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Monday, January 9, 2012

Special Edition

Hooray! The United States Postal Service 2012 Stamp Issue dates are finally available at Beyond the Perf, the USA Philatelic website. January 20th is a BIG release date. Oh my, I can hardly contain myself. That's the day the Lancaster County international rate stamp will be available!

I talked to the friendly clerks at my local branch, and they think there won't be any big fanfare here because management is too busy trying to close the local processing facility. I might just throw my own little party if they are agreeable. They've gotten to know me, you know! A bunch more new postage stamps will be released the 23rd of January, including the Chinese New Year stamp, so I better get working on some dragon mail.

They are little bits of art that help get my mail where it's meant to go. **sigh** So lovely! Send more Real Mail!


  1. Dragon mail! I am intrigued. . . . I am kind of up in the air about the Amish stamp for various reasons.

  2. The dragon is great. I'm not all that thrilled about the international postage going up that much--couldn't they have made it a dollar even. But it is good to get rid of the old international stamp--boring! I understand how much the USPS is struggling so the higher rates are something I can (and have no choice but to) live with.

  3. The rate increases certainly won't keep me from sending Real Mail. I am amazed I can mail a letter to the other side of the world for less than most people spend on a cup of coffee. Lancaster County has been my home for most of my life, so I am proud to have that familiar landscape on a stamp. I wish the USPS had chosen a native photographer; we have plenty of hometown talent!