US Stamps

July 27, 2016 08:00 PM

Is expertizing required? 10 situations when the answer is no

All that is required to know when expertization is a list of what to look for and a few elementary collecting tools.

World Stamps

July 27, 2016 05:00 PM

The story behind the airmail collection of one of the hobby’s leading ladies

Recent Inverted Jenny developments, widely reported in major media outside hobby circles, reminded me of another Inverted Jenny once owned by a leading lady of our hobby that deserves to become better known.

World Stamps

July 27, 2016 04:19 PM

Swiss stamp honors round-the-world flight of solar-powered aircraft

The two Swiss pilots, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, began the journey of more than 26,000 miles on March 9, 2015, taking off from Abu Dhabi. With 16 stopovers along the way, including six in the United States, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi July 26.

World Stamps

July 27, 2016 01:00 PM

More than 9,100 changes recorded for Vol. 5 of 2017 Scott Standard catalog

Nicaragua and Portugal are among the countries in Vol. 5 whose values reflect increases. Almost 360 value changes for the Central American country of Nicaragua reflect a healthy upward movement for these stamps.

US Stamps

July 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 27: Geoffrey de Havilland

British aircraft designer Geoffrey de Havilland established his London aircraft company in 1920 and remained at its head for some 35 years.

US Stamps

July 26, 2016 01:00 PM

Neyhart wins Helbock Prize for three-peat

Neyhart won the 2015 Helbock Prize for, “‘A Knife in the Back’ The 1915 San Diego Panama California Exposition.” He won the 2014 Helbock Prize for “The 1905 Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark Exposition Postal Stations.”

Postal Updates

July 26, 2016 08:00 AM

Three different postmarks honor Civil War general’s 200th birthday: Postmark Pursuit

Cities in New York, Virginia and Georgia are commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Union Army Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas.

US Stamps

July 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 26: Gracie Allen

Gracie Allen's longtime comedic partnership with her husband George Burns included regular weekly programs on radio and television.

US Stamps

July 25, 2016 05:00 PM

FDR and his fellow stamp collectors helped ducks’ survival luck in 1930s: Stamp Hobby Views

The president turned his love for the hobby into public policy that protected waterfowl by outlawing duck annihilation.

US Stamps

July 25, 2016 04:40 PM

Holiday Window Views stamp designs revealed

Four stamps showing a burning candle, a star ornament, a Christmas tree, and a wreath will be issued in October by the United States Postal Service.

World Stamps

July 25, 2016 01:00 PM

New UN souvenir sheet first to contain stamps in three different currencies

In Fascination, philatelic bulletin 119, UNPA chief Thanawat Amnajanan reports that the first such sheet will be issued Aug. 10 for the 32nd Asian international stamp exhibition. This show will take place Aug. 10-15 in Bangkok, Thailand.

US Stamps

July 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 25: Henry Knox

Fort Knox in Kentucky is named after Revolutionary War military leader Henry Knox, who was honored on a Great Americans definitive stamp in 1985.

World Stamps

July 24, 2016 01:00 PM

Rio 2016 Games celebrated on stamps all over the globe: New Stamps of the World

Brazil, the host country of the 2016 Summer Olympics, began issuing stamps promoting these Games in March 2015 and of course will continue issuing Rio 2016 Olympics stamps right up until the opening day, Aug. 5, but several other countries have or will issue stamps commemorating their participation in Rio 2016.

US Stamps

July 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 24: Simon Bolivar

As part of a commemorative stamp series honoring world leaders, the United States Post Office Department issued two stamp for Simon Bolivar in 1958.

US Stamps

July 23, 2016 01:00 PM

International airmail return receipt rules changed over time: Modern U.S. Mail

Before June 23, 1953, international return receipts could be returned only by surface mail. That is no longer the case.

World Stamps

July 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 23: Pope Clement XI

Pope Clement XI was born into a noble family with Albanian ancestral ties. He was honored on stamps from Vatican City in 2002, and Albania in 2007.

World Stamps

July 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Stamps tell story of Tonga, the South Pacific’s last monarchy: Stamps Down Under

Little islands in the South Pacific don’t get much attention. Tonga is certainly one of the lesser known of these islands, but historically it is pretty interesting, especially when you realize that it has the only remaining monarchy in an ocean full of former monarchies.

World Stamps

July 22, 2016 01:00 PM

Covers tell the story of Great Britain’s Decimal Day, Feb. 15, 1971

Finally. It had taken more than a century of discussion to have reached this point, but following many studies and committee reports, the announcement from the British chancellor of the exchequer came in March 1966 that the United Kingdom would decimalize the pound.

World Stamps

July 22, 2016 08:32 AM

Island issues its last stamps, USPS Pets stamp release on the way: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, a stamp that flew past Pluto entered the Guinness Book of World Records, Norfolk Island's last stamps were the topic of the Monday Morning Brief, and WWI German war crime propaganda labels were profiled.

US Stamps

July 22, 2016 09:00 AM

What is the truck driver thinking about on this stamp?: U.S. Stamp Notes

This is one of a long line of U.S. stamps that were based on living models. The original photo shows Ben Winterberger behind the wheel, though by the time the final design was approved, his image had been modified into that of an anonymous truck driver.