May 29, 2009 |
BOB HOPE, the late comedian famed for his punchlines, "Road" movies, ski nose and tireless travel to entertain American troops is being honored with a 44-cent postage stamp today in ceremonies aboard the USS Midway in San Diego. "I think that he would be thrilled, absolutely honored and love the thought of it," his daughter Linda Hope said. "It would also be an opportunity for him to get in a few jokes about the rise in the cost of postage," she added. The Postal Service has printed 100 million stamps featuring Hope and they are on sale nationwide.
April 20, 2006 |
"The check's stuck in the mail" is right up there with "The dog ate my homework" in the ranks of famed (and shamed) excuses. It usually comes from a consumer, though - not from one of the nation's best-known financial institutions. Yet that was the basic explanation given yesterday by General Motors Acceptance Corp. for hundreds of uncashed deposits that were held in limbo - some since late last month, customers say - at Philadelphia's main post office instead of being delivered to GMAC Bank, a subsidiary based in Horsham.
May 11, 2005 |
Remember PhotoStamps - real postage featuring your own snapshots? They're coming back. Under a one-year agreement with the U.S. Postal Service, Stamps.com on Monday will resume selling custom-made postage bearing photos submitted by customers. (You can order them online in advance.) The company debuted the stamps in August as an experiment in concert with the postal service. And though they were pricey, with each 37-cent stamp selling for roughly $1, they were popular, selling 2.7 million in six weeks.
September 16, 2004 |
Raise postage by a penny and we cry foul. But let us put a picture of Sparky, the motley family mutt, on a first-class stamp and we'll gleefully pay $1 for a 37-cent product. Such is the happy experience of Stamps.com, a West Coast company with exclusive permission from the U.S. Postal Service to generate postage bearing pictures of your baby, your puppy and you. This grand experiment was launched on Aug. 10. More than 1.5 million PhotoStamps have been sold since then, Stamps.
May 21, 2004 |
Two members of a local rock band were so happy with the new Automated Postal Center at the 30th Street Post Office that, as they finished putting postage on their packages Wednesday, they began hugging the kiosk. Jason Simkins, singer and guitarist, and Brian Beck, drummer, were using the Philadelphia center to send out press kits for their band, Snoozebox. On Wednesday, they sent out 40 press kits for about $50 in postage, and the day before, they sent out 30 kits for about $40. "I prefer doing it this way," Beck said.
March 25, 2004 |
Would you pay $1.48 for a free quarter? That's the bottom line in an advertisement that appeared yesterday in The Inquirer. "Remaining PA state quarters are to be given free to state residents," read the ad's headline. The U.S. Monetary Exchange, a private company, promised to mail "mint fresh," uncirculated quarters with the Pennsylvania seal to people who send three first-class postage stamps to a post office box in zip code area 44309, which turns out to be Akron, Ohio.
March 3, 2004 |
Put down House Speaker John M. Perzel as paid in full. The Northeast Philadelphia Republican has completed a political about-face, reimbursing taxpayers the unpaid balance for a slick self-promotional DVD he sent to constituents and supporters during the summer. On Friday, Perzel's campaign committee handed the state a $21,930 check to cover the postage for 22,536 DVDs chronicling his April swearing-in as speaker. Previously, Perzel had agreed to repay the state about $35,000 to cover the DVD's production cost but steadfastly refused to pick up the postage, insisting it was an appropriate state-related expense.
February 6, 2004 |
A current hit on the screen and a best-selling literary trilogy, The Lord of the Rings now makes its postal appearance. Royal Mail of Britain will issue 10 special stamps Feb. 26 to observe the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first two parts of the epic series: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The stamp designs depict drawings - nine by the author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) and the other by his son Christopher - of locations in the book as imagined by Tolkien.
December 21, 2003 |
The federal anti-spam law signed last week by President Bush aims to stem the deluge of offensive, fraudulent and unwanted e-mails that flood the nation's inboxes. Experts said the law, which will take effect Jan. 1 and includes rules for commercial e-mail senders, was a step in the right direction. And several other measures also promise hope for controlling spam. Technology, of course, is key in fighting spam. Besides software and hardware filtering systems that block spam from inboxes, reengineering the e-mail system to prevent unscrupulous spammers from annoying and defrauding consumers is under discussion.
February 7, 2003 |
Britain, which issued the first adhesive postage stamp, in 1840, has conceived another clever scheme that is sure to be popular with letter-writers. Royal Mail issued a block of six stamps on Tuesday, each printed with a selection of three messages that can be checked off by the senders. And just in time for Valentine's Day. Little blank boxes precede the 18 different messages. A check mark is printed above each blank to encourage people to reveal their thoughts. "With these special multiple-choice boxes, you can even make the stamp part of the fun," said Gavin Macrae, Royal Mail's director of stamps and collectibles.