U.S. Stamps and Postal History

A few favorites from 16 years of writing about U.S. stamps A few favorites from 16 years of writing about U.S. stamps
When I came to work for Linn’s Stamp News in 1999, my duties demanded paying close attention to the stamps that the  (Read more...)

Scenes from Uncle Tom Slavery, segregation and civil rights all part of National Postal Museum exhibit
The new exhibition that opened Thursday at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is a ground-breaking one.  (Read more...)

Is this 1999 registered cover commercial or philatelic? Is this 1999 registered cover commercial or philatelic?
Steve Datz, author of the Scott Catalogue of Errors on U.S. Postage Stamps, posed an interesting question when he sent me a picture of the cover shown here. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Readers share their thoughts, questions on expertizing U.S. Stamp Notes: Readers share their thoughts, questions on expertizing
Since the objective of this column is to help collectors better understand expertizing and how and when to use expertization services, I am continuing last month’s journey (Linn’s, Jan (Read more...)

What's going on at the 2015 Texpex stamp show?
The following is a release from the organizers of the Texpex Stamp Show: (Read more...)

$1 violet black Franklin issued 100 years ago $1 violet black Franklin issued 100 years ago
Today is the 100th anniversary of the United States $1 violet black Benjamin Franklin perf. 10 stamp, issued Feb. 8, 1915 (Scott 460). (Read more...)

USPS quietly creates new Priority Mail stamped envelope USPS quietly creates new Priority Mail stamped envelope
With no advance notice, the United States Postal Service issued a $5.75 Glade Creek Grist Mill prestamped Priority Mail envelope in packs of five, 10 and 25. (Read more...)

Iwo Jima 1945, the photograph and the 3¢ green stamp Iwo Jima 1945, the photograph and the 3¢ green stamp
As a United States Marine, historian and avid collector, I have been researching, writing about  and giving talks on World War II and the Battle of Iwo Jima for more than 40 years. (Read more...)

Greater acceptance for FDC exhibits on the horizon Greater acceptance for FDC exhibits on the horizon
There should be a major change to first-day cover exhibiting within the next few years: greater acceptance. (Read more...)

Stars and Stripes theme for new U.S. presorted standard coils Stars and Stripes theme for new U.S. presorted standard coils
A new set of three coil stamps for bulk mailers will be issued Feb. 27 by the United States Postal Service. (Read more...)

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