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Washington, DC, Retail Associate Nakesha Pope displays Total Eclipse of the Sun and Have a Ball!, two stamp sheets released in June.

Spring began with the national rollout of Informed Delivery, a new feature that provides residential consumers with digital previews of their incoming mail.

PMG Megan J. Brennan discussed the free feature at the 2017 National Postal Forum in Baltimore.

“Informed Delivery brings mail into the daily digital lives of consumers, building anticipation of the physical mail piece,” she said.

USPS also participated in several other events during the April 1-June 30 period, including National Small Business Week, which featured more than 3,000 workshops at local postal facilities, Public Service Recognition Week and National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

Additionally, Postal Service employees collected 75 million pounds of food for local pantries through Stamp Out Hunger, an annual initiative organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Post Offices were also busy during the spring helping customers file their tax returns and acquire passports for their holiday travels. More than two dozen offices along the East Coast marked their 225th anniversaries during late spring.

It was also a time for innovative stamps.

USPS released the Have a Ball! stamps, which are made with the look and feel of the balls they depict, and Total Eclipse of the Sun, a stamp that uses thermochromic ink to transform its image with the heat of a finger.

Coming next: Link’s four-part review of 2017 continues Dec. 27 with a look at summer activities.

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