A postal patchwork of stamps and service

Posted in Uncategorized, USPS, Postal Service, Stamps, postal news, postal, post office, postmaster, mail, Earthscapes, quilts, aerial photography by yourpostalpodcast on November 8th, 2012



Photos: Coloradans John and Jim Wark take aerial photographs from their Husky airplane. Five of Jim's photos are featured in the new sheet of 20 Earthscapes Forever stamps, available now at Post Offices and at www.usps.com/shop. One of the stamps is a surreal view of a geothermal spring at Yellowstone National Park.

The November edition of Your Postal Podcast takes us into the wild, blue yonder to learn the stories behind several of the photos used to create the new Earthscapes Forever Postage Stamps. You'll meet the photographer responsible for five of the bird's-eye-view landscapes used on the stamps.

Next, you'll hear how a Missouri business owner for whom the saying, "A stitch in time saves nine" rings true after he discovered big savings by shipping his company's quilting supplies via Priority Mail.

For a transcript of this podcast click here

There's also a roundup of postal news, plus details on how you can enter to win collectible stamp items.

Thanks for listening -- and don't forget to visit YourPostal Blog for daily updates on all things postal.


  • John Lewis

    After listening to the podcast and seeing one of the photos for the Earthscape forever stamps I had to go buy a sheet of the stamps. The work on these images is outstanding.

    Nov 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm
  • Lori Haler

    I have seen the stamps, but until this podcast, I never really looked at them! They are so neat!! I am buying some today!! I love the geothermal spring, actually all of them! It would be really neat to see bigger versions of all of them to really see all the detail! Thanks for opening my eyes!!

    Nov 8, 2012 at 4:01 pm
  • Holly Clark

    I hadn’t looked closely at the Earthscape stamps until after the podcast. Then, I had to run and take a look at them. Great photos from such a unique perspective.

    Nov 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm
  • Diana Cook

    It was interesting to hear Jim and Jonh talk about ther experience while taking the five photos used for the earthscape stamps

    Nov 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm
  • Kathryn Hrycko

    The earthscape stamps were brought to my attention thru early promotion of their release. Each of the veiws are stunning & the details clearer than I expected for postage stamp size. Hearing how much the aerial photographer appreciated snapping each one brought my thoughts to a greater appreciation of the efforts it takes to create various stamp series.Missouri Star quilt representative advocated the USPS brand and exceptional customer service. Perhaps thsi company has even utilized the past series of quilt block stamps as I recall they were also quite unique. Thanks for another great listening experience.

    Nov 14, 2012 at 9:46 am
  • Grannybunny

    Another great podcast. A minor quibble: Jim Wark was pretty soft-spoken, especially early in the interview — before he “warmed up” — and it was a little hard to hear him, so I read the transcript, too. The stamps are awesome; I bought several sets — along with the jigsaw puzzle — and am using them for gifts. I understand that Mr. Wark is in his 80’s and is still actively working. More power to him; we should make him an honorary Postal employee!

    Nov 14, 2012 at 9:52 am
  • Tad R. Hoverstad

    Those are some of the best stamps USPS has ever issued.

    Nov 14, 2012 at 10:58 am
  • Barbara Steskal

    I eat my lunch at my desk…and it is nice to listen to the PODCAST instead of reading. I could picture the plane and the photographers as they soar into the wild blue yonder seeing and recording sights many of us never get to see. I wouldn’t turn down an opportunity to ride with them!

    Nov 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  • annie

    I have purchased these stamps and they are amazing! Great work - I love them.

    Nov 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm
  • annie

    I have purchased these stamps and they are gorgeous! Love them….

    Nov 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm
  • sara

    these stamps are extremely interesting, and beautiful. Nice to know the background and attatch it to a face. Only one thing could be better would be videos.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 11:58 am
  • Paula

    Thanks for another insightful podcast. Enjoyed!

    Nov 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm
  • Wendy Lunning

    Love the Earthscape stamps very interesting.

    Nov 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm