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 July 14, 2014, include:
- National Postal Museum exhibit includes anthrax envelopes
- Scott catalogue update
- Yosemite Grant Act 150th
Read more: Monday Morning Brief | Anthrax envelope, Yosemite 150th – YouTube.
- Royal Mail is to issue a special postmark to mark the Tour De France Grand Départ which begins in Yorkshire this Saturday (July 5th)
- The postmark will be printed on mail that is delivered across the UK on Saturday. It will say ‘Yorkshire Grand Départ Tour De France 2014’.
- It will be the first time the Tour has visited the UK since 2007
Royal Mail is gearing up for the Tour De France Grand Départ starting in Yorkshire this Saturday (July 5th) by issuing a special postmark.
On Saturday, postmen and women across the UK will deliver mail that will have the Tour De France postmark emblazoned across it.
The postmark will say ‘Yorkshire Grand Départ, Tour De France, 2014’.
Royal Mail’s postmarks are reserved for special occasions and are used to recognise significant events, historical anniversaries or support of charity.
Stephen Agar from Royal Mail said: “We’re delighted to be marking the Tour De France Grand Départ with one of our postmarks.
“It’ll be a very special moment to see this iconic sporting event begin in the UK in Yorkshire and we’re pleased to mark the occasion in this unique way.”
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, commented: “This celebration of the Yorkshire Grand Départ by Royal Mail is testament to the scale of this historic event coming to our county and indeed the country.
“Excitement is reaching fever pitch for millions in Yorkshire and beyond – and we’re delighted the Tour’s arrival is being celebrated in this way.”
About the Tour De France Grand Départ
This will be the first time the Tour De France has visited the UK since 2007. It has also been held in the UK in 1974 and 1994..
The first stage of the will begin in Leeds on Saturday. It will see the competing teams race to Harrogate, whilst taking in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the way.
The second stage will see the team cycle from York to Sheffield on Sunday, while the third stage on Monday will see a route from Cambridge to London.
Earlier this year, Rolling Stone reported on a series of musical stamps coming out this year that took years of planning to come to fruition. Now that the Jimi Hendrix stamp has been officially released as the first offering of the United States Postal Service’s Music Icons series, the agency has unveiled the official stamp for the series’ next star Janis Joplin.
According to Linn’s Stamp News, the stamp will be released this August and will feature the singer smiling and wearing shades surrounded by a psychedelic background and lettering evoking the popular font of the Sixties.
A biographical description on the sheet of 16 stamps says: “Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was a groundbreaking singer whose powerful, bluesy voice propelled her to the pinnacle of rock stardom. An icon of the 1960s, she was known for her uninhibited and soulful performances. Joplin is now recognized as one of the greatest rock singers of all time, as well as a pioneer who paved the way for other women in rock music.”
No information on the specific date and location of the stamp issue has been announced.
Read more: Janis Joplin Stamp Artwork Unveiled | Music News | Rolling Stone.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editor Charles 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 June 30, 2014, include:
• Canada Post to issue Canadian Country Artists stamps
• Save Vanishing Species semipostal
• Scott catalogue update
• American Philatelic Society Stampshow
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 June 23, 2014, include:
• British Guiana 1¢ Magenta sells for $9.5 million
• David Feldman sale of du Pont British Guiana items
• United States World Cup stamps from 1994
▶ Monday Morning Brief | Magenta sale; World Cup stamps – YouTube.