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Stamp Market Tips: Ryukyu Islands airmail set Look for Ryukyu Islands airmail set
Ryukyu Islands — The Ryukyu Islands is a chain of 63 islands in the Pacific Ocean lying between Japan and Formosa. (Read more...)

Siegel to auction Wishnietsky Confederates Siegel to auction Wishnietsky Confederates, Calhoun's Charleston
Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries of New York City will offer stamps and postal history of the Civil War era during a pair of auctions to take place Feb. 26 and 27. (Read more...)

National Postal Museum Treasures: stamp inspiration For USPS art director, inspiration was preserved on whatever was handy
The British playwright and novelist Somerset Maugham once said: “I write only when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes every morning at nine o’clock sharp.” (Read more...)

First-Day Covers: Early cachetmakers Early cachetmakers employed a variety of printing processes
With the proliferation of computers in printing, from professional to home machines, we tend to take multicolor first-day cover cachets with illustrations and text for granted. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: mail pack routing labels United States mail pack routing labels might have a companion
Routing labels, such as those pictured in Figure 1, were the subject of my column in Linn’s June 21, 2010, issue. (Read more...)

Will a new executive director reverse APS membership decline?
Last week we reported that the American Philatelic Society is seeking a new executive director. (Read more...)

Canada suspends registered mail to the United States
By Jay Bigalke (Read more...)

Postal customers shun self-service machines
Those costly blue self-service postal kiosks found in more than 2,300 post offices nationwide are failing to save the financially troubled United States Postal Service millions of dollars each year. T (Read more...)

Union at odds with USPS-Staples plan
Shades of 1988: The United States Postal Service is once again at odds with the American Postal Workers Union over a USPS plan to sell stamps and other postal items in a retail chain. (Read more...)

Polish stamps picture protected spiders Polish stamps picture protected spiders; Australia issues Love stamps Feb. 4
Poland provides a close-up view of spiders on four stamps issued Nov. 29. Figure 1 shows the four stamps. E (Read more...)

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