Woman was one of the first female Super Heroes that inspired countless young girls over the past three-quarters of a century,” said Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Kristin Seaver. “We salute this heroic role model and her legacy that is sure to continue to span another 75 years.”

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In celebration of the new Wonder Woman stamp collection, employees at the Stanford, MT, Post Office created a scarecrow of the hero’s likeness and participated in the local annual Scarecrow in the Garden event. The Stanford team also shared information about the newly released stamp to appreciative fans.

The Wonder Woman Forever Stamp collection is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

Jack-o’-lanterns

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In the spirit of Halloween, the U.S. Postal Service issued stamps featuring photographs of four different jack-o’-lanterns. These creatively carved pumpkins have been symbols of Halloween in the United States since the late 19th century, not long after celebrations of the holiday began here.

The jack-o’-lanterns depicted on the stamps were carved by Paul Montanari and photographed by Sally Andersen-Bruce.

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Brought to North America by immigrants from Ireland and Scotland, Halloween became a distinctively American celebration that transcended social boundaries and ethnic origin. After World War II, widespread enthusiasm for trick-or-treating gave the holiday a youthful emphasis, but since the 1970s adults have increasingly joined the festivities once again. A 2014 survey showed that nearly 67 percent of the American population celebrates Halloween in some way.

With customs and traditions that vary widely by community, Halloween now inspires parades and revelry, corn mazes and haunted houses, neighborhood and school parties, jack-o’-lantern and pumpkin festivals, and even pumpkin-catapulting. No matter how or where people observe this ever-changing holiday, it remains a much-anticipated celebration of the macabre in the face of approaching winter.

The Jack-o’-lanterns collection is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

Star Trek enthusiasts beam to Tucson to attend special stamp unveiling

Tucson Postmaster Bill Schwartz with Bob Davis, Valerie Kittell and Niel Balsino of the Postal History Foundation.

Tucson Postmaster Bill Schwartz with Bob Davis, Valerie Kittell and Niel Balsino of the Postal History Foundation.

At a recent Star Trek stamp unveiling at the Postal History Foundation in Tucson, AZ, admirers of the series enjoyed the chance to purchase the four unique designs in this fan-favorite collection. Attendees also had the opportunity to obtain a unique postmark to enhance the special collectible value of their purchases.

In addition to the unveiling, visitors also enjoyed an extensive collection of Star Trek props and collectibles, Star Trek games, stamp activities, a trivia contest, and a re-creation of a transporter room available for photos and selfies.

Many in attendance took the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Star Trek universe by dressing up in their favorite series-specific attire.

Fans of new stamp series warp to Riverside for special event

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At a recent Star Trek stamp unveiling in Riverside, IA, fans of the popular series beamed themselves down to City Hall where the local Post Office celebrated Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.

Large versions of the stamps adorned a space-themed wall to allow visitors to see the detail of each unique design in the collection. A Star Trek postmark was also available for visitors that wanted to enhance their stamp purchase with an iconic starship design.

It is logical that Star Trek enthusiasts who purchased a stamp sheet at this event will enjoy having the series live long and prosper in their collections.

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To boldly go…

Walter Koenig, who portrayed Pavel Chekov on “Star Trek,” poses in front of a stamp display at a ceremony in New York.

Walter Koenig, who portrayed Pavel Chekov on “Star Trek,” poses in front of a stamp display at a ceremony in New York.

On September 8, 1966, Star Trek premiered. Centered on the interstellar voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise, the prime-time television program’s mission was to “boldly go where no man has gone before.” With an intricate futuristic setting, multicultural cast, and story lines that touched on social issues, Star Trek pushed past the boundaries of popular science fiction and became a worldwide phenomenon.

To celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, the Postal Service released a special stamp set featuring some of the show’s most memorable symbols.

Each of the 20 self-adhesive Star Trek stamps showcases one of four digital illustrations inspired by elements of the classic TV show: the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background, the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background, the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background, and the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background. The stamp sheet includes five of each design. The words FOREVER USA, separated by a small Starfleet insignia, appear along the top edge or the bottom edge of each stamp. The words SPACE… THE FINAL FRONTIER, from Captain Kirk’s famous voice-over, appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars.

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

Pet celebration

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During the recent Pet stamps first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, NV, fans of a variety of lifestyle-enhancing domesticated animals enthusiastically cheered the much-anticipated release.

The special stamp collection features 20 different animals — two dogs, two cats, two birds, two fish, four reptiles, five rodents, a crustacean, a rabbit and a horse. Participating in the dedication event were Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors James Bilbray; Postal Service Chief Marketing and Sales Officer James Cochrane; Doug Poindexter, President, World Pet Association; Robert Vetere, Chairman, Pet Leadership Council and Founder, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, Gregory Popovich.

“More than half of all U.S. homes have at least one pet, and that number increases every year,” said Cochrane. “The most common are cats and dogs, but all types of pets provide love, happiness and companionship for their owners. The bonds we create with animals improve our physical and emotional well-being, and our pets truly become members of the family.”

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

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