Sharing the love

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Luke Frasier, grandson of Downs, KS, Postmaster Wanda Frasier, recently visited the Post Office in Hastings, NE, with his dad. After his father finished with his stamp purchase, Luke told the retail associate that he wanted to hug the Post Office.

The retail associate giggled in response and wished the father and son well.

When they left the Post Office, Luke’s father granted him permission to hug the Post Office.

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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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Mail moments of nostalgia and networking

Left: Elena Heer (L), daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer and Guernsey Postmaster  Curt Artery saddled up under the light of a full moon during a recent Pony Express ride  reenactment. Right: Author Laura Vanderkam uses personalized stationery when keeping in touch with friends and contacts.

Left: Elena Heer (L), daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer and Guernsey Postmaster
Curt Artery saddled up under the light of a full moon during a recent Pony Express ride
reenactment. Right: Author Laura Vanderkam uses personalized stationery when keeping in touch with friends and contacts.

Get an audio peek behind the scenes of a Pony Express ride reenactment on the new edition of Your Postal Podcast, online now.

You’ll also hear from the author of a recent Fast Company article on how to network with others through the mail.

The podcast is optimized for mobile listening – just go to YourPostalPodcast.com/mobile on your personal mobile device. You can also listen to the program by searching for “Your Postal Podcast” on iTunes or YouTube.

Both the audio and transcript versions of this month’s edition and an archive of previous shows are also available at YourPostalPodcast.com. If you have questions about how to access the podcast, please email us at yourpostalpodcast@usps.com.

Sarah Vaughan celebration

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Phoenix P&DC Senior Plant Manager Clyde Jones and NextStudent Academy Founder and International Jazz Day AZ Producer William “Doc” Jones unveiled the Sarah Vaughan Forever Stamp at the Lunchtime Jazz concert at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, AZ. Joining them for the presentation were students from the Phoenix Country Day School who regaled attendees with their musical prowess.

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

Happy President’s Day!

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Take a Picture of Charlie Brown Characters

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The Postal Service invites America to share in a series of holiday-themed augmented reality (AR) experiences that bring the nation’s 160,000 blue Post Office collection boxes to life via smartphones. The invitation is part of a mailing that provides information on exciting postal products, services and key mailing dates to make this the most convenient holiday mailing season ever.

The Peanuts photo opportunity debuts November 23-25 and appears again in mid-December as part of the Postal Service’s rotating “Mailbox Miracle” experiences that runs until December 28. Also, the 50th anniversary of the “Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special, from which the stamps are based, airs Monday, November 30, at 9 p.m. on ABC. Prior to that, at 8 p.m., a one-hour retrospective special featuring numerous music performers airs.

The ‘Mailbox Miracle’ Experiences

To experience the magic of the Peanuts gang, download the Postal Service’s AR app at Google Play or iTunes App Store. Open the app and point your phone’s camera at the USPS blue eagle logo on one of nearly 160,000 blue mail collection boxes between November 23 and November 25, and again December 14 through December 17, to see Charlie Brown characters surround Postal Service blue collection boxes. You can also take a photo with the Peanuts gang to save on your camera phone or share on social media.

As the nation counts down to the holidays, the Postal Service will be adding new experiences every few days.

Customers accessing usps.com can find blue collection boxes near their current location by visiting this link and clicking the “Post Offices and Approved Postal Providers” icon. Scroll down to collection boxes and then enter a ZIP Code or address.

Coast Guard Celebrates Stamp

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During a Newcomer’s Welcome Aboard Fair at the US Coast Guard facility in Kodiak, AK, community members came together to enjoy food, have fun, and visit tables organized by local businesses. They also had the chance to cheer the introduction of a special stamp.

The recently released United States Coast Guard Forever Stamp made a debut during the festivities. Event attendees cheered the stamp release, which marks the 225th anniversary of the Coast Guard.

Ilwaco Celebrates Coast Guard

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To celebrate the launch of the United States Coast Guard Forever Stamp and honor members of the Coast Guard, two Postmasters in the Portland District came together to assemble a special dedication ceremony in Ilwaco, WA.

Ilwaco Postmaster Jim Wills and Ocean Park, WA, Postmaster Barbara Henry worked with a local artist to design a special postmark for the event. They also arranged to have the artist attend the gathering to sign commemorative envelopes. Members of the community appreciated the opportunity to support the men and women of the Coast Guard, many of whom live in the local area. The event was well-received by residents.

Jerome Employee Has a Flare for Style

Jerome, ID, Retail Associate Polly Wheatley.

Jerome, ID, Retail Associate Polly Wheatley.

Jerome, ID, Retail Associate Polly Wheatley has a flare for style, and visitors to her Post Office have the opportunity to enjoy her talents each and every day.

Wheatley makes innovative and enlightening displays for the Jerome lobby. Her crafty creations promote the latest Postal Service offerings from colorful stamps to Priority Mail. In addition to her zeal for brightening the office for customers and employees, Wheatley also offers guided tours to children who want to learn more about the art of mail.

“Polly goes above and beyond to help customers and improve their day. She’s truly an amazing employee,” said Jerome Postmaster Sandi Maria.

Flannery O’Connor

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The 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series honors Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964), who crafted unsettling and darkly comic stories and novels about the potential for enlightenment and grace in what seem like the worst possible moments.

The color portrait on this stamp, a watercolor painting completed digitally, is based on a black-and-white photograph taken when O’Connor was a student at the Georgia State College for Women from 1942 to 1945. Surrounding O’Connor are peacock feathers, a symbol often associated with the author.

From the escaped convict in her famous story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” to the nihilistic street preacher in her novel Wise Blood, O’Connor populated her fiction with criminals, con artists, misfits, and freaks, and she delighted in confronting readers with a harsh and humbling mirror. “The freak in modern fiction is usually disturbing to us,” she explained, “because he keeps us from forgetting that we share in his state.”

Although O’Connor’s stories frequently culminate in acts of violence, her goal was not merely to be lurid. Instead, she hoped to shock readers toward moral and religious revelations, difficult messages that she knew readers might overlook or resist. “To the hard of hearing you shout,” she insisted, “and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures.”

The stamp set is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

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