Love is in the air. The United States Postal Service released the Cut Paper Heart Forever Stamp, this year’s limited-edition Love stamp. The Love stamps are on sale at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store on eBay at ebay.com/stamps, and by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724).
This year’s Love stamp is a reminder that the most heartfelt messages for Valentine’s Day are personalized and sent by mail. The stamp will once again help spread a message of love on millions of cards and letters mailed all across America. The Love stamp is a Forever stamp. It will be valid for First-Class Mail postage forever. The Love stamp series was launched in 1973.
|What:||Postal Service letter carriers will collect new, unwrapped toys left by customers’ mailboxes to brighten the holidays for less fortunate children.|
|When:||Saturday, December 7|
|Where:||All Post Office Customers in the Suncoast District; IncludesZIP Codes Beginning With First Three Digits:321, 327, 328, 329, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 341, 342, 346 and 347
Customers are asked to leave new, unwrapped toys by their mailboxes. Letter carriers will collect the toys as they deliver mail along their routes. Toys should be left by the mailbox before the carriers’ regular delivery time. Customers wishing to donate toys after their carrier has delivered on their route may bring the toys to their local Post Office.
|Who:||Postal Service Letter Carriers and U.S. Marines CorpBackground
Postal Service Letter Carriers, in support of the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation (http://www.toysfortots.org/default.aspx), will collect toys left at mailboxes as they deliver mail on Saturday, December 7. Toys may also be dropped off at Post Offices. The new, unwrapped toys will help brighten the holidays for less fortunate children.
Customers Who Purchased Inverted Jenny Stamps Could Have One Of Only 100 Stamp Sheets Printed With Plane Flying ‘Right side Up.”
The Postal Service announced that it printed 100 additional sheets of stamps of the recently issued Inverted Jenny stamp but with the plane flying right-side up. These very limited edition stamps were circulated with the recent issue of the most famous “misprinted” stamp. Customers who have recently purchased the new Inverted Jenny stamp could have a very limited edition of the famous stamp.
On what would have been his 83rd birthday, the “father of soul,” Ray Charles, returned to two “stamping ovations” on September 23, 2013 as the latest inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icons Forever Stamp Series. Chaka Khan performed at the Los Angeles first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony and Ashanti highlighted the Atlanta event.
The limited-edition Ray Charles Forever Stamp as well as Ray Charles Forever, a deluxe CD collection featuring the unreleased recording of “They Can’t Take That Away >From Me” and the exclusive bonus track, “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was” is available at Post Offices nationwide, as well as online at usps.com/stamps, ebay.com/stamps, and at 800-STAMP-24.
Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlights Opportunities For Businesses To Grow Using Postal Service Products
Post Offices in the Postal Service’s Suncoast District will hold lobby events during Hispanic Heritage Month to help businesses learn how to use the Postal Service to grow their business. The events will be held on Thursday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Post Offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Naples.
Postal customers drop a letter or packages in the mail, confident they will reach their destinations safely and efficiently. What happens during that journey from sender to recipient?
“Systems at Work” — an exhibit at the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC — tells that story. The exhibit is also available for online viewing at http://npm.si.edu/systemsatwork/exhibit.html.
Five lighthouses that for centuries enabled sailors to navigate safely in the waters along the northeastern United States, will be issued as the New England Coastal Lighthouse Forever stamps.
Hurricane activity during the last few years has been moderate. But this year could be different. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting the possibility of more hurricanes—some severe—this year. That prediction comes on the heels of some of the worst tornadoes, high winds, wildfires, and flooding to hit the U.S. in recent years.
The United States Postal Service wants everyone to know that the mail is always “going through.” Local postal employees will make arrangements in devastated areas (such as following hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, or extensive flooding) for residents to access their mail. Sometimes they set up temporary operations in a parking lot or work out of mobile units—whatever it takes to get the mail delivered!
A “Lifeline From Home” For Those In The Armed Forces
For most men and women serving in the Armed Forces, mail from home is a lifeline, a vital connection with family and friends that helps to keep spirits high and confidence strong during difficult times.
Your Postal Service understands the importance of military mail. The U. S. Postal Service employs 108,000 military veterans, second only to the Department of Defense for the number of veterans hired. The Postal Service goes to great lengths to ensure that military mail gets delivered to the brave men and women who are serving our country with distinction and honor.
The stamp features a photograph taken by Frank Bez for Columbia Records (now part of Sony Music Entertainment) during a photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963). The reverse side of the pane includes a larger version of the photograph featured on the stamp. The square stamp pane was designed to resemble the appearance of a 45 rpm record sleeve.
The Man in Black
Johnny Cash (1932–2003) was a music visionary best remembered internationally as a country music artist, though his influence can be felt in many genres — from rock and folk to blues and gospel.