World Stamps

May 26, 2016 03:14 PM

Dinos of Canada stamps: more faces only a mother could love

This year, the eyes have it — an unusual point of view for the second installment in the Dinos of Canada series issued May 26.

Postal Updates

May 26, 2016 03:01 PM

New self-stick Classics Forever stamps will have soakable adhesive

The U.S. Postal Service announced May 26 that its planned souvenir sheet of six U.S. Classics Forever stamps will have pressure-sensitive adhesive that is “water soluble.”

US Stamps

May 26, 2016 10:22 AM

When and where this year's National Park stamps will be dedicated

Here are the dates and locations of local stamp dedication ceremonies for the National Park stamps that will be issued June 2.

US Stamps

May 25, 2016 04:58 PM

Circus in full swing these days: June cartoon caption contest

With the reduction in the domestic postage rate and the current U.S. political scene, a 1993 Clown stamp seems fitting for the June cartoon caption contest.

Postal Updates

May 25, 2016 01:56 PM

April financial results better than U.S. Postal Service predicted

Some mailers are saying that the end of temporary surcharge on stamp prices appears to have helped the United States Postal Service’s bottom line.

World Stamps

May 25, 2016 11:39 AM

Tradition of semipostal stamps Down Under continues to present day: Stamps Down Under

Semipostals are postage stamps that carry mail but also have an added fee to raise money for charitable purposes or other reasons.

Postal Updates

May 25, 2016 11:40 AM

New book chronicles ‘How The Post Office Created America’

“The history of the post office is nothing less than the story of America,” begins Winifred Gallagher in the introduction to her entertaining new book, How The Post Office Created America: A History.

US Stamps

May 25, 2016 10:31 AM

Deafness connections on U.S. stamps much wider than originally thought: U.S. Stamp Notes

Several readers responded to John M. Hotchner's column regarding the models for the 1993 29¢ American Sign Language pair of stamps.

US Stamps

May 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 25: Ralph Waldo Emerson

American essayist, philospher, lecturer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leater of the American Trancendentalism movement and an influence on writers including Henry David Thoreau.

World Stamps

May 24, 2016 03:18 PM

‘Formidable’ display of Sierra Leone shown to RPSL

Frank Walton, president of the Royal Philatelic Society London, gave a presentation to society members May 19 highlighting stamps and postal history from Sierra Leone.

US Stamps

May 24, 2016 09:30 AM

Pets stamps issue date set

The set of 20 different Pets forever stamps will be issued Aug. 2 in Las Vegas during a national trade show for pet retailers.

US Stamps

May 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 24: Lillian M. Gilbreth

A pioneer in the field of motion study and workplace engineering, Lillian M. Gilbreth also raised 12 children and was the subject of a popular memoir.

World Stamps

May 23, 2016 03:21 PM

Stamp pane for U.N. Industrial Development Organization’s anniversary

A new United Nations Postal Administration stamp marks the 50th anniversary of the UN's Industrial Development Organization.

Postal Updates

May 23, 2016 02:45 PM

Sixteen postmarks for 16 National Parks stamps at World Stamp Show: Postmark Pursuit

A new commemorative stamp set honoring the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service will be issued June 2 at the stamp show.

World Stamps

May 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 23: Carolus Linnaeus

Eighteenth-century Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (Carl von Linne) created the system of species classification that is still in use today.

US Stamps

May 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 22: Mary Cassatt

American artist Mary Cassatt, born in Pennsylvania on May 22, 1844, has been honored on U.S. stamps on four separate occasions. She lived and worked for many years in Paris.

US Stamps

May 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 21: Glenn Curtiss

Glenn Curtiss became a leader in airplane development and production before World War I. His planes appeared on postage stamps during his lifetime, and he was honored on a stamp in 1980.


May 20, 2016 03:53 PM

David Kols inducted into American Stamp Dealer and Collector Hall of Fame

David Kols is the president of Regency-Superior Auctions of St. Louis, which specializes in the sale of classic postage stamps and postal history.

US Stamps

May 20, 2016 03:11 PM

Stamp to celebrate 200 years of Indiana statehood; design photograph features cornfields at sunset

The central design features a photograph of fields in northern Indiana that was taken on a dirt road just off Indiana State Road 15 in Kosciusko County.

World Stamps

May 20, 2016 12:59 AM

People, places and events of New York featured on WSS-NY 2016 stamps: New Stamps of the World

Scenes of New York City are pictured on postage stamps and other philatelic souvenirs honoring World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


May 20, 2016 01:57 PM

Kelleher and Rogers June 11-12 sale offers range of China and Asia

The next public auction from Kelleher and Rogers will feature China, Hong Kong, Japan and other Asian stamps and postal history.

World Stamps

May 20, 2016 09:54 AM

Canada has celebrated many remarkable women on its postage stamps: Collecting Canada

Before women's suffrage became national in Canada, it was provincial, beginning about 100 years ago on Jan. 28, 1916.

World Stamps

May 20, 2016 09:42 AM

Websites of Stamporama and ATA have won several APS awards: Computers and Stamps

One way of finding well-designed stamp websites is to look at the list of award winners from the 2015 APS' chapter and affiliate websites.

World Stamps

May 20, 2016 09:33 AM

New stamps from Great Britain combine animal designs and mail

New cut-to-shape postage stamps from Great Britain's Royal Mail are designed to cling to the edge of envelopes and postcards.

World Stamps

May 20, 2016 10:31 AM

Introduction to Scott catalogs contains valuable information for every collector: Editor’s Insights

To get the most out of the Scott catalogs, users must read the introduction to the catalog. A wealth of information is packed into these pages.

