2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Stand Mixer Gifts From KitchenAid

With new juicer and food processor attachments, stylish ceramic bowls and three new colors, the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer offers endless culinary possibilities and makes for a great gift this holiday season.  Further details about the products listed below can be found at www.kitchenaid.com/stand-mixers.

Stand Mixer Attachments
These new attachments mimic the performance and capabilities of the brand’s countertop appliances, while taking up a fraction of the space. The new juicer and sauce attachment features a 2-in-1 feed tube capable of accommodating a variety of fruits and vegetables. A stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, and then processes them at a low speed. The attachment includes a low pulp, high pulp and sauce screen. Suggested retail price for the juicer and sauce attachment is $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The new food processor attachment for the stand mixer features the brand’s exclusive ExactSlice(TM) System, which adjusts slice thickness using an external lever. A 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube eliminates the need for extensive food prep beforehand. The base model comes with a reversible shredding, julienne and slicing discs, while the premium model includes a new commercial-style dicing kit. The base and premium food processor attachments are available for $179.99 and $249.99, respectively.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

As with all KitchenAid® stand mixer attachments, these new attachments fit into the multi-purpose hub of all stand mixer models and are powered by the stand mixer motor.

Ceramic Bowls
New colorful ceramic bowls for the brand’s 5-quart stand mixers offer cooks a new way to personalize their stand mixers. These bowls – available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate – feature a convenient pouring spout and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls carry a suggested retail price of $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

New Colors
KitchenAid is debuting three new colors for the brand’s iconic stand mixer. Sea Glass adds a playful touch to any neutral kitchen space with its captivating hue and luminous glossy finish. The Sea Glass Artisan® Design Series stand mixer is currently available for $459.99.  The Artisan® Series Bordeaux stand mixer offers a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous, and adds a rich, luxurious touch to the countertop. It is available at a suggested retail price of $429.99. Lavender is a soothing shade of pastel purple that brings a soft, fresh element to any kitchen space, pairing especially well with white or stainless steel appliances. The Lavender stand mixer is available for $429.99.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.  Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit KitchenAid.com.

* Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Postal Service Launches ‘Magical’ Mailbox Holiday Experience

Capitalizing on advancements in smartphone technology, the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new mobile marketing campaign that has transformed its approximately 156,271 blue mail collection boxes across the country into a holiday mobile experience using augmented reality (AR) technology.

“Whether you’re walking down a busy city street or a main street in a small town, you can find one of our iconic blue boxes all across the country,” said Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing and sales officer for the Postal Service.  “Instead of just dropping off mail, smartphone users can use our USPS AR app to transform these boxes into a unique and interactive experience during the holidays.”

Starting today through the end of the year, smartphone users can experience the magical mailbox, by simply downloading the “USPS AR” app and using it to scan a nearby blue mail collection box.  The innovative use of augmented reality will feature fun activations like flashing holiday lights or dancing animated penguins, followed by prompts to order free shipping boxes or stamps.

The Postal Service has been promoting augmented reality as a way for marketers to add a digital component to direct mail campaigns to generate a greater return on investment.


“Mobile technology is enhancing physical mail in some pretty remarkable ways,” said Manabe. “Augmented reality, QR codes, and one-click buying technology are changing the way consumers interact with major brands. That’s why the Postal Service has launched a multi-channel advertising campaign this holiday to reach consumers of all ages.”

As the nation counts down to the holidays, the Postal Service will be adding new features every few days so customers will have a different experience when they use the app to scan the blue collection boxes.

To promote this new mobile experience along with key holiday shipping and mailing dates, the Postal Service has sent a direct mail piece to every U.S. household this week.  The direct mail piece includes instructions on how to download and use the “USPS AR” app to experience the magic.

This mailer is one part of a holiday advertising campaign by the Postal Service ranging from direct mail to television and print advertisements, to social media and digital promotion.

“Our holiday marketing effort will be built around the idea that the Postal Service has been planning all year for this season and we are prepared to deliver the holidays for America,” said Manabe. “Our advertising goal is to attract new consumer and business customers and provide assurance for our customers that they can depend on our affordable and reliable service to deliver their mail and packages during this season.”

