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.

US Stamps

August 26, 2016 09:00 AM

Where the hard-to-find philatelic truck sheet recently turned up: U.S. Stamp Notes

These sheets used to be common, but have become hard to find as we pass 75 years since the truck was making its rounds.

World Stamps

August 26, 2016 07:00 AM

Political conflict leads to Taiwan stamp show boycotts

Postal companies in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam will not be attending the PhilaTaipei World Stamp Championship Exhibition.

US Stamps

August 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 26: Albert Sabin

Albert Sabin developed an effective oral vaccine that was instrumental in greatly reducing the number of polio cases in the world.

World Stamps

August 25, 2016 07:00 PM

Small Queens of Canada: How one sale showcased the stamps’ many usages

“The issue has much to fascinate the serious collector: the great range of collectible varieties, the different printing periods, various perforation measurements, colours and papers.”

World Stamps

August 25, 2016 05:00 PM

Jordan overprints undergo reorganization in upcoming 2017 Scott Classic catalog: Editor’s Insights

Collectors will notice that several stamp sets throughout the catalog have been reorganized to allow for more expanded listings.

US Stamps

August 25, 2016 02:30 PM

Star Trek ceremony tickets from USPS

A limited number of free tickets for the Star Trek first-day ceremony are being made available from the United States Postal Service.

US Stamps

August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

New issue dates for two U.S. holiday stamps

New U.S. stamps marking the Kwanzaa and Christmas holidays will be issued with ceremonies in Charleston, S.C., and Washington, D.C., respectively.

World Stamps

August 25, 2016 01:00 PM

Austria’s dirndl silhouette dress and the world of embroidered stamps

Wayne Chen explores some of the beautiful embroidered stamps from around the world. Switzerland issued the world's first embroidered stamp in 2000.

US Stamps

August 25, 2016 09:00 AM

Hotchner says Service Women FDC ‘one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen’: U.S. Stamp Notes

John Hotchner says it's “one of the most spectacular first-day covers for the 1952 3¢ Service Women stamp that I’ve ever seen.”

US Stamps

August 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 25: Bret Harte

After experiencing life on the Western frontier first-hand, American author Bret Harte turned his experiences into a series of popular short stories.

World Stamps

August 24, 2016 03:00 PM

Austria Post has issued stamp made of glass

The stamp is a great example of how Austria Post is a pioneer when it comes to innovative stamp material and printing methods.

US Stamps

August 23, 2016 09:15 AM

Stamp honoring Hindu festival of Diwali to be issued Oct. 5 in New York City

The United States Postal Service will issue a forever stamp Oct. 5 in honor of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

US Stamps

August 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 23: Edgar Lee Masters

Poet Edgar Lee Masters authored Spoon River Anthology, based in part on memories and names from his life growing up in rural Illinois.

Postal Updates

August 22, 2016 05:00 PM

U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers honored on new postmark: Postmark Pursuit

Buffalo Soldiers were the men who served in post-Civil War U.S. Army regiments made up of African-American troops.

US Stamps

August 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 22: Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder's large stabiles are displayed in public areas in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Seattle and Grand Rapids, Mich.