"The only thing we can take with us when we die is what we have given away" Quoted from a highly respected spiritualist.
Happenings of the USPS
The postal rate information given in a previous issue of this bulletin has been postponed. The new rate $1.20 for international mailing has not changed but the date has been pushed ahead. No exact date has been announced. The Postal Regulatory Commission has suggested new forever rates as follows:
1. A forever postcard stamp
2. A forever two-ounce letter stamp
3. A forever three-ounce letter stamp
4. A forever additional-ounce stamp
5. A forever first-ounce non-machinable surcharge stamp
The rates scheduled for April 26, 2015 were scrubbed. Probably these new forever stamps will be issued at the time of the upcoming rate changes. No firm date has been announced.
Partial information taken by permission from LINNS STAMP NEWS, April 27, 2015.
Upcoming New Issues USPS
Special Olympics World Games (First-Class rate Forever)
Issue date- 9 May 2015, 1 design, pane of 20 stamps
Irving, CA 92619
USPS Reference 472804
Missing Children (First-Class rate Forever)
Issue date- 18 May 2015, 1 design, pane of 20 stamps
Anaheim, CA 92803
USPS Reference 473104
Information and images taken from USA PHILATELIC (2015, Volume 20, Quarter 2)
Amateur Radio on Stamps
We have contacted several of our suppliers for input on the topic of Amateur Radio on postage stamps. We have acquired some of the USA Scott No. 1260 50th Anniversary of the ARRL. We can supply these to serious collectors of the topic. Contact us if interested.
In the next issue of the newsletter, I hope to have a fairly complete offering of the topic and availability over past years.
I have found an excellent reference on the topic. Amateur (Ham) Radio and Shortwave Radio Philately by Don Hillger, PhD., a research meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Colorado State University. I have asked him for permission to list this reference in this newsletter.
Many stamps on Hillger's list can be obtained on auction on eBay. We hope to be able to supply many of these stamps in the near future. Contact us.
Rebirth of Philately (Hobby of Stamp Collecting)
We are working diligently to offer current issues of USPS stamps off paper by the process described in issue 9 of this newsletter to interested collectors. Contact us.
Table 1: Mail Log from 15 March 2015 to 30 March 2015