By Joe O'Donnell
1. World War I stamps proposed
U.S. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II, D-MO, sent a letter to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee on June 17 that called for the creation of a series of World War I commemorative stamps to be issued during the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Cleaver writes, "The United States Postal Service has a history of memorializing significant historical events through stamps, including the 100th Anniversary of the Civil War, World War II, Vietnam War Veterans, Korean War Veterans, Desert Storm-Desert Shield, Rough Riders 50th Anniversary, and the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, but no stamp exists to honor the brave veterans of World War I."
This year marks 100 years since the beginning of World War I in 1915. The U.S. entered the war in 1917.
2. Stamps with a cause
Sweden and Denmark participated in a semipostal joint issue to raise funds for environmental causes.
3. Sellout reported
Uncut press sheets with and without die cuts of the United States nondenominated (35¢) Coastal Birds stamps sold out in mid-June.
4. Stamp Market Tips
"Greenland issued its first stamps in 1938, and it maintains a conservative stamp-issuing policy with about 700 stamps issued to date.
"Many of its stamps are attractively designed and feature popular topical themes."
5. Hot topics
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