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Breaking Stamp News

Stamp designer Howard Paine, ‘Father Art Director’ Stamp designer Howard Paine, 'Father Art Director'
Howard E. Paine, 85, one of the United States Postal Service’s most prolific stamp designers, died Sept. 13 at the Loving Arms Assisted Living Center in Front Royal, Va. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamps and Postal History

Revised Breast Cancer Research semipostal New printer, year date for revised Breast Cancer Research semipostal
The 2014-dated version of the United States (49¢+11¢) Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp will be issued Sept. 30 in Sacramento, Calif., with a noon first-day ceremony on the west steps of the capitol. (Read more...)

Stamp Market Insights

Australian Kangaroo and Map series stamps to be auctioned Australian Kangaroo and Map series stamps to be auctioned Oct. 7 by Siegel International
Australia’s 1913 Kangaroo and Map stamps were the first issued for the new country after the six British colonies on the Australian continent agreed to form an independent nation. (Read more...)

International Stamps and Postal History

Asia Philately: Japan’s offices in China Japan’s stamps for offices in China present collecting challenges
Fifty years ago, George Fisher tabulated Japan’s 24 rarest 20th-century stamps in an article published in Japanese Philately, the journal of the International Society of Japanese Philately (www.isjp.org). (Read more...)

Postal News

Promotions for Rudolph stamps: postmarks, vended postage Promotions for Rudolph stamps: postmarks, vended postage
When the United States Postal Service issues its four Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer forever stamps in November, it will also promote the new issue with postmarks and computer-vended postage labels employing the Rudolph theme. (Read more...)

Editorial Insights

Editor’s Insights: The Philatelic Book of Secrets 'The Philatelic Book of Secrets' can help a collector more easily spot altered stamps
Regular readers of John Hotchner’s U.S. Stamp Notes column know that the column for the fourth week each month is devoted to explaining the world of expertizing. (Read more...)