Postal Updates

06/27/2017

Another postal reform effort fades away

The pending retirement of House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz appears to signal the end to his efforts to enact postal reform in Congress.

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US Stamps

06/27/2017

How the remaining upright Jenny panes were distributed

Panes of the rare stamp variety left untouched at Stamp Fulfillment Services were eventually distributed after a verification process was completed.

Postal Updates

06/25/2017

USPS press sheets: more questions than answers

After uncut press sheets without die cuts were abruptly pulled from sale by the U.S. Postal Service, press sheets with die cuts remained available.

US Stamps

06/24/2017

Four covers help tell the narrative of immigration through Ellis Island

Over the years, John Hotchner has gathered covers related to Ellis Island, and, though small in number, they help to tell the story. Four covers are pictured with this column.

World Stamps

06/23/2017

Healey makes his debut this week as Linn’s Great Britain Philately columnist

Healey is well known to readers as Linn’s New York correspondent and for his coverage of the stamp auction scene, in particular his Auction Roundup columns in Linn’s monthly magazine.

World Stamps

06/23/2017

APS, ATA plan combined summer show in 2018

Two popular stamp hobby organizations will combine forces in 2018 to present an annual summer show in Columbus, Ohio.

US Stamps

06/23/2017

Surplus of $2 Jenny Inverts available, APS donates 500,000 stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, 10 Disney villains will appear on 10 new forever stamps on July 15.

World Stamps

06/23/2017

Elusive Great Britain Official perfins, ‘The Spirit of the Nation’ cinderella, faraway islands and their stamps: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

Also in the July 10 issue, Stamps Down Under columnist introduces the vibrant stamps of Cocos Islands, and Wayne Youngblood reveals the fascinating history behind a Prohibition-era cinderella.

US Stamps

06/23/2017

USPS discretionary semipostal plan inches ahead as bill threatens rule reversal

So where does this leave the U.S. semipostal program? Six years have passed since the last new U.S. semipostal stamp was issued, and the Postal Service now appears to be taking a cautious approach to inaugurating the new discretionary semipostal program.

US Stamps

06/23/2017

Another upright Jenny find; USPS says 32 reported

A stamp collector reports buying a pane of six of the upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp in a post office in Marcy, N.Y.

US Stamps

06/22/2017

Federal duck stamp art contest scheduled for Sept. 15-16 in Wisconsin

Artists this year can choose to paint one of the following five species: mallard, gadwall, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, or harlequin duck.

US Stamps

06/22/2017

Philatelic writers hall of fame adds Houseman, Kaufmann, Markovits, Woodward

The American Philatelic Society's specialty group for philatelic writers has named four prominent writers to its hall of fame for 2017.

US Stamps

06/22/2017

Same sheet, different issue: Try your luck at captioning this 24¢ Bicentennial stamp

The challenge for this month’s cartoon caption contest is to put yourself in their rags, and to tell John Hotchner what you might be saying or thinking about the task at hand, the war effort, or the plight of the military grunt.

World Stamps

06/21/2017

Lander Brothers Anchorage stamp a gem among Nigerian stamps

The stamp features a circular hologram, is on thick white paper, and has the denomination in black. The ink of the orange “Nigeria” inscription does not fluoresce, and there is a “NIPOST 2010” copyright inscription in the left margin.