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10 modern-era examples of when expertizing is not needed

August 31, 2016 01:00 PM

After discussing 10 instances from the first hundred years of United States philately in which expertizing is not essential to a finding that the stamp in question is or is not a genuinely scarce item, John Hotchner presents 10 items from the past 70 years.

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Born Aug. 31: Ramon Magsaysay

August 31, 2016 03:30 AM

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.

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Sixth stamp in U.S. Butterfly series planned

August 30, 2016 03:20 PM

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.

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Born Aug. 30: Ted Williams

August 30, 2016 03:30 PM

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.

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Born Aug. 29: Ingrid Bergman

August 29, 2016 03:30 AM

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

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

August 28, 2016 07:00 PM

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

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

August 28, 2016 09:00 AM

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

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

August 27, 2016 06:00 PM

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.

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

August 27, 2016 02:00 PM

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

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

August 27, 2016 09:00 AM

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

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Born Aug. 27: Lyndon B. Johnson

August 27, 2016 03:30 AM

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

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

August 26, 2016 09:15 AM

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.

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

August 26, 2016 09:00 AM

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

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Born Aug. 26: Albert Sabin

August 26, 2016 03:30 AM

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

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Star Trek ceremony tickets from USPS

August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

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

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New issue dates for two U.S. holiday stamps

August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

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

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

August 25, 2016 09:00 AM

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.”

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Born Aug. 25: Bret Harte

August 25, 2016 03:30 AM

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

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

August 23, 2016 09:15 AM

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

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Born Aug. 23: Edgar Lee Masters

August 23, 2016 03:30 AM

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

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Born Aug. 22: Alexander Calder

August 22, 2016 03:30 AM

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

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Born Aug. 21: Count Basie

August 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Described as the most enduring of all the Big Band leaders, the innovative Count Basie and his orchestra enjoyed decades of success worldwide.

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Born Aug. 20: Eero Saarinen

August 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Designs by architect Eero Saarinen, including the Gateway Arch and the Dulles Airport terminal, have been featured on multiple U.S. stamps.

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1899 picture postcard features historic structure and unusual marking

August 19, 2016 07:00 PM

The postcard features an image of New York City's Castle Williams, and includes an unusual postal marking that adds to its charm.

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American First Day Cover Society hosts ceremony for Patriotic Spiral stamps in Virginia

August 19, 2016 04:41 PM

The American First Day Cover Society wasn’t supposed to have a first-day ceremony to open its 2016 Americover show in Falls Church, Va., Aug. 19. But when the United States Postal Service announced Aug. 3 that it was going to issue a 10-stamp booklet and a coil of 10,000 of its new Patriotic Spiral forever stamp in the Washington suburb that day, Chris Lazaroff, chairman of the show, moved into action.

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How post offices used to make the return of due postage easy: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 19, 2016 09:00 AM

In the good old days, post offices would expend the time and effort to ask for postage needed to complete a delivery.

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Check out the technical details for Patriotic Spiral stamps issued Aug. 19

August 19, 2016 07:00 AM

Though issued on the same day, the two stamps with the same design were issued in different cities about 1,000 miles apart.

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Born Aug. 19: Ogden Nash

August 19, 2016 03:30 AM

With clever rhymes and satirical insight, Ogden Nash created light verse that recast the everyday world in amusing and uncommon ways.

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Unlucky or not, there’s value in stamp featuring 13th U.S. president: Tip of the Week

August 18, 2016 05:00 PM

Millard Fillmore has only been commemorated twice on U.S. stamps. One of his stamps is selling below Scott value.

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New ‘Put a Stamp on It!’ book stirs memories of Herman ‘Pat’ Herst Jr.: Editor’s Insights

August 18, 2016 03:51 PM

The book, titled Put a Stamp on It!, offers 77 stories that, according to the subtitle, showcase “how stamps have intercepted historical events.”

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Does this otherwise pedestrian cover name a notable philatelist?: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 18, 2016 09:00 AM

The name of former APS president Charles Coolidge appeared on an 1886 cover sent to Rochester, N.Y. But was it the same guy?

