New U.S. Stamps – 2014 Breast Cancer Research

Today the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp, 2014 Breast Cancer Research. This is a Forever Semipostal stamp, currently at 60 cents. The description is as follows:

The Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp, originally issued in 1998, is being reissued in 2014. Mandated by Congress in 1997 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the 1998 Breast Cancer Research stamp was the first semipostal issued by the U.S. Postal Service®. Semipostals are stamps sold at a surcharge to raise money for a particular cause. Purchase of this stamp supports the Breast Cancer Research work of the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program of the Department of Defense.

The stamp art depicts a woman standing with her right arm raised, reaching behind her head in the position recommended for breast self-examination. The drawing of the woman’s body is set against a background of pastel colors ranging from yellow to violet that cover the entire face of the stamp. Across the top of the stamp are the words “Breast Cancer.” Circling the figure’s right breast are the phrases, in all caps, “FUND THE FIGHT.” and “FIND A CURE.”

Art director Ethel Kessler, herself a breast cancer survivor, faced a challenge in designing the stamp. She wanted a design that brought awareness to the importance of Breast Cancer Research while offering a positive and uplifting image. After working with variations on the theme of pink ribbons-the symbol of breast cancer awareness-and photographs that struck her as too melancholy, Kessler turned to artist Whitney Sherman for other ideas.

Sherman produced many sketches, but one stood out from the others. A woman stands with her right arm raised, reaching behind her head in the position recommended for breast self-examination. The pose reminded the artist of depictions of the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis (Diana to the Romans), reaching back to pull an arrow from the quiver hanging from her shoulder. The archetype represented by Artemis signifies strength, courage, survival, and hope, all the emotions that the art director and artist hoped to capture in the stamp art.

From Catarina in Portugal

Catarina sent me my very first postcard from Portugal!

I love the buildings on the front! I think they are just so neat looking! She also included a stamp showing an archaeological site! I didn’t even know there were stamps like that, and I almost didn’t even notice it! She really took the time to make sure what she sent me was special and I truly appreciate it!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

New U.S. Stamps – Celebrity Chefs

Today the United States Postal Service issued a new stamp collection, Celebrity Chefs. The stamps in this collection are Forever stamps, currently at 49 cents. The description is as follows:

The five chefs honored on these stamps revolutionized our understanding of food. Seeing cooking as a source of delight, they invited us to feast on regional and international flavors and were early but ardent champions of trends that many foodies now take for granted. As they shared their know-how, they encouraged us to undertake our own culinary adventures.

These stamps feature digital illustrations depicting the five chefs in a style meant to resemble oil paintings. The selvage design is intended to represent a white china plate resting on a fine linen tablecloth.

Teacher and author James Beard (1903-1985) avidly fostered a more vibrant food culture in the United States. He was a passionate advocate of local ingredients and markets, and his popular books covered everything from seafood to bread.

Jason Seiler created the art for this issuance. Art director Greg Breeding was the designer.

From Muschel Kind in Germany

Here’s another one where I’m not sure if the name is their real name or just their username, but I’ll call her Muschel! Muschel sent me this postcard because she thought the animal was very cute! I requested cute animal postcards in my profile, so I appreciate her taking the time to pick out a card just for me!

Thankfully, Muschel also translated this quote for me. She said that it says,

Go your own way. There is only one way in the world which is made just for you, no one else can go it: Where it leads to? Don’t ask, just go.

What a neat quote! Thank you Muschel for the inspiring words and adorable animal!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

To Anca in Romania

This was the first postcard I have sent to Romania. I haven’t received any from Romania as of yet.

I love Niagara Falls and wanted to share one of my many postcards from there. I’ve witnessed the lighting of the Falls at night and it is such a beautiful sight! I hope Anca thought this was beautiful, even though seeing it in person does it more justice!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

From Maria in Belarus

I recently received this cute little postcard from Maria in Belarus. It took 55 days for it to reach me!

This may have been a hand made postcard, as it felt very thin and like a photograph. Either way, the sleepy little fox was adorable and I really appreciated it!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.

To Aksana in Belarus

I got quite a lot of postcards while vacationing in Boston recently. I chose to send a postcard showing a beautiful night view of the city of Boston to Aksana.

I wrote to her about my love for the city and it’s mix of the old city as well as new and modern elements. She enjoyed this postcard and I noticed a random Postcrossing user called Sunnia added it to her favorites!


Postcards primarily sent via Postcrossing, an online community that allows people from all over the world to send and receive postcards.