U.S. Stamps and Postal History

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...)

First-Day Covers: Border Craft cachets Border Craft cachets creator recalls the line’s brief history
In the mid-1960s, most first-day covers were printed in one color — often black — with stock photographs and illustrations. (Read more...)

Rumor of U.S. stamp excites Indian movie fans
The news appearing on Indian websites over the Labor Day weekend surely must have excited many of Tollywood’s fans, although the rumor turned out to be false. (Read more...)

U.S. Postal Service reveals $2 Jenny sales details U.S. Postal Service reveals $2 Jenny sales details
The United States Postal Service sold 112,605 panes of six $2 Jenny Invert self-adhesive stamps during the first 30 days of sale. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: White Plains commemorative White Plains commemorative design proposer
Seldom are the reasons behind a postage stamp proposal revealed to stamp collectors in the proposer’s own words. (Read more...)

Breast Cancer Research semipostal with 2014 date Breast Cancer Research semipostal with 2014 date
An offset-printed 2014-dated version of the United States Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp will be issued in late September. (Read more...)

War of 1812 series continues with Fort McHenry stamp War of 1812 series continues with new Fort McHenry stamp
The third United States commemorative stamp in a series marking the bicentennial of the War of 1812 will be issued Sept. 1 (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: Great Americans series uses Usages of the 65¢ stamp from the Great Americans series
Earlier this year, I discussed one usage type — nonstandard mail — of the wide-ranging Great Americans definitive series (Linn’s, May 12, page 22). (Read more...)

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