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.
newsThe ‘terrible nightmare’ behind the April cartoon caption contest winner
May 04, 2017 01:00 PMThe United States Supreme Court was much in the news during the presidential campaign of 2016, and President Donald Trump’s filling the vacancy following the death of Antonin Scalia just after his Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration kept the subject on the front pages.
newsCollectors continue to favor line-engraved, soakable stamps
May 01, 2017 07:00 PMThe Classics Forever stamps feature redrawn designs of the black 1851 12¢ Washington (Scott design number A16), the blue 1851 1¢ blue Franklin (A5), the 1860 24¢ gray lilac or blackish violet Washington (A17), the 1860 90¢ blue Washington (A19), the 1866 15¢ black Lincoln (A33), and the 1861 1¢ blue Franklin (A24). The stamps were issued June 1, 2016.
newsTell us what the submarine commander on this stamp might be thinking
April 23, 2017 02:00 PMYour 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.
news2012 Four Flag coil stamps counterfeited, rare Jefferson stamp heads to auction: Week’s Most Read
April 21, 2017 09:00 AMIn 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.
newsThe fiery 1910 train crash behind a ‘Delayed in Wreck’ postal marking
April 19, 2017 07:00 PMUnless 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.
newsFour Flags coil stamps latest issue to be counterfeited; one bogus version more convincing than its competitor
April 14, 2017 07:30 PMOf 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.
newsNew Wawrukiewicz book provides ‘insights’ into U.S. postal history
April 14, 2017 06:00 PMTopics 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.