Tell us what the submarine commander on this stamp might be thinking

April 23, 2017 02:00 PM

Your challenge for the May cartoon caption contest. Put yourself at the periscope on the 29¢ Officer at Periscope stamp from the 1994 Road to Victory pane of 10 that was part of the World War II series.


Here’s all you need to know about second U.S. stamp for Henry David Thoreau

April 22, 2017 07:00 AM

The nondenominated (49¢) Henry David Thoreau stamp will be welcomed with an 11 a.m. first-day ceremony at Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center, 915 Walden St., Concord, Mass.


There was a time when U.S. stamps were valid on U.N. mail

April 21, 2017 03:00 PM

The United Nations Postal Administration issues its own stamps for use from the post office at U.N. headquarters in New York City, but there was a time when United States stamps were used on U.N. mail.


2012 Four Flag coil stamps counterfeited, rare Jefferson stamp heads to auction: Week’s Most Read

April 21, 2017 09:00 AM

In other top stories, we learn it took quite some time for John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, to appear on a U.S. stamp, and a new Flag For All Seasons coil error was sold on eBay.


Mailed envelopes illustrate two types of nonprofit discounted rates

April 20, 2017 05:00 PM

To qualify for these special discount rates, at least 200 identical pieces, or 20 pounds of identical pieces, must be in a special bulk/quantity-discount rate mailing.


The fiery 1910 train crash behind a ‘Delayed in Wreck’ postal marking

April 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Unless there was major loss of human life, it’s frequently difficult to ferret out much information about an incident — and that’s if we’re lucky enough to have some sort of auxiliary marking connected with an event. Such is the case with the postcard illustrated nearby.


There was once a time when postage played a big part in Hollywood

April 18, 2017 09:15 AM

The text on the back of this particular postcard reads in part: “Earl Carroll’s, the favorite gathering place of celebrities from stage and screen, is located in the heart of romantic Hollywood.


New type of Flag For All Seasons coil error sold on eBay

April 17, 2017 01:00 PM

After more than a quarter of a century of normal production of so-called “sticks” of United States coil stamps, a new type of error recently surfaced.


1934 3¢ Mother’s Day stamp played an important role in U.S. stamp history

April 17, 2017 08:00 AM

The BEP printed the stamps on two presses. More than 193 million stamps were printed on the Bureau’s rotary press, and more than 15 million stamps were printed on the flat-plate press.


Four Flags coil stamps latest issue to be counterfeited; one bogus version more convincing than its competitor

April 14, 2017 07:30 PM

Of the two counterfeit versions of the Sennett-produced Four Flags coil stamps, one is a crude, easily spotted mimic of the genuine issue, while the other is a dead-on lookalike that would fool many collectors.


New Wawrukiewicz book provides ‘insights’ into U.S. postal history

April 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Topics include (but are not limited to) held for postage mail (an illustration-rich subject), attempted use of invalid postage, U.S. domestic and international airmail forwarding, and use on international mail of the A- through G-rate definitive stamps.


A long wait for a stamp for the first chief justice of the Supreme Court

April 14, 2017 01:00 PM

When was a John Jay stamp requested? The first instance I found was on a postcard sent May 27, 1935, by Rice’s Weekly Postal News ($1 for 52 issues!).


APS dealer council members chosen

April 14, 2017 09:00 AM

The council members were selected by APS dealer members, who voted using ballots sent to them by the society.


StampSmarter website offers a multitude of tools for collectors

April 11, 2017 03:38 PM

The tools on this site include a stamp identifier, eBay listings - both sold and available, a glossary with illustrations, and a vast library of stamps.


Views of Our Planets issues were a quick sellout

April 11, 2017 03:00 PM

If you find the pane of 16 offered at slightly more than postal value, putting a few of them aside might be worthwhile.


Fruit series grows with 3¢ Strawberries coil

April 11, 2017 02:30 PM

A 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp will join the Fruit definitive series, which began a little more than a year ago. The new stamp will be issued May 5.


What to do when you can’t find a definitive stamp in the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog

April 10, 2017 07:00 PM

The same definitive designs are frequently used for several different formats, making it difficult for collectors to determine what stamp they have.


The newest round global forever stamp features a succulent plant

April 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Popular succulents in U.S. households include the jade plant and the aloe. Most varieties of cacti are also considered succulents.


Life and work of legendary FDC cachet artist the subject of new book

April 08, 2017 02:00 PM

First-day covers with hand-painted Dorothy Knapp cachets are the gold standard of FDC collecting. A new book details Knapp’s designs and the woman herself.


‘Yuuuuge’ number of entries for Trump-related cartoon caption contest

April 08, 2017 08:00 AM

The cartoon caption contest featuring the 33¢ 200th Anniversary of the White House commemorative drew three times the usual number of entries.


Checking out the other side: three artistic additions to 1¢ McKinley postal card

April 07, 2017 07:00 PM

We collectors are funny people, and the message side of a postal card might actually be the more interesting in some instances.


‘Fargo’ goes philatelic to promote its new season

April 07, 2017 11:40 AM

Fans of the movie the show is spun-off from know that this is not the first time ‘Fargo’ has featured stamps prominently.


The demand for modern United States commemorative stamps

April 06, 2017 07:00 PM

Many stamps issued since 2010 are proving to be elusive and in demand in the secondary market. Some issues are really hard to find.


Two new U.S. stamps revealed, unassuming cover carries hidden treasure: Week’s Most Read

April 01, 2017 07:15 AM

Also this week, the USPS advocated to lift a 10-year cap on stamp price increases.


