Saving Lives, One Stamp at a Time

We all know that stamps can be beautiful, historic, and fun to choose and collect. But did you know that a special kind of stamp known as a semipostal allows you to lend a helping hand every time you mail a letter?

Semipostals are stamps that sell for a few pennies more than the going rate for First-Class postage. Those few extra cents are given to a good cause . . . and just like the pennies you might toss in a jar at the end of a day, they can quickly add up!

 

As you may know if you’ve spotted it in your mail lately, the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp is still for sale and going strong today. Click the image for details.
As you may know if you’ve spotted it in your mail lately, the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp is still for sale and going strong today. Click the image for details.

The Breast Cancer Research stamp currently sells for 55 cents, which is 9 cents more than the cost of a regular First-Class stamp. During the month of September 2013 alone, the stamp raised more than $99,000. Since it was introduced, it has raised an amazing $77,628,062 for breast cancer research. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Show your support and get your stamps today!The first semipostal stamp ever issued by the U.S. Postal Service was the Breast Cancer Research stamp, which was dedicated in a ceremony at the White House on July 29, 1998. The colorful design, illustrated with rainbow hues of green, blue, yellow, and orange, features a simple line drawing of a mythological goddess of the hunt reaching behind her back to draw an arrow from her quiver. The words “Fund the Fight, Find a Cure” highlight the stamp’s purpose. The stamp was designed by art director Ethel Kessler, who is a breast cancer survivor.

The Beauty of Snowflakes

This winter, you might find in your mailbox envelopes adorned with the new Snowflakes stamps (which are designed for bulk mailers). The lovely stamps feature photographs of real snowflakes by scientist Kenneth Libbrecht.

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How did Libbrecht photograph these snowflakes?

With a little help from a mix of high- and low-tech equipment. Working outdoors, he used a paintbrush to transfer fallen snowflakes from a cardboard collecting surface to a glass slide that was inserted into a high-resolution microscope. He snapped his photographs with a digital camera attached to the microscope.

It sounds complicated, but Libbrecht explains that though expensive, it is possible to set up your own snowflake photography studio. If thats too much for you, you can still become an expert snowflake watcher this winter. All it takes it some optical gear, which Libbrecht describes on his website and, of course, snow. Watch this Snow Safari video to learn more about snowflake watching. Libbrechts snowflake gallerywill help identify the snowflakes you see.

Although the Snowflakes stamps are available only to bulk mailers, USPS has many other beautiful stamps for use at the holidays and throughout the year. Buy stamps at usps.com/stamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.

Deer Stamped Card Prances Into Hearts & Mailboxes Today

Nature and animal lovers alike will be enamored with the new Deer Forever® stamped card, perfect for writing short personal notes, business communications, or just whatever strikes your fancy.

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U.S. Postal Service Northern Virginia District Marketing Manager Kimberley Timberlake dedicated the Forever stamped card earlier today at the Middleburg Post Office. “We think our customers will find these beautifully designed postcards perfect for sending quick notes to loved ones and friends,” said Timberlake. We think so, too!

If you missed the First Day of Issue Ceremony this morning, dont worry. You can still obtain the official First Day of Issue postmark. Just purchase the new stamped cards at your local Post Office, online at usps.com/stamps, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. Address the stamped cards to yourself or others and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

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Postmaster
113 W. Washington Street
Middleburg, VA 20117-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, USPS will return the stamped cards through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark if requests are for less than 50. There is a 5-cent charge per postmark for orders exceeding 50. All orders must be postmarked by May 8.

The 37-cent stamped card (33-cent postage plus a 4-cent surcharge) is available as individual postcards or as a 74-cent double-reply product consisting of two stamped cards.