April 29, 2017 09:00 AM

Here are the winners in Linn’s 2016 United States Stamp Popularity Poll

You can’t beat the classics. The set of six stamps known as Classics Forever was selected by Linn’s readers as the overall best stamp issue of 2016.

April 28, 2017 07:00 PM

The controversy behind a 6¢ Eagle airmail variety

Is the ultramarine version of Scott C23, the 1938 6¢ Eagle airmail stamp real? The controversy centers on whether it is a differentiable color, or merely a shade of the normal dark blue.

April 27, 2017 10:45 AM

USPS plans 2017 Total Solar Eclipse stamp with thermochromic ink

In advance of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new forever stamp on June 20 printed with special thermochromic ink.

April 23, 2017 02:00 PM

Tell us what the submarine commander on this stamp might be thinking

Your challenge for the May cartoon caption contest. Put yourself at the periscope on the 29¢ Officer at Periscope stamp from the 1994 Road to Victory pane of 10 that was part of the World War II series.

April 22, 2017 07:00 AM

Here’s all you need to know about second U.S. stamp for Henry David Thoreau

The nondenominated (49¢) Henry David Thoreau stamp will be welcomed with an 11 a.m. first-day ceremony at Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center, 915 Walden St., Concord, Mass.

April 21, 2017 03:00 PM

There was a time when U.S. stamps were valid on U.N. mail

The United Nations Postal Administration issues its own stamps for use from the post office at U.N. headquarters in New York City, but there was a time when United States stamps were used on U.N. mail.

April 21, 2017 09:00 AM

2012 Four Flag coil stamps counterfeited, rare Jefferson stamp heads to auction: Week’s Most Read

In other top stories, we learn it took quite some time for John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, to appear on a U.S. stamp, and a new Flag For All Seasons coil error was sold on eBay.

April 20, 2017 05:00 PM

Mailed envelopes illustrate two types of nonprofit discounted rates

To qualify for these special discount rates, at least 200 identical pieces, or 20 pounds of identical pieces, must be in a special bulk/quantity-discount rate mailing.

April 19, 2017 07:00 PM

The fiery 1910 train crash behind a ‘Delayed in Wreck’ postal marking

Unless there was major loss of human life, it’s frequently difficult to ferret out much information about an incident — and that’s if we’re lucky enough to have some sort of auxiliary marking connected with an event. Such is the case with the postcard illustrated nearby.

April 18, 2017 09:15 AM

There was once a time when postage played a big part in Hollywood

The text on the back of this particular postcard reads in part: “Earl Carroll’s, the favorite gathering place of celebrities from stage and screen, is located in the heart of romantic Hollywood.

April 17, 2017 01:00 PM

New type of Flag For All Seasons coil error sold on eBay

After more than a quarter of a century of normal production of so-called “sticks” of United States coil stamps, a new type of error recently surfaced.

April 17, 2017 08:00 AM

1934 3¢ Mother’s Day stamp played an important role in U.S. stamp history

The BEP printed the stamps on two presses. More than 193 million stamps were printed on the Bureau’s rotary press, and more than 15 million stamps were printed on the flat-plate press.

April 14, 2017 07:30 PM

Four Flags coil stamps latest issue to be counterfeited; one bogus version more convincing than its competitor

Of the two counterfeit versions of the Sennett-produced Four Flags coil stamps, one is a crude, easily spotted mimic of the genuine issue, while the other is a dead-on lookalike that would fool many collectors.

April 14, 2017 06:00 PM

New Wawrukiewicz book provides ‘insights’ into U.S. postal history

Topics include (but are not limited to) held for postage mail (an illustration-rich subject), attempted use of invalid postage, U.S. domestic and international airmail forwarding, and use on international mail of the A- through G-rate definitive stamps.

April 14, 2017 01:00 PM

A long wait for a stamp for the first chief justice of the Supreme Court

When was a John Jay stamp requested? The first instance I found was on a postcard sent May 27, 1935, by Rice’s Weekly Postal News ($1 for 52 issues!).

April 14, 2017 09:00 AM

APS dealer council members chosen

The council members were selected by APS dealer members, who voted using ballots sent to them by the society.

April 11, 2017 03:38 PM

StampSmarter website offers a multitude of tools for collectors

The tools on this site include a stamp identifier, eBay listings - both sold and available, a glossary with illustrations, and a vast library of stamps.

April 11, 2017 03:00 PM

Views of Our Planets issues were a quick sellout

If you find the pane of 16 offered at slightly more than postal value, putting a few of them aside might be worthwhile.

April 11, 2017 02:30 PM

Fruit series grows with 3¢ Strawberries coil

A 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp will join the Fruit definitive series, which began a little more than a year ago. The new stamp will be issued May 5.

April 10, 2017 07:00 PM

What to do when you can’t find a definitive stamp in the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog

The same definitive designs are frequently used for several different formats, making it difficult for collectors to determine what stamp they have.