US Stamps

May 20, 2016 09:43 AM

Classic U.S. stamps reappear, Donald Trump makes postal appearance: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, readers enjoyed posts about Donald Trump making a postal appearance, and a new USPS set that’s out of this world.


May 20, 2016 08:50 AM

Inverts of China and United States among finds in Cherrystone’s June auction

A rare variety of China’s 1915 $2 Hall of Classics stamp will be offered during the June 7-8 Cherrystone auction taking place in New York City.

US Stamps

May 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 20: James Stewart

James Stewart embarked on an acting career after studying architecture in college. He earned an Oscar for his role in the 1940 comedy The Philadelphia Story.

US Stamps

May 19, 2016 05:32 PM

Celebrating the Alaska statehood vote: U.S. Stamp Notes

The cover shown nearby was sent on June 30, 1958, from Petersburg, Alaska, to Olympia, Wash. Either the sender or someone in the post office where it was deposited handstamped “Statehood voted” on the envelope to celebrate E.L. Bob Bartlett.

US Stamps

May 19, 2016 03:53 PM

Using stamps as a promotional tool: U.S. Stamp Notes

It is the wise business owner who uses all the tools available to promote his or her business; stamps can be such a tool.

World Stamps

May 19, 2016 02:34 PM

10-franc Eupodotis Senegalensis stamp: Tip of the Week

Micronations saw revenue opportunities in the stamp production business and made lots of them for collectors. Djibouti took an alternative route.

US Stamps

May 19, 2016 10:20 AM

1978 Capt. Cook stamps in panes: Stamp Market Tips

The newly discovered wreckage of Capt. Cook's ship gives us chance to re-visit a popular topical stamp.

Postal Updates

May 19, 2016 07:58 AM

Members of Congress urge USPS to issue stamp for Japanese Americans who served during World War II

The petition pointed out that while thousands of Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on the Pacific Coast, more than 30,000 volunteered to serve in the military.

US Stamps

May 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 19: Malcolm X

Civil rights activist Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) was commemorated on a 33¢ Black Heritage commemorative stamp issued Jan. 20, 1999.

World Stamps

May 18, 2016 10:02 AM

Plan ahead to get the most out of WSS-NY 2016

Between May 28 and June 4, New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center will host more than 60 hours of philately at its finest.


May 18, 2016 09:31 AM

How to participate in a philatelic auction

Auctions can be a very good way to buy and sell postage stamps and covers, and World Stamp Show-NY 2016 will provide several opportunities.

US Stamps

May 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 18: Mathew Brady

Mathew B. Brady established a photography studio in Washington, D.C. Along with chronicling the Civil War, Brady and his photographers also captured images of the nation's leaders, including Abraham Lincoln.


May 17, 2016 05:00 PM

Siegel unwraps Inverted Jenny website filled with research and data

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries has developed a terrific new online reference site devoted to the Inverted Jenny: the rare 1918 24¢ carmine and blue airmail error stamp that shows the Curtiss Jenny airplane in the central vignette flying upside down.

World Stamps

May 17, 2016 01:38 PM

What collectors can expect at WSS-NY 2016

Wayne Chen highlights what to expect at World Stamp Show-NY 2016. His advice will help you get the most out of this incredible eight-day celebration of stamp collecting.

World Stamps

May 17, 2016 09:12 AM

Editor recalls blasts from the past of Scott Publishing Co.

Scott senior editor Martin J. Frankevicz fondly recalls some of his early experiences working for Scott Publishing Co. in New York City.

World Stamps

May 17, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 17: Edward Jenner

Experiments by British physician Edward Jenner (1749-1823) led to an effective vaccine for the deadly smallpox virus. For his historic medical breakthrough, Jenner has been honored on several stamps.

World Stamps

May 16, 2016 03:59 PM

So what’s happened since the last New York international stamp exhibition?

Plenty has happened in the stamp hobby since the last international show in New York. Scott senior editor Martin J. Frankevicz highlights those events.

World Stamps

May 16, 2016 01:22 PM

Some tips for enjoying your stay in New York City during World Stamp Show-NY 2016

Take advantage of the unique dining experiences and attractions within walking distance of the Javits Convention Center.

Postal Updates

May 16, 2016 09:00 AM

Ropex stamp show postmarks recall 1934 National Parks commemoratives: Postmark Pursuit

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, and the Ropex show will celebrate with several postmarks.

US Stamps

May 16, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 16: William H. Seward

The distinguished career of William H. Seward included service in the U.S. Senate and as U.S. secretary of state, where he negotiated the purchase of Alaska in 1867.

US Stamps

May 15, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 15: James Gadsden

The 1853 Gadsden Purchase, which obtained land from Mexico, is named for Ambassador James Gadsden, who successfully negotiated the agreement.

World Stamps

May 14, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 14: Cate Blanchett

Australian actress Cate Blanchett, who was honored on stamps in 2009, has won two Oscars for her performances in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine.


May 13, 2016 04:46 PM

Jenny Invert stamp, Markovits special delivery at June 1 Rumsey auction

Markovits, who died in December, was an expert on U.S. back-of-the-book material and began his collection of special delivery issues in 1954.

US Stamps

May 13, 2016 01:03 PM

Siegel to offer Walske’s trans-Atlantic mail collection, finest graded Jenny Invert in its WSS-NY 2016 sales

The sale is part of an extraordinary six-day run of auctions by five firms in conjunction with World Stamp Show-NY 2016.

US Stamps

May 13, 2016 01:55 PM

U.S. classic stamp designs reappear on Classics Forever set

As part of its seven-day series of new stamp issues for World Stamp Show-NY 2016, the United States Postal Service is reaching back to the 19th century to recreate six stamps in a set it is calling Classics Forever.
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