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.
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