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U. S. Commemorative Stamps and Yearbook
Go Ahead and Enjoy Your U.S. Commemorative Yearbook
Stamp collecting goes back more than fifties years. You do not have to be a serious philatelist to enjoy the U. S. postage being issued each year. I remember looking over the counter at the local post office when Mother bought her postage for bills and letters to family in Minnesota.
She liked to choose a few of the beautiful new issues the postman would show her in a flip book he had. She would buy only the ones she liked the best. She would buy a block of four of some if they were still available. Where are those blocks of four now?
Well, that goes on my list of things to talk about when I call my 94 year old Mom. She lives alone and touching bases is a good thing to practice.
Yesterday, I noticed the 2012 US Commemorative Yearbook on her sofa. Actually, she had two of them. She buys them for her two grandsons, as a remembrance from her when she is no longer speaking in this world. The 2012 books she is still working on placing the sheets and blocks in their appropriate places in the yearbook.
Use Your Collector's Edition for Reading to Kids at Bedtime
The book is filled with wonderful pictures and the mounted postage. There is also a full article about each issue depiction, the artists, the person or era commemorated. Use the book for reading at bedtime. If the page subject is an historical person or time, fill in what you may remember about the subject. Include your memories for your child to enjoy.
Kids really are enthralled with their parents own memories and the write ups can recall those subjects that you would not normally think to talk about. Bring it out, because otherwise, it may sit on the shelf, forgotten.
Past Year Issues
Amazon is one place to buy books of past years. Some books may not include the postage that was issued for that year. So be sure to read and ask about the stamps when ordering the yearbooks for past years. The biggest compliant on Amazon is the book did not include the issues for the year..
The Best Place to Buy is the USPS
The USPS issues "USA Philatelic Catalog" quarterly with issue types and the stories about the people and reasons of the commemorative issue. The catalog itself is very interesting and it can be viewed here, and ordered for free as a printed copy.
I know nothing about collecting and the catalog spiked my interest. Some issues are offered as a "Full Coil of 10,000 $4,600.00". Would a collector buy a full coil or maybe a business for their daily use? What happens to the coil if no one buys it from the Post Office?
It appears to me that if you are a philatelist there is much to know with this hobby. The Post Office's Philatelic Glossary, and other information is at the official website.
If you want to simply enjoy the art, color and stories of the yearly stamps issued, the yearbook would be for you. Biographies and facts about the honored person, bird, animal or goegraphica site
2016 issued Pickups Trucks.
Amazon seems to have mostly the over stocked books without the stamps included. Remember when buying past yearbooks the price should reflect the cost of the stamps if they are included. The 2012 year book is $64 from the Post Office.
What Will Be in Your Book Shelf?
As a kid nothing interested me more than a relative's bookshelf. We would travel across hundreds of miles by car and stay awhile. There would be some days to while away without cousins or people the same age and reading from the shevles would keep me engaged. I never saw questionable material.
The stamp yearbooks have lovely pages to share when your grandkids come to visit. This picture is a Digital Color Postmark first day cover envelope. A product I learned about today.
Do you have books for the Grandkids when they visit?
If you search on eBay with terms like below, you will get books with the stamps included. Many sellers indicate that the collections they have are from estates. Sets may sit on a book shelf and not have been opened at all. Each book in the last decade came in a cover box with the stamps sealed together in a package.
Do not be in a hurry and ask a question if the seller does not mention the packaged postage.
Two of my mother's books above.
The grandsons will receive their books with the stamps mounted with the hinges coming with the sealed package. Okay by me, Mother was able to get some enjoyment with the organizing and mounting.
Celebrate the Government?
My thoughts of the post office is directly tied to the US government, same as the Navy or Marines. I appreciate the high quality of its products.
Will we be able to get Saturday delivery for much longer? I say lets charge the bulk mailings more instead. Leave a comment, if you like.
The Yearbook is all about the U.S. and the history of its people, land and events. It is a celebration like the airshows; a display of what we as a country can do.
AO of 2016 we still have Saturday delivery and Sunday, as well, thank you to Amazon.
© 2013 Sherry Venegas