US Stamps

August 31, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 31: Ramon Magsaysay

On his birthday in 1957, less than six months after his death in a plane crash, Philippines President Ramon Magsaysay was honored on a United States stamp.

Postal Updates

August 30, 2016 07:00 PM

Detroit River still home to America’s only floating post office

The Westcott II, which has its own ZIP code, has been operating for almost 67 years. But the company that operates it goes back a little further.

US Stamps

August 30, 2016 04:20 PM

Sixth stamp in U.S. Butterfly series planned

The United States Postal Service will issue a nondenominated Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly stamp for nonmachineable first-class mail. No issue date has been announced.

US Stamps

August 30, 2016 03:30 PM

Born Aug. 30: Ted Williams

The last major league baseball player to hit over .400 in a full season, Ted Williams was a perennial All-Star and a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

World Stamps

August 29, 2016 03:00 PM

Hitting the road with new stamps of Ireland, Romania and Portugal

Four Irish stamps highlight some of the activities found along the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal touring route in the world.

Postal Updates

August 29, 2016 01:39 PM

U.S. Postal Service funding children’s TV drama ‘The Inspectors’

Since 2014, the United States Postal Service has been funding The Inspectors, a children’s TV show based on actual cases handled by U.S. postal inspectors.

World Stamps

August 29, 2016 07:00 AM

New specialized catalog details obscure collecting area

During the past few years, a number of specialty catalogs have been published for some outside-the-norm collecting areas.

US Stamps

August 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 29: Ingrid Bergman

Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman starred in a series of important films, including Casablanca, Anastasia, and Notorious.

US Stamps

August 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Revisiting customs and delivery fees with new examples: Modern U.S. Mail

Examples of customs clearance and delivery fees and custom duties on parcel items after mid-1950 are very uncommon.

World Stamps

August 28, 2016 02:00 PM

Samoa’s 1921 Hut and Flag stamps offer perforation and paper varieties

Collecting the Hut and Flag stamps starts off being interesting and quite inexpensive, but complications arise the deeper you delve into them.

US Stamps

August 28, 2016 09:00 AM

‘The Million Dollar Duck’ documentary premieres Sept. 14 on Animal Planet

An award-winning documentary about the annual federal duck stamp art contest will be shown on the Animal Planet cable television network Sept. 14.

US Stamps

August 27, 2016 07:00 PM

Year date mistake on Henry James first-day cover available from USPS

Mistakes in the cancels of first-day covers are unusual but not unheard of, and a new one has surfaced on FDCs for the United States nondenominated (89¢) Henry James 3-ounce rate stamp issued July 31.


August 27, 2016 05:00 PM

Classic U.S. stamps highlight Siegel’s upcoming sales of Alan and Inman collections

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries of New York City has scheduled two consecutive sales of United States stamps in mid-September.

US Stamps

August 27, 2016 02:00 PM

A back-of-the-book U.S. stamp to look out for: Stamp Market Tips

They might lack the glamour of airmails or special delivery stamps, but postage dues are an integral part of any general U.S. collection.

US Stamps

August 27, 2016 09:00 AM

Put yourself in the U.S. Capitol for September’s cartoon caption contest

What might a U.S. Senator or Representative be thinking or saying to their colleagues about the current election?

US Stamps

August 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 27: Lyndon B. Johnson

Thrust into the presidency when John F. Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson initiated his Great Society programs and signed Medicare into law.

Postal Updates

August 26, 2016 07:00 PM

Defenders Day postmark recalls event that inspired a national anthem: Postmark Pursuit

The sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry after the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key's famed poem.

World Stamps

August 26, 2016 05:00 PM

The two events that inspired Royal Mail’s gold Machin stamps

Gold is an unusual color for a stamp, but Great Britain’s Royal Mail used it twice for its Queen Elizabeth II Machin definitive stamps to celebrate two golden occasions.

World Stamps

August 26, 2016 01:00 PM

Crete stamps offer wide range of collecting opportunities: Tip of the Week

Collectors of Greek stamps, dead country and classic stamps, and topical mythology stamps should all take a look at Crete.

US Stamps

August 26, 2016 09:15 AM

Millard Fillmore’s sparse stamp legacy, Clinton and Trump’s new stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we reported on a post office that was caught up in a massive California wildfire, a new proposal for a Gold Star Families stamp, and an impromptu first-day ceremony in Virginia.