U.S. Stamps and Postal History

Modern U.S. Mail: use of invalid stamps Research uncovers new details about use of invalid stamps
The previous Modern U.S. Mail column in Linn’s Nov. 10 issue was titled “Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail from 1954 to the present.” (Read more...)

$2 Circus sheet Dec. 10; order limit on press sheet $2 Circus souvenir sheet Dec. 10; no limit for press sheet
The single mint three-stamp $2 Circus souvenir sheet from the United States Postal Service, available only with the purchase of The 2014 Stamp Yearbook, debuts Dec. 10. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: International rules for placing Christmas seals Understanding international rules for placing Christmas seals
Who knew that certain countries refused to accept mail with Christmas seals placed on the front of the envelope or postcard? (Read more...)

Dollar-sign Stamps: Parcel mailed between embassies Fascinating story behind parcel mailed between embassies
One of the joys of writing this column is hearing from collectors who have items with an interesting story to tell. (Read more...)

New plate number V11112 on Spectrum Eagle coil stamps New plate number V11112 on Spectrum Eagle coil stamps
A second plate number has been found for the United States nondenominated (25¢) Spectrum Eagle presorted first-class coil stamps (Scott 4585-4590). (Read more...)

Two Wilt Chamberlain stamps to debut Dec. 5 in Philadelphia Two Wilt Chamberlain stamps to debut Dec. 5 in Philadelphia
Seven-foot 1-inch NBA basketball star Wilt Chamberlain will be honored Dec. 5 with two new forever stamps. (Read more...)

Cost to collect U.S. stamps steady Cost to collect U.S. stamps steady; fewer commemoratives issued
Fewer stamps and postal stationery items were issued by the United States Postal Service in 2014, but the cost to buy one of everything issued remained steady when compared to 2013. T (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: obvious alterations Save some bucks on expertizing by eliminating obvious alterations
In the previous column in this U.S. Stamp Notes series on expertizing (Linn’s, Oct. 2 (Read more...)

First-Day Covers: what to do with those extra stamps? The cachetmaker’s dilemma: what to do with those extra stamps?
The last quarter of 2014 could be unexpectedly expensive for first-day cover collectors, cachetmakers and servicers. (Read more...)

National Postal Museum Treasures: U.S. postal reform Pushing the envelope in the years just before U.S. postal reform
The National Postal Museum’s education department sponsors a monthly gathering of letter writers and mail artists. R (Read more...)

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