Postal Updates

March 27, 2017 09:00 AM

Garfield-Perry unofficial first-day cancel for new 10¢ Red Pears stamp

A new variety of the 10¢ Red Pears definitive stamp was issued March 23 with a first-day ceremony at the March Party stamp show in Cleveland, Ohio.

US Stamps

March 27, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 27: Sarah Vaughan

Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan was honored in 2016 on the seventh and most recent stamp in the United States Music Icons commemorative stamp series.

World Stamps

March 26, 2017 07:00 PM

Canada, France honor Battle of Vimy Ridge with joint issue

The designs of the stamps and souvenir sheets in this issue feature the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

US Stamps

March 26, 2017 02:00 PM

Tell us what the Supreme Court might be thinking about these days

For the April cartoon caption contest, John Hotchner gives you a shot at donning the judge’s robes as a representative of the judicial branch.

World Stamps

March 26, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 26: Leonard Nimoy

Actor Leonard Nimoy portrayed one of the most recognizable characters on American television: Science Officer Spock from Star Trek.

US Stamps

March 25, 2017 07:00 PM

Philippines stamps overprinted ‘Guam Guard Mail’ worth pursuing

On April 8, 1930, the military governor of Guam initiated local mail delivery with stamps of the Philippines overprinted “Guam Guard Mail.”

US Stamps

March 25, 2017 08:00 AM

When postage due stamps mean postage due hasn’t been collected

Tony Wawrukiewicz is studying how United States postage due stamps have been used since they were introduced in 1879.

World Stamps

March 25, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 25: Elton John

One of the most famous musicians of the 20th century, Elton John has been honored for his popular recordings, film scores, and Broadway musicals.

US Stamps

March 24, 2017 07:00 PM

Did this ‘Bottle Mail’ cover have a close encounter with Hurricane Carol?

The progression of events recorded on the “Bottle Mail” cover is not entirely clear, but the hurricane to which it refers was frighteningly real.

US Stamps

March 24, 2017 05:00 PM

Sextet of stamps serves up ‘delicioso’ foods from Caribbean, south of the border

The Delicioso set of six nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps shows illustrations depicting tamales, flan, sancoho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche.

Postal Updates

March 24, 2017 02:30 PM

U.S. Postal Service pushing PRC to lift 10-year cap on stamp price increases

The price cap has proven not to be enough to keep the nation’s mail system from running huge deficits, the USPS said in a March 20 filing with the PRC.

US Stamps

March 24, 2017 02:20 PM

Two new U.S. stamps in the works

The United States Postal Service will issue its new global forever stamp and a 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp during the opening days of two stamp shows.

World Stamps

March 24, 2017 01:00 PM

The Smurfs and emoji deliver messages of happiness on new stamps

The United Arab Emirates selected a smiley face and other symbolic designs for its eight International Day of Happiness stamps.

US Stamps

March 24, 2017 11:45 AM

More U.S. counterfeits surface, some peculiar ‘coin stamps’: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we have an exploration of silver stamps from the Netherlands, and U.S. Stamp Notes columnist John Hotchner learns about "coin stamps," a type of cinderella issue.

US Stamps

March 24, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 24: Edward Weston

Edward Weston gained prominence as a photographer during the first half of the 20th century. He was honored on a 37¢ stamp issued in 2002.

US Stamps

March 23, 2017 07:00 PM

Unassuming 1¢ 1861 cover carries hidden demonetized treasure

How many stamps are on this 1862 cover? The answer might surprise you, as Wayne Youngblood explains in this month's The Odd Lot column.

World Stamps

March 23, 2017 05:00 PM

Great Britain sends David Bowie first-day covers into space for contest

All 52 covers were launched in a single, large, helium-filled balloon that included a black box with a tracking device and cameras to record the launch and the trip into the Earth’s atmosphere.

World Stamps

March 23, 2017 01:00 PM

East Germany Central Courier Official stamps in demand

Most of the demand appears to be for complete sets. Single stamps and multiples occasionally turn up unrecognized in stamp mixtures and cinderella lots.

World Stamps

March 23, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 23: Akira Kurosawa

The famous director created more than 30 films over the course of his half-century career, earning an Academy Award in 1990 for lifetime achievement.

US Stamps

March 22, 2017 05:00 PM

Computer-vended postage stamp inverts fun to collect

What happens when the paper is loaded into the machine the wrong way? You end up with some nifty computer-vended stamp inverts.