newsWonder Woman to appear on USPS set, lick-and-stick Pink Floyd stamps available: Week’s Most Read
July 29, 2016 10:07 AMAlso this week, Denise McCarty discussed world-record-setting stamps, a new three-currency UN souvenir sheet was announced, and we asked you to do your best trucker impression for our cartoon caption contest.
newsThe 1868 5¢ King Kamehameha III stamp that is seriously undervalued: Stamp Market Tips
July 29, 2016 08:00 AMProbably fewer than 1,000 examples of the stamp with original gum still exist. They sell for considerably more than Scott catalog value when offered. It is a good buy at up to double catalog value.
newsAre you allowed to use those stamps for postage?
July 28, 2016 05:00 PMMany 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.”
newsThe challenges of sending POW mail during the Civil War
July 28, 2016 08:00 AMThe 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.
newsWhat is the truck driver thinking about on this stamp?: U.S. Stamp Notes
July 22, 2016 09:00 AMThis 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.
newsSeven authors collaborate to create Eastern independent mail reference work: Editor’s Insights
July 21, 2016 03:14 PMThe 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.
newsPostal card sent after deadly tornadoes makes history come alive: U.S. Stamp Notes
July 21, 2016 01:00 PMFrom 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.
newsWhen your U.S. collection stalls, look for Canal Zone stamps: Tip of the week
July 21, 2016 09:00 AMThe 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.
newsThe stamp that flew past Pluto is entering the Guinness Book of World Records
July 18, 2016 03:44 PMA 1991 Pluto: Not Yet Explored stamp has been credited with setting a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled by one stamp and will take its place in Guinness Book history during a ceremony Tuesday morning that anyone with a Facebook account can watch live.
newsThe American Philatelic Society gets mentioned on TNT’s ‘Rizzoli & Isles’: Linn’s Buzz
July 18, 2016 10:45 AMThe fictional crime drama aired an episode in which a postal worker was murdered. This led them to an eccentric postal investigator to help solve the crime, and provided some nice mainstream publicity for the stamp hobby.
newsNew USPS Pets stamps: When and how you can get them
July 15, 2016 05:00 PMThe 20 stamps are being issued together in a double-sided pane of 20, described as a booklet by the Postal Service. Each stamp shows a photograph of one pet: puppy, betta fish, iguana, hamster, goldfish, kitten, rabbit, tortoise, guinea pig, parrot, corn snake, mouse, hermit crab, chinchilla, gerbil, gecko, cat, horse, parakeet, and dog.
newsIf you want to collect test stamps, start with this issue: Stamp Market Tips
July 13, 2016 11:12 AMAlso known as dummy stamps, test stamps have been used since the 19th century for a number of reasons: to test stamp production equipment, in the development of stamp vending equipment, and in the development of stamp affixing equipment.
newsFirst-day cover devotees to gather at Americover show: When and where it’s happening
July 10, 2016 09:00 AMThe Washington, D.C., area is a hotbed of stamp collecting, with one of the most active chapters of the American First Day Cover Society, so it is not a surprise that the AFDCS often holds its annual Americover show there.
newsWhat airplane crash covers can and can’t tell us about a disaster: U.S. Stamp Notes
July 07, 2016 04:21 PMAir crash covers by themselves tell us only the bare details of the event. For example, the illustrated advertising cover shown with this column was sent from Memphis, Tenn., to San Jose, Calif., in January 1936. The explanatory handstamp at lower left on the cover reads, “Damage due to air mail interruption near Goodwin, Ark. Jan. 14, 1936.”