US Stamps

07/28/2016

Are you allowed to use those stamps for postage?

By Janet Klug

Many collectors have sheets or smaller quantities of unused stamps issued years ago, and if they have no premium value, the collector might use them for postage on letters and parcels. Is that usage legitimate? The answer is, “It depends.”

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World Stamps

07/29/2016

In Chinese stamp market, early Taiwan issues strong: Tip of the Week

Current markets for Chinese stamps are generally not as active as they have been in the recent and not-so-recent past. But as in previous years, there are still pockets of great strength, with strong demand for select issues.

US Stamps

07/29/2016

Wonder Woman to appear on USPS set, lick-and-stick Pink Floyd stamps available: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, Denise McCarty discussed world-record-setting stamps, a new three-currency UN souvenir sheet was announced, and we asked you to do your best trucker impression for our cartoon caption contest.

US Stamps

07/29/2016

The 1868 5¢ King Kamehameha III stamp that is seriously undervalued: Stamp Market Tips

Probably fewer than 1,000 examples of the stamp with original gum still exist. They sell for considerably more than Scott catalog value when offered. It is a good buy at up to double catalog value.

US Stamps

07/29/2016

Born July 29: Theda Bara

Cincinnati-born actress Theda Bara was honored on a stamp included in the 1994 set depicting stars of silent films. Bara was born July 29, 1885.

World Stamps

07/28/2016

When France honored 27 heroes of the World War II Resistance on stamps

From 1957 through 1961, France issued four sets of stamps honoring 27 heroes of the resistance, all but one of whom were killed during the war.

US Stamps

07/28/2016

Are you allowed to use those stamps for postage?

Many collectors have sheets or smaller quantities of unused stamps issued years ago, and if they have no premium value, the collector might use them for postage on letters and parcels. Is that usage legitimate? The answer is, “It depends.”

US Stamps

07/28/2016

Jack Davis, designer of 1989 U.S. Letter Carriers stamp, dead at 91

Prolific illustrator and cartoonist Jack Davis, who died July 27 at age 91, designed the 1989 25¢ Letter Carriers stamp for the United States Postal Service.

World Stamps

07/28/2016

Sydney Views: the world’s first pictorial postage stamps, part II

Under the leadership of James Raymond, postmaster general of New South Wales from 1829 to 1851, the postal service progressed from a largely improvised service organized and funded under a temporary act to a fully organized service with 79 permanent post offices serving a population of 150,000 persons dispersed over an area of more than 310,000 square miles, and growing rapidly.

US Stamps

07/28/2016

The challenges of sending POW mail during the Civil War

The prisoners on both sides were given a means of both sending and receiving letters. The letters were examined and then forwarded through a designated point of mail exchange by flag of truce, which provided safe passage across the lines to their final destinations.

World Stamps

07/28/2016

Born July 28: Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many other beloved children's stories, was born 150 years ago on July 28, 1866. Royal Mail is issuing a new stamp set to honor her.

US Stamps

07/27/2016

Is expertizing required? 10 situations when the answer is no

All that is required to know when expertization is needed is a list of what to look for and a few elementary collecting tools.

World Stamps

07/27/2016

The story behind the airmail collection of one of the hobby’s leading ladies

Recent Inverted Jenny developments, widely reported in major media outside hobby circles, reminded me of another Inverted Jenny once owned by a leading lady of our hobby that deserves to become better known.

World Stamps

07/27/2016

Swiss stamp honors round-the-world flight of solar-powered aircraft

The two Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, began the journey of more than 26,000 miles on March 9, 2015, taking off from Abu Dhabi. With 16 stopovers along the way, including six in the United States, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi July 26.

World Stamps

07/27/2016

More than 9,100 changes recorded for Vol. 5 of 2017 Scott Standard catalog

Nicaragua and Portugal are among the countries in Vol. 5 whose values reflect increases. Almost 360 value changes for the Central American country of Nicaragua reflect a healthy upward movement for these stamps.