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Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for May 12

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editor Chad Snee 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 May 12, 2014, include:

• Vatican City to issue Charlie Chaplin stamp
• Canada continues UNESCO series
• Scott catalogue update
• New Hummingbird plate number to look for

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Canada Post marks 100th-year anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident with new commemorative stamp

CANADA POST - 100th-year anniversary - Komagata Maru incidentOTTAWA, May 6, 2014 /CNW/ – One hundred years ago, on May 23, 1914, the Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamship, arrived in Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet with 376 passengers, all British subjects, mostly Sikhs from Punjab, India. Under the era’s exclusionary immigration policies, the passengers were denied entry, and the ship was forced to return to India. In connection with Asian Heritage Month, Canada Post has issued a new stamp marking the centennial of this event, while also recognizing the strides Canada has made toward creating a more tolerant and diverse society.

The stamp, available in all post offices and online, features an artistic rendition of images from a small collection of archive photos, shot on board and during the voyage. Two collectible Official First Day Covers are also available. Read More

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USPS responds to PETA circus stamp protest

PETA Statement Response:The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new collection of Forever stamps showcasing vintage circus posters from the early 18th century. For more than 250 years, the circus has provided amusement for millions of families and children, creating fond memories generation after generation and an economic boost in every town it entertained.

While we hope to celebrate the positive contributions of the circus, the Postal Service respects the rights of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA and supports their worthy causes to ensure ethical and humane treatment of animals.

Just a few years ago, the Postal Service worked together with the Humane Society of America, Petfinder.com and the American Humane Association to release The Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet commemorative stamps to raise awareness of the importance of adopting companion animals from shelters to help prevent the senseless euthanizing of millions of animals every year.The Postal Service is always seeking strong ideas for stamps that may prove popular with the public, and we are committed to topics that promote the well-being and humane treatment of all animals.

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PETA responds to USPS Circus Poster stamps with Circus-Reality stamps

Sarasota, Fla. – In response to the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) new Ringling Bros.-themed circus stamps, PETA has formally asked the agency to create a sister series of stamps to show the public what life is really like for elephants in the circus. (Artwork can be seen here.) PETA’s stamps feature photographs of trainers in Ringling’s Polk City facility as they stretch out baby elephants and gouge them with sharp weapons in order to teach them to obey or else suffer the consequences.

“It’s absurd that Ringling has been investigated and fined for breaking animal welfare laws by one government agency and yet is now being celebrated by another. Would the USPS also allow a sports stamp honoring Donald Sterling?” writes PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews.

PETA will attend the USPS stamps’ launch at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art on Monday with poster-size copies of its stamps, which declare Ringling the “Cruelest Show on Earth.”

For more information, please visit PETA’s website RinglingBeatsAnimals.com.

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Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief for May 5

Published on May 5, 2014

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Michael Baadke 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 May 5, 2014, include:

• 2013 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll results
• Canada RMS Empress of Ireland stamp issue
• Scott catalogue update• Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries May 20-21 auction
• USS Arizona Memorial press sheet

Read more: Linns.