Learning More From Lighthouse Societies

This charming collectible package includes a sheet of 20 New England Coastal Lighthouses (Forever®) stamps and a set of five stamped envelopes. Click the image for details.

There is something about lighthouses. Solitary and mysterious, they have fascinated people for centuries. When the Greeks compiled their list of the Seven Wonders of the World some time around the first century B.C., among them was the Pharos of Alexandria, a lighthouse built by the ancient Egyptians.

The wonder of lighthouses endures to this day. Across the U.S. and around the world, there are scores of lighthouse lovers who have banded together to preserve and study these romantic beacons and to keep alive the lore that continues to captivate the imagination. If you want to learn more about the work of these societies—or would like to join like-minded lighthouse enthusiasts—check out these organizations:

  • The United States Lighthouse Society is an educational and historical nonprofit “founded to assist in the restoration and preservation of America’s lighthouses and to help qualified local groups in their efforts to return the nation’s lighthouses to the public domain.”
  • The mission of the Lighthouse Preservation Society “is to preserve historic lighthouse structures for future generations, to open them up to public use and enjoyment, and to document their history and that of their keepers.”
  • The American Lighthouse Foundation was created in 1994 to “save and preserve our nation’s historic light stations and their rich heritage” through restoration, promotion, and education.
  • Founded in 2002, the World Lighthouse Society has a mission is “to create an International meeting place for all who are concerned with raising public awareness of this important part of worldwide Maritime heritage.”

New England Coastal Lighthouses, the latest stamps in the popular lighthouses series, will be released in just two weeks. If you’ve already fallen in love with the historic lighthouses on the stamps, you can take a virtual tour of all five of them, as well as of many others in New England.

NewEnglandLH-Forever-strip5-v3Want to find lighthouse groups near you? There are many regional U.S. and international organizations dedicated to the study and preservation of lighthouses. The virtual guide to New England lighthouses also links to other resources—museums, archives, heritage programs—that offer a wealth of information on regional lighthouses and their history.

Enjoy learning more about these historic beacons, and share your love with friends and family this summer by using the beautiful New England Coastal Lighthouses stamps on all your correspondence.

Posted in History, Places | Tagged New England Coastal Lighthouses

Wedding Save the Dates & Invitations Tips

If you’re getting married this year, Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle recommend you add a special touch to your save the dates cards and wedding invitations:

The Sealed with Love Forever® stamp is available now online, by calling (), or at Post Offices nationwide. (Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.)

USPS Offers Souvenir Postmark of Hancher Auditorium

On Saturday, June 29, join USPS on the campus of the University of Iowa for a special university event honoring Hancher Auditorium. We will be offering a special pictorial postmark to help commemorate the original auditorium, which was heavily damaged by a flood in 2008. A special souvenir envelope for the occasion also was created by celebrity artist and University of Iowa graduate Nicolosi.

ia-il_2013_0624The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will include a short march from the old building to the site of the new one. Performers from San Jose Taiko, a Japanese-American drumming and rhythm group, will lead the march. San Jose Taiko founder Roy Hirabayashi will play the flute, while another favorite Hancher performer, University of Iowa graduate and Iowa City native Rinde Eckert, recites “poetic prose” commissioned for the event.

The envelopes, which will be signed by both Nicolosi and Iowa City Postmaster Stacy St. John, will be available for purchase at the ceremony.

Summer Is Here! Let’s Give Away Another Vintage Seed Packet

Let’s kick off the first full week of summer with another vintage seed packet giveaway! Today’s prize is the phlox packet.

IMG_6801The front of the seed packet depicts clusters of phlox in red, pink, and purple. The back of the packet describes the flower in more detail:

Phloxes are among the most satisfactory of garden plants. Their bright colored flowers, profuseness of bloom and ease of culture make them favorites everywhere. They grow to a height of 6 to 18 inches and are very handsome massed in beds.

Indeed they are. To win the phlox seed packet, all you have to do is answer one question: Phlox blooms in late spring. True or false?

This charming set of Vintage Seed Packets note cards includes 10 blank note cards, 10 envelopes, and 10 Vintage Seed Packets stamps. Click the image for details.

Send your answer, along with your name and mailing address, to uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com. One winner will be selected at random from those who answer correctly. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 27. Good luck! (Note: No seeds are included with this vintage packet.)

This contest is now over. The correct answer is true, phlox generally blooms in late spring. (Some varieties may bloom earlier or later.) Congratulations to our randomly selected winner, Randi Schmechel of Eugene, Oregon. Thank you to everyone who entered.

The Vintage Seed Packets stamps are Forever® stamps. (Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.) Find them in your neighborhood Post Office, call (), or

Save the Date! New Lighthouses Stamps Will Be Issued July 13

Lighthouses fans (and we know there are a lot of you) celebrate! This year the popular lighthouses series continues with , a set of five Forever® stamps honoring Portland Head (Cape Elizabeth, ME), Portsmouth Harbor (New Castle, NH), Point Judith (Narragansett, RI), New London Harbor (New London, CT), and Boston Harbor (Boston, MA).

NewEnglandLH-Forever-strip5-v3The stamps will be dedicated on Saturday, July 13, at five separate events across New England. Lighthouse experts, community leaders, and USPS officials will all take part in the festivities.

Here’s everything you need to know to attend:

  • Boston Harbor Lighthouse
    191w Atlantic Avenue
    Boston, MA
    (on Rose Kennedy Greenway, between Faneuil Hall and The Boston Harbor Hotel)
  • Portland Head Light
    1000 Shore Road
    Cape Elizabeth, ME
  • Point Judith Lighthouse
    1470 Ocean Road
    Narragansett, RI
  • Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
    25 Wentworth Road
    New Castle, NH

Each ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., and all of them are free and open to the public. Come join the fun!