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Hallandale, FL - September 2nd, 2018, The Gold Coast Coin & Collectible Show will held at the Mardi Gras Casino (Second Floor), 831 North Federal Highway, Hallandale, FL. Bourse Hours are Sunday 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Free Parking and Free Admission. For further information please contact Mr. Bill Sanders, Telephone 305-389-5847
Maitland, FL - September 9th, 2018, The Fall Stamp Show will be held on the Venue on the Lake at Maitland Civic Center, 641 Maitland Avenue South, Maitland FL. Bourse Hours are Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Francis Ferguson, Tel. 407-493-0956 or email at fergaph@gmail.com.
Maitland, FL - September 15th, 2018, FSDA Fall Stamp Show will be held at the Greater Maitland Civic Center, Venue on the lake, 641 Maitland Avenue South, Maitland FL. Bourse Hours are Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Francis Ferguson, Tel. 407-493-0956 or email info@floridastampshows.com
Ft. Lauderdale, FL - September, 16th, 2018, Third Sunday Coin & Stamp Show will be held at the Volunteer Park Community Center, 12050 W. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale. Bourse Hours: Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For further information contact Mr. Joe Marshall at 954-802-4967 or email at: magikj48@yahoo.com.
STAMP OF THE MONTH
The U.S. Postal Service issued a second Forever stamp this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of U.S. airmail service.

United States Air Mail Red commemorated the centennial of an August 12, 1918, flight from College Park Airfield in Maryland to New York City that became the first step in establishing transcontinental air routes. The first stamp, United States Air Mail Blue, paid tribute to the pioneering spirit of Army pilots who initiated service in May of the same year. 

The two stamps are identical except in color. Both stamps are printed in intaglio, where the design is engraved into metal plate and then transferred to the stamp paper, and feature a drawing of a plane typically used in the early days of airmail, a Curtiss JN-4H biplane. The stamp designer and typographer was Dan Gretta; Greg Breeding was the art director.

“We hope this stamp will serve to honor the tireless work of those with the vision to see the potential of airmail service,” said David Williams, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, U.S. Postal Service, who serves as the dedicating official. “We want it to stand as a tribute to the pilots who braved climate conditions of all manner to deliver the mail.”
During World War I, a small group of Army pilots delivered mail along a route that linked Washington, Philadelphia and New York — initiating the world’s first regularly scheduled airmail service on May 15, 1918.
The Post Office Department took charge of U.S. Air Mail later that summer, operating it from August 12, 1918, through Sept. 1, 1927, and developing the critical infrastructure — profitable routes, lighted airfields for night flying and improved navigational tools — that allowed it to succeed.

The Forever stamp sells for 50 cents and can be purchased in a sheet of twenty for $10.00, a block of ten for $5.00 and a bock of four at $2.00.
U.S. Postal Service Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

August 09, 2018 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $17.1 billion for the third quarter of 2018 (April 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018), an increase of $402 million, or 2.4 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.
First-Class Mail revenue declined by $134 million, or 2.2 percent, and Marketing Mail revenue increased by $63 million, or 1.6 percent. Total mail volume declined by a combined 397 million pieces, or 1.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Shipping and Packages revenue increased by $475 million, or 10.2 percent, on volume growth of 102 million pieces, or 7.5 percent.
The net loss for the quarter totaled $1.5 billion, a decline in net loss of $651 million compared to the same period last year, the result of nonrecurring adjustments to retirement and retiree health benefit plans to account for revised actuarial assumptions. Excluding the effects of these adjustments, the net loss for the quarter increased by $507 million.
“The root cause of our financial instability is a flawed business model that is imposed by law. We encourage the Congress to engage in a broad public policy discussion and pass postal reform legislation,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “We support legislation under consideration in the current Congress which would provide immediate flexibility to the organization, allow the Postal Service to invest in our future and continue to provide the prompt, reliable, efficient and universal service the public expects.”
Brennan added that in addition to enactment of postal reform legislation, continued aggressive postal management action and regulatory changes, including a less rigid and more responsive pricing system, are required.
Total operating expenses were $18.5 billion for the quarter, a decline of $240 million, or 1.3 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Inflationary pressures on salaries and benefits, as well as fuel and transportation costs were offset by the actuarial changes referred to above.
“After adjusting for actuarial changes related to retirement and retiree health benefit plans, the quarter results reflect ongoing trends. The secular declines in mail are somewhat offset by package growth, and labor productivity continues to improve," said Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett. "However, absent changes to our business model, net losses are expected to continue."