Addenda is an occasional Social Correspondence post that features updates to previous posts, adds brief comments, and makes note of related items.

Addenda: Stamps

Paul Newman Hi-ResA ceremony was held in Cleveland, Ohio, Paul Newman’s hometown, on September 18 to celebrate the first day of issue of the new Paul Newman stamp.  Those in attendance included Clea Newman Soderlund, senior director of special initiatives, SeriousFun Children’s Network and Paul Newman’s daughter; Robert Forrester, president and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation; and other charities supported by the late actor and philanthropist.

Paul Newman founded both SeriousFun Network and Newman’s Own Foundation. SeriousFun Children’s Network has helped more than 600,000 seriously ill children and their families by providing camps for “purposeful play,” both in the U.S. and around the world.  SeriousFun Network and other charities are featured on the back of the Paul Newman stamp sheet.  SeriousFun Network is offering a commemorative pin of the Paul Newman stamp for its donors on its website:

Another Hollywood icon, Ingrid Bergman, is also the subject of a new commemorative stamp, the 19th stamp in the USPS Legends of Hollywood series.  The stamp was released on August 20 at the West Hollywood Public Library.  Posten AB of Sweden did a similar release of an Ingrid Bergman stamp on the same day.

Addenda: First Day Covers

PastedGraphic-6 copyLetters to Myself, the spectacular exhibition of calligraphy by Alan Blackman, was recently reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle.  Find that story here: Main Library exhibits calligrapher’s elegant envelopes to himself.  If you have not seen the exhibit, don’t delay: it closes on October 12.

Perhaps you are wondering how to obtain a first day cover of a new stamp.  The U.S.P.S. advises that one should first purchase the stamp, either through your local post office or from  Address an envelope of your choice, either to yourself or another, and affix the stamp. Send in a separate envelope to USPS as follows:

For the Paul Newman first day of issue postmark, send your envelopes (up to 50) to: Paul Newman Stamp, Customer Relations Coordinator, Cleveland Post Office, 2200 Orange Avenue, Room 234, Cleveland, OH  44101-9998. Orders must be postmarked by Nov. 17, 2015.

Ingrid Bergman 100 år (PostNord - Willinger) Ingrid Bergman Hi-ResFor the Ingrid Bergman first day of issue postmark, send your envelope(s) by Oct. 19 to: Ingrid Bergman Stamp, Manager, Retail Sales, U.S. Postal Service, Los Angeles District, 7001 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90052-9614 by October 19.

Addenda: Post Office Buildings

Berkeley Post Office

Nobody seems to be in a hurry to sell the beautiful, historic Berkeley Post Office building these days, but what about Napa?  While much of Napa Valley, California has substantially recovered from the severe earthquake of 2014, the Napa Post Office remains shuttered.  With apparently $8 million dollars needed for repairs, the U.S. Postal Service determined that the most practical and expeditious course would be to tear it down and build a new post office.

The Napa Post Office is a handsome building, constructed in 1933 during the Great Depression, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In August 2015, the USPS agreed to put the building up for sale, rather than demolish it.  Save the Berkeley Post Office is now working with activists in Napa to prevent the sale and force the USPS to renovate the building and keep it as a post office.

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Alan A. Blackman “Letters to Myself” – YouTube


Main Library exhibits calligrapher’s elegant envelopes to himself by Sam Whiting. San Francisco Chronicle, August 15, 2015.

Napa post office repair bill tops $8 million by Jennifer Huffman. Napa Valley Register, July 12, 2015.

For Sale: Napa’s Historic Post Office Damaged In Quake by Susan Schena. Napa Valley Patch, Aug. 15, 2015.

Please Preserve the Post Office. Napa Valley Register, Sept. 25, 2015.

Save the Berkeley Post Office

SeriousFun Network

U.S. Postal Service

USPS proposes demolition of Napa post office building, Napa Valley Register, July 3, 2015

Wikipedia. Paul Newman

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