U.S. Stamps and Postal History

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...)

New $15 Canvasbacks duck stamp debuts June 27 New $15 Canvasbacks duck stamp debuts June 27
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will issue the 2014 $15 Canvasbacks federal duck stamp June 27 in Washington, D.C., and nationwide. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Private mailing service Private mailing service collected, sorted mail, providing households a discount mailing option
If the name Bryan Pulliam does not sound familiar, you have probably not come across his private mailing service, Postal Presort Inc. (PPI). (Read more...)

U.S.-Britain Peace stamps called off as WWI exploded United States-Britain Peace stamps called off as World War I exploded
War is destructive on a scale from immense to minute, and among the lesser casualties of World War I were a pair of United States postage stamps intended for release in 1914. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Dietz souvenir sheets Frederick H. Dietz National Poster Stamp Society souvenir sheets
Several years ago, in Linn’s U.S. Notes of Nov. 7, 2005, I pictured and described two Frederick H. Dietz National Poster Stamp Society souvenir sheets similar to the two different examples shown here in Figure 1. (Read more...)

Dollar-sign stamps: Postal history and the Jenny Invert Postal history opportunities abound for Jenny Invert pane
Of the 100 elusive upright Jenny Invert panes randomly and blindly distributed by the United States Postal Service, Linn’s has documented 18 finds via reports from the USPS and collectors. (Read more...)

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