Retired judge gives 11,000 stamps to Minnesota museum

August 27, 2015 03:52 PM

Former judge and current Albert Lea, Minn., resident Bill Sturtz has been a philatelist for decades and has accrued a wide-ranging world stamp collection during that time, according to the Albert Lea Tribune.


NBA's first African-American player should get a U.S. stamp, petition says

August 27, 2015 01:53 PM

The Earl F. Lloyd Foundation started a petition on Aug. 25 to bring attention to the cause, which was launched about six months after Lloyd died on Feb. 26, 2015.


Kelleher to auction Kuske collection of Canal Zone rarities Sept. 9

August 27, 2015 01:24 PM

An impressive range of elusive errors and varieties from the Canal Zone, the onetime United States territory surrounding the Panama Canal, will be offered by the firm of Daniel F. Kelleher at its offices in Danbury, Conn. on Sept. 9. The stamps are from a specialized collection formed by Donald A. Kuske, a retired chemist who grew up in North Dakota.


Expertizer Bill Weiss retires

August 27, 2015 09:55 AM

Philatelic expertizer Bill Weiss has retired, according to an announcement on his website. Weiss is an author of several books on United States postal history.


San Francisco calligrapher's self-addressed covers are something to see

August 26, 2015 04:45 PM

For the better part of four decades, once a month, San Francisco calligrapher Alan A. Blackman sent himself an elegantly put-together, self-adressed envelope. Now, about 200 of them are featured in an exhibit.


Check out photos from the 2015 APS Stampshow in Grand Rapids

August 26, 2015 01:15 PM


APS general membership meeting introduces new staff, plans for future

August 26, 2015 01:01 PM

Three themes dominated discussions at the American Philatelic Society’s general membership meeting Aug. 22: construction that is underway to finish the American Philatelic Research Library at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pa.; efforts to stem membership losses and build the society’s member rolls; and plans to review the long-standing operating agreement between the APS and the APRL.


Fillion wins youth champion of champions at Stampshow

August 26, 2015 12:00 AM


Born Aug. 26: Mother Teresa

August 26, 2015 03:30 AM

A Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to aid the suffering destitute, Mother Teresa was honored on a United States 44¢ stamp in 2010.


Born Aug. 25: Leonard Bernstein

August 25, 2015 03:30 AM

Leonard Bernstein (1918-90) became America's most famous conductor by using television in his outreach efforts to share his love of classical music with others.


Postal cards and postcards remailed as receipts make for good hunting

August 27, 2015 04:10 PM

The period from April 15, 1925, to July 1, 1928, is an interesting one for postal cards and postcards because the domestic rate for postal cards was 1¢ during this period, while the postcard rate was 2¢.


What is the meaning of the 'Owl Mail' handstamp on this cover?

August 26, 2015 04:26 PM

We can likely take as a given that the cover shown nearby was not sent from Los Angeles to Alameda, Calif., attached to a homing owl. But why is the cover prominently handstamped “OWL MAIL?”


1934 cover honors golden jubilee of standard time

August 26, 2015 04:09 PM

Just about anything in human history can be found commemorated on covers, and today’s evidence is the golden jubilee of standard time in the United States, on March 13, 1934.


Album cover predicts stamp for conductor Arthur Fiedler

August 26, 2015 03:54 PM

Sometimes one has to wonder about people who can predict the future. Is it just happenstance that we see occasional examples — even in philately?


George Washington revenue with inverted center is affordable

August 26, 2015 02:16 PM

In the revenue category, there are a number of inverted-center error stamps among the second- and third-issue documentary stamps. The 1874 2¢ orange-and-black on green paper George Washington inverted-center error stamp (Scott R151a) is one of the most affordable.


Lightning McQueen, WALL-E, others shine on Disney-Pixar stamps

August 25, 2015 04:07 PM

In June 2011, five years after the success of Cars, its sequel, Cars 2, arrived in theaters. Austria released a set of four folding booklets featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell and assorted other characters from Cars 2 in its fifth Pixar-related booklet.


Australia, Austria, U.S. stamps feature Disney-Pixar characters

August 25, 2015 03:32 PM

One of Australia’s souvenir stamp sheet series, in 2006, used a Cars/cars theme, depicting Cars characters in the labels and selvage borders of the sheet that includes stamps depicting classic cars.


Uganda issued first stamps depicting Disney-Pixar characters

August 25, 2015 01:22 PM

The first Disney/Pixar stamps were issued by Uganda in 1997, consisting of one souvenir sheet of six stamps (Scott 1479a-f), two souvenir sheets of nine stamps each (1480a-i and 1481a-i), and a set of three souvenir sheets (1482-84), all showing scenes from Toy Story.


Scott Canada eCatalogue is good, but additions could make it great

August 22, 2015 10:00 AM

In August 2014, Scott unveiled its first “stamp eCatalogues,” an unwieldy term for an agile concept: to make available, accessible and affordable in digital form popular subsections of Scott’s massive annual six-volume print juggernaut.


Stamps honoring good science may sometimes display bad design

August 20, 2015 07:00 AM

Microbiology is a dynamic and highly diverse science. It includes the study of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and certain algae.