June 24, 2017 09:00 AM

Four covers help tell the narrative of immigration through Ellis Island

Over the years, John Hotchner has gathered covers related to Ellis Island, and, though small in number, they help to tell the story. Four covers are pictured with this column.

June 23, 2017 04:00 PM

Surplus of $2 Jenny Inverts available, APS donates 500,000 stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, 10 Disney villains will appear on 10 new forever stamps on July 15.

June 23, 2017 01:00 PM

USPS discretionary semipostal plan inches ahead as bill threatens rule reversal

So where does this leave the U.S. semipostal program? Six years have passed since the last new U.S. semipostal stamp was issued, and the Postal Service now appears to be taking a cautious approach to inaugurating the new discretionary semipostal program.

June 23, 2017 10:10 AM

Another upright Jenny find; USPS says 32 reported

A stamp collector reports buying a pane of six of the upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp in a post office in Marcy, N.Y.

June 22, 2017 01:50 PM

Federal duck stamp art contest scheduled for Sept. 15-16 in Wisconsin

Artists this year can choose to paint one of the following five species: mallard, gadwall, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, or harlequin duck.

June 22, 2017 01:50 PM

Philatelic writers hall of fame adds Houseman, Kaufmann, Markovits, Woodward

The American Philatelic Society's specialty group for philatelic writers has named four prominent writers to its hall of fame for 2017.

June 22, 2017 01:00 PM

Same sheet, different issue: Try your luck at captioning this 24¢ Bicentennial stamp

The challenge for this month’s cartoon caption contest is to put yourself in their rags, and to tell John Hotchner what you might be saying or thinking about the task at hand, the war effort, or the plight of the military grunt.

June 21, 2017 11:50 AM

Ten of Disney’s finest villains on new U.S. set

A new set of 10 Disney forever stamps featuring villains from animated films will be issued in a pane of 20 July 15 in Anaheim, Calif.

June 19, 2017 08:15 PM

Ticket required for Sharks stamp ceremony

A ticket is required to attend the July 26 first-day ceremony for the Sharks stamps. The Postal Service is offering a limited number of free tickets.

June 19, 2017 07:00 PM

‘Sweet 16’ group of authors educate, entertain in new volume about American postal history

A new book, Aspects of American Postal History, gathers together a select group of authors, dubbed the “Sweet 16” by La Posta editor Peter Martin.

June 19, 2017 09:00 AM

The United States Postal Service’s presence is evident on this U.N. souvenir card

The United Nations apparently asked the U.S. Postal Service to use the design on these cards as a means of fund-raising for UNICEF.

June 18, 2017 09:00 AM

Check out these clever look-alike U.S. stamps of an earlier era

These days instead of imitations, we see actual counterfeits, which lack the creativity of the older imitations, but are equally likely to make it though the mail.

June 17, 2017 08:00 AM

Memorable works of artist Andrew Wyeth grace set of 12 United States stamps

The 12 nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps, which will be issued July 12, each show a different detail from one of Wyeth’s paintings. The issue date is 100 years to the day after Wyeth was born July 12, 1917, in Chadds Ford, Pa.

June 16, 2017 09:30 PM

Looking for $2 Jenny Invert panes? A post office in Los Angeles has several hundred

Brenda Coronado, retail manager at the main Los Angeles post office, said via a post on Linns.com that she had more than 300 sealed panes in stock.

June 16, 2017 03:00 PM

Printing $5 John Bassett Moore stamps, a website devoted to math, and the 280 stamps of Venda: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

Also in the July 3 issue, Charles Snee, in Dollar-Sign Stamps, explores a key change made by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing when it began printing the $5 John Bassett Moore stamp issued Dec. 3, 1966.

June 15, 2017 09:45 AM

Wild textures and tagging on Sports Balls stamps

Each of the eight new Have a Ball! stamps issued June 14 has a distinct coating that adds surface texture, and tagging applied in a circular shape.

June 12, 2017 07:00 PM

Canada Geese federal duck stamps to be issued June 23 in Little Rock, Ark.

The stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service, through an online vendor, and from sporting goods stores and similar outlets.

June 12, 2017 10:30 AM

American Philatelic Society selects Markovits, Mueller, Weinberg as 2017 hall of fame class

The APS announced June 12 the selection of Robert Markovits, Barbara Mueller, and Irwin Wienberg as the 2017 inductees into the society’s hall of fame.

June 10, 2017 05:00 PM

Winner of May cartoon caption contest looks ‘under water’ for humorous inspiration

A major focus of the entries was what the captain sees when he first puts the periscope up. Several entries posited that some wag had sabotaged the view.

June 09, 2017 07:00 PM

Sometimes it is what is inside the cover that makes the difference

The cover was sent from and is addressed to Buffalo, N.Y., but according to the note at lower left, it was sent by airmail “Via Cleveland and New York”.