August 31, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 31: Ramon Magsaysay

On his birthday in 1957, less than six months after his death in a plane crash, Philippines President Ramon Magsaysay was honored on a United States stamp.

August 30, 2016 04:20 PM

Sixth stamp in U.S. Butterfly series planned

The United States Postal Service will issue a nondenominated Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly stamp for nonmachineable first-class mail. No issue date has been announced.

August 30, 2016 03:30 PM

Born Aug. 30: Ted Williams

The last major league baseball player to hit over .400 in a full season, Ted Williams was a perennial All-Star and a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

August 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 29: Ingrid Bergman

Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman starred in a series of important films, including Casablanca, Anastasia, and Notorious.

August 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Revisiting customs and delivery fees with new examples: Modern U.S. Mail

Examples of customs clearance and delivery fees and custom duties on parcel items after mid-1950 are very uncommon.

August 28, 2016 09:00 AM

‘The Million Dollar Duck’ documentary premieres Sept. 14 on Animal Planet

An award-winning documentary about the annual federal duck stamp art contest will be shown on the Animal Planet cable television network Sept. 14.

August 27, 2016 07:00 PM

Year date mistake on Henry James first-day cover available from USPS

Mistakes in the cancels of first-day covers are unusual but not unheard of, and a new one has surfaced on FDCs for the United States nondenominated (89¢) Henry James 3-ounce rate stamp issued July 31.

August 27, 2016 02:00 PM

A back-of-the-book U.S. stamp to look out for: Stamp Market Tips

They might lack the glamour of airmails or special delivery stamps, but postage dues are an integral part of any general U.S. collection.

August 27, 2016 09:00 AM

Put yourself in the U.S. Capitol for September’s cartoon caption contest

What might a U.S. Senator or Representative be thinking or saying to their colleagues about the current election?

August 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 27: Lyndon B. Johnson

Thrust into the presidency when John F. Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson initiated his Great Society programs and signed Medicare into law.

August 26, 2016 09:15 AM

Millard Fillmore’s sparse stamp legacy, Clinton and Trump’s new stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we reported on a post office that was caught up in a massive California wildfire, a new proposal for a Gold Star Families stamp, and an impromptu first-day ceremony in Virginia.

August 26, 2016 09:00 AM

Where the hard-to-find philatelic truck sheet recently turned up: U.S. Stamp Notes

These sheets used to be common, but have become hard to find as we pass 75 years since the truck was making its rounds.

August 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 26: Albert Sabin

Albert Sabin developed an effective oral vaccine that was instrumental in greatly reducing the number of polio cases in the world.

August 25, 2016 02:30 PM

Star Trek ceremony tickets from USPS

A limited number of free tickets for the Star Trek first-day ceremony are being made available from the United States Postal Service.

August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

New issue dates for two U.S. holiday stamps

New U.S. stamps marking the Kwanzaa and Christmas holidays will be issued with ceremonies in Charleston, S.C., and Washington, D.C., respectively.

August 25, 2016 09:00 AM

Hotchner says Service Women FDC ‘one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen’: U.S. Stamp Notes

John Hotchner says it's “one of the most spectacular first-day covers for the 1952 3¢ Service Women stamp that I’ve ever seen.”

August 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 25: Bret Harte

After experiencing life on the Western frontier first-hand, American author Bret Harte turned his experiences into a series of popular short stories.

August 23, 2016 09:15 AM

Stamp honoring Hindu festival of Diwali to be issued Oct. 5 in New York City

The United States Postal Service will issue a forever stamp Oct. 5 in honor of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

August 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 23: Edgar Lee Masters

Poet Edgar Lee Masters authored Spoon River Anthology, based in part on memories and names from his life growing up in rural Illinois.

August 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Born Aug. 22: Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder's large stabiles are displayed in public areas in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Seattle and Grand Rapids, Mich.