July 28, 2016 05:00 PMAre you allowed to use those stamps for postage? Many collectors have sheets or smaller quantities of unused stamps issued years ago, and if they have no premium value, the collector might use them for postage on letters and parcels. Is that usage legitimate? The answer is, “It depends.”
July 28, 2016 01:00 PMSydney Views: the world’s first pictorial postage stamps, part II Under the leadership of James Raymond, postmaster general of New South Wales from 1829 to 1851, the postal service progressed from a largely improvised service organized and funded under a temporary act to a fully organized service with 79 permanent post offices serving a population of 150,000 persons dispersed over an area of more than 310,000 square miles, and growing rapidly.
July 28, 2016 08:00 AMThe challenges of sending POW mail during the Civil War The prisoners on both sides were given a means of both sending and receiving letters. The letters were examined and then forwarded through a designated point of mail exchange by flag of truce, which provided safe passage across the lines to their final destinations.
July 27, 2016 05:00 PMThe story behind the airmail collection of one of the hobby’s leading ladies Recent Inverted Jenny developments, widely reported in major media outside hobby circles, reminded me of another Inverted Jenny once owned by a leading lady of our hobby that deserves to become better known.
July 27, 2016 04:19 PMSwiss stamp honors round-the-world flight of solar-powered aircraft The two Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, began the journey of more than 26,000 miles on March 9, 2015, taking off from Abu Dhabi. With 16 stopovers along the way, including six in the United States, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi July 26.
July 27, 2016 01:00 PMMore than 9,100 changes recorded for Vol. 5 of 2017 Scott Standard catalog Nicaragua and Portugal are among the countries in Vol. 5 whose values reflect increases. Almost 360 value changes for the Central American country of Nicaragua reflect a healthy upward movement for these stamps.
July 25, 2016 01:00 PMNew UN souvenir sheet first to contain stamps in three different currencies In Fascination, philatelic bulletin 119, UNPA chief Thanawat Amnajanan reports that the first such sheet will be issued Aug. 10 for the 32nd Asian international stamp exhibition. This show will take place Aug. 10-15 in Bangkok, Thailand.
July 24, 2016 01:00 PMRio 2016 Games celebrated on stamps all over the globe: New Stamps of the World Brazil, the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics, began issuing stamps promoting these Games in March 2015 and of course will continue issuing Rio 2016 Olympics stamps right up until the opening day, Aug. 5, but several other countries have or will issue stamps commemorating their participation in Rio 2016.