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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Local and federal police descended on a Lee’s Summit home Monday where a renter said bins of undelivered mail were stashed.

What makes that accusation even more interesting is that the home is owned by a post office employee. Continue reading ‘Video: Bins of undelivered mail found in home owned by Missouri postal worker’ »



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Bozeman, MT – The mailboxes on Durston Road at Sage Bloom Court were damaged on the morning of Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, believe that the mailboxes were damaged in an attempt to gain access to and steal mail. Continue reading ‘Video: Cluster Mailboxes damaged in Bozeman, MT after attempt to steal mail’ »

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USPS to keep Roanoke distribution center open, leaders say Continue reading ‘Video: Roanoke Mail Distribution facility to stay open, for now’ »

USPS Office Of Inspector General releases white paper:  “What America Wants and Needs from the Postal Service”

uspsoigThe U.S. Postal Service faces tough decisions about its future, including how it will continue to meet America’s changing communications needs and how it will return to financial stability. To make such decisions, the Postal Service must know the products and services its customers demand of it. While it is important to understand what Americans want from the Postal Service, it is equally important to gain a better perspective on what they absolutely need.

Last year, the Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a paper summarizing the results of a national web-based survey aimed at better understanding how Americans view the Postal Service now, and its role in the future.1 To gain further insight into the results of this survey, and explore the types of compromises the public is willing to accept, the OIG again partnered with market research firm InfoTrends to conduct a series of focus groups across the country.

The focus groups provided new, qualitative insight by gathering opinions from 101 individuals from 67 different ZIP Codes in a variety of rural, suburban, and urban areas. The demographics of the focus group participants were generally consistent with the rest of the country in categories such as age, gender, access to the Internet, and population density. Although the results cannot be generalized, they shed light on what a sample population of Americans want and need from the Postal Service. Continue reading ‘USPS OIG white paper: “What America Wants and Needs from the Postal Service”’ »

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dimondsteinAPWU President Dimondstein, Ed Schultz Discuss Letting Post Offices Offer Banking Services
APWU President Mark Dimondstein was a guest on the third house of Ed Schultz’s radio show viewed on Feb. 14, 2014. They discussed Sen. Warren’s proposal to let U.S. post offices offer banking services and other issues.

ralphellisonWASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today issued the 29th stamp in the Literary Arts series honoring author Ralph Ellison for First-Class Mail weighing up to three ounces. Customers may purchase the 91-cent stamp at, 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

With his 1952 novel Invisible Man, a masterpiece of 20th-century fiction, Ellison drew on a wide range of narrative and cultural traditions, shedding vivid light on the African-American experience while setting a new benchmark for all American novelists.

The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting featuring a portrait of Ellison based on a black-and-white photograph by Ellison’s friend Gordon Parks, a renowned staff photographer for Life magazine. The photo appeared on the back of the dust jacket of the first edition of Invisible Man in 1952. The background of the stamp art shows a Harlem street at twilight. The artwork for this stamp was created by Kadir Nelson. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

Drawing deeply on European and American literature as well as jazz, the blues, African-American folklore, and popular culture, Invisible Man won the National Book Award in 1953. Ellison’s nonfiction writing, especially the 1964 collection Shadow and Act, has also been praised for providing touchstones for black artists who loved American culture but often felt excluded by it.

Ellison participated in countless cultural commissions and advisory boards, including the National Council on the Arts and the Carnegie Commission on Educational Television, while also serving as an advisor to the National Portrait Gallery, a board member at the Kennedy Center, and an honorary consultant to the Library of Congress. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 and served as Regents Professor and Albert Schweizer Professor of Humanities at New York University from 1970 through 1979.

In 1985, Ellison received the National Medal of the Arts. The following year, he published Going to the Territory, a collection of his essays, articles, and speeches from 1963 to 1983. Focusing on literature, art, and music, Going to the Territory includes tributes to author and friend Richard Wright, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, and artist Romare Bearden.

Ralph Ellison died in New York City on April 16, 1994.

Customers may view the Ralph Ellison stamp, as well as many of this year’s other stamps, onFacebook at, on Twitter@USPSstamps or at

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at The Postal Store at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in larger envelopes addressed to:

Ralph Ellison Stamp
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-0001

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, the price is five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by April 19, 2014.

Ordering First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products
There are seven philatelic products available for the pane of 20:

  • 116506, Press Sheet w/Die Cuts, $182.00 (print quantity of 2,500).
  • 116508, Press Sheet w/o Die Cuts, $182.00 (print quantity of 2,500).
  • 116510, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $20.95.
  • 116516, First-Day Cover, $1.35.
  • 116521, Digital Color Postmark, $2.06.
  • 116531, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.
  • 116532, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark, $2.41.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Local law enforcement agencies have confirmed that as of Monday evening, a total of six post offices have been broken into across the Big Country and the surrounding area. Continue reading ‘Federal Investigation Begins into Series of Break-ins at Texas Post Offices’ »

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – La Crosse area postal workers spent their day off Monday at Pla-Mor Lanes, bowling for a good cause. Continue reading ‘Video: La Crosse, WI area postal workers host 6th Annual “Bowl for Kids”’ »

Linns Stamp News editor Chad Snee discusses significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

One of the stamp issues Snee discussed is the expensive Ralph Ellison 91 cent press sheet.

tester2013(U.S. SENATE) – On a day usually reserved for chocolates and flowers, Senator Jon Tester is sending the Postmaster General a different kind of Valentine: a letter sharing Montanans’ frustrations with inadequate mail service. Continue reading ‘Senator Tester sends Postmaster General a special Valentine’s Day message’ »