World Stamps

October 01, 2016 09:00 AM

When a raging Rhine led to a set of flood-relief stamps

A “perfect storm” of torrential warm rain and Alpine snowmelt turned the tiny European principality of Liechtenstein into a pond in late September 1927.

World Stamps

October 01, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 1: William E. Boeing

A leader in aviation manufacturing and technology, William E. Boeing learned to fly from Glenn L. Martin, and began his aircraft company in 1916.

World Stamps

September 30, 2016 07:00 PM

Happy landings await collectors of airmail stamps and covers

In 1917, Italy issued the world's first airmail stamp. Since then, many other countries have produced creative stamps to move mail through the air.

US Stamps

September 30, 2016 05:00 PM

Recent used U.S. stamps selling above face value: Tip of the Week

Commemorative stamps see very little use on mail. This is especially true of se-tenant issues.

World Stamps

September 30, 2016 03:00 PM

Ladybugs and beetles dress up new postage labels

Great Britain and Jersey introduced new post & go labels Sept. 14, the first day of the autumn Stampex show in London.

US Stamps

September 30, 2016 01:00 PM

Hot off the press: 2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog available soon

Also notable are the many new listings for errors that appear for the first time in the 2017 U.S. Specialized catalog.

US Stamps

September 30, 2016 08:27 AM

Newly revealed 2017 U.S. stamps dominate headlines: Week’s Most Read

Other big posts revealed that three U.S. holiday stamps have new issue dates, and some of the U.S. Halloween stamps have die cut shifts.

World Stamps

September 30, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 30: Arnold Machin

The artist who created the most widely reproduced portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in history, Arnold Machin, was honored on a British stamp in 2007.

US Stamps

September 29, 2016 07:00 PM

The fascinating history behind a mundane express cover

One of the most rewarding aspects of postal history is to take a mundane-appearing cover and learn its exciting history.

World Stamps

September 29, 2016 05:00 PM

Sarawak set honoring English explorer C.V. Brooke a good buy

This long, inexpensive set honoring the English explorer is popular with collectors of British Empire and classic stamps.

US Stamps

September 29, 2016 01:00 PM

2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog: Which section is getting a major makeover?

The 2017 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is going to be available soon and one section in particular has been extensively revised and updated.

US Stamps

September 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 29: Enrico Fermi

Italian-born physicist Enrico Fermi came to the United States in the 1930s and began working on nuclear research as part of the secret Manhattan Project.

US Stamps

September 28, 2016 07:00 PM

The covers and letters that document atomic bomb’s design, assembly and testing

Undercover P.O. boxes, eyewitness accounts of bomb tests, and an Enola Gay gunner's letter home are all part of the amazing story.

US Stamps

September 28, 2016 05:20 PM

USPS reveals Jack-o'-Lantern die cut shifts

Some of the Halloween-themed forever stamps being issued Sept. 29 are affected by a die-cut shift, according to a notice from the U.S. Postal Service.

World Stamps

September 28, 2016 05:00 PM

The first-issue stamps of Austria that set the standard for Europe

Stamps were simple in the Austro-Hungarian Empire even though the empire housed 11 ethnic groups and 18 principal languages.

US Stamps

September 28, 2016 01:00 PM

How the BEP helped fill in production information gaps

Expertizing tells us what a particular stamp or cover is or is not. But in many cases, there is a step beyond that finding, especially with regard to stamps: How was the stamp produced, and if there is a variation that has been noted, how did it happen?

US Stamps

September 28, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 28: Ed Sullivan

Entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan shot to fame in 1948 as the host of Toast of the Town on CBS television; the program was later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.


September 27, 2016 09:00 AM

Schwarzenbach auction in Zurich includes popular Swiss cantonals

While very strong in Switzerland, the auction also features Germany, and other European and worldwide material.

US Stamps

September 26, 2016 02:24 PM

Kane to retire in January as director of National Postal Museum

Allen R. Kane, a former United States Postal Service executive who turned the National Postal Museum’s focus to stamps, announced Sept. 26 that he will retire as director of the museum in January 2017.


September 26, 2016 09:00 AM

Upcoming H.R. Harmer sale: What are the top lots?

The 3,012th sale by the California auction firm H.R. Harmer will take place Oct. 13-15 with a notably diverse selection of United States and worldwide individual lots and collections.