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Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: STEAMER LANE
USPS Wild and Scenic Rivers Stamps
I'm a big fan of the United States Postal Service. I have a small book publishing company. I send my books via USPS. In 20 some years of using their services only one shipment has gone missing, and there's a good chance the person who claimed the book never reached him was lying. When I send a birthday card to one of my kids, I can be as late as two days before the event and the card will still reach them on time.
I like to go to my local Post Office because the people who work there are good, decent folks. I see my neighbors there. Occasionally the lines will take a few minutes, but, as I pointed out to a guy who was loudly complaining how long it was taking to get to the counter, you might be able to get faster service at FedEx, but it will cost you $17.50 to mail the same letter that the USPS charges 55 cents for.
Another thing I like about the USPS is stamps. My Dad collected them for a while. He and I would buy bags of stamps from ads at the back of magazines and go through them looking for the ones he collected and the mythical Inverted Jenny of 1918 that would make us rich. Never found it.
This week I was at the PO mailing a book (media mail rate, the best deal in logistics) and they asked, as they always do because they have a script they have to repeat, "would I like any stamps?" I said, "have you got anything new that looks good?" The clerk said, "yeah, we've got these new wild river stamps" and he pulled out a pane to give me a look.
It turns out that the USPS has issued a pane of 12 stamps of Wild and Scenic Rivers around the US. The stamps feature great photos of rivers from the Wild and Scenic River program that I've fished, or heard about, and a few that I never had.
One of those I've fished is the Merced with El Cap and Halfdome in the background with snow on rocks in the river. It reminded me of the time I was fishing there and I got a Japanese tourist photographer on the backcast. Others I've fished include the Deschutes, the Missouri and the Skagit. The Oyhee is shown as is the Snake and the Flathead. I think I'd seen the Koyokuk mentioned in a fishing magazine, but I confess I don't think I'd ever heard of the Niobrara. the Tlikakila, the Ontonagon or the Clarion.
The photos are gorgeous. I'd like to fish them all. I'm going to use the stamps on my Christmas cards this year.
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