Download the USPS AR app  at Google Play or iTunes App Store

New York City invests $3.5 million in Apparel Manufacturing Facility

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball, Manufacture New York, and Salmar Properties Announce New Fashion Design and Manufacturing Hub in Brooklyn

City Investment of $3.5 Million Will Support Local Apparel Manufacturing, Emerging Fashion Designers and the Creation of Quality Jobs

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Kyle Kimball, Manufacture New York CEO Bob Bland and Salmar Properties Co-Founder Marvin Schein yesterday announced the creation of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub for Apparel, Textiles + Wearable Tech, an innovative fashion manufacturing and design hub in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Located at the privately-operated Liberty View Industrial Plaza, the Manufacturing Innovation Hub will occupy 160,000 square feet to provide research, design, development, and manufacturing resources for New York’s emerging designers and apparel manufacturers. The City of New York, via NYCEDC, will invest $3.5 million through its Industrial Modernization Initiative (IMOD) to allow for the fit-out, modernization, and subdivision of the currently-vacant space. Deputy Mayor Glen, NYCEDC President Kimball, Manufacture New York CEO Bland and Salmar Properties’ Marvin Schein were joined at the announcement by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Martin J. Golden, Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, and others.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities.

We are focused on making investments that are going to spur innovation, create good jobs and keep New York City competitive,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. “Fashion and manufacturing aren’t just legacy industries, they are rapidly evolving parts of our economy that are adapting new technologies and changing every day. Here in Sunset Park, working with our private sector partners, we’re ensuring companies at the cutting edge of these industries can grow and innovate right here in New York City.”

The creation of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub represents the nexus of our efforts to support two key elements of the City’s economy—the manufacturing sector and the fashion industry—and to develop Sunset Park as a hotbed of innovative business,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball. “We are committed to ensuring sustainable growth in these traditional industries, and connecting New York City businesses and people to the space, resources and opportunity they need to succeed in a 21st century economy.”

The creation of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub represents the City’s commitment to supporting the fashion and manufacturing sectors, key traditional New York City industries, by encouraging innovation and partnership between the public and private sectors. In addition to furthering the City’s status as a global fashion capital and providing much-needed affordable industrial space, the Hub also marks the continued development of Sunset Park as an innovation cluster, where a diverse mix of manufacturing businesses are locating and growing—often by leveraging advanced technologies in their operations. Approximately 300 jobs in 20-30 businesses, including designers, manufacturers and related industries, are anticipated to be housed at the facility.

The Hub will include:

  • A workforce development center to help train skilled workers who can earn good-paying jobs
  • A research and development center to help develop new fashion and wearable technology capabilities
  • A small-run factory specializing in sample making
  • A design accelerator to create an educated pipeline of fashion and manufacturing talent
  • Incubator space containing 12 private studios, classroom space, conference rooms, a computer lab, an industrial sewing room, storage, and work areas for 50 designers

The Manufacturing Innovation Hub will also be the new headquarters of Manufacture New York, which is relocating from elsewhere within Liberty View Industrial Plaza. Previously, Manufacture New York operated a pilot fashion incubator in Manhattan’s Garment Center.

Thanks to the tireless support of City Hall, NYCEDC, and local elected leaders, New York’s fashion manufacturers will have access to world class industrial space and infrastructure at prices they can afford,” said Manufacture New York Founder and CEO Bob Bland. “We will work inclusively with established fashion industry veterans, non-profit and community partners, educational institutions, and the incredibly diverse community of emerging designers and local manufacturers to lay the foundation for tremendous change in our industry. We believe that creating a comprehensive system of mentorship, training and support, while working together to solve 21st century problems in our supply chains and the fashion ecosystem, will bring long-term, sustainable growth to the New York City economy.”

Salmar Properties, owner of Liberty View Industrial Plaza, is proud to be a part of the growth and retention of jobs in the New York City fashion industry,” said Salmar Properties Co-Founder Marvin Schein. “Salmar Properties has invested close to $100 million in a complete renovation of the former Federal Building #2.  Liberty View is now the most modern/high tech industrial facility in the City and serves as the transformative building in Sunset Park. Our vision is to promote job creation in New York and to develop Liberty View as the new hub for the City’s fashion industry that is being squeezed out of Manhattan by high rents and lack of space.”

