Saturday, September 23, 2017

SCOTT 2267-74 SPECIAL OCCASIONS 22 CENT

     For many years, the Postal Service received requests for stamps that could be used for special occasions. These were the first U.S. stamps to be specifically created for a specialized retail market.







                                            

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SCOTT #2286-2335 AMERICAN WILDLIFE 22 CENT

     Featuring wildlife from throughout the U.S., . Artist Chuck Ripper, premiere wildlife designer for the Postal Service, carefully selected and researched the animals, birds, and insects that appear on this beautiful stamps-rendering each one with lifelike detail.







                                

Monday, September 18, 2017

SCOTT #2619 OLYMPIC BASEBALL 29 CENT 1992

     The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain. There baseball -- America's national pastime -- became an official Olympic sport. First introduced to the Olympics in 1912, America demonstrated the sport 7 times in all before it was admitted to the games.







                                     

Friday, September 15, 2017

SCOTT #2647-96 WILDFLOWER SHEET 29 CENT 1992

     Exquisite flowers in vivid colors make these 50 stamps some of the prettiest and the most popular. In fact, the Postal Service was so certain this sheet would be in high demand, they ordered a press run tree times larger than that for normal commemoratives!
     All of the wildflowers pictured on this lovely sheet are native to America, and at least one or more can be found in each of the 50 states.






                                

Thursday, September 14, 2017

SCOTT #2750-53 AMERICAN CIRCUS 29 CENT 1993

     For thousand of years, children of all ages have loved the wonder and spectacle of the circus. Circus-type shows can be traced back to Roman times, but traveling circus shows existed during the Middle Ages of Europe. The circus as it is known today was developed in England.
     For years, large American circuses such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus performed their acts in huge tents; the largest housed the biggest attractions and was called the big top.Today, most large circuses perform in indoor locations.






                                    

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SCOTT #2806 SYMBOL OF AIDS AWARENESS 29 CENT

     The Aids Awareness stamp features the red ribbon, which symbolizes
 concerns for the victims of the disease.  Thirty other nations and the United Nations also released Aids awareness stamps.





                                   

Friday, September 1, 2017

SCOTT #2819-28 SILENT SCREEN STARS 29 CENT

     Legendary artist Al Hirschfeld created these Silent Screen caricatures. Hirschfeld's trademark is the addition of the word NINA, his daughter's name, in the lines of some drawings.







                                   

Thursday, August 31, 2017

SCOTT #2862 JAMES THURBER 29 CENT

     Author, humorist, play-write, and cartoonist James Thurber published 31 books and was frequently featured in the New Yorker magazine. His popular works include the short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," and the play "The Male Animal." This stamp features a Thurber self-portrait titled "Male Type."






                              

Saturday, August 26, 2017

SCOTT #2875 100TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE $2.00

     This souvenir sheet celebrates the 100th Anniversary of U. S. stamp printing by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Previously, private companies had printed American stamps. The Scott #262 stamp featured on the sheet was created in 1894 and was one of the first two designed at the BEP.






                           

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SCOTT #2966 POW/MIA 32 CENT

     Issued on Memorial Day, May 29th, 1995, the POW/MIA stamp features a pair of identification tags--often called Dog Tags. Military veterans and their supporters conducted an extensive lobbying campaign to get this stamp issued. Public response was overwhelming -- hundreds of thousand of people signed petitions supporting it's issue.





                                  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SCOTT #73 ANDREW JACKSON 2 CENT

     With the introduction of home delivery in 1862, a 2 cent stamp was needed. The design picturing our 7th U.S. President was put in use. The famous stamp is know to collectors as the "Black Jack".
     Now here is the interesting part. In 1863 a Confederate 2 cent stamp uses the same portrait. So the USA and the CSA had a 2 cent stamp with the portrait of Andrew Jackson, at the same time, during the civil war.








                                      

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SCOTT #2975 CIVIL WAR SOUVENIR SHEET 32 CENT

     With all the controversy we have today, I thought I would re-post the Civil War Souvenir sheet that has the likes of Robert E. Lee and the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.
      The designs for the Civil War sheet were painstakingly researched by leading authorities. Each stamp is historically accurate --- right down to the bridles used on the horses.
      Are we now supposed to burn all these stamps that pertain to the old South?







                         

Monday, August 14, 2017

SCOTT #3000 COMIC STRIP CLASSICS 32 CENT

     Few people know that 100 years ago yellow journalism got it's name from America's first comic strip--"The Yellow Kid." A purely American art form the comics have been going strong ever since, giving is our daily dose of fun and laughter. The Postal Service estimates 113 million Americans read the Sunday comics regularly!
     The 1995 Comic Strip Classics stamps illustrate 20 strips from the first 50 years of the "funnies". The back of each stamp features a capsule history of the comics on the front.







                         

Saturday, August 12, 2017

SCOTT #3081 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS 32 CENT

     The Breast Cancer Awareness stamp was part of a public service campaign to raise awareness of the disease that maims and kills thousands of women annually. The pink ribbon today symbolizes public education and the quest for a cure.