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Don’t look for major postal legislation from lame duck Congress

December 02, 2016 09:20 AM

Congress, now in its lame duck session, is not likely to pass legislation to improve the financial picture of the U.S. Postal Service.

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Popular forever stamps a headache for postal auditors

November 29, 2016 03:43 PM

United States forever stamps have been a big hit with the public. But for postal auditors, they’ve been something of a headache.

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Pearl Harbor attack remembered on new pictorial postmarks

November 27, 2016 05:00 PM

Two pictorial postmarks in this week’s listings commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese military attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

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USPS announces operating profit, World Stamp Show attendance announced: Week’s Most Read

November 18, 2016 08:26 AM

Also this week, we looked at the market for one of the most attractive U.S. stamp sets and a stamp with a 'Mad' magazine connection.

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U.S. Postal Service reports $610 million operating profit for 2016

November 15, 2016 12:55 AM

For the third straight year, the United States Postal Service has managed to show an operating profit.

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Food bank efforts in Los Angeles celebrated on new postmark

November 13, 2016 02:00 PM

For the past 43 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been gathering and distributing food to fight hunger in LA County.

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USPS board of governors could lose last presidential member in mid-December

November 10, 2016 03:22 PM

Unless Congress acts quickly, the Postal Service’s board of governors could lose its last presidentially appointed member in mid-December.

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Election 2016: If postage isn’t paid on your mail-in ballot, will your vote be counted?

October 31, 2016 03:03 PM

Early voting is as popular as it has ever been, and with mail-in ballots a big part of that process, the United States Postal Service has an important role to play during the run-up to Election Day on Nov. 8.

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Hometown of famed abolitionist honors him on postmark

October 30, 2016 09:00 AM

Calvin Fairbank was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church in 1842, but by that time he was already providing transportation for escaping slaves, leading them from the South to freedom across the Ohio River.

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USPS focuses on parcel delivery, U.S. stamp popular in China: Week’s Most Read

October 28, 2016 09:33 AM

Also this week, famed dealer Irwin Weinberg's Jenny Invert will cross the block in the near future.

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Recent UPU congress provides ‘reasonable compromise’ for USPS parcel costs

October 24, 2016 03:23 PM

UPU congress provides a ‘reasonable compromise’ regarding the Postal Service's costs for inbound international parcels.

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Postmark honors American Philatelic Research Library’s long-awaited opening

October 20, 2016 05:00 PM

The library's move to its new facility is being celebrated with a dinner and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 29.

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Parcel delivery could be the future of the U.S. Postal Service

October 20, 2016 11:25 AM

Parcel delivery is the one segment of the mail that has grown dramatically, while first-class letters continue to decline.

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USPS seeks rate increase, Scott catalogs reorganized: Week’s Most Read

October 14, 2016 08:27 AM

Also this week, we looked at the sought-after stamp that features the first female U.S. Senator, and put to the test the soakable U.S. Classics Forever stamp.

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Mail by rail, recently restored mail hook featured on new postmark

October 13, 2016 05:00 PM

Pewee Valley, northeast of Louisville, relied upon trains for mail service for more than a century, beginning in 1856.

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U.S. Postal Service asks PRC for return of 49¢ first-class stamp

October 12, 2016 04:46 PM

The USPS announced Oct. 12 that it has filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to boost the current 47¢ price of a 1-ounce domestic letter by 2¢ on Jan. 22, 2017.

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U.S. Postal Service seeks rate increase for January 2017

October 10, 2016 07:56 AM

Here’s an important stamp date: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. That’s when the United States Postal Service has told mailers it wants to implement its next rate change.

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Witch flies across postmark from world Halloween capital

October 09, 2016 02:00 PM

Collectors can use their new Jack-o'-Lantern stamps to obtain a number of Halloween-themed postmarks, including this one.

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Remembering World War II with a new postmark

September 23, 2016 07:00 PM

An event in Tennessee that includes public battle and encampment re-enactments and other 1940s-era activities now has a postmark.

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USPS sees delayed mail spike, Canada’s 2017 commemoratives revealed: Week’s Most Read

September 23, 2016 08:18 AM

Also this week, readers enjoyed a preview of an upcoming stamp auction, and the USPS revealed some 2017 stamp subjects.

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UPU seeks to address international rates that put USPS at a disadvantage

September 20, 2016 11:00 AM

International mail rates set by the Universal Postal Union can be extremely favorable to some countries and costly to others.

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USPS Inspector General reports massive increases in delayed mail

September 19, 2016 11:47 AM

A new internal USPS report has documented a huge increase in delayed mail resulting from the United States Postal Service’s efforts to cut its costs.

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Covered bridge postmark celebrates Pennsylvania bridge festival

September 17, 2016 09:00 AM

The annual Covered Bridge Festival takes place in southwestern Pennsylvania during the third weekend in September.

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New Star Trek stamps inspire new Star Trek pictorial postmark

September 10, 2016 02:00 PM

The postmark being used by several post offices features an overhead view of a Federation starship, presumably the USS Enterprise.

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Postal Regulatory Commission to begin postal rates review in late December

September 06, 2016 07:52 AM

The Postal Regulatory Commission announced Sept. 1 that it would begin a review of its system of regulating postal rates in late December.

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Detroit River still home to America’s only floating post office

August 30, 2016 07:00 PM

The Westcott II, which has its own ZIP code, has been operating for almost 67 years. But the company that operates it goes back a little further.

