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New edition of Scott U.S. errors catalog is a must have New edition of Scott U.S. errors catalog is a must have
The new and improved 16th edition of the Scott Catalogue of Errors on U.S. Postage Stamps is now at hand. (Read more...)

Countries with affordable stamp programs Countries with affordable stamp programs
Another year of new issues has been chronicled, and it is time to look at the costs to obtain the new issues created every year for all of the foreign stamp-issuing entities listed in the Scott catalogs. (Read more...)

Postal history in Dec. 8-12 Rumsey auction Postal history in Dec. 8-12 Rumsey auction; Graham naval covers, free franks and more
Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions will present its huge winter sale Dec. 8-11, followed by an auction of the Robert Karrer collection of Charleston postal history on Dec (Read more...)

Stamp Market Tips: 1898 Lincoln color variations 1898 Lincoln color variations
United States — In 1898, the United States Post Office Department issued a new set of definitives with colors arranged to comply with the Universal Postal Union’s color coding scheme (Read more...)

Indiana town of Santa Claus celebrates its namesake Indiana town of Santa Claus celebrates its namesake in December
Santa Claus, a small community in Indiana, is continuing its annual tradition of providing a special Christmas cancel. (Read more...)

Book details Spellman Museum postal history symposium
On May 2, the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Mass., hosted a symposium to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary. (Read more...)

Classic Stamps of the World: First Latvian issues First Latvian issues made good use of German army castoffs
Recycling was a matter of practical necessity long before the word was coined and assumed its modern connotation of environmental good practice. A case in point is the first stamps of Latvia, issued Dec. 18, 1918 (Scott 1 and 2). (Read more...)

Great Britain Philately: Children’s toys on stamps Topical Great Britain: collecting children’s toys on stamps
With around 3,000 commemoratives issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain is a rich resource for stamps for topical and thematic collections. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: Magic squares and optical illusions Stamps show magic squares, palindromes and optical illusions
New stamps from Macau and Belgium present challenges for the mind and the eye, respectively. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Christmas seal earliest uses A bumper crop of updates for Christmas seal earliest uses
It has been an exceptional year for new reports of earliest known uses (EKUs) of United States Christmas seals released in 1908 to 1935 (Read more...)

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