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Trump 2018 budget takes aim at USPS, Are gimmicky stamps good?: Week’s Most Read

May 26, 2017 10:15 AM

Also this week, John Hotchner informs us in U.S. Stamp Notes that you don't necessarily have to be a congressman to have your own congressional cover.

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President Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives

May 24, 2017 01:15 PM

The president’s long-awaited ideas were contained on page 1207 of an annex to Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget, released May 23. That’s where the president urged Congress to give the U.S. Postal Service “authority to reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.”

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USPS PMG makes appeal to Trump, hunt for taxpaid revenue stamps: Week’s Most Read

May 19, 2017 01:00 PM

Also this week, we learned about American Letter Mail Company reprints, and discovered the likely cause of poor centering on the Classics Forever stamps.

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May 20 postmark from Chester, Mass., commemorates railway mail service

May 17, 2017 07:00 PM

The May 20 postmark date coincides with Chester on Track, a community event that includes a parade, live music, classic cars, a petting zoo, craft fair, and plenty of railroad activities.

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USPS wants board of governors back in business

May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan recently made an open appeal to President Trump to nominate people to serve on the Postal Service's board of governors.

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USPS revenues decline during first half of 2017; package mail income up 11 percent

May 11, 2017 12:30 AM

Thus far in 2017, United States Postal Service revenues total $36.5 billion, a decline from $37.1 billion in the first half of fiscal 2016.

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Alaska Purchase sesquicentennial commemorated on Anchorage postmark

May 07, 2017 08:00 AM

A commemorative postmark for the Alaska Purchase was put into use in Anchorage, Alaska, this year on March 30. The recent announcement from the U.S. Postal Service notes that the postmark has been granted a 30-day extension.

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10th anniversary of forever stamp prompts significant USPS accounting adjustments

May 01, 2017 05:00 PM

There was no event at USPS headquarters in Washington, D.C., to remember the April 12, 2007, official first day of the first nondenominated (41¢) Liberty Bell forever stamps issued in Philadelphia. However, postal accounting officials say they celebrated the anniversary last summer when they devised a new formula for calculating how the stamps are used.

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USPS offers pictorial postmark commemorating U.S. entry into World War I

April 23, 2017 05:00 PM

The artwork on the square or diamond-shape postmark shows a WWI-era biplane in flight with rocky peaks in the background. Three stars are featured in the upper point of the postmark.

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Congress’ ugly history with the USPS, along with a memorable caption contest: Week’s Most Read

April 15, 2017 02:00 PM

This week also saw a cuddly souvenir sheet from the UN depicting Australian animals, along with an under-the-radar Spanish set that might interest collectors.

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Congress’ habit of raiding USPS coffers goes back almost 30 years

April 10, 2017 10:15 AM

The ongoing financial woes of the USPS can be traced to congressional raids going back almost three decades. Here are three examples.

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St. Louis Expo postmark commemorates ragtime musician Scott Joplin

April 09, 2017 02:00 PM

The musical notation in the postmark is a transcription of the familiar melody line of The Entertainer, a classic piano rag by Joplin from 1902.

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Garfield-Perry unofficial first-day cancel for new 10¢ Red Pears stamp

March 27, 2017 09:00 AM

A new variety of the 10¢ Red Pears definitive stamp was issued March 23 with a first-day ceremony at the March Party stamp show in Cleveland, Ohio.

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U.S. Postal Service pushing PRC to lift 10-year cap on stamp price increases

March 24, 2017 02:30 PM

The price cap has proven not to be enough to keep the nation’s mail system from running huge deficits, the USPS said in a March 20 filing with the PRC.

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Stamp show cancel from Arcadia, Ohio, commemorates Amelia Earhart

March 21, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamp design, based on a black-and-white photograph, shows Earhart standing in front of her Lockheed Electra airplane, the same plane that would disappear without a trace on July 2, 1937.

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‘Informed Delivery’ lets USPS customers see their mail ahead of delivery

March 09, 2017 10:00 AM

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan says this new test program, which should be nationwide later this year, “puts the power of mail onto digital channels.”

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USPS official investigated; more counterfeits surface: Week’s Most Read

March 03, 2017 07:45 AM

Also this week, we remembered former postmaster general Benjamin Franklin Bailar, and opened a new cartoon caption contest.

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USPS inspector general report details possible giveaways, selling of discontinued stamp products by former Stamp Fulfillment manager

March 02, 2017 12:00 AM

The way U.S. postal inspectors are telling it, Khalid M. Hussain, the longtime manager of the SFS center, ran a rogue operation for years.

