U.S. Stamps and Postal History

Essays and Proofs: Trial color die and plate proofs Understanding U.S. postage stamp trial color die and plate proofs
The only difference between a die proof and trial color die proof is color. (Read more...)

National Postal Museum Treasures: Tiffany’s index Volunteers transcribing Tiffany’s handwritten ‘Philatelical Index’
In a recent column, I wrote that, by the 1880s, the boys who began collecting stamps in the first generation after the appearance of the Penny Black — the world’s first postage stamp, issued by Great Britain in 1840 — were becoming middle-aged men and organizing the hobby along lines we would recognize today. (Read more...)

Petersburg, Mobile Bay in fourth U.S. Civil War set Petersburg, Mobile Bay honored in fourth U.S. Civil War set July 30
United States stamps commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the 1864 Civil War battles at Petersburg and Mobile Bay will be issued July 30 at both battle locations. (Read more...)

Thirteen individuals pictured on Medal of Honor: Korean War pane Thirteen individuals pictured on Medal of Honor: Korean War pane
Two new United States commemorative forever stamps honoring Korean War Medal of Honor recipients will be issued July 26 in Arlington, Va. (Read more...)

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...)

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