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U.S. Mint to end mail orders for coins, medals after Sept. 30, 2016

December 17, 2015 12:59 AM

In a Dec. 15 announcement, the Mint, a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department, said that it will no longer accept mail orders for coins and medals after Sept. 30, 2016. It blamed booming sales via the Internet for the change.

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United States, Cuba to reestablish direct postal service

December 17, 2015 12:56 AM

The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reestablish direct postal service between the two countries through a pilot program that should begin “in the coming weeks,” the Cuban foreign ministry announced Dec. 11. The U.S. State Department said the initial plans calls for mail to be flown between the countries “several times a week, rather than routing mail through a third country.”

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U.S. Mint retreats from plan to end mail orders for coins, medals in 2016

December 16, 2015 12:59 AM

The United States Mint has retreated from its plans to end all mail order sales of coins and medal next year. The surprise announcement came two days after the Mint said it was going to stop accepting mail orders for its coins and medals after Sept. 30, 2016.

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Washington, D.C., postmark for Postal Museum exhibit features New York City theme

December 08, 2015 01:00 PM

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., opened its new exhibit, New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art, on Dec. 10. A Dec. 10 Washington postmark commemorates the exhibit opening with the event logo: the Manhattan skyline and a group of theater marquees displaying the title of the exhibit.

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U.S. Postal Service website eclipsed $1 billion in sales in 2015

December 07, 2015 01:00 PM

The U.S. Postal Service's usps.com website passed $1 billion in sales during the fiscal 2015 year, more than the combined sales of post offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas. A Dec. 8 news release called that “a major milestone” for the website. “USPS.com can provide virtually any service offered at a brick-and-mortar Post Office,” the release noted.

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U.S. Postal Service board of governors shrinks to one member

December 07, 2015 12:59 AM

In early December, the United States Postal Service’s board of governors dropped to one member. A Temporary Emergency Committee, established by the board in the event the board lacks a formal quorum, comprises the one remaining presidential appointee, former Rep. James Bilbray of Nevada, and Postmaster General Megan Brennan and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman.

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West Falkland home to world's southernmost postal museum

December 07, 2015 10:42 AM

The second-largest land mass of the Falkland Islands, West Falkland, is now home to the world’s southernmost postal museum, according to a release from Nova Stamps. The Old Post Office House at Fox Bay, West Falkland, has been standing tall since November 1918. Serving as a house as well as Post Office until 1988,when the post office was relocated to the town’s Village Store.

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RPSL presentation highlights Falkland Islands postal history

November 30, 2015 12:19 AM

The postal history of the Falkland Islands from 1827 to 1945 was the title of the presentation and display given by Michael Roberts on 26 November to the members of The Royal Philatelic Society London.

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USPS offers smartphone app with holiday themes

November 23, 2015 05:00 PM

A new smartphone app from the United States Postal Service adds Peanuts characters to your screen when you open the app and aim it at a blue USPS mailbox.

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U.S. Postal Service records 2015 ‘controllable income’ of $1.2 billion, net loss of $5.1 billion

November 18, 2015 12:56 AM

Postmaster General Megan Brennan and postal-union officials agree that the latest financial news from L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C., bodes well for the deficit-ridden United States Postal Service. When she met with reporters Nov. 13, the postmaster general opened her review of the Postal Service’s fiscal 2015 financial results, saying she was delighted that the Postal Service had managed to show it could have achieved controllable income of more than $1 billion for two years in a row.

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Postmark of Charlie Brown and his Christmas tree to brighten holiday mail

November 18, 2015 12:55 AM

The popular animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas made its debut 50 years ago, and the United States Postal Service celebrated the anniversary Oct. 1 by issuing 10 different forever stamps in full color featuring Snoopy and many of the young characters from the Peanuts comic strip in scenes from the TV program.

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Gyrocopter pilot who landed at U.S. Capitol to be sentenced

November 18, 2015 12:55 AM

Washington Correspondent The Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter to the lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., faces sentencing April 13, 2016, after pleading guilty to a felony Nov. 20.

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Pew survey ranks U.S. Postal Service as most favorable federal agency

November 17, 2015 12:56 AM

Two recent surveys offer the United States Postal Service a glimmer of hope for a happier New Year in 2016. A national poll by the Pew Research Center, released Nov. 23, found the USPS ranked as the most trusted federal agency, with favorable ratings given by 84 percent of those polled.

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European Christmas market sights shown on Pennsylvania postmark

November 17, 2015 12:56 AM

The selection of postmarks this week is overwhelmingly Christmas-themed, though the folks in Kitty Hawk, N.C., have two new postmarks recognizing those aviation pioneers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, on Dec. 17. The brothers took turns on that date in 1903 piloting their Wright Flyer airplane into the history books.

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Postal Service expects 10.5 percent growth in package mail during 2015 holiday season

November 11, 2015 12:55 AM

The United States Postal Service announced Nov. 5 that it expects strong growth in its package business during the 2015 holiday season. The federal agency said in a release it is expecting a 10.5 percent increase in package mail between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

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American Postal Workers Union endorses Bernie Sanders for president

October 15, 2015 12:53 AM

Citing his “deep understanding of postal issues and workers’ concerns,” the American Postal Workers Union has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sander’s bid for the presidency.

