August 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 25: Bret Harte

After experiencing life on the Western frontier first-hand, American author Bret Harte turned his experiences into a series of popular short stories.

August 23, 2016 09:15 AM

Stamp honoring Hindu festival of Diwali to be issued Oct. 5 in New York City

The United States Postal Service will issue a forever stamp Oct. 5 in honor of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

August 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 23: Edgar Lee Masters

Poet Edgar Lee Masters authored Spoon River Anthology, based in part on memories and names from his life growing up in rural Illinois.

August 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 22: Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder's large stabiles are displayed in public areas in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Seattle and Grand Rapids, Mich.

August 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 21: Count Basie

Described as the most enduring of all the Big Band leaders, the innovative Count Basie and his orchestra enjoyed decades of success worldwide.

August 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 20: Eero Saarinen

Designs by architect Eero Saarinen, including the Gateway Arch and the Dulles Airport terminal, have been featured on multiple U.S. stamps.

August 19, 2016 07:00 PM

1899 picture postcard features historic structure and unusual marking

The postcard features an image of New York City's Castle Williams, and includes an unusual postal marking that adds to its charm.

August 19, 2016 04:41 PM

American First Day Cover Society hosts ceremony for Patriotic Spiral stamps in Virginia

The American First Day Cover Society wasn’t supposed to have a first-day ceremony to open its 2016 Americover show in Falls Church, Va., Aug. 19. But when the United States Postal Service announced Aug. 3 that it was going to issue a 10-stamp booklet and a coil of 10,000 of its new Patriotic Spiral forever stamp in the Washington suburb that day, Chris Lazaroff, chairman of the show, moved into action.

August 19, 2016 09:00 AM

How post offices used to make the return of due postage easy: U.S. Stamp Notes

In the good old days, post offices would expend the time and effort to ask for postage needed to complete a delivery.

August 19, 2016 07:00 AM

Check out the technical details for Patriotic Spiral stamps issued Aug. 19

Though issued on the same day, the two stamps with the same design were issued in different cities about 1,000 miles apart.

August 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 19: Ogden Nash

With clever rhymes and satirical insight, Ogden Nash created light verse that recast the everyday world in amusing and uncommon ways.

August 18, 2016 05:00 PM

Unlucky or not, there’s value in stamp featuring 13th U.S. president: Tip of the Week

Millard Fillmore has only been commemorated twice on U.S. stamps. One of his stamps is selling below Scott value.

August 18, 2016 03:51 PM

New ‘Put a Stamp on It!’ book stirs memories of Herman ‘Pat’ Herst Jr.: Editor’s Insights

The book, titled Put a Stamp on It!, offers 77 stories that, according to the subtitle, showcase “how stamps have intercepted historical events.”

August 18, 2016 09:00 AM

Does this otherwise pedestrian cover name a notable philatelist?: U.S. Stamp Notes

The name of former APS president Charles Coolidge appeared on an 1886 cover sent to Rochester, N.Y. But was it the same guy?

August 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 18: Virginia Dare

The fate of Virginia Dare, born Aug. 18, 1587, in the lost Roanoke Colony, has never been proven. Within three years, the entire colony had vanished.

August 16, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 16: James Cameron

James Cameron shattered box-office records with his 1997 film Titanic, and topped those numbers 12 years later with his worldwide hit Avatar.

August 15, 2016 07:00 PM

Senator calls on U.S. Postal Service to issue stamp for Gold Star Mothers

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has written Postmaster General Megan Brennan asking her to reissue the 1948 3¢ commemorative honoring Gold Star Mothers.

August 15, 2016 11:03 AM

Car Talk host Ray Magliozzi jokes about stamps for clunker cars

Car Talk host Ray Magliozzi recently had some fun showing off a set of seven stamp designs for cars that were prone to breakdowns and other mishaps.

August 15, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 15: Edna Ferber

Writer Edna Ferber wrote stories and novels that have become classics of American literature and adapted for the Broadway stage and motion pictures.

August 14, 2016 06:00 AM

World Series of Philately elevated the quality of exhibits at stamp shows: Editor’s Insights

Until the competition was introduced, exhibits at stamp shows were sparse, and often the quality of the exhibits was less than spectacular.