U.S. Stamps and Postal History

Essays and Proofs: National Bank Note’s proofs National Bank Note’s proofs testing patents to prevent reuse
One of the legacies of the National Bank Note Co., holder of the United States postage stamp production contract during the 1860s and early 1870s, is the vast number of essays that have survived that pertain to preventing the reuse of postage stamps. (Read more...)

Engraving on a first-class stamp in 2015 Engraving on a first-class stamp in 2015; unveiling of next year’s stamp program begins
Engraved designs will return to United States first-class letter-rate stamps next year, the upcoming World Stamp Show-NY 2016 will be the subject of a new stamp, and another stamp will encourage the writing (and mailing) of letters. (Read more...)

Christmas Magi stamp to be issued Nov. 19 Christmas Magi stamp to be issued Nov. 19
Continuing its annual tradition of issuing Christmas stamps, the United States Postal Service will debut its Christmas Magi special forever stamp Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Censored cover sent to Churchill Censored cover sent to Winston Churchill
One does not expect to see the name of an immortal such as Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) as the addressee on a common piece of mail, so I was surprised to see the cover shown here courtesy of an American dealer in United States postal history, based in England. (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail from 1954 to the present
I recently was asked whether, in 2000, special delivery stamps were valid as postage on Express Mail. (Read more...)

Museum hosts Sundman lecture Nov. 7
Chris West, the author of A History of America in Thirty-six Postage Stamps, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Maynard Sundman lecture in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

Sea Surface Temperatures global forever stamp returns to sale Sea Surface Temperatures global forever stamp returns to sale
The United States nondenominated ($1.15) Sea Surface Temperatures global forever stamp (Scott 4893) has been returned to sale at Stamp Fulfillment Services after selling out in September. (Read more...)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps at Postal Museum Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps at Postal Museum
Scenes captured from the television production Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer debut Nov. 6 on four United States stamps to be issued in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

Advertising covers question if your car is ready for winter U.S. Stamp Notes: Advertising covers question if your car is ready for winter
I wasn’t around in the early 1900s when companies used fancy advertising art on business envelopes to help sell their wares. It still happens today, but I don’t see it often. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Sacramento and the Pony Express stamp Sacramento sequestration of 1940 Pony Express stamps
Find a 1940 3¢ Pony Express commemorative stamp (Scott 894) used on a non-first-day cover from Sacramento, Calif., during the 1940s, and you likely have a rarity. (Read more...)

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