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U.S. Stamps and Postal History
USPS promotes Christmas stamps on social media
The United States Postal Service has taken to social media to promote its stamps that celebrate Christmas.
U.S. Stamp Notes: Christmas cards with philatelic content
Considering the large numbers of stamp collectors in the mid-1900s, it is surprising to me that there are not more philatelic Christmas cards from that era. I am always delighted when another one surfaces.
Linn's 2014 stamp popularity poll opens for voting; USPS issued 125 stamps, stationery items in 2014
The United States Postal Service issued 125 varieties of stamps and postal stationery in 2014 that qualified for Scott catalog listings. The number was 33 fewer than were issued the year before and 63 fewer than in 2012.
A bumper crop of updates for Christmas seal earliest uses
It has been an exceptional year for new reports of earliest known uses (EKUs) of United States Christmas seals released in 1908 to 1935. T
Red, White and Blue coil second plate number found
The United States nondenominated (49¢) Red, White and Blue forever coil stamp issue (Scott 4894-4897) has been found with a new plate number, C12. T
Winter Fun and Rudolph press sheets with die cuts sold out
Two recent press sheets issued by the United States Postal Service have sold out.
Research uncovers new details about use of invalid stamps
The previous Modern U.S. Mail column in
Nov. 10 issue was titled “Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail from 1954 to the present.”
$2 Circus souvenir sheet Dec. 10; no limit for press sheet
The single mint three-stamp $2 Circus souvenir sheet from the United States Postal Service, available only with the purchase of
The 2014 Stamp Yearbook
, debuts Dec. 10.
Understanding international rules for placing Christmas seals
Who knew that certain countries refused to accept mail with Christmas seals placed on the front of the envelope or postcard?
Fascinating story behind parcel mailed between embassies
One of the joys of writing this column is hearing from collectors who have items with an interesting story to tell.
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