U.S. Stamps and Postal History

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 (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 (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...)

Five new U.S. stamped envelopes packaged in three sets of 10 Five new U.S. stamped envelopes packaged in three sets of 10
The United States Postal Service is offering five new stamped envelopes with wintry stamp designs. (Read more...)

USPS reveals Circus sheet image USPS reveals preliminary image of limited Circus souvenir sheet
The United States Postal Service has revealed the design for the three-stamp Circus souvenir sheet that will be available in mint condition only with the purchase of The 2014 Stamp Yearbook, a USPS publication. (Read more...)

World records: smallest album and smallest stamp journal U.S. Stamp Notes: World records: smallest album and smallest stamp journal
I have a new claimant for the title of the world’s smallest stamp album, and a new smallest category to challenge U.S. Stamp Notes readers. (Read more...)

Jennifer Miller wins 2014 duck stamp art contest Jennifer Miller wins 2014 duck stamp art contest
Jennifer Miller of Olean, N.Y., won the 2014 federal duck stamp art contest held Sept. 20-21 at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. (Read more...)

Julia Child, James Beard among chefs in new U.S. stamp set Celebrity Chefs honored Sept. 26
The United States Postal Service will issue a set of five stamps Sept. 26 honoring celebrity chefs James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi. (Read more...)

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