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The American Philatelic Society is pleased to announce that the StampShow 2019 festivities in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, will kick off with a special dedication ceremony for the newest U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp issue: Military Working Dogs Forever.

On Thursday, August 1st, at 12 noon, join the U.S. Postal Service and the APS as we honor the nation's brave and loyal canines at the first day ceremony for the Military Working Dogs Forever stamps. The ceremony will feature remarks from Dave Keeton, a U.S. Army veteran, who was partnered in Vietnam for 18 months with King, a German shepherd. Keeton, who has written five books about King and other war dogs, has campaigned tirelessly since 2006 to honor the service of the working dogs of the military with a U.S. postage stamp.

The ceremony will also welcome military working dogs from Offutt Air Force Base.

The U.S. Postal Service encourages dedication ceremony attendees to RSVP at usps.com/militarydogs. The ceremony will be livestreamed on the USPS and APS Facebook pages from the show floor of StampShow at the CHI Health Center in downtown Omaha.

News of the stamps are being shared with the hashtag #MilitaryDogsStamps. The American Philatelic Society StampShow news and updates are being shared with the hashtag #StampShow2019.

About Military Working Dogs

Brave and loyal military working dogs are essential members of America’s armed forces. Courageous canines have aided U.S. soldiers in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Today, the 341st Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base just outside of San Antonio, TX, trains American military working dogs and their handlers.

Dozens of dog breeds have served in the U.S. armed forces, but over time the number has decreased significantly. Modern military working dogs are predominantly Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds and Dutch Shepherds. Labrador Retrievers are often trained as specialized search dogs.

About Military Working Dogs Forever

In this booklet of 20, each block of four stamps features one stamp of each of the following breeds—German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois —that commonly serve in America’s armed forces. The background of each stamp features a detail of a white star. A star appears in the center of each block. The stylized digital illustrations are in red, white, blue and gold to represent the American flag and patriotism. The art was created by DKNG Studios. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.

The Military Working Dogs stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

StampShow 2019 Comes to Downtown Omaha
APS StampShow/National Topical Stamp Show is the largest national event of 2019 for the stamp hobby. It will be held at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, from August 1-4. The Military Working Dogs first day ceremony is the first major event of the show, which is open and free for the public to enjoy. Attendees will be able to collect a unique first day of issue cachet and cover with the new Military Dogs stamps at the event. The USPS will also have a large retail presence at the show, offering a selection of current U.S. stamps, postal stationery, and philatelic items for sale.

Source: stamps.org

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The upcoming On-the-Road Courses list has some new additions. On-the-Road Courses are offered in conjunction with stamp shows across the country - NAPEX, Americover, StampShow, and more. Currently, we're offering exciting courses including the following: "Washington/Franklins, There's No Need to Be Afraid" at NAPEX; "Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More" at Americover; and "Postal History of the Holocaust," "Post Office Historical Research Techniques Supporting Cover Documentation," and "Applying Different Philatelic Lenses to the Trans-Mississippi Issue" at StampShow. To view the entire line-up, visit the APS On-the-Road Course Listing.

Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More
APS On-the-Road Course
Discover the Rich History of the Seaposts

One of our popular courses this summer is "Introduction to the Seaposts: Ship Letters, Packet Mail, Paquebots and More," a course taught by Gary Loew, a philatelic researcher, author, and APS life member. In this course, you will explore the many aspects of how mail was transported across the oceans, and learn the "four pillars" of postal history: rates, routes, means, and marks. You'll delve into the technological and postal innovations that enabled the explosive growth of European empires beginning with the Age of Exploration. Finally, you will journey through the rich history of the Seaposts while learning more about the ships that sailed, postal contracts, and the role of the Universal Postal Union.

Topics that will be covered include:

Early ship letters
Packet Ship mail
Naval maritime mail
Sea Post Offices
Paquebots
Ocean Letters
Catapult mail

The course instructor, Gary Wayne Loew, is a well-known philatelic researcher and author of the upcoming book "Mastering Postal History," as well as a frequent columnist for Kelleher's Stamp Collector's Quarterly, The Collectors Club Philatelist, The Philatelic Literature Review, Cameo, The Airpost Journal, Flagstaff, and The Philatelic Exhibitor. He is a regular instructor at APS' Summer Seminar and national stamp shows. He has also helped to digitize philatelic publications for the USPCS, USSS, and the U.S. Postal Bulletin. The APS is proud to share Gary's expertise with philatelists around the country through our On-the-Road courses.

You can take "Introduction to the Seaposts" on Thursday July 25, 2019, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The course will precede the Americover stamp show in St. Louis, Missouri. Cost: $45 for APS members and $95 for non-members. Register for a seat in this course by June 30th, 2019.

For more information about this course, visit On-the-Road Courses, or check out our flyer. You can contact the APS Education Department by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 814.933.3803.

Source: stamps.org

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