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The USPS issued the Our Lady of Guápulo stamp today. This Forever stamp was dedicated in a virtual ceremony and is now being sold at Post Office locations nationwide and online.

USPS dedicating official Angela Curtis, vice president, Retail and Post Office Operations. was joined for the ceremony by Tey Marianna Nunn, director and chief curator of the Art Museum and Visual Arts Program, National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The painting “Our Lady of Guápulo” was created in the 18th century by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Historians characterize the artists at this time as members of the Cuzco school. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, European painters worked with indigenous artists in and around Cuzco. The Europeans trained local artists in styles and forms that dominated European countries at the end of the Renaissance period and during the Baroque era.

“Our Lady of Guápulo” reflects a local variant of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Extremadura, Spain. The figure venerated as Our Lady of Guápulo originated as a sculpture, commissioned in Quito, Ecuador, in 1584 and transferred to a chapel in the nearby village of Guápulo in 1587. Closely resembling the Spanish holy image from which she originated, the statue was credited with many miracles. Represented by many artists since then, she is often portrayed dressed in an ornate, pyramidal robe fastened with a rosary, holding a flowered scepter in one hand and the Christ Child in the other.

Art Director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

 The stamps are being issued as Forever stamps, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1‑ounce price. A pictorial postmark of the First Day of Issue location, New York City, is available at usps.com/shopstamps.

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

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On today’s date in 1919, Alexander Graham Bell’s Hydrodome number four (HD-4) set a new world water speed record of 114 km/h—a record that stood for a full decade.

The hydrofoil watercraft was designed and built at Bell Boatyard on Bell’s Beinn Bhreagh estate, near Baddeck, N.S.

“The sight alone was exhilarating, and the actual ride even more so,” reads Robert Bruce’s 1973 book, Bell: Alexander Graham Bell and the Conquest of Solitude, which adds one visitor wrote, “At fifteen knots you feel the machine rising bodily out of the water, and once up and clear of the drag she drives ahead with an acceleration that makes you grip your seat to keep from being left behind. The wind on your face is like the pressure of a giant hand and an occasional dash of fine spray stings like birdshot. … She doesn’t seem to heel a degree as she makes the turn. It’s unbelievable-it defies the law of physics, but it’s true.”

“Bell himself would never ride in her,” adds Bruce.

“A newsreel photographer (one of several who showed up at Baddeck in that Jubilant season) got Bell to sit in the cockpit of the moored craft, but Bell insisted on having Baldwin’s small son beside him to negate any false imputation of daring. Mabel was furious with herself later for not having gone down to make her husband go for a spin while he was in the boat.”

Bell left Scotland in 1870 before settling in Brantford, Ont., where he worked on his new invention – the telephone – from 1874-76. Owing to his incredible technological advancements, he’s remembered in Scotland as well as Canada as one of the most significant inventors of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The HD-4 at Baddeck, N.S., where it set a world water speed record of 114 km/h in 1919.

According to Bruce, Bell’s first hydrofoil, the HD-1, reached speeds of 72 km/h in 1911. The next year it reached 80 km/h.

Bell’s next hydrofoil, the HD-2, broke apart before it could set any further records. As the HD-3 was being built around the start of the First World War, a moratorium was imposed on hydrofoil development and all further testing was halted.

Finally, in 1919—at a time when the world’s fastest steamship couldn’t even reach 50 km/h—the HD-4 set a world record of 114 km/h.


The U.S. Postal Service featured Bell on a 10-cent stamp issued in 1940.

On March 3, 1947, Canada’s Post Office Department (now Canada Post) featured the Scottish-born inventor on a four-cent commemorative stamp (Scott #274) marking the centenary of his birth and honouring his monumental discoveries.

Printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, the deep blue stamp was designed by Herman Schwartz and engraved by Silas Allen.

In 1936, Bell was also listed first on the U.S. Patent Office’s list of great inventors, leading to the U.S. issuing a commemorative stamp featuring Bell in 1940 as part of its Famous Americans series.

In 1922, Bell died in Nova Scotia at the age of 75.

Source: canadianstampnews.com

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Wednesday, 29 July 2020 09:55

USPS announces 2020 Holiday stamps

The U.S. Postal Service revealed Tuesday, its Holiday Season Stamp Releases.

Something for Everyone This Coming Holiday Season. The issue dates of the five Forever stamps will be announced at a later date.

Here are the stamps, with detail provided by the USPS:

Our Lady of Guápulo

This Christmas stamp features a detail of the painting “Our Lady of Guápulo.”

Painted in the 18th century by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru, “Our Lady of Guápulo” is from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Enrobed in a pyramidal gown speckled with jewels and holding a scepter woven with roses and leaves, a crowned Virgin Mary looks down at a similarly adorned Christ Child in her left arm.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

 Winter Scenes

Winter Scenes celebrates the beauty and serenity of seasonal sights amid snowy landscapes. The 10 different photographs featured in this booklet of 20 stamps showcase the special allure of winter, with iconic scenes from the northern United States.

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with existing images taken by various photographers.

Holiday Delights

Celebrate the holidays with Holiday Delights. Inspired by folk art but with a modern graphic vibe, these charming stamps will add a touch of whimsy to your holiday mailings.

With a traditional palette of red, green and white, illustrator Kirsten Ulve channeled her love of Christmas, vintage ornaments and Scandinavian folk art to create unique digital illustrations of four holiday icons: a prancing reindeer with antlers; an ornament tied with a bow and ready to hang; a tree topped with a star; and a stocking holding a teddy bear and a sprig of holly.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.


