Sylvanus Thayer Stamp
Stamp exhibition set for 1986 BySYDKRONlSH AP Newafeatures AMERIPEX '86 - the 1986 international stamp show to be held in Chicago next year - will be the largest philatelic exhibition ever held in North America. To honor this giant exhibit the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new 22-cent commemorative stamp. AMERIPEX (May 22 through June 1,1986) will be the U.S. international philatelic exhibit for this decade. INTERPHIL '76, the last such show, was held in Philadelphia in May 1976. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the show and view exhibits from more than 50 countries and sales booths representing many of the 166 member nations of the Universal Postal Union. The stamp features a portion of a U.S. stamp depicting a side view of Benjamin Franklin. At the top is "AMERIPEX 86." Beneath that in large black type is "International Stamp Show, Chicago May 22 to June 1, 1986." At the bottom left is "USA 22." First day cancellations now are available for AMERIPEX 86. If you prefer to purchase the stamp at your local post office, you may affix to your own envelope. Peelable return address labels are recommended and no remittance is required. Send to: AMERIPEX Stamp, Postmaster, Rosemont, IL 60018- 9991. It should be postmarked no later than June 24,1985. For USPS Affixing the stamp, follow the same addressing procedure, but enclose a money order for 22 cents per stamp. Send to: AMERIPEX Stamp, Postmaster, Rosemont IL 60018- 9992. Deadline is June 24,1985. For USPS affixing the stamp, follow the same addressing procedure, but enclose a money order for 22 cents per stamp. Send to • AMERIPEX Stamp, Postmaster, Rosemont IL 60018- 9992. Deadline is June 24,1985. A 9-cent Great Americans Series stamp hailing Sylvanus Thayer will be issued next month. Thayer is considered the father of technical education in America for his AMERIPEX86 ™^ M«y?a to Jurt« 1,1998 pioneering reforms at the U.S. Military Academy. Thayer was appointed Superintendent of the Academy by President James Monroe in 1817. He relieved Alden Partridge, who also was honored on a Great Americans stamp this year. Thayer retired with the rank of Brigadier General in 1863 after serving a record 55 years without leave in the U.S. Army. First day cancellations are available for this 23rd in the Great Americans Series. The design is based on a painting which hangs in the West Point Museum at the U.S. Military Academy. Collectors desiring to purchase the stamp at their local post office are reminded to add at least 13 cents postage to meet the minimum first class rate of 22 cents. Send to: Customer-Affixed Envelopes, Postmaster, Braintree, MA 021849991. It should be postmarked no later than July 7. Those wishing to have the USPS affix the stamp should enclose a money order for 22 cents. Your return envelope will include a 13-cent Liberty Bell coil stamp from the Americana Series. Send to: Sylvanus Thayer Stamp, Postmaster, Braintree, MA 02184-9992. Deadline is July?. The USPS has announced a recommendation for collectors wishing to affix their own stamps for first day cancellations on "non- precanceled fractional value stamps." They should be purchased at philatelic centers or by mail from the Philatelic Sales Division in Washington, D.C. The reason is that such fractional stamps may not be available at all post offices.