Pre-expertizing? An idea whose time has not come

March 31, 2017 07:00 PM

Why aren't there individuals or services willing to render nonbinding opinions on items that might be good candidates for expertization?


Quality 1919 surcharged Canal Zone sets are worth the hunt

March 31, 2017 09:00 AM

The most difficult part of a Canal Zone collection is the stamps of Panama overprinted for use in the Canal Zone.


Supplementary mail and its long history in New York

March 29, 2017 07:00 PM

In 1840, the United States and Great Britain entered into the United States’ first agreement to exchange mail under contracted treaty rates between the two countries.


The must-have new catalog for United States postal stationery collectors

March 28, 2017 09:00 AM

The fourth edition of the Catalog of the 20th and 21st Century Stamped Envelopes and Wrappers of the United States is a must have.


Delicioso, Thoreau ceremony details revealed

March 27, 2017 05:00 PM

Ceremony details for the Delicioso set of six and the single Henry David Thoreau commemorative stamp include events that are open to the public.


Born March 27: Sarah Vaughan

March 27, 2017 03:30 AM

Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan was honored in 2016 on the seventh and most recent stamp in the United States Music Icons commemorative stamp series.


Tell us what the Supreme Court might be thinking about these days

March 26, 2017 02:00 PM

For the April cartoon caption contest, John Hotchner gives you a shot at donning the judge’s robes as a representative of the judicial branch.


Philippines stamps overprinted ‘Guam Guard Mail’ worth pursuing

March 25, 2017 07:00 PM

On April 8, 1930, the military governor of Guam initiated local mail delivery with stamps of the Philippines overprinted “Guam Guard Mail.”


When postage due stamps mean postage due hasn’t been collected

March 25, 2017 08:00 AM

Tony Wawrukiewicz is studying how United States postage due stamps have been used since they were introduced in 1879.


Did this ‘Bottle Mail’ cover have a close encounter with Hurricane Carol?

March 24, 2017 07:00 PM

The progression of events recorded on the “Bottle Mail” cover is not entirely clear, but the hurricane to which it refers was frighteningly real.


Sextet of stamps serves up ‘delicioso’ foods from Caribbean, south of the border

March 24, 2017 05:00 PM

The Delicioso set of six nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps shows illustrations depicting tamales, flan, sancoho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche.


Two new U.S. stamps in the works

March 24, 2017 02:20 PM

The United States Postal Service will issue its new global forever stamp and a 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp during the opening days of two stamp shows.


More U.S. counterfeits surface, some peculiar ‘coin stamps’: Week’s Most Read

March 24, 2017 11:45 AM

Also this week, we have an exploration of silver stamps from the Netherlands, and U.S. Stamp Notes columnist John Hotchner learns about "coin stamps," a type of cinderella issue.


Born March 24: Edward Weston

March 24, 2017 03:30 AM

Edward Weston gained prominence as a photographer during the first half of the 20th century. He was honored on a 37¢ stamp issued in 2002.


Unassuming 1¢ 1861 cover carries hidden demonetized treasure

March 23, 2017 07:00 PM

How many stamps are on this 1862 cover? The answer might surprise you, as Wayne Youngblood explains in this month's The Odd Lot column.


Computer-vended postage stamp inverts fun to collect

March 22, 2017 05:00 PM

What happens when the paper is loaded into the machine the wrong way? You end up with some nifty computer-vended stamp inverts.


Siegel to sell APRL Jenny Invert stamp recovered in 2016

March 21, 2017 02:30 PM

One of two 24¢ Jenny Invert error stamps owned by the American Philatelic Research Library will be auctioned by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.


When a cancel becomes a crime against stamp collecting

March 20, 2017 07:00 PM

The USPS has done some work to educate its staff that collectors are important to the organization as a source of revenue — but obviously not enough.


What the USPS is citing as the culprit for poor Classics Forever centering

March 20, 2017 05:00 PM

During the months after their June 2016 issue, Linn’s began taking notice of the centering of the Classics Forever stamps.


Born March 20: Charles W. Eliot

March 20, 2017 03:30 AM

As president of Harvard University for 40 years, Charles W. Eliot advanced higher education at the dawn of the 20th century.


When the Post Office got into the banking business, these elusive stamps were in use

March 19, 2017 07:00 PM

In a 2015 column, we tipped the 1¢ dark violet Official mail postal savings stamp. It’s time to tip that stamp again.


Two prominent collectors, recently deceased, had strong connections to Linn’s and Scott

March 19, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamp hobby lost two important collectors in recent weeks: postal stationery researcher and collector Charles A. Fricke, and former United States Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin Bailar.


Born March 19: William Jennings Bryan

March 19, 2017 03:30 AM

William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic nominee for president in three elections. He later served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.


What exactly was the intended use of ‘coin stamps’?

March 18, 2017 07:00 AM

How many different versions are there of these cinderella stamps? What was their purpose? Now we know.


Stream of recent U.S. counterfeit stamps continues

March 17, 2017 07:00 PM

Yet another new counterfeit United States stamp surfaced in early March, from the same source who alerted Linn’s about the counterfeit 2015 Love stamps.


Meet Robert Panara, the latest subject of a Distinguished Americans stamp

March 17, 2017 01:00 PM

Though known and honored as a teacher, Robert Panara was a scholar of deaf culture, an interpreter of the arts, and a poet.
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