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U.S. Stamps and Postal History
White House hosts Harvey Milk stamp ceremony
The White House hosted an unusual first-day ceremony for the Harvey Milk commemorative forever stamp issued May 22.
Circumstances determined handling, fees for U.S. shortpaid mail
This is the first of two Modern U.S. Mail columns that will describe how, during the period of 1928 to 2014, the United States Post Office Department and then later the U.S.
Censored domestic mail and the secret Manhattan Project
Why would a domestic letter within the continental United States be censored?
Latest upright Jenny Invert pane found in Virginia; tally at 18
A new find of the intentionally created upright variety of the United States $2 Jenny Invert pane surfaced recently in Virginia.
Two Hot Rods forever stamps debut June 6 in York, Pa.
Two classic hot rods will debut on new forever stamps to be issued June 6 in York, Pa.
First-day cover collectors have a language that’s all their own
Just like mainstream stamp collecting, first-day cover collecting has its own jargon. This is particularly true in the United States, where U.S. Postal Service guidelines allow more latitude for creating FDCs than collectors find in other countries.
Second plate number assigned to new 34¢ Hummingbird coil
Just months after its Feb. 7 issue date, the United States 34¢ Hummingbird coil stamp (Scott 4858) has been found with a new plate number of P22222.
Tools can help you determine if your stamp is worth expertizing
I promised in the last expertizing column (
, April 28, page 6) that this installment would focus on the tools that expertizers use.
United States plate proofs printed on India paper and cardboard
Plate proofs are the result of “proving” the finished plate. Just as die proofs were used to check the accuracy of a finished die, plate proofs were used to check the accuracy of the finished plate before it went into production.
Nevada anniversary stamp shows the state’s natural beauty
A new United States forever stamp marking 150 years of Nevada statehood will be issued May 29, with a first-day ceremony at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, Nev.
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