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From: Lincolnshire IL USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 09-03-2012 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am writing the U.S. Postal Service to urge that commemorative stamps be issued to honor Neil Arnstrong and Sally Ride, both of whom passed away recently. Certainly the first human on the Moon and the first American woman in orbit deserve such an honor.

I also suggest a Space Pioneers series honoring key astronauts who died earlier, such as Wally Schirra, Ed White and Pete Conrad.

If you agree, write to:

Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260

(Note; Ask them to waive the current rule requiring that individuals be dead for five years before a stamp can be issued.)

Robert Pearlman

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From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 09-03-2012 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a U.S. Postal Service Sept. 26, 2011 release:
The Postal Service is dropping a rule that currently requires an individual to have been deceased at least five years before being honored on a stamp. Under the new guidelines, living or recently deceased individuals will be eligible for commemoration on postage stamps.
The USPS has also changed the way they issue new stamps. They are no longer releasing a year-long program but rather announcing new stamps 90 days before their issue, when pre-orders will begin.


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From: Geneva, Switzerland
Registered: May 2006

posted 09-04-2012 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All they need to do now is to fix their web site for overseas orders...


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From: Lincolnshire IL USA
Registered: Aug 2000

posted 10-13-2012 08:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DChudwin   Click Here to Email DChudwin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received a letter today from Connie Totten-Oldham, Manager, Stamp Development of the U.S. Postal Service. She writes in part:
Thank you for your letter to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee expressing support for the issuance of commemorative stamps to honor Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride.

I am pleased to inform you both names will be submitted for review and consideration before the Advisory Committee. The Committee is responsible for reviewing stamp proposals and making recommendations to the Postmaster General.


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From: Midwest, USA
Registered: Jul 2005

posted 10-13-2012 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think it's pretty safe to assume that Armstrong will eventually receive a stamp. The only thing that might delay it somewhat is the fact that Alan Shepard recently got a stamp of his own...and they may not wish to issue to astronaut stamps so close together.


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From: New York, NY USA
Registered: Oct 2010

posted 10-14-2012 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM1   Click Here to Email LM1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I do not think that the release of the Alan Shepard stamp is delaying the release of the Neil Armstrong stamp. Armstrong died very recently. It takes time to prepare a stamp for distribution.

Under the new USPS guidelines, the USPS may announce the issuance of a stamp up to 90 days before its release.

I like the idea of a Neil Armstrong/Sally Ride double issue. The stamps must be designed, modeled, engraved, printed and distributed.

I look forward to a Neil Armstrong stamp in 2013. Stock up on Apollo XI (C76) stamps for combination covers. Many countries have issued stamps for Neil Armstrong. They would also make great combination FDCs.

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