World Stamps

July 25, 2017 09:00 AM

Australia Post depicts dragonflies on Stamp Collecting Month issue

Australia Post introduced its Stamp Collecting Month in 1993, and has issued stamps each year with a special theme that appeals to children and is educational as well.

World Stamps

July 24, 2017 09:00 AM

Say Cheese! Four European countries feature the delectable dairy product on stamps

A new stamp from Lithuania honors cheese as part of its culinary heritage. Recent stamps of Austria, Germany and France also feature cheese.

Postal Updates

July 23, 2017 07:00 PM

Post office counter display magnet shows preliminary design for Hot Rods stamp

For some reason, the USPS chose to show a preliminary design on the magnet rather than the stamp design as issued.

World Stamps

July 23, 2017 09:00 AM

‘Howards End’ star Sam West has soft spot for Great Britain’s 1867 Two Shilling Blue

Sam West, who starred in the acclaimed 1992 film Howards End, is an avid stamp collector, reports the Financial Times.

Postal Updates

July 22, 2017 07:00 PM

Eclipse postmarks will be visible long after the total solar eclipse has passed

The Jefferson City post office is planning to participate with a booth set up outside the main post office downtown. Along with selling stamps, the post office is offering an Aug. 21 postmark showing the sun in eclipse and the dome of the Missouri state capitol.

US Stamps

July 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Can you add to this list of state-related stamp handbooks?

John Hotchner believes that this is one of many good methods to put stamp collecting before potential collectors, and he’d like to see more of this done in ways that tickle pre-existing interests.

World Stamps

July 21, 2017 05:00 PM

A look at a few of the hundreds of stamp blogs that can be found on the internet

A blog, short for web log, doesn’t usually provide as much information as a standard website, but can be a source of fascinating stamp details.

World Stamps

July 21, 2017 03:00 PM

Spanning bridges in China, 16 months of Canary Islands airmail stamps, and a 2012 U.S. stamp tip: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

Also in our Aug. 7 issue, Stamp Collecting Basics columnist Janet Klug artfully reviews the 16-month history of Canary Islands airmail stamps. All 53 stamps, she reports, are “budget friendly.”

World Stamps

July 21, 2017 01:00 PM

Media focuses on North Korea’s anti-American stamps; Fox quotes Scott editor Frankevicz

North Korea’s latest anti-American stamps received wide media attention, with news outlets from CNN to Fox News reporting on them.

US Stamps

July 21, 2017 09:00 AM

USPS Pollinator stamps, new National Postal Museum director: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, recent French stamps celebrate the 200th anniversaries of three inventions: artificial cement, a forerunner of the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope.

US Stamps

July 20, 2017 07:00 PM

APS to present Luff awards to Gregory, Kane, Saadi

The American Philatelic Society has announced the recipients of its 2017 Luff awards. The prestigious award is presented annually in different categories for meritorious contributions to philately by living collectors.

US Stamps

July 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Dispute over Statue of Liberty replica on 2010 U.S. Postal Service stamp ordered to trial

Federal Claims Court Judge Eric G. Bruggink rejected motions by both the Postal Service and sculptor Robert S. Davidson that would have effectively ended a four-year-old lawsuit over a stamp that was based on a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

US Stamps

July 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Floral illustration by Dugald Stermer on imprinted stamp for U.S. postal card

Each postal card bears an imprinted illustrated stamp and fulfills the 34¢ postage rate. The Postal Service charges 38¢ apiece, claiming a 4¢ charge for costs associated with manufacturing.

Postal Updates

July 20, 2017 08:30 AM

USPS letter carriers violated federal law while working for Clinton presidential campaign

The accusation, made at a July 19 Senate hearing, drew an immediate apology from Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. She called the Postal Service’s violations of the Hatch Act “unintentional” and promised to end the abuses.

World Stamps

July 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Scarce 2008 Nigeria set with subtle design change worth the hunt

Stamp market tipsters Henry Gitner and Rick Miller are not suggesting that you buy these stamps at $100 or more. Just keep them on your radar, they recommend.

US Stamps

July 19, 2017 01:00 PM

Local post stamp, a cinderella of the hobby, honors New Mexico legislator

Eugene R. Cinelli (1931-1973) was a Democrat from Albuquerque who had been elected multiple times in the 1960s to the New Mexico Legislature.

World Stamps

July 16, 2017 09:00 AM

Stamps celebrate bicentennials of cement, the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope

A €1.30 French stamp issued June 6 is inscribed “1817 - Invention Du Ciment Artificial,” which translates to invention of artificial cement.


July 15, 2017 09:00 AM

Harmer-Schau presents four-day auction at APS Stampshow in Richmond, Va.

Among the hundreds of U.S. stamp and postal history items is a rare top imprint plate block of four of the 1898 $2 orange-brown Mississippi River Bridge stamp from the Trans-Mississippi commemorative issue.

US Stamps

July 15, 2017 07:00 AM

Monarch butterfly, Western honeybee star on new stamps highlighting pollinator protection

A first-day ceremony will take place Thursday in Richmond, Va., at the site of the 2017 American Philatelic Society Stampshow.

US Stamps

July 14, 2017 07:00 PM

Can you provide the stories behind these colorful, puzzling cinderellas?

John Hotchner presents three cinderellas that undoubtedly have stories behind them — stories that currently are lost in the mists of time.