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.

US Stamps

06/21/2017

Ten of Disney’s finest villains on new U.S. set

A new set of 10 Disney forever stamps featuring villains from animated films will be issued in a pane of 20 July 15 in Anaheim, Calif.

World Stamps

06/20/2017

New stamps from Royal Mail display historic windmills and waterwheels

Royal Mail’s other products for the Windmills and Watermills set include first-day covers, six postcards reproducing the designs of the stamps, and a presentation pack with mint examples of the stamps and text by Martin Watts, an expert on mills.

Auctions

06/20/2017

APS donates half a million stamps; Regency-Superior demise causes heartache

If cutting and pasting stamps to create collages exposes children to stamps and teaches them a profound history lesson, a few thousand stamps might be a small price to pay for introducing children to stamps.

US Stamps

06/19/2017

Ticket required for Sharks stamp ceremony

A ticket is required to attend the July 26 first-day ceremony for the Sharks stamps. The Postal Service is offering a limited number of free tickets.

US Stamps

06/19/2017

‘Sweet 16’ group of authors educate, entertain in new volume about American postal history

A new book, Aspects of American Postal History, gathers together a select group of authors, dubbed the “Sweet 16” by La Posta editor Peter Martin.

US Stamps

06/19/2017

The United States Postal Service’s presence is evident on this U.N. souvenir card

The United Nations apparently asked the U.S. Postal Service to use the design on these cards as a means of fund-raising for UNICEF.

World Stamps

06/18/2017

American flag symbolizes different subjects on new foreign stamps

The American flag is not only a popular subject on United States stamps; it appears on numerous new issues from around the world as well.

US Stamps

06/18/2017

Check out these clever look-alike U.S. stamps of an earlier era

These days instead of imitations, we see actual counterfeits, which lack the creativity of the older imitations, but are equally likely to make it though the mail.