Auctions

05/28/2017

Rare stamps, postal history headline June 13-14 Cherrystone action

Four lots of Pan-American material will cross the Cherrystone auction block, including a bright, clean set of small die proofs from a Roosevelt album (Scott 294P2-299P2).

World Stamps

05/27/2017

Machin stamps produced in different formats over a half century

Security against forgery and reuse has concerned the British Post Office since 1840. Features have been added to Machin stamps to increase security.

US Stamps

05/27/2017

It’s all about keeping cool for the June cartoon caption contest

Trying to stay cool? For the June cartoon caption contest, we promote this preoccupation by using a George Washington stamp with a winter theme.

US Stamps

05/27/2017

In the path of totality: where and when the Total Solar Eclipse stamp will debut

Part of the new nondenominated (49¢) Total Solar Eclipse forever stamp is printed with a thermochromic material that will normally appear as a black disk on the stamp, representing the moon blocking the sun, as viewed from Earth.

World Stamps

05/26/2017

Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope run by once more on Canada 150 stamp

The stamp is part of a set to be issued June 1 honoring historic moments from the last 50 years as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The stamps are being revealed one at a time at different locations throughout Canada.

World Stamps

05/26/2017

King Harald stamp tops Norwegian poll for the most beautiful stamp of 2016

Coming in second place in the poll was the 21kr stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the central bank, Norges Bank.

World Stamps

05/26/2017

Machin 50th anniversary, the Brunswick Circus Girl, and the end of U.S. postage due stamps: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

Also in the June 12 isssue of Linn’s, The Odd Lot columnist Wayne Youngblood reveals the fascinating origins of the Brunswick Circus Girl cinderella stamp.

World Stamps

05/26/2017

Stamp featuring Capt. Cook at Poverty Bay a bright spot in New Zealand market

Captain Cook is a popular stamp-collecting topic. In 1935, New Zealand issued a 2-shilling Captain Cook Landing at Poverty Bay stamp (Scott 197). In 1937, the stamp received a vertical “Official” overprint to become an Official stamp (Scott O71).

US Stamps

05/26/2017

U.S. Postal Service retracts incorrect report: $2 Jenny Invert pane to remain on sale

The $2 Jenny Invert stamp will remain on sale at U.S. post offices despite an erroneous report that the six-stamp pane will be withdrawn June 30.

Postal Updates

05/26/2017

Trump 2018 budget takes aim at USPS, Are gimmicky stamps good?: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, John Hotchner informs us in U.S. Stamp Notes that you don't necessarily have to be a congressman to have your own congressional cover.

US Stamps

05/25/2017

Rocky Run and New Atlantis produced local post cinderella stamps

Among the rather large field of cinderellas, there are examples that are frequently seen, and others that are more unusual. Let’s look at one of each type.

World Stamps

05/25/2017

Jersey issues wooden souvenir sheet honoring Charles Darwin

Jersey Post is honoring organizations associated with naturalists Gerald Durrell and Charles Darwin on seven stamps to be issued June 14.

World Stamps

05/25/2017

Spain marks 40th anniversary of ‘Star Wars’ with Darth Vader stamp

Spain's Star Wars souvenir sheet features a €5 Darth Vader stamp and shows other characters on labels.

World Stamps

05/24/2017

Eid stamp from Canada includes elements from Islamic architecture

The nondenominated, “P” domestic-rate (85¢) stamp was issued May 24 to recognize “Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide,” according to Canada Post. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. This year Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of June 25 and ends June 26.