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USPS Pollinator stamps, new National Postal Museum director: Week’s Most Read

Jul 21, 2017, 5 AM
Momentum is building for the self-adhesive Protect Pollinators stamps that will be issued Aug. 3 in a pane of 20. Our story about the set of five, which raises awareness for protecting butterflies and honeybees, garnered plenty of attention and was the top post this week on

By Colin Sallee

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.

Click the links to read the stories.

5. Can you provide the stories behind these colorful, puzzling cinderellas?: John Hotchner presents three cinderellas that undoubtedly have stories behind them — stories that currently are lost in the mists of time.

4. Gruber succeeds Kane at National Postal Museum; envisions incredible stamp stories: What attracted the Smithsonian Institution to its new National Postal Museum director were his fundraising skills and museum experience.

3. Stamps celebrate bicentennials of cement, the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope: A €1.30 French stamp issued June 6 is inscribed “1817 - Invention Du Ciment Artificial,” which translates to invention of artificial cement.

2. USPS to raise rates on pair of international mail services: The International Mailers’ Advisory Group said July 12 that increases are planned for international priority airmail and international surface air lift.

1. Monarch butterfly, Western honeybee star on new stamps highlighting pollinator protection: The five self-adhesive stamps will be issued Aug. 3 in a pane of 20, with four stamps of each design.

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