U.S. Stamps and Postal History

Cost to collect U.S. stamps steady Cost to collect U.S. stamps steady; fewer commemoratives issued
Fewer stamps and postal stationery items were issued by the United States Postal Service in 2014, but the cost to buy one of everything issued remained steady when compared to 2013 (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: obvious alterations Save some bucks on expertizing by eliminating obvious alterations
In the previous column in this U.S. Stamp Notes series on expertizing (Linn’s, Oct. 27, page 6), I started looking at some of the patients (stamps) sent in for expertizing where the submitter could have saved themselves the fee through their own careful observation (Read more...)

First-Day Covers: what to do with those extra stamps? The cachetmaker’s dilemma: what to do with those extra stamps?
The last quarter of 2014 could be unexpectedly expensive for first-day cover collectors, cachetmakers and servicers. (Read more...)

National Postal Museum Treasures: U.S. postal reform Pushing the envelope in the years just before U.S. postal reform
The National Postal Museum’s education department sponsors a monthly gathering of letter writers and mail artists (Read more...)

Essays and Proofs: National Bank Note’s proofs National Bank Note’s proofs testing patents to prevent reuse
One of the legacies of the National Bank Note Co., holder of the United States postage stamp production contract during the 1860s and early 1870s, is the vast number of essays that have survived that pertain to preventing the reuse of postage stamps. (Read more...)

Engraving on a first-class stamp in 2015 Engraving on a first-class stamp in 2015; unveiling of next year’s stamp program begins
Engraved designs will return to United States first-class letter-rate stamps next year, the upcoming World Stamp Show-NY 2016 will be the subject of a new stamp, and another stamp will encourage the writing (and mailing) of letters. (Read more...)

Christmas Magi stamp to be issued Nov. 19 Christmas Magi stamp to be issued Nov. 19
Continuing its annual tradition of issuing Christmas stamps, the United States Postal Service will debut its Christmas Magi special forever stamp Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Censored cover sent to Churchill Censored cover sent to Winston Churchill
One does not expect to see the name of an immortal such as Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965) as the addressee on a common piece of mail, so I was surprised to see the cover shown here courtesy of an American dealer in United States postal history, based in England (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail from 1954 to the present
I recently was asked whether, in 2000, special delivery stamps were valid as postage on Express Mail. (Read more...)

Museum hosts Sundman lecture Nov. 7
Chris West, the author of A History of America in Thirty-six Postage Stamps, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Maynard Sundman lecture in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

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