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The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
The name of the recently-announced Celebrate Scouting stamp for the U-S is disingenuous.
It's obviously celebrating the centennial next year of the Boy Scouts of America. That
organization was involved in the announcement, not the Girl Scouts or Camp Fire Girls
or any other youth group.
The design shows a young MAN in a campaign hat and a red jacket.
And other countries commemorated the entire scouting movement's centennial several years
But the U-S stamp selection guidelines say there won't be stamps for organizations....so
we're getting a stamp with a generic name.
The U-S-P-S often does an end run around its own guidelines. This year alone, we had
stamps for an ongoing television show, "The Simpsons," and the Macy's department store's
annual Thanksgiving parade. The guidelines also say no commercial enterprises or products.
And The Simpsons were celebrating a 20th anniversary. 2007's Star Wars stamps a 30th
anniversary. The guidelines say multiples of *50* years.
The guidelines also say no stamps or postal stationery for schools or colleges. So we get
postcards showing a university's oldest building, on a significant anniversary of the
school, as part of the Historic Preservation series.
Personally, I'm glad there will be a stamp for the Boy Scouts of America. I just wish the
U-S Postal Service had the honesty to admit that's what is.
I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
and a discussion about the Celebrating Scouting stamp, visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.
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