Manufacture New York, who will operate the Hub, is a Brooklyn-based company that facilitates fashion manufacturing in New York City.  It seeks to reawaken and rebuild the fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain. Its Workforce Development Center, in collaboration with the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation, will provide opportunities for both entry-level and advanced technical career pathways in a range of apparel-related sectors, with 50 designers receiving training and product development assistance in the Manufacturing Innovation Hub’s incubator space.

Liberty View Industrial Plaza is a 1.1 million square foot, 8-story industrial building along the Sunset Park waterfront. Formerly known as Federal Building #2, in 2011 the property was transferred to the City, with critical support from U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, after more than a decade of vacancy. The building was subsequently leased via a competitive RFP process to Salmar Properties, who has since completed significant renovations to the facility, including a new roof, windows, façade, and utilities. The majority of current tenants engage in light manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Innovation Hub builds upon the City’s suite of fashion initiatives, including the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative, a public-private program designed to support and promote growth of small businesses in the City’s fashion and manufacturing sectors, as well as seed funding for the CFDA Fashion Incubator, professional mentorship in design and fashion management, and networking and educational programs. The City’s fashion industry accounts for nearly 6 percent of the city’s workforce, paying $10.9 billion in wages, and generating nearly $2 billion in tax revenue annually. New York City’s wholesale fashion market is one of the world’s largest, attracting more than 500,000 visitors per year to its trade shows, showrooms and fashion shows. Overall, the industry garners more than $18 billion in retail sales, $72 billion in wholesale sales, and $8 billion in manufacturing sales annually. The city’s semi-annual Fashion Weeks draw approximately 232,000 attendees to more than 500 shows, creating a total economic impact of $887 million.

This collaborative effort between NYCEDC, Manufacture New York and Salmar Properties will allow small business manufacturers such as Johnny’s Fashion Studio to expand for growth,” said Joann Kim, co-owner of local manufacturer Johnny’s Fashion Studio.  “It will provide us with opportunity to invest in technology that makes for faster pattern making and cutting, train skilled labor to provide the highest quality in sewing, educate young pattern makers to become masters, and provide services closer than ever to target prices of young designers without the pressure of paying premium rent.”

Being a part of Manufacture New York is being a part of something bigger than me and my line,” said Brennan Manuel, founder and designer of local fashion brand 6AM Clothing. “There is a lot of grey area in the fashion industry and it is imperative for up-and-coming designers to be part of a community of likeminded pioneers such as Manufacture New York. I believe that Manufacture New York is the future of the fashion industry in this country, and the Manufacturing Innovation Hub will be a tremendous benefit to New York City.”

We are thrilled to know that our city and Manufacture New York have finally finalized the long awaited project of the Manufacturing Innovation Hub in Sunset Park Brooklyn,” said Chung Yu, Chief Financial Officer of local manufacturer MCM Enterprise. “With increasing rent, the high cost of manufacturing and a forever diminishing work force, the fashion industry in America has been on life support for over a decade. This program will benefit many domestic fashion manufacturers and designers.  It will finally give manufacturers and designers a chance to be more competitive with the rest of the world. We are grateful someone is finally doing something to help our industry’s future generations by providing the necessary resources to grow and produce more jobs. We appreciate the great work and will support this great cause.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art industrial manufacturing center that will enable NYC manufacturers to thrive and expand their current businesses,” said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This facility will bring a much needed creative and industrial hub for designers, manufacturers, and tech innovators that will reinvigorate local communities and create new jobs.

I’m proud to support the renewal of this formerly abandoned warehouse, finding new uses for the facility and creating economic opportunity along the way,” said United States Representative Nydia M. Velázquez.This fashion incubator and factory will draw talent and small manufacturers, while creating well-paying local jobs. This project is another example of how Sunset Park’s waterfront can once again be a beehive of economic activity.

