The United States War of 1812 stamp series continues in 2014 with the third stamp in the series, showing Fort McHenry during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore.
The stamp illustration depicts U.S. Army soldiers manning a cannon in defense of the fort during the battle. A large American flag is prominently included in the image.
The conflict at Fort McHenry inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the lyrics for what would become The Star-Spangled Banner.
The stamp image appeared in the Quarter 3 issue of the U.S. Postal Service’s USA Philatelic catalog, published in late June.
The commemorative forever stamp will be issued Sept. 13 in Baltimore, Md. The 11 a.m. ceremony will take place at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore.
The stamp will be issued in a pane of 20 with decorative selvage on the right side. The text on the front of the pane reads:
“In the summer of 1814, Britain launched an offensive ‘into the very heart of America,’ as one British officer put it. Burning the White House and other public buildings in the nation’s capital in August, the British then sailed up the Chesapeake Bay to attack Baltimore, Maryland.”
October 09, 2015 02:00 PMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977. Read More ›
blogWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
blogIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.