Full throttle

Pony Cars — the Postal Service’s latest Forever stamps — were dedicated Aug. 25 at the Great American Stamp Show in Sacramento, CA.

The vibrant stamps commemorate five iconic vehicles: the 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT and the 1969 AMC Javelin SST.

Scott Bombaugh, the Postal Service’s chief technology officer, spoke at the ceremony, noting that his mother once owned a 1970 Mustang.

“My brother learned to drive in that car, but by the time I was ready to drive, my parents sold the Mustang and had a Pinto wagon,” Bombaugh said. “Is it any wonder I have bought two Mustang GTs since then?”

Bombaugh was joined by Scott English, executive director of the American Philatelic Society; Greg Breeding, the stamp’s art director; Zach Bryant, the stamp’s designer; and Tom Fritz, the stamp’s artist.

Fritz used oil-on-panel to capture the pony cars’ energy and mystique through bold colors and dramatic light.

“My challenge was to create five jewellike, descriptive portrayals that every person who fell in love with this era can appreciate. The adventure isn’t just painting the cars’ details but capturing their emotion and power — cars don’t just sit there. They hunker down, they lurch, they shake, they shimmy and skitter. Those are the thrilling moments I look for.”

The pony car trend revved up in earnest in 1964, as American automakers developed performance coupes and convertibles to cater to a rapidly emerging market of younger drivers.

The cars are still idolized today.

“If you don’t collect cars on stamps today, the Pony Cars Forever stamps will be a great way to start,” English said. “Since the 1960s, the Camaro, Mustang and Challenger have been at the top of the dream car list for generations of young drivers. The Pony Cars Forever stamps will let you relive one of the most exciting eras of cars or fulfill the dream of owning one.”

Triple play

Postal Service employees can learn about three wellness topics in an upcoming webinar.

The session, “3 Short Webinars in One,” be help Sept. 7 at noon EDT.

A five-minute fitness hack, a five-minute wellness hack and the value of membership in professional organizations will be the focus of the webinar.

Ron Johnson, an American Public University System professor and award-winning scholar, will be the presenter.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. After signing up, directions for accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

Following the session, registrants will receive an email with a link to an archived recording, along with the slides shown.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 97.17 percent during the week ending Aug. 26, down 0.27 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Aug. 31.

WestPac led the four areas with a rating of 97.27 percent, while Atlantic ranked last with a 97.02 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Washington, part of WestPac Area, ranked first with a 97.90 percent rating, while Ohio 2, part of Central Area, ranked last with a 95.75 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

To see the latest data, go to the Informed Visibility website and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Postal Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From July 1 through Aug. 19, the Postal Service delivered 93.0 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 94.5 percent of Marketing Mail and 86.8 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s Aug. 25 edition features tips on avoiding slips, trips and falls. The publication also has the latest updates to USPS policies, procedures and forms.

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