August 27, 2016 07:00 PM

Year date mistake on Henry James first-day cover available from USPS

Mistakes in the cancels of first-day covers are unusual but not unheard of, and a new one has surfaced on FDCs for the United States nondenominated (89¢) Henry James 3-ounce rate stamp issued July 31.

August 27, 2016 02:00 PM

A back-of-the-book U.S. stamp to look out for: Stamp Market Tips

They might lack the glamour of airmails or special delivery stamps, but postage dues are an integral part of any general U.S. collection.

August 27, 2016 09:00 AM

Put yourself in the U.S. Capitol for September’s cartoon caption contest

What might a U.S. Senator or Representative be thinking or saying to their colleagues about the current election?

August 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 27: Lyndon B. Johnson

Thrust into the presidency when John F. Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson initiated his Great Society programs and signed Medicare into law.

August 26, 2016 09:15 AM

Millard Fillmore’s sparse stamp legacy, Clinton and Trump’s new stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we reported on a post office that was caught up in a massive California wildfire, a new proposal for a Gold Star Families stamp, and an impromptu first-day ceremony in Virginia.

August 26, 2016 09:00 AM

Where the hard-to-find philatelic truck sheet recently turned up: U.S. Stamp Notes

These sheets used to be common, but have become hard to find as we pass 75 years since the truck was making its rounds.

August 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 26: Albert Sabin

Albert Sabin developed an effective oral vaccine that was instrumental in greatly reducing the number of polio cases in the world.

August 25, 2016 02:30 PM

Star Trek ceremony tickets from USPS

A limited number of free tickets for the Star Trek first-day ceremony are being made available from the United States Postal Service.

August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

New issue dates for two U.S. holiday stamps

New U.S. stamps marking the Kwanzaa and Christmas holidays will be issued with ceremonies in Charleston, S.C., and Washington, D.C., respectively.

August 25, 2016 09:00 AM

Hotchner says Service Women FDC ‘one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen’: U.S. Stamp Notes

John Hotchner says it's “one of the most spectacular first-day covers for the 1952 3¢ Service Women stamp that I’ve ever seen.”

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.