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U.S. Postal Service funding children’s TV drama ‘The Inspectors’

August 29, 2016 12:39 AM

Since 2014, the United States Postal Service has been funding The Inspectors, a children’s TV show based on actual cases handled by U.S. postal inspectors.

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Defenders Day postmark recalls event that inspired a national anthem: Postmark Pursuit

August 26, 2016 07:00 PM

The sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry after the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key's famed poem.

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U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers honored on new postmark: Postmark Pursuit

August 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Buffalo Soldiers were the men who served in post-Civil War U.S. Army regiments made up of African-American troops.

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Flooding shuts down Louisiana post offices

August 20, 2016 04:15 PM

Several post offices in Louisiana have been forced to move operations to different facilities because of flooding that has ravaged the state.

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USPS package revenue comes at cost, Star Trek stamps on the way: Week’s Most Read

August 19, 2016 07:55 AM

Also this week, John Hotchner looked back at U.S. stamps that prove bold predictions for the future were wrong, and we profiled the “instant” stamps that a pair of countries are issuing for their Rio Olympics medalists.

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Post office caught up in massive California wildfire

August 18, 2016 07:00 PM

The charred aftermath of the wildfire that swept through Lower Lake can be found in numerous tweets since the damage was done over the weekend, including a powerful shot of the Lower Lake post office surrounded by flames.

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USPS revenues from package mail continue to grow, along with costs

August 16, 2016 12:05 AM

The third quarter financial report from the United States Postal Service reveals that revenue growth from package mail remained strong. The report also states an obvious fact: the costs of delivering packages are “substantially higher” than transporting letters.

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Colorado rodeo’s 100th anniversary celebrated with postmark: Postmark Pursuit

August 15, 2016 05:00 PM

“Except during World War II, when the focus was on conflicts in Europe and the Far East, the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo has been an annual celebration of the best of Middle Park with an emphasis on family fun and healthy competition,” the fair’s website notes.

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USPS net losses growing, new variety of Flag forever coil stamp surfaces: Week’s Most Read

August 12, 2016 08:49 AM

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. Linn’s Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.

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Homeland Security chair raises questions about USPS packages

August 11, 2016 08:00 AM

The USPS has seen strong growth of shipping packages, but questions are being raised about whether it's a good thing.

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Why the U.S. Postal Service’s net losses for the year are growing

August 10, 2016 12:30 AM

Package revenues continued their dramatic gains, while first-class mail continued to drop, offsetting those gains.

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National Lighthouse Day: There’s a postmark for that

August 04, 2016 12:55 AM

A pictorial postmark from Fort Story, Va., promotes the national holiday as well as the Cape Henry Lighthouse.

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Three different postmarks honor Civil War general’s 200th birthday: Postmark Pursuit

July 26, 2016 08:00 AM

Cities in New York, Virginia and Georgia are commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Union Army Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas.

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Committee OKs postal reform, new Scott numbers issued: Week’s Most Read

July 15, 2016 09:21 AM

Also this week, the U.S. House rejected an effort to change USPS mail delivery standards, and we learned about what airplane crash covers can teach us about a disaster.

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MLB All-Star Game has a San Diego postmark you can request: Postmark Pursuit

July 13, 2016 05:00 PM

Collectors who couldn’t be on hand to catch a ball hit in the Home Run Derby will still be able to obtain a souvenir from the festivities.

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House committee approves postal reform, rejects presidential appointments

July 12, 2016 03:55 PM

On July 12, a House committee approved a bill that would boost stamp prices and require USPS retirees to depend on Medicare for most medical expenses.

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Labor agreement puts brakes on Village Post Offices

July 12, 2016 10:34 AM

A recent labor agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union has halted new Village Post Offices.

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Astronomer who discovered Pluto honored with hometown postmark: Postmark Pursuit

July 09, 2016 12:00 AM

The postmark comes a little more than a month after the United States Postal Service issued two forever stamps in honor of the successful New Horizons mission to Pluto: One stamp pictures the New Horizons spacecraft, and the other shows a photograph of the dwarf planet as taken by the interplanetary explorer during its flyby last year.

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House rejects effort to change USPS mail delivery standards

July 08, 2016 09:29 AM

Thanks to a maneuver by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the full House on July 6 rejected the committee’s effort to require the United States Postal Service to return to the delivery standards it used prior to 2012.

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In wake of controversy, USPS mum on Stamp Fulfillment Services operations

June 28, 2016 02:29 PM

An inspector general report earlier this month revealed an unauthorized 35 percent discount that officials from the Kansas City facility promised Royal Mail.

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Like upcoming USPS stamps, Nashville postmark celebrates soda fountain treats: Postmark Pursuit

June 24, 2016 11:00 AM

The Nashville postmark comes as the USPS is celebrating cold sweet dessert treats with five Soda Fountain Favorites stamps issued June 30.

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Postmaster-as-appointee considered, Audrey Hepburn stamp appears: Week’s Most Read

June 24, 2016 08:23 AM

Also this week, we profiled the bizarre stamps of King Farouk's Egypt, and reported on a possible infraction by the USPS.

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Inspector General report accuses USPS of selling stamps to Royal Mail below face value

June 21, 2016 02:59 PM

The Stamp Fulfillment Services office agreed to sell Royal Mail thousands of United States Harry Potter stamps at a 35 percent discount in violation of a United States Postal Service law prohibiting the sale of U.S. stamps to anyone at less than face value.

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New book ‘Neither Snow Nor Rain’ traces history of U.S. Postal Service

June 16, 2016 04:48 PM

Devin Leonard captures the glories — and the follies — of this venerable, troubled institution as no recent author has.
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