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Canada Post halts community mailbox plan

October 15, 2015 12:49 AM

A key feature of Canada Post's 2013 action plan has been put on hold following the country's recent federal elections that saw the Liberal Party of Canada claim a new majority.

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USPS Priority Mail prices to jump almost 10 percent in January 2016

October 14, 2015 12:53 AM

A year after the United States Postal Service slashed parcel prices for big commercial shippers by as much as 58 percent, it is planning to boost its Priority Mail shipping prices by 9.8 percent. If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the new prices, announced Oct. 16, will become effective Jan. 17, 2016, and will affect all consumers and organizations that send parcels via the Postal Service.

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Haines, Alaska, postmark celebrates annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival

October 14, 2015 12:52 AM

Each year in early November, Haines, Alaska, hosts the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, offering visitors an opportunity to view large numbers of these majestic birds in their natural habitat at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

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GAO report criticizes Postal Service for slower mail delivery, incomplete mail data

October 14, 2015 12:52 AM

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says not only has the United States Postal Service slowed the speed of mail deliveries, it doesn’t provide accurate data on much of the mail it handles.

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Could the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle be the next USPS mail truck?

October 14, 2015 12:52 AM

For an organization with longstanding financial troubles, the United States Postal Service has managed to attract a lot of attention with a proposed delivery truck it calls the NGDV. That’s the newest postal acronym for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle — a bigger, but not sleeker, delivery truck that the cash-strapped Postal Service wants to buy for residential deliveries.

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Depression-era Victor Arnautoff mural discovered in basement of California post office

October 13, 2015 12:52 AM

The mural is by Victor Arnautoff, who was commissioned by the federal Works Progress Administration to produce murals for federal buildings in the Bay Area as part of a New Deal program. Officials said the painting had been declared lost after the downtown Richmond post office was remodeled in 1979, but a former janitor of the building helped officials from the museum find it.

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Pablo Casals and his cello featured on San Juan, Puerto Rico, postmark

October 10, 2015 12:53 AM

Sala Sinfonica Pablo Casals is a 1,300-seat concert hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that serves as the home to the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. The first concert performed there took place Oct. 3, 2009. The hall is named for cellist and conductor Pablo Casals (1876-1973), who was born in Catalonia, Spain.

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Postal workers saved post office building during San Francisco earthquake

September 28, 2015 03:30 AM

After the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, postal workers not only saved the mail, they saved the new post office building.

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Fewer companies printing stamps for USPS, yet another upright Jenny Invert pane found: Week's Most Read

September 25, 2015 09:53 AM

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.

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USPS official’s news at APS Stampshow pleasing to many collectors

September 17, 2015 01:04 PM

A surprise for collectors and servicers of United States first-day covers: We are pretty much done for the year. Before the American Philatelic Society’s Stampshow 2015 last month, in Grand Rapids, there had been one commemorative and one definitive issue listed for the last four months of this year.

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USPS Stamp Services exploring possibility of soakable stamps

September 17, 2015 11:42 AM

Mary-Anne Penner, acting director of Stamp Services for the United States Postal Service, confirmed to Linn’s that she is having discussions with the two firms that print U.S. stamps about producing a soakable stamp.

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U.S. Postal Service board of governors could shrink to one member by December

September 15, 2015 12:49 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the only 2016 presidential candidate to address postal issues in his campaign, has been acting without public attention on another important postal issue. The Vermont senator single handily has forced the United States Postal Service board of governors out of business, two individuals familiar with the issue have told Linn’s.

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USPS inspector general report cites improvements in 'mail covers' program

September 15, 2015 12:49 AM

Postal inspectors appear to have made some progress managing a program that allows law enforcement agencies to monitor the mail of criminal suspects, according to a report by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service.

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In defense of the U.S. Postal Service: ‘War on Religion’ claim seems a stretch

September 15, 2015 12:48 AM

The United States Postal Service will not issue a religious-themed stamp for the 2015 holiday season. This issue was brought to the forefront in the national press when the online conservative news and opinion site the Daily Caller published the article “Is the Postal Service Declaring War On Religion?” by reporter Rick Pollock.

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Birds of Canada issue postponed; rate hike on hold

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

The new Birds of Canada series that was to have taken flight with five new stamps Jan. 11 has been postponed. News of the postponement came after Canada Post announced Dec. 16 that it would not raise postage rates in January, as originally planned.

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U.S. Postal Service stamp printer Sennett Security Products comes under new ownership

September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

The United States Postal Service still has two stamp printing firms under contract, but the ownership of one firm has changed. USPS spokesman Mark Saunders told Linn’s Stamp News that CCL Label of Clinton, S.C., has purchased longtime stamp printer Sennett Security Products and its Banknote Corporation of America operation. As a result, stamps printed from this merger “will carry the BCA mark,” according to the Postal Service.

