U.S. Stamps and Postal History

U.S. Stamp Notes: What’s the Byrd connection? What’s the Byrd connection to an 1844 stampless cover?
What a difference 90 years makes. The cover pictured below began its life as a stampless folded letter dated Oct. 8 (Read more...)

Dollar-Sign Stamps: 2012 Waves of Color stamps 2012 Waves of Color stamps not making waves on mail
Dec. 1, 2012, marked the first day of issue for the four United States Waves of Color stamps (Scott 4717-4720). (Read more...)

Postage due on 1901 postal card raises questions Postage due assessment on 1901 postal card raises questions
Sometimes a mailed cover creates more questions than answers. (Read more...)

Distribution of U.S. Civil War 1864 pane limited Distribution of U.S. Civil War 1864 pane limited
Some United States post offices are not receiving automatic shipments of the Civil War 1864 commemorative forever stamps. (Read more...)

Third plate number on Art Deco Bird nonprofit stamp Third plate number reported on Art Deco Bird nonprofit stamp
A third plate number has been found for the United States nondenominated (5¢) Art Deco Bird nonprofit coil stamp (Scott 4495). (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Expertizing the 30¢ Roosevelt stamp Expertizing colors of the 30¢ Roosevelt Presidential series stamp
In the last expertizing column in Linn’s July 28 issue, largely devoted to how experts deal with the color problems posed by the 1851-57 3¢ Washington stamps, I promised in this installment to discuss modern-era color problems that challenge the experts. (Read more...)

Farmers Markets stamps spark a price debate U.S. Farmers Markets stamp designs spark a price debate
Eating farm-fresh foods has won a four-stamp endorsement from the United States Postal Service — regardless of the cost. That, in effect, is the message the new forever stamps send. (Read more...)

David Gahr photos used on Janis Joplin, Miles Davis stamps David Gahr black-and-white photos used for Janis Joplin, Miles Davis stamps
Two recent United States postage stamps for musicians Janis Joplin, issued Aug. 8, and Miles Davis, issued in 2012, share a common thread — both use photographs taken in summer 1970 by David Gahr. (Read more...)

First-Day Covers: The history of the FDC grace period The history of the first-day cover grace period in the United States
Chances are that modern first-day cover at the center of your collection wasn’t really canceled on the first day of issue. (Read more...)

Medal of Honor: Korean War stamps dedicated July 26 Medal of Honor: Korean War stamps dedicated July 26 with Korean blessings at Arlington
The United States Postal Service dedicated its Medal of Honor: Korean War forever stamps in a solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that almost resembled a joint stamp issue with the Republic of Korea. (Read more...)

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