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Born Aug. 18: Virginia Dare

August 18, 2016 03:30 AM

The fate of Virginia Dare, born Aug. 18, 1587, in the lost Roanoke Colony, has never been proven. Within three years, the entire colony had vanished.

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Born Aug. 16: James Cameron

August 16, 2016 03:30 AM

James Cameron shattered box-office records with his 1997 film Titanic, and topped those numbers 12 years later with his worldwide hit Avatar.

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Senator calls on U.S. Postal Service to issue stamp for Gold Star Mothers

August 15, 2016 07:00 PM

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has written Postmaster General Megan Brennan asking her to reissue the 1948 3¢ commemorative honoring Gold Star Mothers.

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Car Talk host Ray Magliozzi jokes about stamps for clunker cars

August 15, 2016 11:03 AM

Car Talk host Ray Magliozzi recently had some fun showing off a set of seven stamp designs for cars that were prone to breakdowns and other mishaps.

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Born Aug. 15: Edna Ferber

August 15, 2016 03:30 AM

Writer Edna Ferber wrote stories and novels that have become classics of American literature and adapted for the Broadway stage and motion pictures.

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World Series of Philately elevated the quality of exhibits at stamp shows: Editor’s Insights

August 14, 2016 06:00 AM

Until the competition was introduced, exhibits at stamp shows were sparse, and often the quality of the exhibits was less than spectacular.

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Born Aug. 13: Lucy Stone

August 13, 2016 03:30 AM

Lucy Stone wrote and lectured in support of women's rights and against the practice of slavery. She was honored on a definitive stamp in 1968.

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Star Trek forever stamps: When they will beam into United States post offices

August 12, 2016 03:21 PM

The United States Postal Service is offering four nondenominated (47¢) forever stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series.

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Born Aug. 12: Katharine Lee Bates

August 12, 2016 08:08 AM

Poet and educator Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics for the beloved patriotic anthem, America the Beautiful, which was set to music in 1910.

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World Stamp Show-NY 2016 pledges $100,000 donation to Boston 2026

August 12, 2016 07:00 AM

Wade Saadi, president of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, and Steven J. Rod, the show’s vice president, made the announcement during the Aug. 4 Tiffany Dinner at American Philatelic Society Stampshow 2016 in Portland, Ore.

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The U.S. stamps that prove bold predictions for the future were wrong: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 12, 2016 05:00 AM

A number of U.S. stamps illustrate the folly of prediction and pronouncements that turned out to be wrong.

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Very attractive Hawaii Kahului Railroad stamps a good buy: Stamp Market Tips

August 11, 2016 01:00 PM

The railroad company produced stamps to show payment of freight charges on packages carried by the railroad.

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Stampshow exhibitor enjoys second Champion of Champions win

August 11, 2016 10:04 AM

The winning exhibit is a study of the development of Hawaii’s foreign mail from 1820 until the islands were made a U.S. territory in 1900.

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Born Aug. 11: Ian McDiarmid

August 11, 2016 03:30 AM

Scottish-born actor Ian McDiarmid is almost unrecognizable in his most recognized role, as evil Darth Sidious, the Emperor Palpatine, from the Star Wars film series.

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Born Aug. 10: Anna Julia Cooper

August 10, 2016 03:30 AM

During Anna Julia Cooper's long life of 105 years, she sought equality for blacks and for women in society and in the American educational system.

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Newest USPS low-denomination Fruit stamp debuting soon

August 08, 2016 09:46 AM

Like those two stamps, the new Apples coil features a pen-and-ink and watercolor stamp illustration by John Burgoyne.

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APS executive director to visit San Jose Stamp Club

August 08, 2016 09:06 AM

Scott English will lead a discussion of “Collecting in the 21st Century” when he drops by the San Jose Stamp Club on Sept. 18.

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Born Aug. 8: Matthew Henson

August 08, 2016 03:30 AM

Matthew Henson accompanied Adm. Robert E. Peary on his 1909 expedition to the North Pole. Henson is honored with Peary on a 1986 commemorative.

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First-day site choices for new issues often disregard collector base

August 07, 2016 05:00 AM

Missing in 2016 are first-day ceremonies at major stamp shows other than World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and three perennials.
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