July 23, 2016 01:00 PM

International airmail return receipt rules changed over time: Modern U.S. Mail

Before June 23, 1953, international return receipts could be returned only by surface mail. That is no longer the case.

July 22, 2016 09:00 AM

What 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 03:31 PM

Songbirds in Snow forever stamps: Breaking down the four portraits

The United States Postal Service is issuing a set of four Songbirds in Snow forever stamps Aug. 4 with a 1 p.m. first-day ceremony at the American Philatelic Society’s annual Stampshow.

July 21, 2016 03:00 PM

Four U.S. stamps for Wonder Woman Oct. 7

The United States Postal Service will issue four Wonder Woman stamps Oct. 7, with a first-day ceremony at the New York Comic Con at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

July 21, 2016 01:00 PM

Postal 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 AM

When 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 19, 2016 05:20 PM

Thurston Twigg-Smith (1921-2016)

Hawaiian-born newspaper publisher Thurston Twigg-Smith assembled the world's greatest collection of Hawaiian stamps and postal history. Mr. Twigg-Smith died July 16 at age 94.

July 18, 2016 05:10 PM

Songbirds in Snow stamps: When and where they’ll be issued

A set of four stamps featuring songbirds painted by Robert Giusti will be issued Aug. 4 during the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Portland, Ore.

July 18, 2016 03:44 PM

The 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 11:33 AM

New ceremony time for Songbirds in Snow

The United States Postal Service will introduce its Songbirds in Snow forever stamps with a first-day ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Aug. 4 in Portland, Ore. The stamps are being issued in conjunction with APS Stampshow 2016.

July 18, 2016 10:45 AM

The 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 16, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 16: Ida B. Wells

An early civil rights leader and a crusading journalist, Ida B. Wells was born July 16, 1862.

July 15, 2016 05:00 PM

New 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 15, 2016 09:00 AM

Watch the trailer for the duck-stamp documentary, ‘The Million Dollar Duck’

The film follows wildlife artists on their paths towards the Federal Duck Stamp Contest — the Super Bowl of duck stamp art.

July 15, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 15: Dorothy Fields

Lyricist Dorothy Fields, born July 15, 1905, wrote the words to many well known songs including On the Sunny Side of the Street and If My Friends Could See Me Now.

July 14, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 14: Woody Guthrie

Songwriter and folk musician Woody Guthrie documented America during the Great Depression. Many of his songs, including This Land is Your Land, have become American music classics.

July 13, 2016 04:38 PM

Emotions run high at ceremony for stamp honoring math teacher Jaime Escalante

Jaime Escalante, honored on a new stamp issued July 13, became renowned for teaching mathematics to students some regarded as “unteachable.”

July 13, 2016 11:12 AM

If 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.

July 13, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 13: Father Flanagan

Father Edward J. Flanagan was born in Ireland in 1886. After moving to the United States, he founded the Boys Town facility near Omaha, Neb.

July 12, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 12: R. Buckminster Fuller

R. Buckminster Fuller, known for his development of the geodesic dome, was born July 12, 1895. He was granted a patent for his dome in 1954.