PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE
Lancaster New Era (PA)
Title: SEPT. BUSY MONTH FOR NEW U.S. STAMPS
Date: October 17, 1995
It's been a while since I've mentioned new stamp issues in the U.S., so I'll make up for lost time here, beginning with Sept. 1.
On Sept. 1 a new 32-cent commemorative was issued honoring the great Louis Armstrong. First day city was New Orleans, La., although there was a nationwide first day. This means that the stamps are available nationwide and can be canceled in any city on that date.
Sept. 2 saw the release of the fifth and final set of 10 stamps commemorating World War II. There was a nationwide first day with the official city as Honolulu, Hawaii. The following day a new 20-cent postal card was released from Hunt Valley, Md., in conjunction with BALPEX.
Sept. 13 was the release date for the 32-cent Milton S. Hershey stamp from Hershey. I've covered that stamp before so I won't do it again. Another se-tenant set of 10 stamps in the Legends of American Music series was issued on Sept. 16, this set honoring jazz musicians. First day city was Monterey, Calif.
Another booklet of flowers stamps was issued on Sept. 19 from Encinitas, Calif. The flowers stamps have proven popular with women and children, both as users and collectors.
Sept. 22 saw the release of a new 32-cent Space Station hologram envelope. The design is the same as the previously-released 25- and 29-cent envelopes. First day city was Milwaukee. A day later another new item of postal stationery was released. This was a 50-cent aerogram honoring Thaddeus Lowe and was released from Tampa, Fla.
A new stamp for the 60-cent international airmail letter rate honoring Eddie Rickenbacker was issued on Sept. 25 from Columbus, Ohio. Rickenbacker was born in Columbus in 1890.
On Sept. 29, a new 32-cent commemorative was issued to celebrate the first anniversary of independence for the Republic of Palau. This was a joint issue with the Republic of Palau. The U.S. first day city as Agana, Guam. The Palau stamp was issued on Oct. 1 from Koror, Palau.
The first of this year's Christmas season stamps were released on Sept. 30. The four different designs were released as panes of 50, booklet panes of 20 and self-adhesive panes of 20. The designs are Santa's workshop, Santa at a chimney, boy with toy tree and toy horse and girl with puppet. First day city was North Pole, N.Y.
On Oct. 1 a pane of 20 32-cent stamps was issued to commemorate the first 50 years of comic strips. Many of our favorite cartoon characters are featured on the stamps and accompanying set of 20 postal cards released from Boca Ratan, Fla. On the same subject, Canada issued a set of five 45-cent stamps honoring comic book superheroes on Oct. 2.
A stamp commemorating the U.S. Naval Adacemy was issued Oct. 10 from Annapolis, Md., and a 32-cent stamp honoring Tennessee Williams was released from Clarksdale, Miss., on Oct. 13.
The day after tomorrow we'll see the remainder of this year's Christmas season stamps. A Madonna and Child stamp will be issued from Washington, D.C. A 32-cent Angel stamp will be released from Christmas, Fla. And, a 32-cent children sledding stamp will also be released from Christmas, Fla. The children sledding stamp is only issued in ATM machine panes of 18 and may not be available from all post offices.
The last stamp to be issued in October will be a 46-cent Great Americans series stamp honoring Ruth Benedict. 46-cents is the international letter rate to Mexico and Canada. The stamp will have its first day ceremony at VAPEX in Virginia Beach, Va. on Friday, Oct. 20. VAPEX used to be a really nice national-level stamp show, but in recent years it hasn't been worth the long drive.
(Send your questions about stamps to Dick Colberg, Lancaster New Era, P.O. 1328, Lancaster, Pa. 17608-1328. Names of writers will be used unless they ask for anonymity.)
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Author: DICK COLBERG
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