I am thrilled with the continuing redevelopment and enhancement of this major manufacturing development,” said United States Representative Jerrold Nadler. “For over the last thirteen years, community stakeholders, Representative Velazquez, and myself, worked tirelessly to save this former federal building for manufacturing jobs, and today, is another great day as the City announces funding to subdivide and modernize 160,000 square feet of space for small fashion manufacturers. I congratulate Mayor de Blasio and Deputy Mayor Glen on their commitment to manufacturing and industrial jobs, and am pleased to have been a long-time supporter of this project.”

The Manufacturing Innovation Hub is an exciting 21st Century public/private partnership that will further develop the City’s commitment to the ever maturing fashion manufacturing sector,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “In what is currently dormant space, there will be an eruption of the fashion industry – creating a modern Garment District here in Brooklyn. Entrepreneurs will have access to research, design, development, and manufacturing resources that will streamline their process.

The announcement of available—and accessible—space for fashion manufacturing in Sunset Park is great news for our community,” said Council Member Carlos Menchaca. “Our City is one that is no stranger to the power of fashion and manufacturing as strongholds of culture, employment, and resources for our communities. The City Council’s historic partnership with NYCEDC and with private industrial owners allow New York City to be attractive to business sectors that create good local jobs, and help to incentivize the growth of local economies. This is a welcome step toward the revitalization of our City’s industrial character.”

“I am very excited by this investment by the City of New York in the future of Liberty View, Sunset Park, and all of Brooklyn manufacturing!” said State Senator Velmanette Montgomery.  “Reviving our industrial base will strengthen our economy and offer new opportunities for our citizens in this economic sector. Thank you, Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corporation!

New York City was the heart of manufacturing in our country at one time, and through efforts in the City, State, and the private sector, we are once again making gains,” said State Senator Martin J. Golden. “By eliminating the manufacturer’s tax in April, we are making our city and state more business friendly.  Opening up a fashion incubator and 110,000 square feet of manufacturing space is not only good for Brooklyn, it’s good for New York City, and it’s good for the fashion industry. This vital industry has been growing exponentially in Brooklyn, and we are happy to have new neighbors. I look forward to continuing to work with the City to help expand manufacturing inside the City of New York.

I welcome the new Manufacturing Innovation Hub to Sunset Park’s Liberty View Industrial Plaza,” said State Assemblyman Félix Ortiz. “Sunset Park is a destination community quickly becoming one of the hottest places to do business in New York City. This is another major step forward for our community, a place where businesses, residences and visitors make out city a better place.”

We need to make sure we are protecting manufacturing and creating opportunities for growth,” said Council Member Dan Garodnick. “The City needs to stand up for its manufacturing spaces — new and old — and these kinds of investments are an important indication that we will.

IMOD was created in partnership with the New York City Council to encourage the continued growth of the manufacturing sector by incentivizing private industrial owners to transform underutilized assets into space designed to support small businesses, which typically employ approximately one to 10 people, occupy less than 5,000 square feet, and comprise the fastest-growing element of the City’s industrial ecosystem. These companies often are too small for industrial floorplates on the market, so NYCEDC issued a Request for Proposals seeking transformative projects to address this gap. NYCEDC jointly selected Manufacture New York and Salmar Properties, which operates Liberty View Industrial Plaza, to undertake this project. The $3.5 million investment from the City directly supports the 110,000 square feet dedicated to job-intensive active manufacturing use. A total of $8 million is available through IMOD, with future allocations to be determined.


Wilt Chamberlain Scores US Postal Service Stamp(s) of Approval: Extra Tall Limited Edition Forever Stamps Highlight Philadelphia and Los Angeles Careers

The icon whose dominance literally changed the rules of basketball returns to center court Friday to receive a stamping ovation when he becomes the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) first player to be immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp.

NBA players Julius Erving and Wali Jones will be among those dedicating the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps at halftime when the Philadelphia 76ers host the Oklahoma City Thunder (tip-off at 7 p.m.). A video of Chamberlain’s accomplishments will highlight the ceremony. All 50 million stamps, available nationwide today and can be pre-ordered now.

