Postal Updates

July 20, 2017 08:30 AM

USPS letter carriers violated federal law while working for Clinton presidential campaign

The accusation, made at a July 19 Senate hearing, drew an immediate apology from Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. She called the Postal Service’s violations of the Hatch Act “unintentional” and promised to end the abuses.

World Stamps

July 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Scarce 2008 Nigeria set with subtle design change worth the hunt

Stamp market tipsters Henry Gitner and Rick Miller are not suggesting that you buy these stamps at $100 or more. Just keep them on your radar, they recommend.

US Stamps

July 19, 2017 01:00 PM

Local post stamp, a cinderella of the hobby, honors New Mexico legislator

Eugene R. Cinelli (1931-1973) was a Democrat from Albuquerque who had been elected multiple times in the 1960s to the New Mexico Legislature.

World Stamps

July 16, 2017 09:00 AM

Stamps celebrate bicentennials of cement, the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope

Recent stamps celebrate the 200th anniversaries of three inventions: artificial cement, a forerunner of the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope.

Auctions

July 15, 2017 09:00 AM

Harmer-Schau presents four-day auction at APS Stampshow in Richmond, Va.

Among the hundreds of U.S. stamp and postal history items is a rare top imprint plate block of four of the 1898 $2 orange-brown Mississippi River Bridge stamp from the Trans-Mississippi commemorative issue.

US Stamps

July 15, 2017 07:00 AM

Monarch butterfly, Western honeybee star on new stamps highlighting pollinator protection

A first-day ceremony will take place Thursday in Richmond, Va., at the site of the 2017 American Philatelic Society Stampshow.

US Stamps

July 14, 2017 07:00 PM

Can you provide the stories behind these colorful, puzzling cinderellas?

John Hotchner presents three cinderellas that undoubtedly have stories behind them — stories that currently are lost in the mists of time.

World Stamps

July 14, 2017 03:00 PM

Growing your own philatelic garden, an unissued stamp from Ceylon, and forerunners from Slovenia: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

Also in the July 31 issue, Henry Gitner and Rick Miller, in Stamp Market Tips, discuss the marketplace performance of an unissued 1968 stamp from Ceylon.

Postal Updates

July 14, 2017 01:00 PM

Thoreau Farm postmark celebrates author’s July 12 birth bicentenary

With Sam Weber’s oil-on-panel portrait, the commemorative stamp is a tribute to the author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, and it celebrates the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth.

US Stamps

July 14, 2017 11:00 AM

Gruber succeeds Kane at National Postal Museum; envisions incredible stamp stories

What attracted the Smithsonian Institution to its new National Postal Museum director were his fundraising skills and museum experience. That’s what won Elliot Gruber the job he will assume Sept. 5 as the third director of the 24-year-old Washington museum, according to Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.

US Stamps

July 14, 2017 09:00 AM

Embracing change within the hobby, finding a scarce coil waste stamp: Week’s Most Read

In other top philatelic news for the week, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., is set to host the July 26 debut of the nondenominated (49¢) Sharks stamps.

World Stamps

July 13, 2017 07:00 PM

Local post Bird stamp set of five issued May 13 continues island of Lundy tradition since 1929

The featured birds and denominations are water rail, 30 puffins; wheatear, 55 puffins; puffin, 70 puffins; Manx shearwater, 125 puffins; and peregrine falcon, 200 puffins. The stamps were printed by Cartor in France.

Postal Updates

July 13, 2017 02:30 PM

USPS to raise rates on pair of international mail services

An organization composed of international mailers is warning its members to expect “a significant mid-August price increase” on two popular products offered by the U.S. Postal Service.

World Stamps

July 13, 2017 01:00 PM

Fresh flock of Birds of Canada definitive stamps to take flight Aug. 1

Featured in this year’s installment of the Birds of Canada stamps are a trio of powerful raptors, a shy aquatic bird with a haunting call, and a beautiful blue backyard bully.

World Stamps

July 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Britain’s Landmark Buildings issue celebrates modern architecture

All the stamps are nondenominated with the inscription “1st,” indicating that they pay the first-class domestic letter rate, currently 65 pence.

US Stamps

July 12, 2017 07:00 PM

Spend some time looking for this 3¢ violet George Washington coil waste stamp

The rotary press stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper perforated gauge 11 by 10 in panes of 170. The stamp design measures 19½-to-20 millimeters by 22¼ mm.

US Stamps

July 12, 2017 10:00 AM

Explore these WWII Red Cross covers from England

Hotchner illustrates and discusses a “picture folder issued to the American forces serving in the British Isles showing the work of the American Red Cross in the European Theatre of Operations.”

Auctions

July 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Siegel’s July 25-26 auction offers classic U.S. with modern errors and more

The sale includes 19th- and 20th-century issues with back-of-the-book material, postal card essays, carriers and locals, encased postage, and more.

World Stamps

July 09, 2017 07:00 PM

Guernsey issues its own heat-sensitive stamps for the solar eclipse

The stamp designs represent “six coastal locations that will be treated to a partial eclipse,” according to Guernsey Post. The issue is called Coastal Eclipses.

World Stamps

July 09, 2017 09:00 AM

Canadian Photography series concludes with a finale in black and white

The designs also were reconfigured into a set of international-rate postal cards, though Canada Post did not issue any stamps denominated to pay rates abroad as it had during 2013-16.