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Songbirds in Snow stamps: When and where they’ll be issued

July 18, 2016 05:10 PM

A set of four stamps featuring songbirds painted by Robert Giusti will be issued Aug. 4 during the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Portland, Ore.

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Is dealer to blame for seemingly gum-less stamps?: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 30, 2016 07:00 PM

"There is no evidence of them being previously soaked," a reader writes about his State Birds and Flowers stamps, "but there is no gum."

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What expertizers have completely wrong about this color missing error: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 30, 2016 01:08 PM

A reader letter highlights a set of expertizing opinions that are completely understandable - and also completely wrong.

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APS Stampshow heading to Pacific Northwest Aug. 4-7: Editor’s Insights

June 30, 2016 01:00 PM

Four Songbirds in Snow forever stamps will be issued Aug. 4 during the American Philatelic Society’s annual Stampshow in Portland, Ore., according to the APS.

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American Philatelic Society show Aug. 4-7 in Portland

June 30, 2016 12:28 AM

The American Philatelic Society’s Stampshow will feature approximately 100 stamp dealers and more than 700 frames of exhibits, as well as first-day ceremonies, auctions, meetings, seminars and other events.

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Born June 29: Frank Loesser

June 29, 2016 02:30 AM

Frank Loesser composed hits like Baby, It's Cold Outside for films, and found success on Broadway with his popular musicals, including Guys and Dolls.

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APS wants to know what’s ‘important and relevant’ to its members

June 28, 2016 05:00 PM

During its June 28 meeting, the American Philatelic Society board of directors voted on a preliminary proposal to conduct focus group meetings and a survey to gather information about member preferences.

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Born June 28: Jason Lee

June 28, 2016 02:30 AM

Jason Lee, a Methodist missionary in the Pacific Northwest, established his first mission in 1834 and became involved in efforts to organize the Oregon Territory.

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Born June 27: Helen Keller

June 27, 2016 02:30 AM

Though deaf and blind since early childhood, Helen Keller became a prominent writer and a representative for the American Foundation for the Blind.

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Born June 26: Babe Zaharias

June 26, 2016 03:30 AM

As a youngster, Babe Zaharias was a top athlete, and she trained to compete in the 1932 Olympic Summer Games, where she won medals in track and field. She would later achieve fame as a professional golfer.

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Born June 25: H.H. “Hap” Arnold

June 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Gen. H.H. “Hap” Arnold was one of the first U.S. military pilots, and an outspoken advocate for increased U.S. military air power during World War II.

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What happens when a bad bar code isn’t covered up?: Modern U.S. Mail

June 24, 2016 05:00 PM

While it is true that UAA mail is not by its nature loop mail, it can become loop mail.

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Inspirational teacher who was subject of a popular movie getting a stamp

June 24, 2016 01:00 PM

Jaime Escalante was played by Academy Award winner Edward James Olmos in the 1988 motion picture "Stand and Deliver."

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Which classic American pickup trucks are getting stamps?

June 24, 2016 11:00 AM

The nondenominated (47¢) Pickup Trucks forever stamps will be issued July 15 in Syracuse, N.Y., and nationwide.

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Why stamps from two countries are found on one cover: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 24, 2016 07:00 AM

Unlike simple postage due covers bearing the due stamps of the receiving country, covers with regular postage stamps from two countries are quite scarce.

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Born June 23: Bob Fosse

June 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Bob Fosse was one of four choreographers honored in a commemorative set issued in 2012. Fosse was a choreographer and a director for both stage and screen.

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Rio 2016 Olympics inspire July cartoon caption contest

June 22, 2016 04:19 PM

There will be two prizes given: one for the best philatelic line, and one for the best nonphilatelic line.

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Getting a kick out of a souvenir sheet that pokes fun at some collectors: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 22, 2016 04:59 PM

John Hotchner does not understand the lure of perfect gum on the side of the stamp that is not seen when stamps are put on album pages.

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Three collectors who have made ‘profound impact’ to receive Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award

June 22, 2016 03:58 PM

The Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award was established in 2002 to honor and celebrate living individuals for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of philately.

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Active revenue stamp market includes those produced for patent medicines: Tip of the Week

June 22, 2016 10:51 AM

The market for private die proprietary revenue stamps remains one of the most active U.S. markets. Here's one of the most intriguing designs.

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U.S. Star Trek stamps coming Sept. 2

June 22, 2016 10:10 AM

The United States Postal Service will issue its Star Trek stamps on Sept. 2, with a noon ceremony at the Javits Center in New York City.

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Born June 22: Katherine Dunham

June 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Katherine Dunham developed innovative techniques in modern dance by combining elements of different cultures with ballet.

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Born June 21: Rockwell Kent

June 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Rockwell Kent was an acclaimed illustrator of the early 20th century whose images appeared in a popular edition of Moby Dick, and on the walls of a Washington, D.C., post office.

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Born June 20: Charles W. Chesnutt

June 20, 2016 03:30 AM

In his short stories and novels, Charles W. Chesnutt addressed the subject of race relations after the end of the Civil War, earning a role as a key figure in the history of American literature.

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Born June 19: Helene Madison

June 19, 2016 03:30 AM

American swimming champion Helene Madison became an international sensation when she won three gold medals at the 1932 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

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Dozens of U.S. stamps debut at WSS, APS election results reported: Week’s Most Read

June 17, 2016 07:00 AM

Also this week, we learned about which exhibit took top honors at World Stamp Show-NY 2016, and a spelling error on a new Czech Republic sheet.

