U.S. Stamps and Postal History

Dollar-sign Stamps: Heavy parcel to Papua New Guinea Heavy parcel to Papua New Guinea required $35.68 in postage
With my deadline looming, it was time to find an interesting item to share in Dollar-Sign Stamps. (Read more...)

New Purple Heart stamp variety in October New Purple Heart stamp variety in October
A new variety of the United States Purple Heart forever stamp will be issued in October. The stamp will have a 2014 year date inscription. (Read more...)

Second plate number found for 1¢ Bobcat self-adhesive coil Second plate number found for 1¢ Bobcat self-adhesive coil
The United States 1¢ Bobcat self-adhesive coil (Scott 4672) has been found with a new plate number, P2222. (Read more...)

Glade Creek Grist Mill stamp Sept. 29 Glade Creek Grist Mill stamp Sept. 29
A new United States $5.75 Glade Creek Grist Mill stamp will be issued Sept. 29 in Danese, W.Va. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Expertizing altered stamps Expertizing stamps that have been altered to fake an error
In an earlier column on expertizing, I discussed colors that can be removed to create faked errors. I (Read more...)

Upright $2 Jenny Invert pane found in Wisconsin Upright $2 Jenny Invert pane found in Wisconsin; tally at 19
A new find of the intentionally created upright variety of the United States $2 Jenny Invert pane was found in Wisconsin in August. (Read more...)

Mint P3333 Art Deco Bird plate number found Mint P3333 Art Deco Bird plate number found
Mint examples of plate number P3333 have been found for the United States nondenominated (5¢) Art Deco Bird nonprofit coil stamp (Scott 4495). Collector Frank Covey of Illinois reported the find to Linn’s in late August. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Cities and towns competing Cities and towns competing for new residents and businesses
Towns using the mails to advertise for new residents or to lure businesses have been the subject of U.S. Stamp Notes columns of the past. Shown here are three more examples of covers that use the backs to promote towns. (Read more...)

Essays and Proofs: George Bowlsby’s patent coupon essay George Bowlsby’s patent coupon essay
Since the day that I received my first Bowlsby coupon essay (Scott 63-E13) in an approval selection from Falk Finkelburg, it has been a favorite of mine. This small piece of paper has a fabulous story to tell. (Read more...)

Two stamps for Wilt Chamberlain
The upcoming Wilt Chamberlain commemorative issue will consist of two stamps, according to a Sept. 4 announcement by the United States Postal Service. (Read more...)

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