insightsNondenominated stamps have values too
December 31, 2002 10:28 AMOnce a rate change plan is reviewed, the Postal Service may choose to put the new rate into effect very quickly. Therefore, it prints hundreds of millions of nondenominated stamps well in advance that it can sell at the new rate as soon as it goes into effect.
insightsPostal codes speed mail around the world
December 24, 2001 10:07 AMAn experimental postal zoning system had been tried in some U.S. cities even before May 4, 1943, at which time 178 of the largest urban areas received a one- or two-digit number, to be placed after the city name and indicating the postal delivery district.
insightsStamp catalog options for U.S. collectors
November 12, 2001 10:27 AMThe stamp collector's most basic tool is a stamp catalog. Indeed, ownership of or ready access to a catalog may be the dividing line between the tens of thousands of stamp collectors in the United States and the purported millions of stamp accumulators.
insightsRevenue or postage stamp, or a bit of both?
October 08, 2001 04:28 PMWhat do you get when you cross a revenue stamp with a postage stamp? You get a postal tax stamp. Postal tax stamps have a low profile among collectors in the United States, probably at least partially because there are no U.S. postal tax stamps.
insightsFDCs offer endless collecting possibilities
September 17, 2001 10:30 AMA first-day cover for the 34¢ Honoring Veterans stamp is shown in Figure 1. The stamp was issued May 23, 2001. The envelope is decorated with a block of four 33¢ Distinguished Soldiers stamps. Note the four-line "First Day of Issue" cancel, the typical wording and design since 1978.
insightsWorking a mixture: inexpensive, fun collecting
August 06, 2001 08:21 AMMixtures are also the best place to find recent postally used commemorative stamps, used United States plate number coils and a host of stamps with flaws and varieties that would be difficult to acquire in any other way.
insightsFun, knowledge can be yours at a stamp show
July 09, 2001 04:48 PMThe June 11 Refresher Course provided some useful tips for preparing to attend a stamp show. But the real fun and excitement awaits you at the show, so this week's column provides advice for what to do once you get to there.
insights1948 U.S. stamp politics: no gluts, no glory
April 16, 2001 04:40 PMStamp gluts fascinate me. They occur when more stamps are issued than collectors can absorb.
insightsSelf-adhesives belong in your mint collection
March 05, 2001 04:11 PMIn recent years the use of self-adhesive postage stamps has increased significantly.
insightsYou can enjoy the stamps you can't afford
February 26, 2001 02:29 PMOnly a privileged few stamp collectors can add the rarest stamps in the world to their collections.
insightsModern covers and stamps are always vital
February 19, 2001 02:23 PMWhat arrives in your mail today may be the showpiece of an award-winning postal history exhibit someday.
insightsStamps, the hobby that offers you the world
February 05, 2001 02:08 PMHow many fun hobbies can you think of that have existed for more than 150 years?