October 16, 2016 07:00 PM

Nativity forever stamp: When and where the third 2016 U.S. Christmas stamp will be issued

The stamp will be the second U.S. Christmas stamp with a religious theme issued within a three-week period.

October 16, 2016 02:00 PM

U.S. Hanukkah stamp gets a new look

“The 2016 Hanukkah stamp features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home,” the USPS says.

October 14, 2016 05:00 PM

Chinese president honored on in-demand U.S. stamp: Tip of the Week

Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a nationalist revolutionary who led the movement to overthrow the last emperor of China and establish a republic.

October 14, 2016 01:00 PM

Jack-o’-Lantern first-day ceremony draws a crowd

Anoka, Minn., calls itself the “Halloween Capital of the World.” The city of more than 17,000 people is at the north edge of the Twin Cities area.

October 14, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 14: Allison Davis

A leader in the effort to eliminate cultural bias, educator Allison Davis was honored in 1994 on a 29¢ stamp in the Black Heritage series.

October 13, 2016 01:00 PM

Figuring out exactly when ‘bar code blockers’ were in use

Mistakes happen, and when they do, there must be some way to eliminate them or at least reduce their impact.

October 12, 2016 07:00 PM

APS, ASDA plan Oct. 28 philatelic summit

During celebrations for the grand opening of the American Philatelic Research Library, hobby leaders will meet to discuss issues of shared concern.

October 12, 2016 05:00 PM

Why would an 1844 cover feature a 1934 stamp?

A combination cover, one from an earlier period to which a newer (and related) stamp has been attached and canceled, does not usually have a 90-year space between its first use and the addition of a new stamp.

October 11, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 11: Harlan F. Stone

After serving as Attorney General of the United States, Harlan F. Stone was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1925, and became Chief Justice in 1941.

October 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Soaking U.S. Classics Forever stamps requires hot water and patience

Not so long ago, most U.S. self-stick stamps were printed on paper with a water-soluble layer between the stamp paper and the adhesive. This allowed the stamp to be soaked without difficulty, leaving the adhesive layer on the envelope paper.

October 08, 2016 09:00 AM

It’s all politics: Read the winning entries of the September cartoon caption contest

The difference between flowers and politics — be it the odor, the view or the level of enjoyment — dominated the entries in the September cartoon caption contest.

October 07, 2016 05:00 PM

Titanic memorabilia goes beyond mailed covers

Ordinarily John Hotchner does not include in his U.S. Stamp Notes column covers that were not mailed. But this is a special case.

October 07, 2016 03:00 PM

Diwali stamp ceremony a celebration filled with joy and gratitude

The 80-minute ceremony at the Consulate General of India in New York City was in every way a celebration of the new stamp, which has been requested for many years by members of the Indian community in the United States.

October 07, 2016 02:00 PM

Wonder Woman stamps welcomed in NYC ceremony

In the midst of the annual New York Comic Con, four U.S. stamps honoring superhero Wonder Woman were issued Oct. 7 to mark her 75th anniversary.

October 07, 2016 09:31 AM

Die cut shifts on Halloween stamps revealed, recent U.S. stamps selling above face value: Week’s Most Read

Also this week we looked at how stamps tell us fall has arrived, and how postal history tells the story of the atomic bomb's design, assembly and testing.

October 06, 2016 06:00 PM

A brief history of U.S. stamp ceremony programs

It is not often that the United States Postal Service gives a collectible away for free, but it does so every time a ceremony is held for a stamp issuance.

October 06, 2016 02:00 PM

The first woman elected to U.S. Senate and her sought-after stamp

Some collectors missed her Distinguished Americans stamp when it was issued and are looking for it now.

October 06, 2016 12:15 AM

When and where the Madonna and Child Christmas stamp will be issued

The artist portrayed the Madonna and the standing infant Jesus in front of a tangle of flowering roses in pink, white and red. Mary holds the baby delicately with both hands.

October 06, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 6: Brien McMahon

U.S. Sen. Brien McMahon was commemorated on a stamp in 1962 "for his role in opening the way to peaceful uses of atomic energy."

October 05, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 5: Edward Trudeau

After watching his brother die of tuberculosis, and then contracting the disease himself, Edward Trudeau searched for an effective treatment.