Linns: Marketing officer Manabe to leave Postal Service

manabeNagisa Manabe, chief marketing officer for the United States Postal Service and supervisor of the stamp program, told associates she plans to leave the agency May 22, Linn’s learned March 18.

An official announcement of the often-controversial officer’s departure came March 19 from Postal Service headquarters. A source told Linn’s Manabe began telling her top aides of her plans in early March.

David Partenheimer, a Postal Service spokesman, declined to comment on Manabe’s plans.

Cindy L. Tackett, the acting head of the stamp program, informed her staff in February that she plans to retire in May after nearly 42 years with USPS.

Read more: Marketing officer Manabe to leave Postal Service – Linns.com.

Inverted Jenny plate block sells for “around $5 million”

220px-Inverted_jenny400Linn’s Stamp News reports that Mystic Stamp Company has sold “the unique Inverted Jenny plate block” to an anonymous buyer for “around $5 million”. Linn’s says the offer was unsolicited, and took Mystic president Donald J. Sundman by surprise.

The block is the only one of the famous error issue that includes the plate number on the sheet margin. The plate number, like the image of the “Jenny” airplane, is upside down.

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False rumor of U.S. stamp excites Indian movie fans

The news appearing on Indian websites over the Labor Day weekend surely must have excited many of Bollywood’s fans, although the rumor turned out to be false.

According to the website, the United States Postal Service was to issue a stamp honoring the late Indian film star Akkineni Nageswarara Rao by issuing a postage stamp on his birthday.

A first-day ceremony was planned for Sept. 20 in Dallas, said an announcement from the Akkineni Foundation of America.

Unfortunately for fans, Mark Saunders, a Postal Service spokesman, told Linn’s that USPS has no plans for any such stamp.

Read more: Rumor of U.S. stamp excites Indian movie fans – Linns.com.

Former CSAC member endorses Bailar’s comments on stamp program

A former member of the United States Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee has endorsed former postmaster general Benjamin Bailar’s criticism of the current stamp program.

Cary Brick, a former congressional staffer who left the committee last year, said in an Aug. 7 statement that he also fears marketing officials are having too much influence on stamp selections.

“The bottom-line fact is this: the Committee has been hijacked by the Postal Service’s marketing geniuses who believe that stamp subjects should be selected and designed with what they hope their potential sales revenues will bring into the coffers,” he said in a statement.

“They apparently are convinced that 49-cent stamps will bring the Postal Service into the black. What nonsense.”

Read more: Former CSAC member endorses Bailar’s comments – Linns.com.

Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for August 11

Published on Aug 11, 2014

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

This week’s stories for Aug. 11, 2014, include:

  • David Gahr photographs used on two U.S. stamps
  • Batman 75th anniversary postmark
  • Ian Fleming on seven stamps
  • Scott catalogue update for duck stamps
  • Art Deco Bird coil stamp with new plate number

Read more: ▶ Monday Morning Brief | David Gahr photos, Batman postmark, Ian Fleming – YouTube.

Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for August 4

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Donna Houseman discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

This week’s stories for Aug. 4, 2014, include:

  • USPS eBay auction starts Aug. 4
  • Scott catalogue update for Jenny Invert error
  • Unabomber damaged cover at auction
  • Hudson River School stamps debut Aug. 21