Canada’s King George V Medallions weathered the Depression

September 02, 2015 05:07 PM

Issued late in 1932, Canada’s George V Medallion definitives were used until mid-1935, a short span during the hardest years of the century for many Canadians.


USPS will honor jazz artist Sarah Vaughan with stamp in 2016

September 02, 2015 01:15 PM

"It has been 25 years since Sarah Vaughan died but her legacy continues to be honored not only with many posthumous recordings but now on a commemorative Forever stamp," Jazz Corner reports.


More than 9,900 value changes in 2016 Scott Vol. 6

September 02, 2015 11:39 AM

The more than 9,900 value changes in Vol. 6 of the 2016 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue reflect the current market for countries of the world SAN (San Marino) through Z. Countries that received considerable attention from the Scott catalog editors this year include Singapore, Togo, Tristan da Cunha and Tunisia.


Neon Celebrate stamp coming Sept. 9

September 01, 2015 04:45 PM

The 2015 Neon Celebrate stamp can be distinguished from the original 2011 issue by the relocation of the "Forever" and "USA" inscriptions.


Elvis Presley, as advertised

September 01, 2015 03:45 PM

The United States Postal Service has launched a targeted campaign that places ads promoting the Elvis Presley stamps in cities important in the musician's life and career.


Possibility of renaming Confederate Stamp Alliance meets resistance

September 01, 2015 09:37 AM

A slate of four Confederate stamp collectors hopes to upset plans to rename the Confederate Stamp Alliance when the 78-year-old group holds its midyear meeting in Asheville, N.C., Oct. 9-10. The four are troubled by plans being considered by the CSA’s current officers to possibly rename the organization and make other changes that could including removing the Confederate battle flag from the group’s stationery.


How to provide some personal flair to your mail

August 31, 2015 03:35 PM

Perry Nelson and Molly Wigand, two authority figures in the world of greeting cards, were tapped by the United States Postal Service to teach visitors how to best sentimentilize their stamps and post cards.


A presidential candidate urges USPS to speed up mail delivery

August 31, 2015 02:45 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, issued a call Aug. 26 to Postmaster General Megan Brennan for the United States Postal Service to “offer more, not fewer, services.”


New Paul Newman stamp honors the actor’s philanthropic endeavors

August 31, 2015 08:15 AM

Paul Newman seems like a natural choice for the United States Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood commemorative series, but the new forever stamp honoring the late film star is not a Legends of Hollywood issue.


Stamp prices may be on the rise Down Under

August 28, 2015 01:35 PM

Australia Post has asked the ACCCommission to approve a 30-cent price increase for the postal rate on standard letters to $1 (Australian) and allow it two business days for delivery, according to Perth Now.


Withdrawn Guatemala airmail stamp is in demand

September 02, 2015 12:31 PM

On Dec. 6, 2001, Guatemala issued a 10-centavo airmail stamp commemorating the 1993 census. The controversial stamp was withdrawn from sale less than a week later, on Dec. 11.


The story of tiny Montserrat is an intriguing one

September 01, 2015 12:45 PM

The British colony of Montserrat in the Leeward Islands was never very prosperous, and an 1890 postal policy decreeing uniform stamp designs in the Leewards reduced the islands’ philatelic income. A 1903 set marked a return to distinctive stamp designs for the colony’s postal issues.


Express, Priority Mail stamps dress up coffee parcels

September 01, 2015 11:13 AM

It is always fun to receive feedback from Dollar-Sign Stamps readers, particularly when they share interesting items of postal history. A reader in Oregon used colorful assortments of Express Mail and Priority Mail stamps to mail parcels of coffee to a customer in Alaska. Here are a couple of real eye-catchers.


Novelty stamps have that little something extra added to their designs

August 28, 2015 05:03 PM

Novelty stamps have something unusual about them that makes them distinct from normal postage stamps. It might be their shape or some gimmick, a substance other than ink that releases a fragrance, or some way to give texture or to imitate motion.


Stamps from a little-known Polynesian paradise: Wallis and Futuna

August 28, 2015 04:23 PM

Wallis and Futuna might be the least-known islands in all of the South Pacific. Well off the beaten track, remote Wallis and Futuna’s nearest neighbors are Fiji (346 miles southwest) and Samoa (405 miles west). Wallis (also known as Uvea) Island and Futuna Island are about 100 miles apart. There are 23 islands within Wallis and Futuna, all but three of them uninhabited.


Do some armchair traveling with Wallis and Futuna stamps

August 28, 2015 04:20 PM

In the late 1950s, the stamps became more colorful. Stamp designs began to focus on the people, the flora and fauna, and the history of the islands. This stamp era is where armchair travel kicks into high gear.


Album cover predicts stamp for conductor Arthur Fiedler

August 28, 2015 02:06 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?


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.