September 29, 2016 07:00 PM

The fascinating history behind a mundane express cover

One of the most rewarding aspects of postal history is to take a mundane-appearing cover and learn its exciting history.

September 29, 2016 01:00 PM

2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog: Which section is getting a major makeover?

The 2017 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is going to be available soon and one section in particular has been extensively revised and updated.

September 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 29: Enrico Fermi

Italian-born physicist Enrico Fermi came to the United States in the 1930s and began working on nuclear research as part of the secret Manhattan Project.

September 28, 2016 07:00 PM

The covers and letters that document atomic bomb’s design, assembly and testing

Undercover P.O. boxes, eyewitness accounts of bomb tests, and an Enola Gay gunner's letter home are all part of the amazing story.

September 28, 2016 05:20 PM

USPS reveals Jack-o'-Lantern die cut shifts

Some of the Halloween-themed forever stamps being issued Sept. 29 are affected by a die-cut shift, according to a notice from the U.S. Postal Service.

September 28, 2016 01:00 PM

How the BEP helped fill in production information gaps

Expertizing tells us what a particular stamp or cover is or is not. But in many cases, there is a step beyond that finding, especially with regard to stamps: How was the stamp produced, and if there is a variation that has been noted, how did it happen?

September 28, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 28: Ed Sullivan

Entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan shot to fame in 1948 as the host of Toast of the Town on CBS television; the program was later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.

September 26, 2016 02:24 PM

Kane to retire in January as director of National Postal Museum

Allen R. Kane, a former United States Postal Service executive who turned the National Postal Museum’s focus to stamps, announced Sept. 26 that he will retire as director of the museum in January 2017.

September 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 26: George Gershwin

American composer George Gershwin created some of the 20th century's greatest music, including Rhapsody in Blue and many popular songs.

September 25, 2016 09:00 AM

Proof that the D.C. Dead Letter Office was still alive after 1917

In the past, the author incorrectly assumed that the Washington, D.C., Dead Letter Office wasn't operating after 1917.

September 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 25: Mark Hamill

American actor Mark Hamill has been shown on stamps from the United States and Great Britain in his Star Wars role as Luke Skywalker.

September 24, 2016 07:00 PM

Breaking down the newly revealed 2017 U.S. stamps, from Kennedy to the queen conch

Headlining the group of 13 products is a forever stamp honoring President John F. Kennedy 100 years after his birth, though it is certainly not the only eye-catcher.

September 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 24: Jim Henson

The creative mind of Jim Henson contributed to the world of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and left a worldwide legacy of entertainment.

September 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Sept. 23: John Coltrane

One of the most respected musicians in the world, saxophonist John Coltrane created jazz masterpieces treasured as classics more than 50 years later.

September 22, 2016 07:00 PM

Where you can see the anthrax letters sent to senators in 2001: Editor’s Insights

The nation was reeling from the 9-11 attacks when terrorists used the U.S. Mail to send letters containing deadly brown anthrax granules.

September 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Washington is the subject of many stamps, and his home of one particularly valuable envelope

It is one of the six envelopes that comprise a set honoring the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

September 22, 2016 01:40 PM

Three U.S. holiday stamps rescheduled

The first-day ceremonies for three holiday stamps have all been rescheduled, and will take place on new dates and in new locations.

September 22, 2016 01:00 PM

Give this Curious George stamp a caption

Channel your grade-school self and think about what George might be thinking or saying to the rabbit or the Man in the Yellow Hat.

September 21, 2016 07:00 PM

Windy City gears up for Chicagopex 2016

The bourse will include 75 dealers from the United States and Europe, and there will be approximately 300 frames of philatelic material on display.

September 21, 2016 05:00 PM

Who was the real Rosie the Riveter? Two stamps depict two versions

The first Rosie the Riveter stamp was in 1992 (Scott 2697h) in a pane of stamps in a series marking the 50th anniversary of World War II, which comprised five panes of 10 stamps each, a pane for each of the five years of U.S. military involvement in the hostilities.