October 21, 2016 05:00 PM

Tracking a World War II POW whose mail was ‘Returned to Sender’

The heart of the sender of the letter shown nearby must have skipped a beat when it was returned with the notice, “Returned to Sender By Direction of the War Department Undeliverable as Addressed.”

October 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 21: Carrie Fisher

Famed for her role as Leia Organa in the Star Wars film series, Carrie Fisher is also an author whose latest book, The Princess Diarist, is a memoir.

October 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 20: Bela Lugosi

Bela Lugosi, who appeared in more than 100 films, was also an active stamp collector. He is best known for his title role in the 1931 movie Dracula.

October 19, 2016 05:00 PM

U.S. stamp’s earliest documented use finally confirmed

Until the recently published 2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog, there was no EDU date listed for the Type II Oliver Wendell Holmes coil stamp.

October 19, 2016 10:24 AM

Allen Kane celebrated at first-day ceremony for Florentine Madonna and Child stamp

The United States Postal Service dedicated its 2016 Florentine Madonna and Child Christmas stamp with tributes to Italy and a former postal official who has hosted many of Washington’s first-day ceremonies. The Oct. 18 release of the forever holiday stamp drew a small audience of about 150 people to the National Postal Museum on Capitol Hill.

October 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Oct. 19: John McLoughlin

As a business and community leader in the Pacific Northwest, John McLoughlin was a prominent force in the establishment of the Oregon Territory.

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.