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Johnny Cash By Mail

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The US Postal Service recently announced that Saturday mail delivery will end in August. But you may not have heard another recent bit of news from the USPS: that the face of legendary singer Johnny Cash will soon grace commemorative Forever stamps. 

Cash is certainly not the first musician to be honored with a stamp -- icons like Elvis Presley, Edith Piaf and Miles Davis have all had their moment in postage glory. But, Cash is second musician to be chosen as part of a new "Music Icons" stamp series -- the first being Tejano musician Lydia Mendoza

We talk with art director Greg Breeding about designing the new stamp, which will be available starting June 6, 2013, and about how stamp designs are chosen. Plus, he tells us why he thinks that artistic stamps will continue to be a part of our postal system. 

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Johnny Cash, Forever; Wynter Gordon; Frank Ocean's Grammys Debut

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In this episode: The US Postal Service recently announced the end of Saturday mail delivery – but their commemorative stamp program carries on. We talk with the designer of a recently announced Johnny Cash Forever stamp about the US Postal Service's new “Music Icons” stamp series, and why he thinks collectible stamps are here to stay.

Plus: Wynter Gordon got her start writing hits for stars like Flo Rida, Mary J. Blige and Danity Kane – she joins us to perform some of her own songs.

And: Writer Jeff Himmelman recently interviewed the Frank Ocean for the New York Times Magazine. He joins us to talk about the decision-making process behind Ocean's Grammys song selection -- and to paint a clearer picture of the man behind the headband.

Transportation Nation

Postage Stamps Promote Green Transportation. Who Knew?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(photo by Jackie Yamanaka)

Not to mention car pooling, biking, and walking.

TN's Jackie Yamanaka received a letter with the above stamp, leading us to immediately research its provenance.

It turns out the U.S. Postal Service has produced a series of stamps with eco-friendly messages. One of them encourages the use of public transit. The others exhort recipients to "choose to walk,"  "share a ride," "maintain tire pressure," and "ride a bike."

It's also possible to purchase a stamp celebrating American infrastructure -- like Florida's Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Just a tip in case you want to send some snail mail TN's way we haven't seen these in person yet:

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WNYC News

Statue of Liberty Knock-Off Depicted on Postage Stamp

Friday, April 15, 2011

The image emblazoned on a new first-class postage stamp is modeled off of Las Vegas' Lady Liberty — not the original Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

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