newsUSPS discretionary semipostal plan inches ahead as bill threatens rule reversal
June 23, 2017 01:00 PMSo where does this leave the U.S. semipostal program? Six years have passed since the last new U.S. semipostal stamp was issued, and the Postal Service now appears to be taking a cautious approach to inaugurating the new discretionary semipostal program.
newsSame sheet, different issue: Try your luck at captioning this 24¢ Bicentennial stamp
June 22, 2017 01:00 PMThe challenge for this month’s cartoon caption contest is to put yourself in their rags, and to tell John Hotchner what you might be saying or thinking about the task at hand, the war effort, or the plight of the military grunt.
newsMemorable works of artist Andrew Wyeth grace set of 12 United States stamps
June 17, 2017 08:00 AMThe 12 nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps, which will be issued July 12, each show a different detail from one of Wyeth’s paintings. The issue date is 100 years to the day after Wyeth was born July 12, 1917, in Chadds Ford, Pa.
newsPrinting $5 John Bassett Moore stamps, a website devoted to math, and the 280 stamps of Venda: Inside Linn’s Stamp News
June 16, 2017 03:00 PMAlso in the July 3 issue, Charles Snee, in Dollar-Sign Stamps, explores a key change made by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing when it began printing the $5 John Bassett Moore stamp issued Dec. 3, 1966.
newsDelicioso booklet stamps among dozens to receive Scott catalog numbers
June 07, 2017 09:00 AMFor June, six United States stamps celebrating prepared dishes from south of the border and the Caribbean highlight the dozens of U.S. and United Nations stamps that are now listed in the Scott catalog.
newsFor free: Philatelic Foundation serves up digitized Stanley Ashbrook files
May 29, 2017 09:00 AMThe Philatelic Foundation has digitized Ashbrook’s files and made them available free on its website. The digitization was made possible through a grant from the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust. Ashbrook’s archive comes in the form of scrapbooks, index cards, and color photographic slides.
newsIn the path of totality: where and when the Total Solar Eclipse stamp will debut
May 27, 2017 07:00 AMPart of the new nondenominated (49¢) Total Solar Eclipse forever stamp is printed with a thermochromic material that will normally appear as a black disk on the stamp, representing the moon blocking the sun, as viewed from Earth.
newsQuad City club’s annual Stamp Out Cancer auction raises more than $9,200
May 09, 2017 09:00 AMWorldwide material is offered on one side of the room, while U.S. items are auctioned on the other side. Some bidders sit in the middle so they can participate on both sides, often with great success.
newsLinn’s 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll results, scarce Islamic revolution cover echoes political changes: Week’s Most Read
May 05, 2017 09:30 AMAlso this week, we tip a revenue stamp featuring a mythical creature, and the U.S. Postal Service's first forever stamp marks a significant anniversary.
newsThe affordable ways to collect essays and trial color proofs
May 05, 2017 09:00 AMSeveral readers asked for a sequel to my last column that would discuss affordable essays. The two other topics were Departmental proofs and an in-depth article on the various aspects of plate proofs. As a result, you have before you an introduction to collecting essays and trial color proofs on a budget.