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U.S. Stamps and Postal History
Short story of being too busy told through a very brief note
There is little worse than waiting for an expected letter, and having nothing appear day after day.
Heston and Hot Rods stamps used before their issue dates
Two recent United States stamps were used on mail before their official issue dates in April and June.
Civil War 1864 ceremony details
The locations for the July 30 first-day ceremonies for the two Civil War 1864 commemorative forever stamps were announced in mid-June.
Imperforate U.S. stamps finding their way into the mailstream
Beginning with the Major League Baseball All-Stars forever stamps of 2012 (Scott 4694-4697), the United States Postal Service started selling uncut press sheets without the die cuts that normally separate stamps.
What qualifies someone to become a stamp expertizer?
Thank you to the many readers who have stopped me at stamp shows or have sent in questions and observations about expertizing since the first column on this subject debuted as a monthly feature in U.S. Stamp Notes three months ago.
Cover terms: What are combos, duals and joint issues?
This month’s First-Day Covers column continues where the June 2 column left off, explaining terminology used in cover collecting.
Stamp collecting has enjoyed more than just one golden age
One of the questions I am most commonly asked by nonphilatelic media is “When was stamp collecting’s golden age?”
New $15 Canvasbacks duck stamp debuts June 27
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will issue the 2014 $15 Canvasbacks federal duck stamp June 27 in Washington, D.C., and nationwide.
Private mailing service collected, sorted mail, providing households a discount mailing option
If the name Bryan Pulliam does not sound familiar, you have probably not come across his private mailing service, Postal Presort Inc. (PPI).
United States-Britain Peace stamps called off as World War I exploded
War is destructive on a scale from immense to minute, and among the lesser casualties of World War I were a pair of United States postage stamps intended for release in 1914.
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