As a reforming (I used to do it a lot, but not so much any more ...) philatelist (shhh! ... look it up, it is not as dirty as it sounds ...), I always love this catalog. And, yes, I admit I do look at the pictures!
I found a wonderful new set of stamps I want to share. SO cool! They are for the 3 ounce domestic rate, and now they need an extra 1 cent stamp with them for that rate, but they are gorgeous! You could just buy them and frame them!
|Birds of Prey stamps|
Here is another lovely more recent one for the 3 oz rate (no additional postage necessary at the moment ...).
I found a couple of birdy new envelopes as well. They come in popular letter sizes. They are pre-stamped, so all you have to do is write a note, insert, and mail. These are good because they are "forever" rate - no matter the future increases, they will still work. The pics here are of "First Day Covers" (FDC). When a stamp is first released, there is one post office designated as the official spot, and usually there is a ceremony there commemorating the event. It is fun to see why they chose that particular city for the issue! Only they can only use this special cancel, and only on that first day. The envelopes you can buy/use are blank except for the stamp.
|Art Deco Bird|