U.S. Stamps and Postal History

USPS out of 2014 Poinsettia; retailers should have more USPS sold out of 2014 Poinsettia, but retailers should have more
The United States Postal Service has exhausted its supply of 2014-date Poinsettia stamps issued Aug. 21 in a convertible-booklet pane of 20. But collectors who haven’t added the new variety to their collection shouldn’t panic just yet. (Read more...)

Save Vanishing Species semipostal returned to sale Oct. 14 Save Vanishing Species semipostal returned to sale Oct. 14
The United States Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp (Scott B4) has returned to sale at post offices nationwide. (Read more...)

The value of observation in expertizing The value of observation in expertizing: Is it real or fake?
I am often asked if such-and-such an item should be submitted for expertizing. The default answer is “yes,” but there are three general exceptions. (Read more...)

Stamp show hosts new global forever stamp issue Oct. 23 Stamp show hosts new global forever stamp issue Oct. 23
The United States Postal Service will issue its fourth global forever stamp nationwide on Oct. 23 with a ceremony in New York City. (Read more...)

Winter Fun stamps at ASDA stamp show Oct. 23 Winter Fun stamps at ASDA stamp show Oct. 23
Four activities that make winter enjoyable are depicted on four United States stamps to be issued Oct. 23 in New York City. (Read more...)

Art director Howard Paine preferred bold, simple designs Art director Howard Paine preferred bold, simple designs
Editor’s Note: Howard E. Paine, who died Sept. 13 at age 85, was a United States Postal Service art director who oversaw the designing of more than 400 U.S. (Read more...)

‘The 2014 Stamp Yearbook’ debuts Dec. 10 Circus press sheets planned; ‘The 2014 Stamp Yearbook’ debuts Dec. 10
The 2014 Stamp Yearbook published by the United States Postal Service will debut nationwide Dec. 10, according to USPS spokesman Mark Saunders. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Club overprints in the early 20th century Club overprints in the early 20th century
I collect and am a fan of United States overprints, not the few official productions in U.S. philatelic history, but the unofficial overprints that stamp clubs added to contemporary low-denomination stamps in the 1920s to 1940s. A (Read more...)

Collector finds unusual usages of the 5¢ Beacon airmail stamp Collector turns up unusual usages of the 5¢ Beacon airmail stamp
Kent Kobersteen has collected the 1928 United States 5¢ carmine and blue Beacon airmail stamp (Scott C11) for 40 years. (Read more...)

2014-dated Purple Heart stamp Oct. 11 2014-dated Purple Heart stamp Oct. 11
The United States Postal Service will issue a new variety of the Purple Heart forever stamp Oct. 11 in Dover, Del. The stamp will have a 2014 year date inscription. (Read more...)

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