July 28, 2016 05:00 PMAre 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 08:00 AMThe 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 22, 2016 09:00 AMWhat 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 03:14 PMSeven 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 01:00 PMPostal 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 AMWhen 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.