U.S. Stamps and Postal History

David Gahr photos used on Janis Joplin, Miles Davis stamps David Gahr black-and-white photos used for Janis Joplin, Miles Davis stamps
Two recent United States postage stamps for musicians Janis Joplin, issued Aug. 8, and Miles Davis, issued in 2012, share a common thread — both use photographs taken in summer 1970 by David Gahr. (Read more...)

First-Day Covers: The history of the FDC grace period The history of the first-day cover grace period in the United States
Chances are that modern first-day cover at the center of your collection wasn’t really canceled on the first day of issue. (Read more...)

Medal of Honor: Korean War stamps dedicated July 26 Medal of Honor: Korean War stamps dedicated July 26 with Korean blessings at Arlington
The United States Postal Service dedicated its Medal of Honor: Korean War forever stamps in a solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery that almost resembled a joint stamp issue with the Republic of Korea. (Read more...)

Hudson River School forever stamps Aug. 21 Hudson River School forever stamps Aug. 21
Four Hudson River School paintings will grace new stamps in the United States Postal Service’s American Treasures series. The stamps will be issued Aug. 21 in Hartford, Conn., during the American Philatelic Society’s Stampshow. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Early examples of U.S. disinfected mail Early examples of U.S. disinfected mail; information sought on 1925 postcard marking
The usual means of identifying a piece of United States mail that in the early part of the 20th century had been exposed to disease and then subjected to a disinfecting process is to see a “disinfected” handstamp. P (Read more...)

Topics and Themes: Guitars on United States stamps Guitars on United States stamps celebrate the broad range, variety of American music
The Jimi Hendrix forever stamp issued March 13 (Scott 4880) is the latest United States stamp to include a guitar in the design. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: 1930s mail theft in Texas Messy envelope recovered from 1930s mail theft in Texas
Who would bother with a wretched and obviously dirty and damaged cover like the one shown here in Figure 1? Well, my friend Stephen Taylor, an American stamp dealer who lives in England, marked it as one I would want because of the letter that goes with it. (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: Returning domestic postal cards Rules for returning undeliverable domestic postal cards after 1940
This article will illustrate the United States Post Office Department’s policy of guaranteed non-free returns of undeliverable postcards and postal cards after 1940. (Read more...)

Janis Joplin stamp fifth entry in Music Icons series Janis Joplin stamp fifth entry in Music Icons series Aug. 8
Rock star Janis Joplin (1943-70) will be honored Aug. 8 with a new United States commemorative forever stamp. (Read more...)

ArtCraft anniversary, early use auction at Americover ArtCraft anniversary, early use auction at August Americover show
The Washington Press has been a major supporter of the American First Day Cover Society since the founding of the AFDCS in 1955. Washington Press produces ArtCraft Cachets, a staple of FDC collecting. (Read more...)

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