“When it came to determining the first NBA player to be honored on a stamp, Wilt Chamberlain was a slam dunk,” said U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Tom Marshall. At 7ft. 1 in., ‘the Big Dipper’s’ physical stature, athleticism and talent helped him to dominate the NBA and to put an indelible mark on the NBA record books. We decided to portray his dominance on the court with wilt-1two towering Forever stamps depicting Wilt in the uniforms of two of the NBA teams for which he played. Each are twice the size of the original Forever Stamp — the Liberty Bell. And what better place to dedicate Wilt’s stamps than his hometown — the City of Brotherly Love.”

Starting at the 7 p.m. tipoff and throughout the game, current and past NBA players will participate in a “Twitter Huddle” –- an online chat using the hashtag #WiltStamp that will include a trivia quiz.

A special dedication ceremony will take place at the Mass Mutual Center during the University of Mass. vs. Florida Gulf Coast Game Dec. 7 in Springfield, MA. Another ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., Dec. 10 at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School. Many of Chamberlain’s former teammates are planning to attend.

In addition to Erving and Jones joining Marshall in the dedication ceremony will be Chamberlain’s sisters Barbara Lewis and Selina Gross; 76ers Ambassador of Basketball World B. Free; Philadelphia Sports Hall of Famer and sports radio personality Sonny Hill; and, 76ers Director of Statistical Information Harvey Pollack, who holds the distinction as the only individual working for the NBA since its inaugural 1946-47 season. Pollack also kept score during Chamberlain’s 1962 record-breaking 100 point game. He also made the sign Chamberlain held in the famous post-game photo.

The halftime ceremony will feature a special tribute video and stamp unveiling using the team’s state-of-the-art court projection system. Throughout the night, the Sixers will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary Chamberlain with videos during breaks  in play. Tickets to the game are available to the public online at Sixers.com, by phone at 215-339-7676 and in person at the box office.

Wilt’s Stamps in a League of His Own
The stamps, just over 2 inches tall each, are a third to twice the size of a typical commemorative stamp height. Kadir Nelson, of San Diego, CA, created the two stamp image portraits of the NBA superstar. One is based on a photograph of Chamberlain in a Philadelphia Warriors uniform; the other is based on an image of Chamberlain in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform. The word “Wilt” is featured in either the top right or left corner of each stamp. Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamps.

As a center, Chamberlain dominated the NBA for more than a decade, setting a plethora of individual records. He led his teams to two NBA championships and in 1962, scored an NBA record 100 points in a single game.

The Big Dipper’s Legacy
Born Aug. 21, 1936, in Philadelphia, Chamberlain excelled in track and field, but basketball eventually became his sport of choice. By the time he was 10, Chamberlain was six feet tall. He was nearly unstoppable at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School, scoring more than 2,200 total points, a Pennsylvania record. People began calling him “Wilt the Stilt,” and “The Big Dipper,” possibly because his height sometimes wilt-2forced him to dip under doorways. He preferred the latter nickname.

He attended the University of Kansas where he averaged 29.9 points and 18.3 rebounds per game before turning pro in 1958. Chamberlain spent a season with the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the Philadelphia Warriors.

During his rookie season with the Philadelphia Warriors, he averaged 37.6 points and 27.0 rebounds per game to win both the league’s Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards. Chamberlain led the NBA in scoring his first seven seasons, and on March 2, 1962, during a game against the New York Knicks in Hershey, PA, scored an NBA record 100 points — a monumental feat that has not been matched since.

The Warriors moved to San Francisco in 1962, and in 1965 Chamberlain was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1966–67, Chamberlain led the 76ers to an NBA record 68 regular-season wins and an NBA title.

In 1968, Philadelphia traded Chamberlain to the Los Angeles Lakers. His winning ways continued in L.A. In 1971–72, he led the Lakers to a stellar 69–13 regular-season record — the best regular-season mark in NBA history — and an NBA title. L.A. won the championship that year, defeating the Knicks in five games in the NBA finals. Chamberlain, who was nursing a broken bone in his hand, captured the series MVP Award. Like the
’66–’67 76ers, the ’71–’72 Lakers are still considered one of the best NBA teams of all time.

