Megan Brennan, Postmaster General of the U.S. Postal Service, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that the USPS will run out of cash by 2024 if reforms are not enacted, according to the Washington Examiner. Brennan also proposed saving billions by cutting back mail delivery to five days a week and increasing package delivery to seven days – which it already does in the case of Amazon – an idea that members of Congress see as a non-starter, according to the Wall Street Journal. The quasi-government agency, mandated by law to deliver mail to every ZIP code in the country, continues to bleed billions in red ink annually due to declining mail volume coupled with a requirement to prefund retiree health benefits per a 2006 reform act. Click Read More below for additional information.
This summer, The U.S. Postal Service will release another first-of-its-kind interactive stamp, but this time, the stamps will depict our nation’s favorite pastime(s) — sports. The Have a Ball! Forever stamps will be available nationwide on June 14 and will comprise a 16-pane sheet with two stamps each of basketballs, baseballs, footballs, golf balls, kickballs, soccer balls, tennis balls and a volleyballs, according to the USPS press release.
However, these round stamps aren’t your every day, run-of-the-mill Forever stamps; they will mimic the feel of real sports balls. The press release describes the stamps as featuring textures mimicking:
- baseball’s stitching;
- golf ball’s dimples;
- tennis ball’s seams;
- soccer ball or volleyball’s textured panels; and,
- the different raised patterns of a football, basketball and kickball.
USPS forever stamp golfballMark Saunders, senior public relations representative at USPS, told Printing Impressions in an email that the high viscosity, UV coating that was used on the stamps creates a feeling “similar to an emboss with a tactile feel.” He explained that the coating was applied “using a laser-imaged flexo plate coupled with a high volume anilox sleeve” as a spot application.
The idea for the stamps came from a pool of 40,000 stamp suggestions that the USPS receives every year, according to Saunders. Saunders explained in an email the process taken to choose the subject matter of the stamps:
“These suggestions are reviewed by the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee and brought together as a stamp issuance working with the Committee, USPS contract art directors and the Stamp Development Postal Service staff. Working together, we strive to create stamps that are interesting, engaging and reflect the best of America.”USPS forever stamp tennis
USPS is encouraging customers who buy the stamps to share them on social media with the hashtag #Haveaballstamps.
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