World Stamps

May 24, 2017 05:00 PM

Eid stamp from Canada includes elements from Islamic architecture

The nondenominated, “P” domestic-rate (85¢) stamp was issued May 24 to recognize “Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide,” according to Canada Post. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. This year Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of June 25 and ends June 26.

World Stamps

May 24, 2017 03:00 PM

U.N. World Environment Day stamps highlight the beauty of Canada

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ “principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.”

Postal Updates

May 24, 2017 01:15 PM

President Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives

The president’s long-awaited ideas were contained on page 1207 of an annex to Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget, released May 23. That’s where the president urged Congress to give the U.S. Postal Service “authority to reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.”

Auctions

May 23, 2017 07:00 PM

British North America classics, postal history in June 17 Eastern Auctions sale

The public auction also features the Hugh Westgate collection of British Columbia, and specialized items of Canada’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee issue.

World Stamps

May 23, 2017 09:00 AM

Five international legends of Canadian Grand Prix take victory lap on new stamps

The Canadian Grand Prix stamps were issued May 16. They mark the 50th anniversary of professional, open-wheel automotive racing in Canada.

US Stamps

May 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Choose your sport on new Have a Ball! round forever stamps to be issued at U.S. Open

Mike Ryan designed the new stamps using illustrations by artist Daniel Nyari. USPS art director Greg Breeding also selected the typography for these stamps.

World Stamps

May 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Canada 150 stamp honors the highway that connects the country

Although the Canada 150 Trans-Canada Highway stamp was unveiled in Saskatchewan, the design depicts a scene of Alberta with a green and white highway sign marked “Trans Canada” “1” “Alberta” and “West” in the foreground, and a forest and the Rocky Mountains in the background.

World Stamps

May 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Are gimmicks on stamps a good thing if they capture positive attention?

Stamp collectors sometimes frown at gimmicky formats for stamps, but two stamp issues scheduled for release this year made Linn's editor Donna Houseman smile.

World Stamps

May 20, 2017 05:00 PM

‘By Morck’: the sumptuous new book all about stamp designer Martin Morck

By Morck is a biography of the Swedish-born artist Martin Morck, who has completed engraved illustrations for more than 830 stamps.

US Stamps

May 20, 2017 08:00 AM

As WWI anniversary nears, expect this 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp to surge

Now is a good time to look for a very fine or better example of the 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp issued March 3, 1919.

US Stamps

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Covers from cherished philatelic friends stir warm, pleasant memories

The covers Charles Snee cherishs the most are those received from his many philatelic colleagues and friends.

US Stamps

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Was humorist Will Rogers a member of Congress?

It turns out that the cover that started me on this trail is not related to the well-known Will Rogers, father or son. It relates to Will Rogers, representative from Oklahoma from 1933 until 1942.

World Stamps

May 19, 2017 03:00 PM

A penny for your thoughts will no longer pay the postage on your letter

From 1932 to 1958, a 1-ounce letter could be mailed within the United States for 3¢. Most of us who are baby boomers can remember back to our childhood, when our parents would put a 3¢ stamp on an envelope and hand it to us so that we would take it to the mailbox up the street.

World Stamps

May 19, 2017 01:00 PM

Boston 2026 World Expo: new name, new logo

Previously called Boston 2026 World Stamp Show, the new name is Boston 2026 World Expo. The new logo features an early design of the United States flag.

Postal Updates

May 19, 2017 01:00 PM

USPS PMG makes appeal to Trump, hunt for taxpaid revenue stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we learned about American Letter Mail Company reprints, and discovered the likely cause of poor centering on the Classics Forever stamps.

World Stamps

May 18, 2017 01:00 PM

Well-designed website provides information about Britain’s stamps from 1840 to 2017

CollectGBStamps is a user-friendly website that provides a slew of information on British stamps issued from 1840-2017.

Postal Updates

May 17, 2017 07:00 PM

May 20 postmark from Chester, Mass., commemorates railway mail service

The May 20 postmark date coincides with Chester on Track, a community event that includes a parade, live music, classic cars, a petting zoo, craft fair, and plenty of railroad activities.

US Stamps

May 15, 2017 07:00 PM

The 1883 Garfield mourning cover representing the ‘perfect philatelic storm’

This free franked cover by the widow of our 20th President, James A. Garfield, sheds light on all the interesting elements of mourning covers.

World Stamps

May 15, 2017 01:00 PM

Switzerland’s recent Baby Animals stamp depicts the wrong otter

The stamp will not be withdrawn from sale, according to the May 8 newspaper report by Marco Lussi.

Postal Updates

May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

USPS wants board of governors back in business

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan recently made an open appeal to President Trump to nominate people to serve on the Postal Service's board of governors.