World Stamps

August 29, 2016 07:00 AM

New specialized catalog details obscure collecting area

During the past few years, a number of specialty catalogs have been published for some outside-the-norm collecting areas.

US Stamps

August 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 29: Ingrid Bergman

Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman starred in a series of important films, including Casablanca, Anastasia, and Notorious.

US Stamps

August 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Revisiting customs and delivery fees with new examples: Modern U.S. Mail

Examples of customs clearance and delivery fees and custom duties on parcel items after mid-1950 are very uncommon.

World Stamps

August 28, 2016 02:00 PM

Samoa’s 1921 Hut and Flag stamps offer perforation and paper varieties

Collecting the Hut and Flag stamps starts off being interesting and quite inexpensive, but complications arise the deeper you delve into them.

US Stamps

August 28, 2016 09:00 AM

‘The Million Dollar Duck’ documentary premieres Sept. 14 on Animal Planet

An award-winning documentary about the annual federal duck stamp art contest will be shown on the Animal Planet cable television network Sept. 14.

US Stamps

August 27, 2016 07:00 PM

Year date mistake on Henry James first-day cover available from USPS

Mistakes in the cancels of first-day covers are unusual but not unheard of, and a new one has surfaced on FDCs for the United States nondenominated (89¢) Henry James 3-ounce rate stamp issued July 31.


August 27, 2016 05:00 PM

Classic U.S. stamps highlight Siegel’s upcoming sales of Alan and Inman collections

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries of New York City has scheduled two consecutive sales of United States stamps in mid-September.

US Stamps

August 27, 2016 02:00 PM

A back-of-the-book U.S. stamp to look out for: Stamp Market Tips

They might lack the glamour of airmails or special delivery stamps, but postage dues are an integral part of any general U.S. collection.

US Stamps

August 27, 2016 09:00 AM

Put yourself in the U.S. Capitol for September’s cartoon caption contest

What might a U.S. Senator or Representative be thinking or saying to their colleagues about the current election?

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.