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Born June 17: James Weldon Johnson

June 17, 2016 03:30 AM

James Weldon Johnson was a published writer, a civil rights activist, and a prominent educator. With his brother John, he wrote the song Lift Every Voice and Sing.

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A philatelic birthday tribute to the Declaration of Independence

June 16, 2016 12:51 AM

The upcoming issue of Linn’s Stamp News is dated July 4, 2016, which also happens to be the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

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Born June 16: Barbara McClintock

June 16, 2016 03:30 AM

Barbara McClintock conducted revolutionary research that greatly expanded the world's understanding of genetic materials. She was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1983.

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Be on the lookout for this stamp, correctly used: Stamp Market Tips

June 15, 2016 12:29 AM

The distinction between commercial and philatelic covers is sometimes a bit blurry. Is a cover from a stamp dealer obviously composed to appeal to a collector philatelic or commercial?

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How to make an album page using Microsoft Word

June 15, 2016 11:16 AM

I used Word 2016 to create an album page for the United States 1934 Natural Parks stamps (Scott 740-749) in less than 30 minutes.

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Born June 15: Neal Adams

June 15, 2016 03:30 AM

Illustrations by renowned comic book artist Neal Adams have appeared on United States stamps honoring DC Comics superheroes Green Lantern and Batman.

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How did a mailing get to Japan without paid postage?: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 14, 2016 03:32 PM

Although the stamp on the envelope is canceled, it is not a postal cancel, and it is unreadable, even with a magnifier.

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Spirit of ‘76 triptych an attractive and innovative bicentennial issue: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 14, 2016 04:20 PM

One of the more attractive and innovative stamp issues for the bicentennial of the United States in 1976 was the Spirit of ‘76 triptych.

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Star Quilts coil stamps to feature one of ‘most recognized’ patterns in quilting world

June 14, 2016 03:55 PM

“The Lone Star quilt pattern is one of the oldest and most recognized patterns in the quilting world,” said Molly Goad, chief editor of Craft Ideas.

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Born June 14: John McCormack

June 14, 2016 03:30 AM

The opera star and concert favorite John McCormack was born in Ireland and found acclaim in the United States. The success of his commercial recordings brought him international fame.

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Born June 13: Red Grange

June 13, 2016 03:30 AM

College and pro football star Harold "Red" Grange was instrumental in popularizing professional play during the early years of the NFL.

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Intrepid cachetmaker Lazaroff achieves his goal: 50 first-day ceremonies attended in all 50 states

June 11, 2016 09:00 AM

Some philatelists collect first-day covers or first-day ceremony programs. Chris Lazaroff, a cachetmaker from Simpsonville, S.C., collects first-day ceremonies.

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Just how many stamps did USPS issue at World Stamp Show-NY 2016?

June 10, 2016 12:14 AM

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 had plenty of everything for the stamp collector, and that included first-day ceremonies sponsored by the United States Postal Service.

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Soda fountain treats on upcoming U.S. forever stamps

June 10, 2016 10:27 AM

It might seem odd to suggest that stamps are tasty, but the latest issue from the United States Postal Service certainly qualifies.

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Born June 10: Howlin' Wolf

June 10, 2016 03:30 AM

Legendary blues musician Howlin' Wolf was born on a Mississippi plantation and traveled to Chicago, where he became a successful recording artist and a popular club performer.

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Pickup Trucks stamps planned for July 15

June 09, 2016 10:30 AM

A set of four stamps showing classic pickup trucks will be issued in a double-sided pane of 20 on July 15 in Syracuse, N.Y.

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July 6 issue date for Star Quilts coils

June 09, 2016 09:00 AM

The United States Postal Service has announced the issue date for a new set of two coil stamps depicting quilt patterns identified as the Lone Star design.

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Louisiana Purchase stamp features underrated president: Tip of the Week

June 08, 2016 02:18 PM

His first appearance on a U.S. postage stamp recognized his role in negotiating the Louisiana Purchase from France rather than his service as president.

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The ‘wandering sun’ variety found on the 1973 8¢ Copernicus stamp: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 08, 2016 12:09 AM

The 8¢ Copernicus commemorative of 1973 (Scott 1488) features a simple design: a basic black drawing of the great man holding his model of the sun (in yellow-orange) as the center of our solar system.

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Here’s your May cartoon caption contest winner: U.S. Stamp Notes

June 08, 2016 11:56 AM

The most popular approach to the May cartoon caption contest featuring the 1932 2¢ Arbor Day stamp is typified by this entry from Michael Morrissey of Westerville, Ohio,

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Zais elected APS president; new officers and board

June 08, 2016 10:30 AM

In voting that ended June 4, members of the American Philatelic Society elected new society officers and directors, as well as two new members of the American Philatelic Research Library board of trustees.

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Shirley Temple stamp gets a Scott catalog number

June 07, 2016 10:00 AM

The stamp celebrating the popular child movie star, Shirley Temple, now has a Scott number.

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Born June 7: Gwendolyn Brooks

June 07, 2016 03:30 AM

Gwendolyn Brooks was a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who was selected as poet laureate of the United States in 1985. She was among 10 poets honored on a stamp set issued in 2012.

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1898 McGreely's Express local post stamp: Tip of the Week

June 05, 2016 07:00 PM

Local stamps remain one of the more active segments of the U.S. stamp market. These stamps were issued by local posts for city delivery, independent mail routes and services, and other private posts.
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