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.


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.”


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.


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.


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

December 07, 2015 01:00 PM

The U.S. Postal Service's 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. “ can provide virtually any service offered at a brick-and-mortar Post Office,” the release noted.


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.


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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