U.S. Stamps and Postal History

New $1 Patriotic Waves stamp on Jan. 12 New $1 Patriotic Waves stamp on Jan. 12
A new $1 stamp from the United States Postal Service will be issued nationwide Jan. 12 with no first-day ceremony planned. (Read more...)

New catalog for precancels New catalog for precancels
It has been 74 years since the legendary Hoover “Black Book” (the Hoover Brothers’ 1940 Official Precancel Stamp Catalog, Part 1) was published covering all the precanceled stamps of the Washington-Franklin era. (Read more...)

Tiny U.S. domestic mail led to sizeable postal rules Modern U.S. Mail: Miniature U.S. domestic mail led to substantial postal rules
Many of us have seen or collected small to tiny envelopes. These miniature mailpieces often are called “ladies’ covers,” with embossed or other decorative elements, but may just be different types of ordinary covers. (Read more...)

President Roosevelt’s collection included Christmas seals President Roosevelt’s collection included Christmas seals
After President Franklin D. Roosevelt died April 12, 1945, much of his stamp collection eventually found its way to auctions conducted by H.R. Harmer Inc. (Read more...)

Electronic duck stamps now available to hunters
The White House announced Dec. 18 that President Barack Obama signed legislation permitting states to issue electronic hunting-permit stamps, commonly known as duck stamps. (Read more...)

WWII Army yuletide greetings from the South West Pacific U.S. Stamp Notes: WWII Army yuletide greetings from the South West Pacific
The yuletide postcard presented here, front and back, recently crossed my desk. Canceled Dec. 8, 1944, it is a Christmas greeting from a United States Army enlisted man assigned to the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, at APO (Army Post Office) 928-2 (Read more...)

Rudolph and friends on postmarks Rudolph and friends on postmarks
The United States Postal Service has added four faces to its holiday-season postmarks from locations all over the country. (Read more...)

Seventeenth $5 Alexander Hamilton cover found on eBay Seventeenth $5 Alexander Hamilton cover found on eBay
Since the first commercial on-cover use of the United States $5 Alexander Hamilton stamp (Scott 1053) was discovered in 1996, just 16 more have been documented, for a total of 17. (Read more...)

War of 1812 series concludes with Battle of New Orleans War of 1812 series concludes with Battle of New Orleans
The first United States stamp to be issued in 2015 will be the last stamp in a series that has continued over almost three years. (Read more...)

Magi stamps sold out at USPS online sites Magi stamps sold out at USPS online sites
The Christmas Magi forever stamp issued Nov. 19 is no longer available for ordering from the United States Postal Service’s retail websites. (Read more...)

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