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Distribution Disconnect.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

I’m puzzled by some of the decisions made recently by the U-S Postal Service about stamps.
No, not the subjects chosen or not chosen — I don’t expect to agree with all of them — but
about what stamps are sold where.

The recent Colorful Celebrations booklet is an example: Ten somewhat abstract designs and
bright colors, and issued in the booklet format we’re told mailers prefer. They seem like
a non-controversial alternative to a flag design that mailers would love. But they won’t
find them in their local post office… unless a manager there requests them. Some will,
but many won’t — especially given the large number of stamps issued within a few weeks.

Another is the Soda Fountain Favorites — five designs, and again in the booklet format. And
again, they’re not being automatically distributed to post offices.

The Postal Service says mailers always want a flag stamp available, and I’ve heard postal
patrons say, “Give me flags.” But I’ve also heard customers ask, “What do you have besides

Oh, well, you can always go to U-S-P-S-dot-com or eBay-dot-com-slash-stamps, see what’s
available and order them there.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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