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USPS not interested in postal banking, no smoking allowed on U.S. stamps: Week's Most Read

June 19, 2015 09:37 AM

  • Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Johnson was honored on a 29¢ stamp (Scott 2857) in the 1994 Jazz Singers/Blues Singers set of eight. Johnson is shown smoking in the photograph that was the basis for the stamp. However, his cigarette was removed for the design.

By Joe O'Donnell

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, according to reader metrics. 

Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order:

5. Ryukyu stamp difficult to find: America’s bloodiest battle of World War II was fought on Okinawa, the largest and southernmost island in the Ryukyu chain. 

4. Summer Harvest issue coming July 11: The commemoratives showing watermelons, sweet corn, cantaloupes and tomatoes will be issued with a first-day ceremony at the California State Fair-Cal Expo in Sacramento.

3. APS 2019 summer show discussion at board meeting, but no decision made: Much of the discussion centered on a proposal that Omaha, Neb., be considered as the site for the society’s annual summer stamp show and exhibition.

2. No smoking policy on U.S. stamps includes removal of cigarettesLinn’s reader Michael Zlotnick sent some information on cigarettes and stamp art, suggesting it might make an interesting article.

1. USPS issues rare statement against inspector general: The clamor over a report suggesting that billions of dollars could be made by expanding banking services through the United States Postal Service has drawn a rare public condemnation from the Postal Service.

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Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, June 12, and 9:35 a.m. ET Friday, June 19.