Former PMG Benjamin Bailar, in 1976 speech, predicted troubles ahead for USPS

February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Bailar laid out his vision for the Postal Service’s future in a March 8, 1976, speech to the Economic Club of Detroit.

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Australia Post boss resigns weeks after his $4.4 million salary was revealed

February 23, 2017 09:00 PM

"He said his departure has nothing to do with outrage over his salary, but rather because he has finished the job he set out to do."

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Benjamin Franklin Bailar, 1934-2017

February 23, 2017 04:00 PM

Mr. Bailar served as the 61st postmaster general for the USPS and enjoyed collecting U.S. stamps depicting his namesake, Benjamin Franklin.

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Stamps.com, Zazzle lodge complaints against proposed USPS rules for computer-generated stamps

February 21, 2017 04:30 PM

The proposed rules, if adopted, could adversely affect product sales, including computer-generated stamps, both firms said in the Federal Register.

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USPS reports $1.4 billion profit, counterfeit 2015 Love stamps surface: Week’s Most Read

February 17, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, we profiled a U.S. Official stamp that is easily misidentified and reported on a bill to sustain the U.S. Postal Service.

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Three shipping firms driving substantial gains in Postal Service’s package business

February 15, 2017 01:45 PM

Bill McAllister also reports on Postmaster General Megan Brennan's desire to end the price cap that keeps postage rate increases tied to inflation.

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Chaffetz, PMG Brennan tout bill to sustain U.S. Postal Service

February 15, 2017 01:00 PM

“I didn’t get everything I wanted,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz said. But he described the bill as one that would allow the USPS to move away from the red ink.

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Judge rules USPS lawsuit against Lance Armstrong may proceed to trial

February 14, 2017 10:30 AM

The ruling came almost seven years after the government joined a lawsuit filed by Floyd Landis, a former teammate of the seven-time Tour de France winner.

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Recently retired aircraft carrier saluted on Virginia postmark

February 10, 2017 05:00 PM

The world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN-65), was officially decommissioned Feb. 3.

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USPS reports $1.4 billion profit, $522 million in ‘controllable income’ for first quarter

February 10, 2017 09:00 AM

No one in Washington disputes that the first quarter of the U.S. Postal Service’s fiscal year is its most profitable. After all, it includes all that revenue from Christmas mail.

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Australia Post’s CEO was paid $4.3 million in 2016

February 09, 2017 01:00 PM

Australia Post is making headlines Down Under this week after it was revealed that the postal service’s CEO made a shockingly high amount of money in 2016.

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Proposed USPS rules could impact images appearing on computer-vended stamps

February 07, 2017 10:15 AM

The Postal Service's proposed new rules, announced Feb. 5, could have a negative impact on images appearing on computer-vended stamps.

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Trump’s hiring freeze excludes USPS, Uncle Sam’s hat returns: Week’s Most Read

February 03, 2017 09:30 AM

Also this week, we took a closer look at Royal Mail's planned David Bowie stamps, and featured the $5 Alexander Hamilton stamp in our monthly cartoon caption contest.

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Trump freeze on government hiring adjusted to exclude U.S. Postal Service

February 01, 2017 12:30 AM

The hiring freeze, announced Jan. 23, was modified Jan. 31 to exclude the USPS and allow it to hire thousands of letter carrier assistants.

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Trump hiring freeze gets USPS pushback, uncut press sheet numbers finally revealed: Week’s Most Read

January 27, 2017 09:30 AM

Also this week, we looked at stamps of the world already featuring President Trump, and remembered a former Linn's editor who passed away.

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U.S. Postal Service pushes back against Trump hiring freeze

January 25, 2017 02:00 PM

The federal hiring freeze, imposed Jan. 23, could affect the Postal Service's ability to hire tens of thousands of carrier assistants.

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This postmark honors an inauguration, but not Donald Trump’s

January 14, 2017 07:00 PM

There will be a Jan. 20 postmark from Washington, D.C., commemorating the United States presidential inauguration. But this one is different.

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Marshall Emery named acting director of National Postal Museum

January 12, 2017 12:30 AM

Emery worked for 25 years for the United States Postal Service before joining the Washington museum in 2006.

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Old post office celebrated on new postmark

January 10, 2017 05:00 PM

A postmark for the 200th anniversary of the Jamestown, N.Y., post office was made available Dec. 30, 2016.

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Selling stamps at post offices much more costly than retail sales

January 07, 2017 12:00 AM

A 2003 report explains why it costs so much more to sell stamps at post office counters than it does via retail outlets such as supermarkets.

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APWU forces Postal Service to back off Staples postal services plan

January 05, 2017 03:45 PM

The USPS is retreating from a plan to get the Staples office supply chain to offer postal services at more than 500 of its outlets.
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