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Published October 17, 2001 DG, 11a Postal Corporation launches JBSS centenary stamp The Postal Corporation of Jamaica will be issuing a new stamp in post offices island wide to commemorate the centenary of the Jamaica Burial Scheme Society (JBSS). Post Master General, Dr. Blossom O`Meally Nelson, presented the special stamp to the Society Friday at the Central Sorting Office on South Camp Road in Kingston. The stamps are in denominations of $15 and feature the bust of Andrew Duffus Mowatt, founder of the Society. They are expected to be in circulation for the next six months. George Levy of the Postal Corporation`s Philatelic Advisory Committee said the stamp was chosen to honour an important Jamaica organisation. It is the only stamp available in $15 denomination, the cost of mailing an inland letter, and Mr. Levy anticipates that it will be in demand for that reason. President of the Society, Evel Rankine said that after 100 years, the organisation remains one of the leading Friendly Societies in the region. The JBSS has a membership of 12,000 in 57 active branches in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama. Commenting on the Corporation`s initiative, Dr. O`Meally Nelson said: we feel that this is a viable business and one of the next initiatives is that we will sit down with the committee and look at how we can turn philately into a money making business. Philately is the collection and study of postage stamps.
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