Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee files protest against USPS stamp program management

Linn’s Stamp News reports that the the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) “staged an unprecedented protest” at its September quarterly meeting, suspending the session, and sending a letter to the Postmaster General requesting a meeting. The actions come in the wake of tension between the committee and USPS stamp service management.

The committee, which is appointed by the PMG, has thirteen members, including a former Postmaster General and a former USPS Governor. Linn’s says that all of the members signed the letter.

The report, by Linn’s correspondent Bill McAllister, notes that while the letter did not name either USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe or stamp services executive Susan McGovern, USPS sources told the magazine that “the committee is upset with both women, and what they see as a diminished role they have given CSAC in the stamp selection process.”

The CSAC protest follows last week’s news that an entire press run of stamps was to be destroyed for promoting unsafe activities for children, a decision which subjected both the USPS and the White House to ridicule; and the revelation that the USPS was paying celebrity futurist “Faith Popcorn” $1.5 million to predict the future of stamps.

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Update: Apparently the right wingers aren’t the only ones concerned about the dangers of too much safety! The New York Daily News has also jumped on the bandwagon, with an editorial this morning that claims “Not even kids on postage stamps are safe from the safety-obsessed”.

Hey! Guess who got mentioned in that bastion of old school conservatism, the National Review?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has destroyed an entire press run of a stamp series over safety concerns about the images on three out of the 15 stamps in the series.

The stamps, which were aimed at getting children to be more active, featured kids cannonballing into a pool, skateboarding without kneepads, and performing a headstand without a helmet. Postalnews reports that USPS Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Nagisa Manabe asked First Lady Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps.

Upon reviewing the stamps, members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, which was launched by Michelle Obama in 2010, raised their concerns.

OK, so it’s not the actual National Review magazine, it’s just their “Corner” blog, but still!

The “Corner” item was one of a number of mentions our story on the “Just Move” stamps got on right wing web sites yesterday.

breitbartBased on our site’s traffic records, the “Just Move” mania started when someone posted a copy of our story on the Democratic Underground site. That item was then picked up by famed dead blogger Andrew Breitbart’s site, which is sort of a wingnut version of the Vatican. Not surprisingly, Breitbart and the twitterati embellished the story ever so slightly, making it sound like an enraged Michelle Obama had personally overpowered Pat Donahoe and made him eat the offending stamps.

Sadly, there is no evidence that the First Lady was ever even aware of the stamps’ existence, but it made for a good story!

Having appeared on such an authoritative site, our own site started attracting tons of wingnuts eager to post witty comments about Michelle Obama, political correctness,  and the Approach of the End Times.

But my favorite comment had to be this one:

nerdalert
15 hours ago

I’m completely shocked… There’s a website dedicated solely to “postal news” and stamps?

Yes, believe it or not, there is.

Read more: Postal Service Destroys ‘Just Move’ Stamps Over Safety Concerns | National Review Online.

USPS to destroy “Just Move” stamps over safety concerns

JustMove-Forever-pane15-v3Linn’s Stamp News reports that the US Postal Service will destroy the entire press run of a stamp series aimed at getting children to be more active. According to Linn’s reporter Bill McAllister, three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series raised safety concerns among sports figures on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet. The unsafe depictions came to light after USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. That was apparently the first time the stamps had been reviewed by the Sports Council.

USPS opens eBay postal store

From USPS News Link:

USPS has announced it will be collaborating with eBay, one of the world’s largest marketplaces, to open a Postal Store on the site at ebay.com/stamps.

The new website will offer stamps and other USPS-related merchandise for sale. The goal of this alliance is to expand the Postal Service’s reach to more domestic and international customers through the online store.

Chief Marketing Officer Nagisa Manabe also announced that USPS will begin auctioning stamp-related collectible items from the Postmaster General’s Collection beginning today at 3 p.m. EDT on eBay.

“This powerful alliance with eBay allows the Postal Service to showcase its unique collection of stamp artwork on one of the world’s largest online marketplaces,” said Manabe.

The Postmaster General’s Collection began in the 1860s with a small sampling of stamps and Post Office Department files. Today, and thousands of stamps later, the collection has become a one-of-a-kind stamp archive consisting of unique and rare stamps and original stamp artwork totaling approximately 30,000 items. To preserve the collection, only duplicate items will be auctioned.

The current auction of the Postmaster General’s Collection, with more than 100 items, expires at 3 p.m. EDT, Mon, Sept. 23. More items will be auctioned on eBay at a later date.

“The Postmaster General’s Collection is a stamp collector’s dream,” said Manabe.  “It includes U.S. stamps and other rare postal artifacts found nowhere else in the world.”