U.S. Stamps and Postal History

First-day Covers: What are combos, duals and joint issues? Cover terms: What are combos, duals and joint issues?
This month’s First-Day Covers column continues where the June 2 column left off, explaining terminology used in cover collecting. (Read more...)

National Postal Museum Treasures: The golden age Stamp collecting has enjoyed more than just one golden age
One of the questions I am most commonly asked by nonphilatelic media is “When was stamp collecting’s golden age?” (Read more...)

New $15 Canvasbacks duck stamp debuts June 27 New $15 Canvasbacks duck stamp debuts June 27
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will issue the 2014 $15 Canvasbacks federal duck stamp June 27 in Washington, D.C., and nationwide. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Private mailing service Private mailing service collected, sorted mail, providing households a discount mailing option
If the name Bryan Pulliam does not sound familiar, you have probably not come across his private mailing service, Postal Presort Inc. (PPI). (Read more...)

U.S.-Britain Peace stamps called off as WWI exploded United States-Britain Peace stamps called off as World War I exploded
War is destructive on a scale from immense to minute, and among the lesser casualties of World War I were a pair of United States postage stamps intended for release in 1914. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Dietz souvenir sheets Frederick H. Dietz National Poster Stamp Society souvenir sheets
Several years ago, in Linn’s U.S. Notes of Nov. 7, 2005, I pictured and described two Frederick H. Dietz National Poster Stamp Society souvenir sheets similar to the two different examples shown here in Figure 1. (Read more...)

Dollar-sign stamps: Postal history and the Jenny Invert Postal history opportunities abound for Jenny Invert pane
Of the 100 elusive upright Jenny Invert panes randomly and blindly distributed by the United States Postal Service, Linn’s has documented 18 finds via reports from the USPS and collectors. (Read more...)

Three Jenny Invert errors sell at auction within 10 days Three Jenny Invert errors sell at auction within 10 days
Three examples of the famous Inverted Jenny, the 1918 24¢ airmail stamp with the biplane in the center printed upside down in error (United States Scott C3a), crossed the auction block over the course of 10 days. (Read more...)

White House hosts Harvey Milk stamp ceremony White House hosts Harvey Milk stamp ceremony
The White House hosted an unusual first-day ceremony for the Harvey Milk commemorative forever stamp issued May 22. (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: fees for U.S. shortpaid mail Circumstances determined handling, fees for U.S. shortpaid mail
This is the first of two Modern U.S. Mail columns that will describe how, during the period of 1928 to 2014, the United States Post Office Department and then later the U.S. (Read more...)

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