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Stamp designer Howard Paine, ‘Father Art Director’ Stamp designer Howard Paine, 'Father Art Director'
Howard E. Paine, 85, one of the United States Postal Service’s most prolific stamp designers, died Sept. 13 at the Loving Arms Assisted Living Center in Front Royal, Va. (Read more...)

Australian Kangaroo and Map series stamps to be auctioned Australian Kangaroo and Map series stamps to be auctioned Oct. 7 by Siegel International
Australia’s 1913 Kangaroo and Map stamps were the first issued for the new country after the six British colonies on the Australian continent agreed to form an independent nation. (Read more...)

Revised Breast Cancer Research semipostal New printer, year date for revised Breast Cancer Research semipostal
The 2014-dated version of the United States (49¢+11¢) Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp will be issued Sept. 30 in Sacramento, Calif., with a noon first-day ceremony on the west steps of the capitol. (Read more...)

Editor’s Insights: The Philatelic Book of Secrets 'The Philatelic Book of Secrets' can help a collector more easily spot altered stamps
Regular readers of John Hotchner’s U.S. Stamp Notes column know that the column for the fourth week each month is devoted to explaining the world of expertizing. (Read more...)

New Glade Creek Grist Mill Priority Mail stamp Sept. 29 New Glade Creek Grist Mill Priority Mail stamp Sept. 29
A new United States $5.75 Glade Creek Grist Mill stamp will be issued Sept. 29 in Danese, W.Va. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Remembering Leonard Sherman Remembering Leonard Sherman and the Hammarskjold issue
The strangest things manage to make it through the mail in place of postage. The example pictured here reflects what was, at the time, a huge philatelic story that got significant play in the daily nonphilatelic press. (Read more...)

Dollar-sign Stamps: Heavy parcel to Papua New Guinea Heavy parcel to Papua New Guinea required $35.68 in postage
With my deadline looming, it was time to find an interesting item to share in Dollar-Sign Stamps. (Read more...)

Indian invert in Oct. 6-10 Gaertner auction Indian invert in Oct. 6-10 Gaertner auction
The Christoph Gaertner auction firm in Germany is hosting five days of auctions Oct. 6-10 at its Bietingheim-Bissingen premises. (Read more...)

Asia Philately: Japan’s offices in China Japan’s stamps for offices in China present collecting challenges
Fifty years ago, George Fisher tabulated Japan’s 24 rarest 20th-century stamps in an article published in Japanese Philately, the journal of the International Society of Japanese Philately (www.isjp.org). (Read more...)

Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City
A new United States stamp issue celebrating the 75th anniversary of comic book crime fighter Batman will be issued Oct. 9 in New York City. (Read more...)

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