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.

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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.

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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.

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July 21, 2016 07:00 PM

Lick-and-stick Dark Side of the Moon stamps issued with Pink Floyd set

Great Britain’s Royal Mail has issued two versions of one of the stamps in its Pink Floyd set. The set, released July 7 to commemorate Pink Floyd’s 50th anniversary, includes six self-adhesive stamps showing album cover art and four moisture-activated stamps picturing live performances.

World Stamps

July 21, 2016 05:00 PM

Asian cuisine, from shrimp tempura to bubble tea, becoming a common stamp theme

In recent years, local and international cuisine have been making more appearances on postage stamps. Asian cuisine is no exception.

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July 21, 2016 03:31 PM

Songbirds in Snow forever stamps: Breaking down the four portraits

The United States Postal Service is issuing a set of four Songbirds in Snow forever stamps Aug. 4 with a 1 p.m. first-day ceremony at the American Philatelic Society’s annual Stampshow.

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July 21, 2016 03:14 PM

Seven authors collaborate to create Eastern independent mail reference work: Editor’s Insights

The book’s objective is to provide the history of each of the Eastern independent mail and express mail companies and to document the stamps, letters and markings associated with these companies.

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July 21, 2016 03:00 PM

Four U.S. stamps for Wonder Woman Oct. 7

The United States Postal Service will issue four Wonder Woman stamps Oct. 7, with a first-day ceremony at the New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

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July 21, 2016 01:00 PM

Postal card sent after deadly tornadoes makes history come alive: U.S. Stamp Notes

From birth to death, the lives of ordinary Americans in the 1870s to 1950s can be read on the back of penny postal cards. The 1¢ postal card rate lasted from May 1, 1873, to Jan. 1, 1952, although it was increased to 2¢ from Nov. 2, 1917, to July 1, 1919, to raise revenue to help pay for the United States’ participation in World War I.

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July 21, 2016 09:00 AM

When your U.S. collection stalls, look for Canal Zone stamps: Tip of the week

The Canal Zone was a strip of territory about 552 square miles in area roughly paralleling the Panama Canal. The canal across the Isthmus of Panama was engineered, constructed and operated by the United States.

World Stamps

July 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 21: Marshall McLuhan

In the 1950s, Marshall McLuhan emerged as a prominent authority in the study of mass communications, media and how people make use of it. McLuhan was born July 21, 1911.

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July 20, 2016 03:00 PM

Bahrain 1950 King George VI overprint variety valuable and in demand: Stamp Market Tips

A mint never-hinged example recently sold in an online auction for the equivalent of about $260. The normal stamp is valued in mint never-hinged condition in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 at just $27.

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July 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 20: Sir Edmund Hillary

In 1953, New Zealand adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest.

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July 19, 2016 05:20 PM

Thurston Twigg-Smith (1921-2016)

Hawaiian-born newspaper publisher Thurston Twigg-Smith assembled the world's greatest collection of Hawaiian stamps and postal history. Mr. Twigg-Smith died July 16 at age 94.

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July 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 19: Edgar Degas

The works of French impressionist artist Edgar Degas have been featured on stamps of France and other countries.

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July 18, 2016 05:10 PM

Songbirds in Snow stamps: When and where they’ll be issued

A set of four stamps featuring songbirds painted by Robert Giusti will be issued Aug. 4 during the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Portland, Ore.