U.S. Stamps and Postal History

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...)

Philadelphia commemorates Wilt Chamberlain’s achievements Philadelphia commemorates Wilt Chamberlain’s achievements
The city of Philadelphia, Pa., is paying tribute to basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain with two commemorative postmarks dated Dec. 10 and Dec. 13. (Read more...)

USPS Wilt Chamberlain video online USPS Wilt Chamberlain video online
The United States Postal Service has published a new video with clips from the Dec. 5 Wilt Chamberlain first-day ceremony, and interviews with basketball hall of famer Julius Erving and Chamberlain’s sister Selina Gross. (Read more...)

Press sheets for $2 Circus souvenir sheet sold out quickly Press sheets for $2 Circus souvenir sheet sold out quickly
The press sheet for the $2 Circus souvenir sheet scheduled for release Dec. 10 sold out several days prior to the issue date, and the United States Postal Service is removing it from sale. (Read more...)

Tied U.S. Christmas seal variety sells for record price on eBay Tied U.S. Christmas seal variety brings record price in recent auction on eBay
An example of a rare United States Christmas seal tied on a postcard set a record sale price in an eBay auction that closed Nov. 4. (Read more...)

Airmail flew with red and blue borders Airmail flew with red and blue borders
About 20 percent of the work of the National Postal Museum’s philately department involves answering public inquiries. Most of these are pretty routine, but occasionally they are an opportunity to do research and learn something. (Read more...)

USPS promotes Christmas stamps on social media USPS promotes Christmas stamps on social media
The United States Postal Service has taken to social media to promote its stamps that celebrate Christmas. (Read more...)

Christmas cards with philatelic content U.S. Stamp Notes: Christmas cards with philatelic content
Considering the large numbers of stamp collectors in the mid-1900s, it is surprising to me that there are not more philatelic Christmas cards from that era. I am always delighted when another one surfaces. (Read more...)

Linn’s 2014 stamp popularity poll opens for voting Linn's 2014 stamp popularity poll opens for voting; USPS issued 125 stamps, stationery items in 2014
The United States Postal Service issued 125 varieties of stamps and postal stationery in 2014 that qualified for Scott catalog listings. The number was 33 fewer than were issued the year before and 63 fewer than in 2012. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Christmas seal earliest uses A bumper crop of updates for Christmas seal earliest uses
It has been an exceptional year for new reports of earliest known uses (EKUs) of United States Christmas seals released in 1908 to 1935 (Read more...)

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