Nativity forever stamp: When and where the third 2016 U.S. Christmas stamp will be issued

October 16, 2016 07:00 PM

The stamp will be the second U.S. Christmas stamp with a religious theme issued within a three-week period.


U.S. Hanukkah stamp gets a new look

October 16, 2016 02:00 PM

“The 2016 Hanukkah stamp features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home,” the USPS says.


Chinese president honored on in-demand U.S. stamp: Tip of the Week

October 14, 2016 05:00 PM

Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a nationalist revolutionary who led the movement to overthrow the last emperor of China and establish a republic.


Jack-o’-Lantern first-day ceremony draws a crowd

October 14, 2016 01:00 PM

Anoka, Minn., calls itself the “Halloween Capital of the World.” The city of more than 17,000 people is at the north edge of the Twin Cities area.


Born Oct. 14: Allison Davis

October 14, 2016 03:30 AM

A leader in the effort to eliminate cultural bias, educator Allison Davis was honored in 1994 on a 29¢ stamp in the Black Heritage series.


Figuring out exactly when ‘bar code blockers’ were in use

October 13, 2016 01:00 PM

Mistakes happen, and when they do, there must be some way to eliminate them or at least reduce their impact.


APS, ASDA plan Oct. 28 philatelic summit

October 12, 2016 07:00 PM

During celebrations for the grand opening of the American Philatelic Research Library, hobby leaders will meet to discuss issues of shared concern.


Why would an 1844 cover feature a 1934 stamp?

October 12, 2016 05:00 PM

A combination cover, one from an earlier period to which a newer (and related) stamp has been attached and canceled, does not usually have a 90-year space between its first use and the addition of a new stamp.


Born Oct. 11: Harlan F. Stone

October 11, 2016 03:30 AM

After serving as Attorney General of the United States, Harlan F. Stone was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1925, and became Chief Justice in 1941.


Soaking U.S. Classics Forever stamps requires hot water and patience

October 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Not so long ago, most U.S. self-stick stamps were printed on paper with a water-soluble layer between the stamp paper and the adhesive. This allowed the stamp to be soaked without difficulty, leaving the adhesive layer on the envelope paper.


It’s all politics: Read the winning entries of the September cartoon caption contest

October 08, 2016 09:00 AM

The difference between flowers and politics — be it the odor, the view or the level of enjoyment — dominated the entries in the September cartoon caption contest.


Titanic memorabilia goes beyond mailed covers

October 07, 2016 05:00 PM

Ordinarily John Hotchner does not include in his U.S. Stamp Notes column covers that were not mailed. But this is a special case.


Diwali stamp ceremony a celebration filled with joy and gratitude

October 07, 2016 03:00 PM

The 80-minute ceremony at the Consulate General of India in New York City was in every way a celebration of the new stamp, which has been requested for many years by members of the Indian community in the United States.


Wonder Woman stamps welcomed in NYC ceremony

October 07, 2016 02:00 PM

In the midst of the annual New York Comic Con, four U.S. stamps honoring superhero Wonder Woman were issued Oct. 7 to mark her 75th anniversary.


Die cut shifts on Halloween stamps revealed, recent U.S. stamps selling above face value: Week’s Most Read

October 07, 2016 09:31 AM

Also this week we looked at how stamps tell us fall has arrived, and how postal history tells the story of the atomic bomb's design, assembly and testing.


A brief history of U.S. stamp ceremony programs

October 06, 2016 06:00 PM

It is not often that the United States Postal Service gives a collectible away for free, but it does so every time a ceremony is held for a stamp issuance.


The first woman elected to U.S. Senate and her sought-after stamp

October 06, 2016 02:00 PM

Some collectors missed her Distinguished Americans stamp when it was issued and are looking for it now.


When and where the Madonna and Child Christmas stamp will be issued

October 06, 2016 12:15 AM

The artist portrayed the Madonna and the standing infant Jesus in front of a tangle of flowering roses in pink, white and red. Mary holds the baby delicately with both hands.


Born Oct. 6: Brien McMahon

October 06, 2016 03:30 AM

U.S. Sen. Brien McMahon was commemorated on a stamp in 1962 "for his role in opening the way to peaceful uses of atomic energy."


Born Oct. 5: Edward Trudeau

October 05, 2016 03:30 AM

After watching his brother die of tuberculosis, and then contracting the disease himself, Edward Trudeau searched for an effective treatment.


New Scott numbers handed out to recent U.S. stamp issues

October 04, 2016 03:55 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in the catalogs and learn about their production and values.


Born Oct. 4: Buster Keaton

October 04, 2016 03:30 AM

Comedic film actor and director Buster Keaton got his start during the era of silent movies. His films today are considered cultural treasures.


Born Oct. 2: Wallace Stevens

October 02, 2016 03:30 AM

Twentieth century American poet Wallace Stevens received two National Book Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collections.


$5 Lantern is top denomination in Americana series

October 01, 2016 07:00 PM

Of the three dollar-denominated Americana stamps, the $5 Lantern is comparatively harder to find on cover. As with the $1 and $2 stamps, it was primarily used to pay postage on heavy parcels or on mailings requiring additional fees for registry and other services.


Recent used U.S. stamps selling above face value: Tip of the Week

September 30, 2016 05:00 PM

Commemorative stamps see very little use on mail. This is especially true of se-tenant issues.


