USPS: Presidents Day will be observed Monday, Feb. 18

Presidents Day will be observed Monday, Feb. 18, this year. The annual observance traces its roots to celebrations commemorating George Washington during the early 19th century. After Washington’s death in 1799, his birthday was celebrated informally across the young nation. In 1879, Congress declared Feb. 22 — Washington’s birthday — a federal holiday. A 1968…

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USPS previews select 2019 stamps

The Postal Service has announced some of its planned stamps for 2019, including releases that honor poet Walt Whitman, entertainers Marvin Gaye and Gregory Hines, Post Office murals, and the nation’s scenic rivers. Here’s what’s coming: Hearts Blossom, the latest stamp in the Love series Year of the Boar, the 12th and final stamp in…

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USPS: Anniversary of repeal of Stamp Act commemorated

May 29, 2016 NEW YORK — The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated a Forever stamp souvenir sheet commemorating the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act in 1766. The Stamp Act was British legislation that proved historic in galvanizing and uniting the American colonies, setting them on a path toward independence. The stamp…

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Fake stamp for gyrocopter pilot riles Washington

By Bill McAllister – May 27, 2015 When first-day cover collector Rollin Berger saw the announcement of a new United States forever stamp on what seemed like the website of a congressional committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, he was immediately skeptical.  “Is this legit or is someone pulling our leg?” he asked.  Sure,…

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Letter: Postal Service upping stamp price may be tipping point for consumers

To the Editor: Analysts of consumer behavior refer to it simply as “the O’Neill.” Specifically, the O’Neill Point is the threshold at which a relatively minor increase in the price of a commodity reaches some psychological trigger at which a majority of consumers actively seeks out alternatives. But how exactly did Connecticut’s 84th governor get…

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