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Bernie Sanders takes on USPS board, Chinese block sells for $445,000: Week's Most Read

September 11, 2015 08:46 AM

Also this week, Paul Newman's soon-to-be-released stamp pays tribute to his philanthropy, and a withdrawn Guatamala airmail stamp is in demand.

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A presidential candidate urges USPS to speed up mail delivery

August 31, 2015 02:45 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, issued a call Aug. 26 to Postmaster General Megan Brennan for the United States Postal Service to “offer more, not fewer, services.”

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Stamp prices may be on the rise Down Under

August 28, 2015 01:35 PM

Australia Post has asked the ACCCommission to approve a 30-cent price increase for the postal rate on standard letters to $1 (Australian) and allow it two business days for delivery, according to Perth Now.

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A quartet of postmarks to celebrate APS Stampshow in Grand Rapids

August 19, 2015 12:48 AM

The American Philatelic Society prepared four new pictorial postmarks for its 2015 APS Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich. The show runs Aug. 20-23, and the four postmarks each commemorate one day of the show.

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Postal Service inspector general seeks public comments about upright Jenny Invert pane

August 17, 2015 03:07 PM

The Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service has been highly critical of the recent sales of the rare upright $2 Jenny Invert panes. Now the inspector general is seeking the public’s opinion on that stamp promotion.

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Post office poster advertises Britain's highest denomination stamp

August 17, 2015 12:19 AM

From 1967 to 2006, Royal Mail (Great Britain’s post office) advertised all new issues with posters displayed in post offices. Most of these posters had pictures of the stamps along with basic information such as the date of issue, instructions for first-day covers, etc. Some were a little more elaborate.

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IRS, FBI top users of U.S. Postal Service mail surveillance progam

August 16, 2015 09:10 AM

The Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are the two top users of the United States Postal Service’s mail surveillance program, The New York Times has disclosed. The Times, which published a detailed article on the “mail cover” program last year, published a follow-up story Aug. 14.

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U.S. Postal Service inspector general reports first-class mail slowdown

August 14, 2015 05:32 PM

If you haven’t noticed, your mail likely is moving more slowly these days. A new report by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General confirms that a lot of first-class mail is taking more time than expected to reach its destination.

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Quarterly USPS financial statement shows growth in package shipping

August 10, 2015 04:06 PM

Every quarter a small drama plays out over the latest United States Postal Service financial numbers that come out of USPS headquarters at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington.

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Exhibition of secrets revealed on postcards opens at postal museum

August 10, 2015 09:56 AM

“PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard,” an exhibition of more than 500 secrets submitted on postcards, opened Aug. 3 at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., and will run through September 2016.

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National Postal Museum's PostSecret exhibition now open

August 03, 2015 03:48 PM

Remember all those anonymous, secret-filled postcards that were sent to Frank Warren and showcased on his PostSecret website? Well, they're now being showcased at the Smithsonian's National Postal Musuem in its new exhibition, "PostSecret: The Power of a Postcard."

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PRC ruling keeps 49¢ stamp around for eight more months

July 30, 2015 08:21 AM

The cash-hungry United States Postal Service has won what is described as an eight-month extension on its current stamp prices. That is the effect of a July 29 ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission, which held that the USPS is entitled to an additional $1.191 billion under the emergency price hike it was granted on Dec. 24, 2013.

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Town drops effort to install stamplike mosaic on post office

July 29, 2015 03:17 PM

After much publicity, and many Kickstarter donations, the plug has been pulled on the effort to put in place a stamp mosaic on the facade of the Tietion, WA, post office.

Kickstarter-funded stamp mosaic tops $48,000 goal

July 27, 2015 02:39 PM

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Gyrocopter pilot could face trial over U.S. Capitol landing

July 24, 2015 09:57 AM

The former USPS worker from Florida who landed a tiny gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol April 15 seems likely to face a trial on charges growing out of the incident. Lawyers told a judge July 22 that Douglas Hughes, 61, had rejected an offer of a 10-month prison sentence over his celebrated protest that showed Washington’s vulnerability to small aircraft.

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USPS pushes back against call to restore 2012 mail delivery standards

July 24, 2015 09:07 AM

When a group of 26 members of the House of Representatives voted this summer to add a provision to an appropriations bill that would require the United States Postal Service to restore mail deliveries to the standards in place in 2012, the action attracted little attention.

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Town fights USPS over stamplike mosaic design

July 23, 2015 04:35 PM

The Tieton, Wash., post office is a simple 1935 cement block building with a slat wood facade. Townsfolk in the agricultural community of 1,200 in central Washington believe the post office could become a landmark, if only the United States Postal Service would allow them to cover the front with a stamp-like mosaic.

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Postal Service IG criticizes creation, distribution of upright Jenny panes

July 20, 2015 12:28 AM

The inspector general of the United States Postal Service has sharply criticized the agency’s creation of the 100 panes of upright Jenny Invert stamps that were supposed to be randomly distributed along with the 2.2 million normal $2 Jenny Invert panes in 2013.
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