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The U.S. Postal Service Gears Up for the Highly Anticipated World Stamp Show


It’s finally here—the 2016 World Stamp Show.

What makes the World Stamp Show unique is that this stamp extravaganza only happens every 10 years. The show draws stamp collectors, dealers, stamp exhibitors and mail delivery organizations, including the U.S. Postal Service, to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, where this mega-event is held.

This year’s highly anticipated event and expo takes place May 28 –June 4 and is expected to draw between 250,000 and 300,000 visitors from around the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy and sell stamps, as well as learn about the latest happenings in the world of philately.

What is philately?

The study of postage stamps, revenue stamps, stamped envelopes, postmarks, postal cards, covers, and similar material relating to postal or fiscal history.

U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamps

Eight new Forever Stamp® images accompanied by all the pomp and circumstance surrounding First-Day-of-Issue events will be revealed during the show. Here is the rundown so you don’t miss a thing.

World Stamp Show 2016 Schedule

Saturday, May 28 – Opening Day

USPS Chief Marketing and Sales Officer James P. Cochrane will officiate the first-day-of-issue dedication of the “World Stamp Show” stamp.

Sunday, May 29

USPS Chief Ethics Officer Mike Elston will officiate the first-day-of-issue dedication of the “Repeal of the Stamp Act 1776” stamp.

Monday, May 30

USPS General Counsel Tom Marshall will officiate the first-day-of-issue dedication of the “Honoring Extraordinary Heroism-The Service Cross Medals” stamp.

Tuesday, May 31

USPS Chief Operating Officer David Williams will officiate the first-day-of-issue dedication of the “Pluto Explored!” stamp.

Wednesday, June 1

Janet Klug, Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, will officiate the first-day-of-issue dedication of the “Classics Forever” stamp.

Thursday, June 2

Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan will officiate the first day of issue “Celebrating National Park Service’s Centennial” stamps. This ceremony will feature a dual stamp unveiling with remote reveal at Assateague National Seashore. The stamp ceremony will be broadcast and webcast live worldwide.

Friday, June 3

USPS District Manager Elvin Mercado will officiate the first-day-of-issue dedication of the “Colorful Celebrations” stamp.

More Events and Activities

To learn more about the wide range of fun and educational events coming up this year, download the full 2016 World Stamp Show schedule here

Additionally, we want to create a social media buzz surrounding the show by asking  attendees, philatelists – both national & international – along with national park enthusiasts to use the following hashtags:

Be sure to give a tweet @USPS or

The U.S. Postal Service is excited and proud to participate in this huge stamp spectacular and looks forward to seeing you there.


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