Archive for Sunday, September 3, 2000

Nature pane has rain forest

September 3, 2000


Nature-loving collectors are likely to be interested in the U.S. Postal Service's recently issued Pacific Coast rain forest stamp pane. It is the second in the Nature of America series and depicts 26 animals and plants. The first in the series was the Sonoran Desert pane released in 1999.

Are there any collectors who recall that a U.S. stamp series in 1983 featured American streetcars? The four 20-cent offerings showed the first streetcar in New York City in 1832, the first streetcars in Little Rock, Ark., and Montgomery, Ala., both in 1826, and the St. Charles streetcar in New Orleans in 1923. The latter car was named "Desire." Tennessee Williams may have used that streetcar's name in the title of his play "A Streetcar Named Desire." New Orleans was the setting of the production which opened on Broadway in December 1947.

The U.S. Postal Service has added two new low rate stamps to its 2000 program. Both are for bulk mailings. One, a 10-cent definitive honoring Gen. Joseph Stilwell, has just been released. It features a portrait of Stilwell, who spent most of World War II as commander. The other stamp, to be issued Nov. 9, displays a view of the stone lions in front of the New York City Public Library.

Most people like to send greeting cards to relatives and friends on special occasions. The Postal Service issued eight stamps of 22-cent denomination for placing on such cards in 1987. The stamp subjects were: Get Well, Congratulations, Thank You, Love You Dad, Best Wishes, Happy Birthday, Love You Mother and Keep in Touch.

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