Recent used U.S. stamps selling above face value: Tip of the Week

September 30, 2016 05:00 PM

Commemorative stamps see very little use on mail. This is especially true of se-tenant issues.


Hot off the press: 2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog available soon

September 30, 2016 01:00 PM

Also notable are the many new listings for errors that appear for the first time in the 2017 U.S. Specialized catalog.


Newly revealed 2017 U.S. stamps dominate headlines: Week’s Most Read

September 30, 2016 08:27 AM

Other big posts revealed that three U.S. holiday stamps have new issue dates, and some of the U.S. Halloween stamps have die cut shifts.


The fascinating history behind a mundane express cover

September 29, 2016 07:00 PM

One of the most rewarding aspects of postal history is to take a mundane-appearing cover and learn its exciting history.


2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog: Which section is getting a major makeover?

September 29, 2016 01:00 PM

The 2017 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is going to be available soon and one section in particular has been extensively revised and updated.


Born Sept. 29: Enrico Fermi

September 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Italian-born physicist Enrico Fermi came to the United States in the 1930s and began working on nuclear research as part of the secret Manhattan Project.


The covers and letters that document atomic bomb’s design, assembly and testing

September 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Undercover P.O. boxes, eyewitness accounts of bomb tests, and an Enola Gay gunner's letter home are all part of the amazing story.


USPS reveals Jack-o'-Lantern die cut shifts

September 28, 2016 05:20 PM

Some of the Halloween-themed forever stamps being issued Sept. 29 are affected by a die-cut shift, according to a notice from the U.S. Postal Service.


How the BEP helped fill in production information gaps

September 28, 2016 01:00 PM

Expertizing tells us what a particular stamp or cover is or is not. But in many cases, there is a step beyond that finding, especially with regard to stamps: How was the stamp produced, and if there is a variation that has been noted, how did it happen?


Born Sept. 28: Ed Sullivan

September 28, 2016 03:30 AM

Entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan shot to fame in 1948 as the host of Toast of the Town on CBS television; the program was later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show.


Kane to retire in January as director of National Postal Museum

September 26, 2016 02:24 PM

Allen R. Kane, a former United States Postal Service executive who turned the National Postal Museum’s focus to stamps, announced Sept. 26 that he will retire as director of the museum in January 2017.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

September 18, 2016 01:00 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.


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.


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.


James Hautman claims fifth duck stamp art contest win

September 16, 2016 04:00 PM

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


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.


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.


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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