This new stamp celebrates the joyous Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The stamp art’s colorful digital illustration shows the lighting of the nine-branched Hanukkah menorah on the last evening of the holiday.

All eight of the Hanukkah candles have been lit, and the child is reaching up to replace the shamash, the helper candle used to light the others in the menorah.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Jing Jing Tsong.


With this new stamp, the Postal Service continues its tradition of celebrating Kwanzaa. The annual Pan-African holiday, which takes place over seven days from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, brings family, community and culture together for many African Americans.

The stamp design features the face of a woman in profile with her eyes closed. Her contemplative demeanor signifies the ways in which observers of Kwanzaa reflect on the seven founding principles, the Nguzo Saba, and their role in everyday life. A kinara (candleholder) with the seven lit candles (mishumaa saba) sits in front of her.

Cool tones evoke a sense of inner peace, and vibrant design elements give the artwork a celebratory feel. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with original artwork by Andrea Pippins.

 USPS is also announcing holiday favorites from years past that will continue to be available.

Those include:

Hanukkah (2018)
Hanukkah (2016)
Sparkling Holidays (2018)
Kwanzaa (2018)
“Madonna and Child” by Bachiacca (2018)
Florentine Madonna and Child (2016)
Christmas Carols (2017)
Holiday Wreaths (2019)
The Snowy Day (2017)
Diwali (2016)
Eid Greetings (2016)

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

Source: stamps.org

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WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service today announced the addition of the Innovation stamps to its 2020 stamp releases. Additional details, including the date these new Forever stamps will be available to purchase, will be announced soon. All images are preliminary and are subject to change prior to printing.

This release celebrates the American spirit of innovation with a pane of 20 stamps featuring five different designs, each representing an area in which U.S. scientists and engineers have made significant contributions: computing, biomedicine, genome sequencing, robotics and solar technology. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, choosing a detail of an existing photograph for each.

Postal Products

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide. Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1‑ounce price. A variety of stamps and collectibles also are available at ebay.com/stamps.

Information on ordering first-day-of-issue postmarks and covers is at usps.com/shopstamps under “Collectors.”

Source: USPS announces new stamps celebrating innovation – Newsroom – About.usps.com

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The United States Postal Service’s stamp celebration of Earth Day will be subdued, because the previously announced April 18 first-day ceremony has been canceled.

The nondenominated (55¢) forever stamp will be issued to post offices as planned, but like many recent public gatherings around the world, the ceremony in Denver, Colo., will not take place on the issue date because of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

As Linn’s reported March 23, the Postal Service has canceled first-day ceremonies through mid-May in response to the pandemic, while noting that special dedication ceremonies might take place later.

The Earth Day stamp marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, a nationwide event celebrating environmental action. The event was developed in 1970 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin (1916-2005).

The offset-printed stamp will be issued in a double-sided pane of 20, which the Postal Service describes as a booklet.

The stamp shows “a playful painting of the planet, with small green lines surrounding Earth and hand-lettered text,” according to the Postal Service. It was designed by USPS art director Antonio Alcala with typography by Ricky Altizer.

Alcala’s illustration of Earth was created with gouache on watercolor paper. “EARTH DAY” is lettered above the planet in blue, and “FOREVER” appears below the globe. “USA” in green substitutes for one of the green lines to the right of the “FOREVER” inscription.

Banknote Corporation of America printed 175 million stamps (8.75 million double-sided panes) for the Postal Service.

The new stamp is not the first U.S. issue to commemorate the annual Earth Day celebration.

The Postal Service and McDonald’s sponsored a national environmental stamp design contest for children in 1995. Four winning designs were chosen from more than 150,000 entries, and four 32¢ Kids Care Earth Day stamps reproducing the winning designs were issued April 20, 1995 (Scott 2951-2954).

Each stamp in the set also has microprinted text within the design spelling out the phrase “EARTH DAY.”

The stamps marked the 25th anniversary of the first Earth Day.

As part of the 1998-2000 150-stamp Celebrate the Century series, one stamp in the 1999 set featuring events of the 1970s also commemorates Earth Day. The 33¢ stamp (Scott 3189a) designed by Howard Paine features an illustration by artist Kazuhiko Sano showing Earth gently cradled in two hands.

On the reverse of the stamp is descriptive text about Earth Day.

According to the Earth Day Network, the mission of the annual event is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.

“Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.”

Increases in environmental pollution in the 1960s and the publication in 1962 of Rachel Carson’s widely read Silent Spring, which described how pesticides adversely affect humans and wildlife, led to a growing ecology movement and the first Earth Day in the United States.

“On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10 percent of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet,” according to the Earth Day Network.

In the aftermath of the first event, the U.S. Post Office Department issued four 6¢ stamps in the Anti-Pollution issue (Scott 1410-1413). The United States Environmental Protection Agency was established Dec. 2, 1970, and the Clean Air Act was passed by Congress before the year ended.

As it does every year, Earth Day falls on April 22, which in 2020 is four days after the new stamp will be issued.

Community cleanup and awareness events are scheduled to take place in cities and towns around the world, including rallies and presentations, teach-ins and more.

Pictorial first-day cancels celebrating the new Earth Day forever stamp feature lettering similar to that on the stamp, along with bordering elements such as growing plants and flowers, and flowing waters.

Source: linns.com

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