July 22, 2016 09:00 AMWhat is the truck driver thinking about on this stamp?: U.S. Stamp Notes This is one of a long line of U.S. stamps that were based on living models. The original photo shows Ben Winterberger behind the wheel, though by the time the final design was approved, his image had been modified into that of an anonymous truck driver.
July 21, 2016 01:00 PMPostal card sent after deadly tornadoes makes history come alive: U.S. Stamp Notes From birth to death, the lives of ordinary Americans in the 1870s to 1950s can be read on the back of penny postal cards. The 1¢ postal card rate lasted from May 1, 1873, to Jan. 1, 1952, although it was increased to 2¢ from Nov. 2, 1917, to July 1, 1919, to raise revenue to help pay for the United States’ participation in World War I.
July 21, 2016 09:00 AMWhen your U.S. collection stalls, look for Canal Zone stamps: Tip of the week The Canal Zone was a strip of territory about 552 square miles in area roughly paralleling the Panama Canal. The canal across the Isthmus of Panama was engineered, constructed and operated by the United States.
July 18, 2016 03:44 PMThe stamp that flew past Pluto is entering the Guinness Book of World Records A 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp has been credited with setting a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by one stamp and will take its place in Guinness Book history during a ceremony Tuesday morning that anyone with a Facebook account can watch live.
July 18, 2016 10:45 AMThe American Philatelic Society gets mentioned on TNT’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles’: Linn’s Buzz The fictional crime drama aired an episode in which a postal worker was murdered. This led them to an eccentric postal investigator to help solve the crime, and provided some nice mainstream publicity for the stamp hobby.
July 15, 2016 05:00 PMNew USPS Pets stamps: When and how you can get them The 20 stamps are being issued together in a double-sided pane of 20, described as a booklet by the Postal Service. Each stamp shows a photograph of one pet: puppy, betta fish, iguana, hamster, goldfish, kitten, rabbit, tortoise, guinea pig, parrot, corn snake, mouse, hermit crab, chinchilla, gerbil, gecko, cat, horse, parakeet, and dog.
July 13, 2016 11:12 AMIf you want to collect test stamps, start with this issue: Stamp Market Tips Also known as dummy stamps, test stamps have been used since the 19th century for a number of reasons: to test stamp production equipment, in the development of stamp vending equipment, and in the development of stamp affixing equipment.