July 28, 2016 05:00 PM

Are you allowed to use those stamps for postage?

Many collectors have sheets or smaller quantities of unused stamps issued years ago, and if they have no premium value, the collector might use them for postage on letters and parcels. Is that usage legitimate? The answer is, “It depends.”

July 28, 2016 02:56 PM

Jack Davis, designer of 1989 U.S. Letter Carriers stamp, dead at 91

Prolific illustrator and cartoonist Jack Davis, who died July 27 at age 91, designed the 1989 25¢ Letter Carriers stamp for the United States Postal Service.

July 28, 2016 08:00 AM

The challenges of sending POW mail during the Civil War

The prisoners on both sides were given a means of both sending and receiving letters. The letters were examined and then forwarded through a designated point of mail exchange by flag of truce, which provided safe passage across the lines to their final destinations.

July 27, 2016 08:00 PM

Is expertizing required? 10 situations when the answer is no

All that is required to know when expertization is needed is a list of what to look for and a few elementary collecting tools.

July 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 27: Geoffrey de Havilland

British aircraft designer Geoffrey de Havilland established his London aircraft company in 1920 and remained at its head for some 35 years.

July 26, 2016 12:00 AM

Neyhart wins Helbock Prize for three-peat

Neyhart won the 2015 Helbock Prize for, “‘A Knife in the Back’ The 1915 San Diego Panama California Exposition.” He won the 2014 Helbock Prize for “The 1905 Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark Exposition Postal Stations.”

July 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 26: Gracie Allen

Gracie Allen's longtime comedic partnership with her husband George Burns included regular weekly programs on radio and television.

July 25, 2016 05:00 PM

FDR and his fellow stamp collectors helped ducks’ survival luck in 1930s: Stamp Hobby Views

The president turned his love for the hobby into public policy that protected waterfowl by outlawing duck annihilation.

July 25, 2016 04:40 PM

Holiday Window Views stamp designs revealed

Four stamps showing a burning candle, a star ornament, a Christmas tree, and a wreath will be issued in October by the United States Postal Service.

July 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 25: Henry Knox

Fort Knox in Kentucky is named after Revolutionary War military leader Henry Knox, who was honored on a Great Americans definitive stamp in 1985.

July 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Born July 24: Simon Bolivar

As part of a commemorative stamp series honoring world leaders, the United States Post Office Department issued two stamp for Simon Bolivar in 1958.

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 03:14 PM

Seven authors collaborate to create Eastern independent mail reference work: Editor’s Insights

The book’s objective is to provide the history of each of the Eastern independent mail and express mail companies and to document the stamps, letters and markings associated with these companies.

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.