U.S. Stamps and Postal History

U.S. Stamp Notes: More than 75 living people on stamps More than 75 living people on U.S. stamps; model and athletes are recent discoveries
An 1866 statute still on the books prohibits the placing of a portrait of a living person on “United States currency and securities.” For a very long time, the U.S. Post Office Department properly interpreted that as applying to stamps. (Read more...)

Farmers Markets pane layout and ceremony details announced Farmers Markets pane layout and ceremony details announced
The first-day ceremony for the four United States Farmers Markets forever stamps will take place Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Washington versus Franklin George Washington versus Benjamin Franklin: who’s first?
George Washington was described as “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” by his friend Henry Lee in his eulogy. (Read more...)

Fort McHenry stamp shows bombardment Fort McHenry stamp shows bombardment
The United States War of 1812 stamp series continues in 2014 with the third stamp in the series, showing Fort McHenry during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: Methods of U.S. shortpaid mail handling Methods of U.S. shortpaid mail handling from 1958 to the present
In last month’s column (the first of this two-part series), I described a variety of shortpaid items mailed between July 1, 1928, and Oct. 10, 1958. (Read more...)

Farmers Markets stamps Aug. 7 Farmers Markets stamps Aug. 7
The four United States Farmers Markets commemorative forever stamps will be issued Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

Flyspecking the $2 Jenny Invert stamp Flyspecking the $2 Jenny Invert stamp: inking oddities abound
Stamp collectors love to flyspeck items in their collections, and the United States $2 Jenny Invert stamp (Scott 4806a) is ripe with oddities to discover. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Bisects in the United States Bisects allowed but not approved for use in the United States
The use of bisected stamps has a long and not entirely honorable history in the United States. (Read more...)

Medal of Honor stamp event at Korean War Memorial July 26 Medal of Honor stamp event at Arlington Cemetery July 26
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The United States Postal Service will issue two Medal of Honor: Korean War commemorative forever stamps July 26 in Arlington, Va. (Read more...)


Dollar-sign Stamps: $2 Bobcat mistakenly paired $2 Bobcat mistakenly paired with 37¢ Flag during rate change
Longtime readers of Dollar-Sign Stamps know that I have a fondness for postal history showing dollar-denominated stamps mistakenly used as 1¢ or 2¢ stamps. (Read more...)

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