Issue #13
June 14, 2015
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"If you have one smile in you, give it to the people you love.  Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning good morning at total strangers" Maya Angelou
Happenings of the USPS
Over the past week there have been quite a few new postage stamps issued and quite a few price changes on existing postal products.  The following excerpt from the USPS Archives depicts the stamps with descriptions and the table that follows lists the price changes that became effective on June 1, 2015.

USPS Item Numbers
  • $0.22 second ounce stamp
  • Item No: 786200 - Coil of 100; 117700 - Pane of 20
Costal Birds:
  • $0.35 postcard rate
  • Item No: 783500 - Coil of 100; 117600 - Pane of 20

Eastern Swallowtail:
  • $0.71 non machinable rate
  • Item No: 117800 - Pane of 20

Flannery O'Connor:
  • $0.93 three ounce rate
  • Item No: 118900 - Pane of 20
USPS Guidelines for Mailing Letter Mail to the Russian Federation
Like other guidelines listed in recent issues of this newsletter, again emphasizes not to use foreign currencies in mailing to Russia.  This does not mean that if one sends foreign currencies to these areas that something bad is going to happen.  It emphasizes that if your mail does not get through to the addressee it may be that the contents were removed by inspectors and was not forwarded to the addressee,  the mail was censored and similarly was not forwarded, or the mail was returned to the sender and never reached it's destination.  In qsling to these areas, please proceed judiciously!

Philatelic Supplies
In past issues of the newsletter we have been offering our services and products as a new line for collectors.

As described in the last issue we now have a line of cover stock for collectors and cachet makers.  This line is currently being introduced in the classified section of LINN'S STAMP NEWS.  Pricing is listed in our web under "Specialty Envelopes."

We are also working on a project that will offer modern IMPERF current issues, official first day covers.  We will advertise these in LINN'S STAMP NEWS laster this year.  These will be regular cancellations as well as full digital color cancellations of each issue.  We hope to offer this service starting with the MAYA ANGELOU issue of last April.  We would like to hear from anyone interested in this project who might have suggestions or comments.  It is just in the building stage at the present.

If there is interest out there for cover sleeves at reasonable pricing, contact us as we may have found an excellent source at a good price.  We also can provide glassine envelopes and peel-able address labels at competitive pricing.  Contact us about any of the above.
Table 1: Mail Log from 30 April 2015 - 12 June 2015
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