May 24, 2017 01:15 PM

President Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives

The president’s long-awaited ideas were contained on page 1207 of an annex to Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget, released May 23. That’s where the president urged Congress to give the U.S. Postal Service “authority to reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.”

May 19, 2017 01:00 PM

USPS PMG makes appeal to Trump, hunt for taxpaid revenue stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we learned about American Letter Mail Company reprints, and discovered the likely cause of poor centering on the Classics Forever stamps.

May 17, 2017 07:00 PM

May 20 postmark from Chester, Mass., commemorates railway mail service

The May 20 postmark date coincides with Chester on Track, a community event that includes a parade, live music, classic cars, a petting zoo, craft fair, and plenty of railroad activities.

May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

USPS wants board of governors back in business

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan recently made an open appeal to President Trump to nominate people to serve on the Postal Service's board of governors.

May 11, 2017 12:30 AM

USPS revenues decline during first half of 2017; package mail income up 11 percent

Thus far in 2017, United States Postal Service revenues total $36.5 billion, a decline from $37.1 billion in the first half of fiscal 2016.

May 07, 2017 08:00 AM

Alaska Purchase sesquicentennial commemorated on Anchorage postmark

A commemorative postmark for the Alaska Purchase was put into use in Anchorage, Alaska, this year on March 30. The recent announcement from the U.S. Postal Service notes that the postmark has been granted a 30-day extension.

May 01, 2017 05:00 PM

10th anniversary of forever stamp prompts significant USPS accounting adjustments

There was no event at USPS headquarters in Washington, D.C., to remember the April 12, 2007, official first day of the first nondenominated (41¢) Liberty Bell forever stamps issued in Philadelphia. However, postal accounting officials say they celebrated the anniversary last summer when they devised a new formula for calculating how the stamps are used.

April 23, 2017 05:00 PM

USPS offers pictorial postmark commemorating U.S. entry into World War I

The artwork on the square or diamond-shape postmark shows a WWI-era biplane in flight with rocky peaks in the background. Three stars are featured in the upper point of the postmark.

April 15, 2017 02:00 PM

Congress’ ugly history with the USPS, along with a memorable caption contest: Week’s Most Read

This week also saw a cuddly souvenir sheet from the UN depicting Australian animals, along with an under-the-radar Spanish set that might interest collectors.

April 10, 2017 10:15 AM

Congress’ habit of raiding USPS coffers goes back almost 30 years

The ongoing financial woes of the USPS can be traced to congressional raids going back almost three decades. Here are three examples.

April 09, 2017 02:00 PM

St. Louis Expo postmark commemorates ragtime musician Scott Joplin

The musical notation in the postmark is a transcription of the familiar melody line of The Entertainer, a classic piano rag by Joplin from 1902.

March 27, 2017 09:00 AM

Garfield-Perry unofficial first-day cancel for new 10¢ Red Pears stamp

A new variety of the 10¢ Red Pears definitive stamp was issued March 23 with a first-day ceremony at the March Party stamp show in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 24, 2017 02:30 PM

U.S. Postal Service pushing PRC to lift 10-year cap on stamp price increases

The price cap has proven not to be enough to keep the nation’s mail system from running huge deficits, the USPS said in a March 20 filing with the PRC.

March 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Stamp show cancel from Arcadia, Ohio, commemorates Amelia Earhart

The stamp design, based on a black-and-white photograph, shows Earhart standing in front of her Lockheed Electra airplane, the same plane that would disappear without a trace on July 2, 1937.

March 09, 2017 10:00 AM

‘Informed Delivery’ lets USPS customers see their mail ahead of delivery

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan says this new test program, which should be nationwide later this year, “puts the power of mail onto digital channels.”

March 03, 2017 07:45 AM

USPS official investigated; more counterfeits surface: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we remembered former postmaster general Benjamin Franklin Bailar, and opened a new cartoon caption contest.

March 02, 2017 12:00 AM

USPS inspector general report details possible giveaways, selling of discontinued stamp products by former Stamp Fulfillment manager

The way U.S. postal inspectors are telling it, Khalid M. Hussain, the longtime manager of the SFS center, ran a rogue operation for years.

February 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Former PMG Benjamin Bailar, in 1976 speech, predicted troubles ahead for USPS

Bailar laid out his vision for the Postal Service’s future in a March 8, 1976, speech to the Economic Club of Detroit.

February 23, 2017 09:00 PM

Australia Post boss resigns weeks after his $4.4 million salary was revealed

"He said his departure has nothing to do with outrage over his salary, but rather because he has finished the job he set out to do."

February 23, 2017 04:00 PM

Benjamin Franklin Bailar, 1934-2017

Mr. Bailar served as the 61st postmaster general for the USPS and enjoyed collecting U.S. stamps depicting his namesake, Benjamin Franklin.