US Stamps

07/20/2017

APS to present Luff awards to Gregory, Kane, Saadi

The American Philatelic Society has announced the recipients of its 2017 Luff awards. The prestigious award is presented annually in different categories for meritorious contributions to philately by living collectors.

US Stamps

07/20/2017

Dispute over Statue of Liberty replica on 2010 U.S. Postal Service stamp ordered to trial

Federal Claims Court Judge Eric G. Bruggink rejected motions by both the Postal Service and sculptor Robert S. Davidson that would have effectively ended a four-year-old lawsuit over a stamp that was based on a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

US Stamps

07/20/2017

Floral illustration by Dugald Stermer on imprinted stamp for U.S. postal card

Each postal card bears an imprinted illustrated stamp and fulfills the 34¢ postage rate. The Postal Service charges 38¢ apiece, claiming a 4¢ charge for costs associated with manufacturing.

Postal Updates

07/20/2017

USPS letter carriers violated federal law while working for Clinton presidential campaign

The accusation, made at a July 19 Senate hearing, drew an immediate apology from Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. She called the Postal Service’s violations of the Hatch Act “unintentional” and promised to end the abuses.

World Stamps

07/19/2017

Scarce 2008 Nigeria set with subtle design change worth the hunt

Stamp market tipsters Henry Gitner and Rick Miller are not suggesting that you buy these stamps at $100 or more. Just keep them on your radar, they recommend.

US Stamps

07/19/2017

Local post stamp, a cinderella of the hobby, honors New Mexico legislator

Eugene R. Cinelli (1931-1973) was a Democrat from Albuquerque who had been elected multiple times in the 1960s to the New Mexico Legislature.

World Stamps

07/16/2017

Stamps celebrate bicentennials of cement, the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope

A €1.30 French stamp issued June 6 is inscribed “1817 - Invention Du Ciment Artificial,” which translates to invention of artificial cement.

Auctions

07/15/2017

Harmer-Schau presents four-day auction at APS Stampshow in Richmond, Va.

Among the hundreds of U.S. stamp and postal history items is a rare top imprint plate block of four of the 1898 $2 orange-brown Mississippi River Bridge stamp from the Trans-Mississippi commemorative issue.

US Stamps

07/15/2017

Monarch butterfly, Western honeybee star on new stamps highlighting pollinator protection

A first-day ceremony will take place Thursday in Richmond, Va., at the site of the 2017 American Philatelic Society Stampshow.

US Stamps

07/14/2017

Can you provide the stories behind these colorful, puzzling cinderellas?

John Hotchner presents three cinderellas that undoubtedly have stories behind them — stories that currently are lost in the mists of time.

World Stamps

07/14/2017

Growing your own philatelic garden, an unissued stamp from Ceylon, and forerunners from Slovenia: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

Also in the July 31 issue, Henry Gitner and Rick Miller, in Stamp Market Tips, discuss the marketplace performance of an unissued 1968 stamp from Ceylon.

Postal Updates

07/14/2017

Thoreau Farm postmark celebrates author’s July 12 birth bicentenary

With Sam Weber’s oil-on-panel portrait, the commemorative stamp is a tribute to the author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, and it celebrates the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth.

US Stamps

07/14/2017

Gruber succeeds Kane at National Postal Museum; envisions incredible stamp stories

What attracted the Smithsonian Institution to its new National Postal Museum director were his fundraising skills and museum experience. That’s what won Elliot Gruber the job he will assume Sept. 5 as the third director of the 24-year-old Washington museum, according to Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.

US Stamps

07/14/2017

Embracing change within the hobby, finding a scarce coil waste stamp: Week’s Most Read

In other top philatelic news for the week, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., is set to host the July 26 debut of the nondenominated (49¢) Sharks stamps.