Hot off the press: 2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog available soon

September 30, 2016 01:00 PM

Also notable are the many new listings for errors that appear for the first time in the 2017 U.S. Specialized catalog.


Newly revealed 2017 U.S. stamps dominate headlines: Week’s Most Read

September 30, 2016 08:27 AM

Other big posts revealed that three U.S. holiday stamps have new issue dates, and some of the U.S. Halloween stamps have die cut shifts.


The fascinating history behind a mundane express cover

September 29, 2016 07:00 PM

One of the most rewarding aspects of postal history is to take a mundane-appearing cover and learn its exciting history.


2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog: Which section is getting a major makeover?

September 29, 2016 01:00 PM

The 2017 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is going to be available soon and one section in particular has been extensively revised and updated.


Born Sept. 29: Enrico Fermi

September 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Italian-born physicist Enrico Fermi came to the United States in the 1930s and began working on nuclear research as part of the secret Manhattan Project.


The covers and letters that document atomic bomb’s design, assembly and testing

September 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Undercover P.O. boxes, eyewitness accounts of bomb tests, and an Enola Gay gunner's letter home are all part of the amazing story.


USPS reveals Jack-o'-Lantern die cut shifts

September 28, 2016 05:20 PM

Some of the Halloween-themed forever stamps being issued Sept. 29 are affected by a die-cut shift, according to a notice from the U.S. Postal Service.


How the BEP helped fill in production information gaps

September 28, 2016 01:00 PM

Expertizing tells us what a particular stamp or cover is or is not. But in many cases, there is a step beyond that finding, especially with regard to stamps: How was the stamp produced, and if there is a variation that has been noted, how did it happen?


Born Sept. 28: Ed Sullivan

September 28, 2016 03:30 AM

Entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan shot to fame in 1948 as the host of Toast of the Town on CBS television; the program was later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.


Kane to retire in January as director of National Postal Museum

September 26, 2016 02:24 PM

Allen R. Kane, a former United States Postal Service executive who turned the National Postal Museum’s focus to stamps, announced Sept. 26 that he will retire as director of the museum in January 2017.


Born Sept. 26: George Gershwin

September 26, 2016 03:30 AM

American composer George Gershwin created some of the 20th century's greatest music, including Rhapsody in Blue and many popular songs.


Proof that the D.C. Dead Letter Office was still alive after 1917

September 25, 2016 09:00 AM

In the past, the author incorrectly assumed that the Washington, D.C., Dead Letter Office wasn't operating after 1917.


Born Sept. 25: Mark Hamill

September 25, 2016 03:30 AM

American actor Mark Hamill has been shown on stamps from the United States and Great Britain in his Star Wars role as Luke Skywalker.


Breaking down the newly revealed 2017 U.S. stamps, from Kennedy to the queen conch

September 24, 2016 07:00 PM

Headlining the group of 13 products is a forever stamp honoring President John F. Kennedy 100 years after his birth, though it is certainly not the only eye-catcher.


Born Sept. 24: Jim Henson

September 24, 2016 03:30 AM

The creative mind of Jim Henson contributed to the world of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, and left a worldwide legacy of entertainment.


Born Sept. 23: John Coltrane

September 23, 2016 03:30 AM

One of the most respected musicians in the world, saxophonist John Coltrane created jazz masterpieces treasured as classics more than 50 years later.


Where you can see the anthrax letters sent to senators in 2001: Editor’s Insights

September 22, 2016 07:00 PM

The nation was reeling from the 9-11 attacks when terrorists used the U.S. Mail to send letters containing deadly brown anthrax granules.


Washington is the subject of many stamps, and his home of one particularly valuable envelope

September 22, 2016 05:00 PM

It is one of the six envelopes that comprise a set honoring the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.


Three U.S. holiday stamps rescheduled

September 22, 2016 01:40 PM

The first-day ceremonies for three holiday stamps have all been rescheduled, and will take place on new dates and in new locations.


Give this Curious George stamp a caption

September 22, 2016 01:00 PM

Channel your grade-school self and think about what George might be thinking or saying to the rabbit or the Man in the Yellow Hat.


Windy City gears up for Chicagopex 2016

September 21, 2016 07:00 PM

The bourse will include 75 dealers from the United States and Europe, and there will be approximately 300 frames of philatelic material on display.


Who was the real Rosie the Riveter? Two stamps depict two versions

September 21, 2016 05:00 PM

The first Rosie the Riveter stamp was in 1992 (Scott 2697h) in a pane of stamps in a series marking the 50th anniversary of World War II, which comprised five panes of 10 stamps each, a pane for each of the five years of U.S. military involvement in the hostilities.


RSVP for USPS Diwali stamp ceremony

September 21, 2016 03:50 PM

The free Oct. 5 Diwali stamp first-day ceremony in New York City is open to the public, but advance registration is requested by the Postal Service.


USPS reveals 2017 U.S. stamp subjects

September 20, 2016 03:40 PM

The stamp plans were disclosed with little fanfare through an unannounced e-mail distributed to press outlets on Sept. 20.


Sixth U.S. Butterfly stamp’s technical details, issue date announced

September 20, 2016 09:00 AM

The square stamp, which was initially announced in August without issue details, depicts an eastern tailed-blue butterfly.
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