September 26, 2016 09:00 AM

Upcoming H.R. Harmer sale: What are the top lots?

The 3,012th sale by the California auction firm H.R. Harmer will take place Oct. 13-15 with a notably diverse selection of United States and worldwide individual lots and collections.

US Stamps

September 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 26: George Gershwin

American composer George Gershwin created some of the 20th century's greatest music, including Rhapsody in Blue and many popular songs.


September 25, 2016 07:00 PM

Gaertner’s October auction caps a decade of growth for the auction house

In the decade since its first sale in 2006, the company has grown by acquiring other auction firms, while the size of Gaertner’s sales, which happen three or four times a year, has also mushroomed.

World Stamps

September 25, 2016 02:00 PM

Stamps for a cause: Canadian kids benefit from new semipostals

Funds raised through semipostal stamp sales, along with donations from Canada Post customers and employees, allowed the foundation to grant $6 million to 369 community projects since 2012.

US Stamps

September 25, 2016 09:00 AM

Proof that the D.C. Dead Letter Office was still alive after 1917

In the past, the author incorrectly assumed that the Washington, D.C., Dead Letter Office wasn't operating after 1917.

US Stamps

September 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 25: Mark Hamill

American actor Mark Hamill has been shown on stamps from the United States and Great Britain in his Star Wars role as Luke Skywalker.

US Stamps

September 24, 2016 07:00 PM

Breaking down the newly revealed 2017 U.S. stamps, from Kennedy to the queen conch

Headlining the group of 13 products is a forever stamp honoring President John F. Kennedy 100 years after his birth, though it is certainly not the only eye-catcher.

World Stamps

September 24, 2016 02:00 PM

USPS not the only postal administration issuing fruit stamps in 2016

The United States Postal Service has issued definitive stamps this year picturing pears, grapes, and apples. Other postal administrations also have featured these fruits on recent stamps.

World Stamps

September 24, 2016 09:00 AM

Why so many New Zealand stamps feature lighthouses

Lighthouses serve as important symbols on New Zealand stamps that were made for a particular government department.

US Stamps

September 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 24: Jim Henson

The creative mind of Jim Henson contributed to the world of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and left a worldwide legacy of entertainment.

Postal Updates

September 23, 2016 07:00 PM

Remembering World War II with a new postmark

An event in Tennessee that includes public battle and encampment re-enactments and other 1940s-era activities now has a postmark.

World Stamps

September 23, 2016 05:00 PM

Stamp to look for from 51 years’ worth of Spanish Sahara issues: Tip of the Week

Although they were never as widely collected as British and French colonial issues, Spanish colonies have an active and dedicated following.

World Stamps

September 23, 2016 04:46 PM

Canada Post unveils stamps honoring six NHL forwards

Canada Post on Sept. 23 unveiled six stamps and a souvenir sheet honoring six great Canadian hockey forwards.

World Stamps

September 23, 2016 01:00 PM

Revisiting the splendid philatelic sites in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei

Wayne Chen recently returned to his birthplace in Taiwan and revisited some of his favorite philatelic destinations in the capital city of Taipei. He discovered some new places as well.

Postal Updates

September 23, 2016 08:18 AM

USPS sees delayed mail spike, Canada’s 2017 commemoratives revealed: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, readers enjoyed a preview of an upcoming stamp auction, and the USPS revealed some 2017 stamp subjects.

US Stamps

September 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 23: John Coltrane

One of the most respected musicians in the world, saxophonist John Coltrane created jazz masterpieces treasured as classics more than 50 years later.

US Stamps

September 22, 2016 07:00 PM

Where you can see the anthrax letters sent to senators in 2001: Editor’s Insights

The nation was reeling from the 9-11 attacks when terrorists used the U.S. Mail to send letters containing deadly brown anthrax granules.

US Stamps

September 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Washington is the subject of many stamps, and his home of one particularly valuable envelope

It is one of the six envelopes that comprise a set honoring the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

US Stamps

September 22, 2016 01:40 PM

Three U.S. holiday stamps rescheduled

The first-day ceremonies for three holiday stamps have all been rescheduled, and will take place on new dates and in new locations.

US Stamps

September 22, 2016 01:00 PM

Give this Curious George stamp a caption

Channel your grade-school self and think about what George might be thinking or saying to the rabbit or the Man in the Yellow Hat.