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U.S. Stamps and Postal History
First-day cover collectors have a language that’s all their own
Just like mainstream stamp collecting, first-day cover collecting has its own jargon. This is particularly true in the United States, where U.S. Postal Service guidelines allow more latitude for creating FDCs than collectors find in other countries.
Second plate number assigned to new 34¢ Hummingbird coil
Just months after its Feb. 7 issue date, the United States 34¢ Hummingbird coil stamp (Scott 4858) has been found with a new plate number of P22222.
Tools can help you determine if your stamp is worth expertizing
I promised in the last expertizing column (
, April 28, page 6) that this installment would focus on the tools that expertizers use.
United States plate proofs printed on India paper and cardboard
Plate proofs are the result of “proving” the finished plate. Just as die proofs were used to check the accuracy of a finished die, plate proofs were used to check the accuracy of the finished plate before it went into production.
Nevada anniversary stamp shows the state’s natural beauty
A new United States forever stamp marking 150 years of Nevada statehood will be issued May 29, with a first-day ceremony at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, 361 Symphony Park Ave., Las Vegas, Nev.
Postal Service Employees set might add to living list
A new category of living people featured on United States stamps is opened up by a short obituary sent in by U.S. Stamp Notes reader Larry Secchioroli of Connecticut.
Stamp honoring Harvey Milk May 22
San Francisco political figure and gay rights activist Harvey Milk will be honored on a new forever stamp from the United States Postal Service.
Harvey Milk ceremony in San Francisco
The United States Postal Service will sponsor a public dedication ceremony for the Harvey Milk commemorative forever stamp May 28 in San Francisco.
1932 Olympics FDC addressed to George Linn
The therapeutic effects of stamp collecting are many. Among them is a favorite of mine: looking through boxes of inexpensive covers at stamp shows, in search of that proverbial gem that escaped the eyes of those who searched before you.
Woodstock offers new Hendrix postmark
The Woodstock, N.Y., post office is again offering a March 14 Jimi Hendrix postmark, but this time with a different design.
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