Loony Tunes

Introduced in 1997, the Loony Tunes series showcases some of the most loved cartoon characters of all time.

US #3138

US #3138

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Unusual Ways of Delivering Mail

You know trains, planes and automobiles have been used to deliver mail through the years.  But check out these quirky ways the postal service gets the job done!

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ZIP Code Hootenanny

1511In 1963, the US introduced a “Zone Improvement Plan” designed to move mail more efficiently.  Used in postal addresses, the five-digit code helped “ZIP” mail along more quickly.  Zip codes were optional until 1967, when they became mandatory.

Some members of the public were resistant to change, prompting the US Postal Service to make this film to raise awareness.  Sit back and enjoy as the “Swinging Six” tout the advantages of using zip codes!

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Come Fly with Early Airmail Pilots

This series of videos was produced in 1935 by the U.S. Postal Service to promote airmail service and showcase the DeHavilland DH-4 plane.  Part 1 features a daylight flight, while Part 2 shows how lighted beacons guided the way at night. We love the retro feel – and how it feels like you’re flying along with those pioneering pilots!

Part 1

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The Stickney Press: a Revolution in Stamp Production

Benjamin Stickney and the rotary printing press that bears his name, circa 1920.

Benjamin Stickney and the rotary printing press that bears his name, circa 1920.

Benjamin Rollin Stickney isn’t a household name.  In fact, he’s not known at all today outside of collectors and a handful of government workers.  But Stickney caused a revolution in stamp production that saved the government time and money.  Lots of money. Stickney was born in Port Henry, a tiny town located on the shores of Lake Champlain in New York’s Adirondack Park.  While working at a machine shop in nearby Ticonderoga, he met Hattie Delano, a cousin of FDR. At the age of 26, Stickney began working as a mechanic with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  He soon married Hattie and moved to Washington, D.C.   Continue reading

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Love Series

The USPS introduced the Love series in 1973.  The Love stamps are usually issued in time for Valentine mailing and feature designs filled with “hearts, roses, swans, and more, celebrating every splendor of that many-splendored thing.”

US #1475

US #1475

Designed by American artist Robert Indiana, this stamp was issued for special occasion uses such as weddings or valentines. In keeping with its theme, it was released in Philadelphia, “The City of Brotherly Love.” It is the first issue in the popular “Love” series.

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