US Stamps

May 29, 2016 01:43 AM

Stamp show opening ceremony salutes America’s military

The May 28 opening ceremony for World Stamp Show-NY 2016 began with a patriotic flourish in honor of Fleet Week New York.

US Stamps

May 29, 2016 12:47 AM

Intaglio-printed World Stamp Show-NY 2016 stamps first-day ceremony

The USPS announced the presentation of intaglio-printed stamps by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service New York Division Honor Guard.

US Stamps

May 28, 2016 11:26 PM

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 opening ceremony offers tribute to America’s military in celebration of 28th Fleet Week New York

The 28th Fleet Week New York was honored on Saturday morning as the WSS-NY 2016 kicked off at the Special Events Hall at the Javits Center.

US Stamps

May 28, 2016 09:48 PM

Philatelic Foundation brings high-tech gear to World Stamp Show

The VSC6000 uses high definition magnification, differing wave lengths of light, and the application of direct light in a variety of modes.

US Stamps

May 28, 2016 08:53 PM

WSS-NY 2016 president Wade Saadi brings wealth of experience to show

Our own Chad Snee sat down with President of the World Stamp Show-NY 2016, Wade Saadi to get a feel for what he does and how assumed the role.


May 27, 2016 04:49 PM

Christoph Gaertner auction June 13-17 in Germany; worldwide offerings include rare German varieties

The new auction series comes on the heels of the May 30 Gaertner Worldwide Rarities auction at World Stamp Show-NY 2016 in New York City.

World Stamps

May 27, 2016 03:48 PM

Tools for letter writing; Croatian inventions; Israeli printing achievements: New Stamps of the World

Since 1979, Japan has celebrated Letter Writing Day on July 23 by issuing stamps for the day. This year’s stamps show some of the tools you may need when writing letters by hand.

US Stamps

May 27, 2016 03:17 PM

USA Star coil strips for nonprofit mail now available from Postal Service

Collectors can now purchase a strip of 25 USA Star coil stamps for $1.25 using USPS item No. 777503.

Postal Updates

May 27, 2016 03:12 PM

Stamp show postmark celebrates International Space Station anniversary

A postmark commemorating the 15th anniversary of the International Space Station is being offered by the post office in Huntsville, Ala., home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

World Stamps

May 27, 2016 10:54 AM

Scott indexes make using the catalogs a pleasant and successful experience: Editor’s Insights

The indexes and the Illustrated Identifier are designed to help the catalog user find stamps among the hundreds of thousands of listings.

World Stamps

May 27, 2016 09:49 AM

Stamps from Great Britain to feature Pink Floyd album covers, performances

Great Britain will honor the rock band Pink Floyd on 10 stamps to be issued July 7. Six of them will feature album covers, and the other four will reproduce photographs of the band in concert.

US Stamps

May 27, 2016 06:00 AM

New Inverted Jenny website released, Farley Post Office profiled: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, readers liked our feature about people, places and events of New York featured on WSS-NY 2016 stamps.

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.

World Stamps

May 26, 2016 03:11 PM

Robert A. Siegel auction of worldwide stamps and postal history, June 14-15

The sale features, among other things, the Dr. Hawkins Valliant Maulding collection of Belgian Congo stamps and postal history.

US Stamps

May 26, 2016 02:44 PM

For those who enjoy beer, there’s the 1871 50¢ Sherman beer revenue: Stamp Market Tips

Revenue stamps continue as one of the most active U.S. collecting specialties, and beer revenue stamps are among the most popular in the category.

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.”

World Stamps

May 26, 2016 11:49 AM

1918 Czechoslovakia Scout Post Bohemian Lion set: Tip of the Week

The Czech Scout Post was in operation from Nov. 7 to Nov. 25, 1918, when regular postal authorities assumed responsibility for the mail.

US Stamps

May 26, 2016 10:31 AM

NPM exhibit salutes National Park Service centennial

The park service was planning its centennial for 2016, and it wanted the museums to help mark the occasion with exhibits that would tell of its remarkable story.

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.

US Stamps

May 25, 2016 03:34 PM

How is fraudulent matter to be handled in domestic mails?: Modern U.S. Mail

The concept of “fraudulent matter” that is first found in the 1873 Postal Laws and Regulations (PL&R) is a very important one.

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.
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