Archive for November 10th, 2009

US Postal Service Issues New Christmas & Winter Holiday Stamps

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The US Postal Service has issued the new stamps for 2009 Holiday season. Among the holidays celebrated with new stamps this year are Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa as well as the Winter Holidays.

The 2009 Christmas Stamp.
From the USPS website –

Since 1978, the theme of each “traditional” Christmas stamp has been the Madonna and Child.

The 2009 Christmas stamp features Madonna and Sleeping Child, a painting by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Salvi, (1609-1685), more commonly known as Sassoferrato.

The 2009 Winter Holiday Stamps
From the USPS website –

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the winter holiday season with stamps featuring a reindeer, snowman, gingerbread man, and a toy soldier.

The 2009 Holiday stamps are available at your local Post Office or can be ordered online at the USPS website – Christmas Stamp, Winter Holidays Stamps.

More info: Christmas/Winter Holidays Stamps

US Postal Service Issues New Kwanzaa Stamp

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


For the upcoming 2009 holiday season the US Postal Service has issued a new Kwanzaa Stamp. This is the 3rd design for a Kwanzaa stamp since the first was issued in 1997.

You can find the 2009 Kwanzaa stamp at your local Post Office or order directly from the USPS website.

More Kwanzaa stamp information

US Postal Service Issues New Chanukah Stamp

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

For 2009 the US Postal Service is issuing a new design for this year’s Chanukah stamp. This year’s Menorah design is the 3rd in the Chanukah holiday series.

The new 2009 Hanukkah design features a photograph of a menorah with nine lit candles. The menorah was designed by Lisa Regan of the Garden Deva Sculpture Company in Tulsa, OK, and photographed by Ira Wexler of Braddock Heights, MD.

In 1996 the first Chanukah stamp, depicting a more abstract and playful version of a Menorah, was issued. In 2004 the 2nd design was issued featuring a Dreidel floating on a background of letters forming the word Hanukkah*

The New Chanukah stamp is now available at your local Post Office or you can order the stamp directly from the USPS website.

More: past Chanukah stamp designs

*FYI – Chanukah and Hanukkah are just different spellings of the same holiday. There is no definite English translation of the Hebrew word for Chanukah and in fact at last count – so far – we’ve found 13 different spellings of Chanukah. But don’t worry they are all the same holiday.

Did You Know? Countdown to Veterans Day 2009 (11/10)

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts & Figures About
America’s Veterans Day

Nov 10 : 01 day till Veterans Day

Did you know that there are more than 25 million military veterans living in the United States?

Of these, 1.7 million are women, 2.4 million are African American and 9.7 million are over the age of 65.

Did you know that over 48 million Americans have served in the military since 1776?

Today, there are reported to be more than half a million regular duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Veterans Day is the day that America pays tribute to its military veterans. Also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, Veterans Day is usually observed November 11th, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of WWI formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.) Join us as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to the Veterans Day (November 11th)!

Sources: US Census Bureau / Wikipedia

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(November 10) Today we're celebrating . . .  Sesame Street Anniversary

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Sesame Street Anniversary

Its a beautiful in the neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor, … Won’t you please, Won’t you please, Please won’t you be my neighbor*?

Its been 40 years since Big Bird, Burt and Ernie, Elmo, et al, moved into the neighborhood. Damn I’m old!

*of course we know it’s Mr. Roger’s theme song!

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