When the 13-time NBA All-Star retired in 1973, he held a record number of NBA records, including most total points (31,419), average points per game (30.1), total rebounds (23,924) and rebounds per game (22.9). He won the NBA MVP Award four times (1960, 1966–68), and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.

In 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary season, Chamberlain was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA History.

The Wilt Chamberlain Limited Edition Forever stamps, available in sheets of 18 stamps, will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. Customers may purchase the stamps at usps.com/stamps, the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide or visit ebay.com/stamps to shop for a wide variety of postage stamps and collectibles.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Wilt Chamberlain Stamps Retail Manager
Philadelphia Metropolitan District
3190 South 70th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19153-3244

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by Feb. 3, 2015.

Ordering First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online atusps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO  64121-9014

Philatelic Products
There are 10 philatelic products available.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 87th Oscars®.  One hundred thirty-four films were originally submitted in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
“Art and Craft,” Purple Parrot Films
“The Case against 8,” Day in Court
“Citizen Koch,” Elsewhere Films
“CitizenFour,” Praxis Films
“Finding Vivian Maier,” Ravine Pictures
“The Internet’s Own Boy,” Luminant Media
“Jodorowsky’s Dune,” City Film
“Keep On Keepin’ On,” Absolute Clay Productions
“The Kill Team,” f/8 filmworks
“Last Days in Vietnam,” Moxie Firecracker Films
“Life Itself,” Kartemquin Films and Film Rites
“The Overnighters,” Mile End Films West
“The Salt of the Earth,” Decia Films
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” Lafayette Film
“Virunga,” Grain Media

The Academy’s Documentary Branch determined the shortlist in a preliminary round of voting.  Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles.

The 87th Academy Awards® nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2015: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala

Pantone (and  the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries), an X-Rite company, has announced PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a naturally robust and earthy wine red, as the Color of the Year for 2015.

While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2015: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2015: PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

Marsala for Fashion

Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2015; Daniel Silverstain, Herve Leger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso incorporated the hue into their collections. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.

With the ever-growing popularity of floral prints and striping, variations of this hue will undoubtedly carry into men’s and women’s clothing throughout next year. Marsala is also a popular choice for jewelry and fashion accessories, including handbags, hats, footwear and the burgeoning market of wearable technology.

This highly varietal shade combines dramatically with neutrals, including warmer taupes and grays. Because of its burnished undertones, sultry Marsala is highly compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and blues in the more vibrant range.

Marsala for Beauty

An incredibly versatile color for beauty, Marsala is an appealing and sophisticated shade that’s flattering against many skin tones.

Marsala pairs exquisitely with monochromatic mixes of peachy pinks, and sparkles against antiqued gold metallics, offering an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Marsala illuminates a range of smoky-neutral color combinations, making it a captivating eye shadow color that can be worn from morning until night. Add an overlay of bronze for a dramatic look that suits any eye color, or use Marsala as a go-to finishing touch on nails.

Marsala for Interiors

Complex and full-bodied without overpowering, Marsala provides a unifying element for interior spaces. Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

Nurturing and fulfilling, Marsala is a natural fit for the kitchen and dining room – making it ideal for tabletop, small appliances and linens throughout the home. The hue will be especially prominent in striping and floral patterns found in printed placemats, dinnerware, bedding and throws.

Marsala for Graphic Design

A rich contrasting color, Marsala is ideal for use in graphic design and packaging. Eye-catching, but not overwhelming or bright, consumers are immediately drawn to the hue, making it an alluring shade at point-of-purchase. As packaging becomes increasingly more artistic, Marsala will be a natural fit for both high- and low-tech materials, including on-shelf periodicals as well as printed assets, like calendars and stationery.

Cross-Referencing to Other PANTONE Libraries

PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala can also be cross-referenced to all other PANTONE Libraries, including PANTONE PLUS for graphic design. For cross-referencing information, see www.pantone.com/ColoroftheYear.

About the PANTONE Color of the Year

The Color of the Year selection requires careful consideration and, to arrive at the selection, Pantone combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the fashion and entertainment industries – including films that are in production, the world of art, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, the availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For 15 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
  • PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
  • PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)