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National Postal Museum Treasures: Tiffany’s index Volunteers transcribing Tiffany’s handwritten ‘Philatelical Index’
In a recent column, I wrote that, by the 1880s, the boys who began collecting stamps in the first generation after the appearance of the Penny Black — the world’s first postage stamp, issued by Great Britain in 1840 — were becoming middle-aged men and organizing the hobby along lines we would recognize today. (Read more...)

EBay scraps stamp and coin review programs EBay scraps stamp and coin review programs
The giant California Internet commerce site eBay, a major forum for stamp and coin sales, has ended two programs that were created to protect collectors from fake and questionable sales. (Read more...)

Petersburg, Mobile Bay in fourth U.S. Civil War set Petersburg, Mobile Bay honored in fourth U.S. Civil War set July 30
United States stamps commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the 1864 Civil War battles at Petersburg and Mobile Bay will be issued July 30 at both battle locations. (Read more...)

Michael Rogers merges with Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions
The firm of Daniel F. Kelleher, one of philately’s oldest names, has announced a merger with Michael Rogers, a leader in the burgeoning field of Asian philately. (Read more...)

Postal Museum displays anthrax artifacts in new exhibit Postal Museum displays anthrax artifacts in new exhibit
Artifacts from two of the United States’ most horrific mail crimes — the deadly 2001 anthrax mailings and the Unabomber’s attacks with mail bombs — are now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

Yosemite Grant Act 150th anniversary celebrated June 30 Yosemite Grant Act 150th anniversary celebrated June 30
President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act on June 30, 1864, and the national park celebrated this momentous occasion with a pictorial postmark 150 years later. (Read more...)

Stamp Market Tips: Attractive set of Laotian stamps Attractive set of Laotian stamps popular with topical collectors
Laos — For sheer aesthetic eye appeal, bright colors, exotic topics and beautiful engraving, it is hard to beat the stamps of the Kingdom of Laos from 1951 to 1975. (Read more...)

Vol. 4 of the 2015 Scott standard catalog More than 2,000 value changes for Japan in Vol. 4 of the 2015 Scott standard catalog
In Vol. 4 of the 2015 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, which includes stamp listings for countries of the world J-M, more than 11,000 value changes were recorded. (Read more...)

Britain to issue first six stamps in five-year World War I series Britain to issue first six stamps in five-year World War I series
Great Britain’s Royal Mail will begin its World War I commemorative stamp series July 28 with six stamps and a prestige booklet. (Read more...)

Two stamps from Australia celebrate airmail centenary Two stamps from Australia celebrate airmail centenary
Australia Post issued two stamps July 1 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Australia’s first domestic airmail flight, made July 16-18, 1914, by Maurice Guillaux. (Read more...)

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