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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Festive Holiday Windows stamps to shine at ASDA show in New York

September 19, 2016 09:00 AM

The four Holiday Windows forever stamps comprise the Contemporary Christmas issue for 2016, with four scenes depicting familiar holiday decorations.

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Born Sept. 19: Charles Carroll

September 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a wealthy landowner who also served in the United States Senate.

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After years of effort, U.S. Diwali stamp finally a reality

September 18, 2016 07:00 PM

The forever stamp features a photograph by Sally Andersen-Bruce of a traditional diya oil lamp against a gold background.

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Wonder Woman first-day ceremony Oct. 7 in New York requires ticket

September 18, 2016 02:00 PM

The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the 75th anniversary of comic book superhero Wonder Woman with a pane of 20 forever stamps in four designs.

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Born Sept. 18: Joseph Story

September 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Described as one of the nation's most influential jurists, Joseph Story served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1811 until his death in 1845.

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Born Sept. 17: Rube Foster

September 17, 2016 03:30 AM

A longtime baseball player and team manager, Andrew "Rube" Foster was instrumental in founding the Negro Leagues in 1920.

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James Hautman claims fifth duck stamp art contest win

September 16, 2016 05:00 PM

The winning artwork in the 2016 United States Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest shows three Canada geese in flight against a golden sky.

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‘Much rejoicing in the land’: U.S. Postal Service alters FDC servicing policy

September 16, 2016 01:00 PM

Without fanfare, the United States Postal Service has instituted a change in policy that many first-day cover servicers have been requesting for years.

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New U.S. semipostal stamps mulled, Halloween stamps on the way: Week’s Most Read

September 16, 2016 08:05 AM

Also this week, we profiled Royal Mail's new comic-book-style stamps, and our stamp market experts told you to look out for commercial covers featuring a certain stamp.

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Born Sept. 16: H.A. Rey

September 16, 2016 03:30 AM

H.A. Rey and his wife, Margaret, created the famous series of illustrated children's books starring the monkey named Curious George.

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U.S. plate number collectors have their new catalog: Editor’s Insights

September 15, 2016 07:00 PM

The revised and expanded 2016 Durland Standard Plate Number Catalog has been published by the United States Stamp Society.

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Another card marking the Boy Scouts’ 70th anniversary found

September 15, 2016 05:00 PM

The 1950 3¢ stamp on the card factors into John Hotchner's continuing quest to identify living people shown on U.S. stamps.

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USPS offering Wonder Woman ceremony tickets

September 15, 2016 01:30 PM

A limited number of free tickets will provide access to the Wonder Woman stamps first-day ceremony, but not to the New York Comic Con.

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When Bacchus served man his first beer on a stamp: Tip of the Week

September 15, 2016 01:00 PM

Bacchus seems an unlikely subject for commemoration on an American stamp. But there he is on an 1875 beer revenue stamp set.

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Born Sept. 15: James Fenimore Cooper

September 15, 2016 03:30 AM

The novels of 19th-century author James Fenimore Cooper, including The Last of the Mohicans, were widely read in the United States and Europe.

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Born Sept. 14: Joyce Chen

September 14, 2016 03:30 AM

Considered one of the great champions of Chinese cooking in the United States, restaurateur Joyce Chen also hosted a popular TV cooking show.

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Born Sept. 13: Walter Reed

September 13, 2016 03:30 AM

Working with Cuban researcher Carlos Finlay, U.S. Army physician Walter Reed led the important fight against yellow fever with his research in Cuba.

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Look for commercial covers of the U.S. certified mail stamp: Stamp Market Tips

September 11, 2016 07:00 PM

Issued June 6, 1955, the 15¢ certified mail stamp paid only the certified mail fee.

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How to collect essays and proofs on a budget

September 11, 2016 09:00 AM

If you want to collect something outside the box that does not cost an arm and a leg, consider U.S. essays and proofs.

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Effort to get kids into stamp collecting takes off in Chicago

September 09, 2016 05:00 PM

“Kids are having so much fun, they forget they are learning about history, geography, art and technology.”

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Graham’s Postal History columns in Linn’s now available to researchers at the APRL

September 09, 2016 12:00 AM

Richard B. Graham’s writings will be preserved and shared through the American Philatelic Research Library.

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Born Sept. 9: Otis Redding

September 09, 2016 03:30 AM

Sept. 9, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of Otis Redding, a soul music legend and a world famous singer, songwriter and entertainer.

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New Jack-o’-Lantern stamps will be issued in the Halloween Capital of the World

September 08, 2016 07:00 PM

The United States Postal Service is expanding the reach of its Holiday Celebrations series in 2016.

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Why new U.S. semipostal stamps could be on the way

September 08, 2016 05:00 PM

Collectors might see a new semipostal stamp in the near future, as the USPS opens its semipostal discretionary program.

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Crop of new U.S. stamps given Scott numbers

September 08, 2016 03:00 PM

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

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Kwanzaa stamp with new design by Synthia Saint James to debut Oct. 1

September 08, 2016 01:00 PM

A new Kwanzaa forever stamp from the United States Postal Service marks the 50th anniversary of the first celebration of the Kwanzaa holiday.

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Read the winning entries of the August cartoon caption contest

September 08, 2016 09:00 AM

The growing size of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue received quite a lot of attention from Linn’s readers who entered the August cartoon caption contest.

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Spellman museum hosting stamp-related show-and-tell event

September 07, 2016 05:00 PM

The event will take place on Saturday Sept. 10. The most unusual collections of the bunch will receive prizes.

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The nonpresidents who have been featured on multiple U.S. stamps

September 07, 2016 08:00 AM

Many U.S. presidents have been honored numerous times on stamps, but how about people who weren’t presidents?

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Born Sept. 7: Buddy Holly

September 06, 2016 03:30 AM

A pioneer in rock 'n' roll music, songwriter and musician Buddy Holly was honored in 1993 on a 29¢ stamp in the American Music series.

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Born Sept. 6: Jane Addams

September 06, 2016 03:30 AM

Jane Addams, who was honored on a Famous Americans stamp in 1940, is remembered for her peace activism and her efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged.

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Born Sept. 4: Richard Wright

September 04, 2016 03:30 AM

The author of the novel Native Son was Richard Wright, born in Mississippi on Sept. 4, 1908. He is honored on a Literary Arts series stamp from 2009.

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Born Sept. 3: Marguerite Higgins

September 03, 2016 03:30 AM

American journalist Marguerite Higgins won a Pulitzer Prize in 1951 for her reporting from the war in Korea. She was honored on a stamp in 2002.

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Number of changes and enhancements in 2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog is mind-boggling

September 02, 2016 04:00 PM

Editorial enhancements have been made, and new major numbers have been added in the Computer Vended Postage section.

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2016 federal duck stamp art contest gets underway Sept. 9

September 02, 2016 01:03 PM

The event will begin on Sept. 9, and will last two days. After roughly 10 hours of judging, a winner will be crowned.
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