Postal Updates

07/26/2016

Three different postmarks honor Civil War general’s 200th birthday: Postmark Pursuit

By Michael Baadke

Cities in New York, Virginia and Georgia are commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Union Army Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas.

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US Stamps

07/26/2016

Neyhart wins Helbock Prize for three-peat

Neyhart won the 2015 Helbock Prize for, “‘A Knife in the Back’ The 1915 San Diego Panama California Exposition.” He won the 2014 Helbock Prize for “The 1905 Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark Exposition Postal Stations.”

Postal Updates

07/26/2016

Three different postmarks honor Civil War general’s 200th birthday: Postmark Pursuit

Cities in New York, Virginia and Georgia are commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Union Army Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas.

US Stamps

07/26/2016

Born July 26: Gracie Allen

Gracie Allen's longtime comedic partnership with her husband George Burns included regular weekly programs on radio and television.

US Stamps

07/25/2016

FDR and his fellow stamp collectors helped ducks’ survival luck in 1930s: Stamp Hobby Views

The president turned his love for the hobby into public policy that protected waterfowl by outlawing duck annihilation.

US Stamps

07/25/2016

Holiday Window Views stamp designs revealed

Four stamps showing a burning candle, a star ornament, a Christmas tree, and a wreath will be issued in October by the United States Postal Service.

World Stamps

07/25/2016

New UN souvenir sheet first to contain stamps in three different currencies

In Fascination, philatelic bulletin 119, UNPA chief Thanawat Amnajanan reports that the first such sheet will be issued Aug. 10 for the 32nd Asian international stamp exhibition. This show will take place Aug. 10-15 in Bangkok, Thailand.

US Stamps

07/25/2016

Born July 25: Henry Knox

Fort Knox in Kentucky is named after Revolutionary War military leader Henry Knox, who was honored on a Great Americans definitive stamp in 1985.

World Stamps

07/24/2016

Rio 2016 Games celebrated on stamps all over the globe: New Stamps of the World

Brazil, the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics, began issuing stamps promoting these Games in March 2015 and of course will continue issuing Rio 2016 Olympics stamps right up until the opening day, Aug. 5, but several other countries have or will issue stamps commemorating their participation in Rio 2016.

US Stamps

07/24/2016

Born July 24: Simon Bolivar

As part of a commemorative stamp series honoring world leaders, the United States Post Office Department issued two stamp for Simon Bolivar in 1958.

US Stamps

07/23/2016

International airmail return receipt rules changed over time: Modern U.S. Mail

Before June 23, 1953, international return receipts could be returned only by surface mail. That is no longer the case.

World Stamps

07/23/2016

Born July 23: Pope Clement XI

Pope Clement XI was born into a noble family with Albanian ancestral ties. He was honored on stamps from Vatican City in 2002, and Albania in 2007.

World Stamps

07/22/2016

Stamps tell story of Tonga, the South Pacific’s last monarchy: Stamps Down Under

Little islands in the South Pacific don’t get much attention. Tonga is certainly one of the lesser known of these islands, but historically it is pretty interesting, especially when you realize that it has the only remaining monarchy in an ocean full of former monarchies.

World Stamps

07/22/2016

Covers tell the story of Great Britain’s Decimal Day, Feb. 15, 1971

Finally. It had taken more than a century of discussion to have reached this point, but following many studies and committee reports, the announcement from the British chancellor of the exchequer came in March 1966 that the United Kingdom would decimalize the pound.

World Stamps

07/22/2016

Island issues its last stamps, USPS Pets stamp release on the way: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, a stamp that flew past Pluto entered the Guinness Book of World Records, Norfolk Island's last stamps were the topic of the Monday Morning Brief, and WWI German war crime propaganda labels were profiled.