April 27, 2016 04:02 PMNorth American international stamp exhibitions, a personal odyssey: Washington 2006 and New York 2016 Ken Lawrence continues his narrative about the past 30 years of international stamp shows held in North America as prelude to the New York 2016 pageant that opens at the end of May.
April 27, 2016 12:30 AMPortugal’s 1924 Camoens set of 31 stamps failed as a fundraiser: Classic Stamps of the World Disdaining ordinary semipostals, the Portugal postal administration and the Red Cross hatched a complex scheme in 1924 intended to fund an endowment for the latter organization.
April 27, 2016 12:11 AMDanish West Indies’ first postage dues found with different types: Nordic Stamp Scene The simple 1902 postage due set of four stamps becomes more complicated for the collector checking minute design variations. Known forgeries of the four stamps add another challenge.
April 25, 2016 11:10 AMStar Trek stamp for ‘Scotty’ actor James Doohan The fourth stamp revealed in Canada Post's planned Star Trek set honors actor James Doohan as chief engineer Montgomery Scott. Earlier stamps revealed feature the characters Kirk and Spock, and the starship Enterprise.
April 25, 2016 10:40 AMNational Parks set wraps up with Yellowstone National Park Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park each year draws more than 3 million visitors enjoying its expansive wilderness. The bison on the upcoming forever stamp symbolize the many species of mammals found in the park.
April 22, 2016 12:08 AMRegency-Superior philatelic auction in St. Louis May 14-15 features U.S. classic inverts Two attention grabbers in this sale are U.S. classics with inverted centers: the 1869 15¢ brown and blue type II Landing of Columbus (Scott 119b) and the 1901 4¢ brown and black Pan-American Automobile stamp (296a).
April 22, 2016 10:23 AMGyrocopter pilot who landed at U.S. Capitol sentenced to four months in prison A former United States Postal Service letter carrier from Florida was sentenced April 21 to four months in prison for flying his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds in what a federal judge branded an act of “self-aggrandizement.”
April 22, 2016 08:47 AMA tough first year for Postmaster General Megan Brennan It’s been a rough start for the nation’s 74th postmaster general. Since taking office in February 2015, Megan J. Brennan has endured setback after setback in her attempts to right the troubled United States Postal Service.
April 21, 2016 12:12 AMFourteen of 16 U.S. National Parks stamp designs have been revealed United States stamp designs honoring five national parks were revealed during mid-April. The parks that are newly featured are Haleakala National Park in Hawaii; Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C.; Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont; Mount Rainier National Park in Washington; and San Francisco Maritime Historical Park in California.
April 21, 2016 11:46 AMU.N. International Dance Day stamps show dances from around the world Six dances from around the world are displayed on the United Nations Postal Administration’s International Dance Day stamps. The stamps are being issued April 29, International Dance Day, in panes of six.
April 20, 2016 12:54 AMOverprinted Qatar Satellite Telecommunications issue: Tip of the Week You will notice that values for many stamps of Qatar are given in italics in the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. This reflects the fact that the market for Qatari stamps has been in flux. Over the past several years, many of the sheikdom’s stamp issues were hot items. Some still are, but many are not.
April 20, 2016 12:41 AMGolden Eagle Pass souvenir sheet tough to find: Stamp Market Tips On Dec. 10, 1987, the National Park Service issued a $25 Golden Eagle Pass souvenir sheet of seven (Scott RVP1). The top right stamp is inscribed“Golden Eagle Pass” alongside an eagle in flight. The designs of the other stamps are from paintings produced for the Arts for the Parks program.
April 20, 2016 12:21 AM1962 Congressional proposal for mental illness stamp discovered: U.S. Stamp Notes A mental Illness stamp proposal in 1962 failed to pass muster. The stamp would have marked the 150th anniversary in 1963 of the founding of the Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., the nation’s oldest private psychiatric hospital.
April 20, 2016 10:33 AMGreat Britain souvenir sheet celebrates 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Royal Mail kept the four-generation souvenir sheet and photograph a secret until April 20, the day before the queen’s birthday. But after it was announced, the photograph was soon spreading over social media, including the British monarchy’s Instagram account.