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Bunched Up

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

There were only half a dozen new U-S commemorative stamps in the first four months of 
the year....but FIVE from mid-April to early May. And some of those are the biggest 
issues of the year.

In many years, this imbalance is caused by a rate change, and, yes, we DID have one in 
mid-April -- but the letter rate didn't change.

So why all these stamps in less than a month? They're tied to the calendar.

The Civil War stamps HAD to come out on April 12th, the 150th anniversary of the first 
shot. Anything else would have been silly.

 The Go Green ecology set came out a week before Earth Day. The Helen Hayes stamp was 
 issued as the acting awards named after her were handed out. 

The release date for the space stamps is one day before the 50th anniversary of the 
first Project Mercury flight.

I'm not aware of any significance to the date for the Gregory Peck stamp. It's probably 
just when the Motion Picture Academy and the Peck Family could schedule it.

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting, 
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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