Coffee, Tea or Philately?
|Friday, September 16, 2005 Posted: 13:45
PM EDT (17:45 GMT)
John Cropper, VSC Staff Reporter
OAK CREEK, WISCONSIN -- On Friday morning, more than two hundred
coffee-lovers were treated to a very special ceremony by the United States
Postal Service, celebrating the release of the new 3¢ Silver Coffeepot
stamp. The ceremony was held in conjunction with MILCOPEX 2005, the
Milwaukee Philatelic Society's annual stamp and coin show, which
continues through Sunday afternoon in the Four Point Sheraton's Baton
The Grand Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton Airport is
decked out for the 3¢ Silver Coffeepot stamp ceremony.
|The Grand Ballroom of the Four Points
Sheraton Airport served as 'Java Central' (left), where invited
guests were served premium blends while they listened
to background music supplied by Two Guys and a Bassist.
J. Peters, Milwaukee Postmaster, served as the Master of Ceremonies. After
a presentation of colors by the Marquette Naval ROTC Color Guard
(below), Linda A. Brantley of the USPS sang the National Anthem. She
was immediately followed by Lutheran Pastor and fifty-plus-year
philatelist Reverend Robert T. Voss, who provided the invocation.
|After remarks by MILCOPEX show
chairman Robert J. Mather, local vocalist Sheri Williams Pannell provided
a very lively performance of "Black Coffee".
Stamp artist Tania Lee (below,
left) and art consultant Joan Houlehen also provided insight into the
creation of the artwork. Local dealer A. Houberbocken, Inc., also supplied
silver coffeepots that were in a lighted display case at the ballroom's
After a stirring speech by USPS Stamp Services Executive Director,
David E. Failor, the stamp was unveiled (below, right).
Marquette Naval ROTC Color Guard
|(left) Silver Coffeepot
stamp designer Tania Lee.
(right, left to right)
David F. Martin, Lakeland Performance Cluster District Manager, USPS;
Tania Lee, Silver Coffeepot stamp artist; Robert J. Mather, MILCOPEX show
chairman; David E. Failor, Executive Director of Stamp Services, USPS;
Kimberly J. Peters, Milwaukee Postmaster; Joan Houlehen, Art Consultant
and partner, A. Houberbocken, Inc.
|Attendees snacked on a variety of
elegant offerings, although dieters had a problem limiting themselves to
After the unveiling, guests enjoyed coffee-related songs sung
by local vocalists Sheri Williams Pannell and the
"Java Jivers", a vocal group assembled especially for the ceremony.
The Silver Coffeepot is the sixth subject and the third coil released
in the American Design series. The series began in May, 2002 with the 5¢
American Toleware coil. It replaces the Conestoga Wagon coil issued in
A dieter's quandary
|Additional information about
this and other U.S. stamps can be found on the USPS web site, located at
www.usps.com. For more information, or
to find a local stamp club near you, visit the American Philatelic
Society's web site at www.stamps.org.
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