U.S. Stamps and Postal History

U.S. Stamp Notes: Bisects in the United States Bisects allowed but not approved for use in the United States
The use of bisected stamps has a long and not entirely honorable history in the United States. (Read more...)

Medal of Honor stamp event at Korean War Memorial July 26 Medal of Honor stamp event at Arlington Cemetery July 26
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The United States Postal Service will issue two Medal of Honor: Korean War commemorative forever stamps July 26 in Arlington, Va. (Read more...)

Dollar-sign Stamps: $2 Bobcat mistakenly paired $2 Bobcat mistakenly paired with 37¢ Flag during rate change
Longtime readers of Dollar-Sign Stamps know that I have a fondness for postal history showing dollar-denominated stamps mistakenly used as 1¢ or 2¢ stamps. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: The story of being too busy 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. (Read more...)

Heston and Hot Rods stamps used before their issue dates 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. (Read more...)

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. (Read more...)

Imperforate U.S. stamps in the mailstream 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. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Stamp expertizer qualifications 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. (Read more...)

First-day Covers: What are combos, duals and joint issues? 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. (Read more...)

National Postal Museum Treasures: The golden age 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?” (Read more...)

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