There are endless varieties of United States revenue stamps

December 29, 2015 04:18 PM

Another type of stamp enjoys great popularity among collectors, and is part of a field filled with as many collecting challenges as postage stamps.


Ten 'best practices' for caring for your stamp collection

December 22, 2014 03:02 PM

It doesn't take much to damage a postage stamp. After all, they are nothing more than little slips of paper that can be easily torn, creased, stained or lost.


Joint issues: when different countries celebrate together

December 08, 2014 04:48 PM

Joint stamp issues are created when two or more postal administrations enter into an agreement to issue stamps commemorating the same chosen subject.


Check watermarks to make sure you've got the right stamp

November 24, 2014 03:09 PM

Postage stamps are accountable paper. This means that stamps have monetary value, much like currency, until postmarks invalidate them for future use.


Keep your U.S. collection growing with stamped envelopes

November 10, 2014 03:19 PM

United States stamped envelopes offer the collector just about everything that postage stamps do — and in some ways, even more.


Stamps tell the story of 'a man, a plan, a canal: Panama'

October 27, 2014 03:26 PM

Panama was a sovereign state under Colombian dominion in 1878 when its first stamps were issued.


Postage values for nondenominated U.S. postage stamps

September 29, 2014 04:52 PM

For more than 30 years, the United States Postal Service issued various nondenominated stamps. Some were created in advance of rate changes, when the next letter rate still hadn’t been determined.


The road from French protectorates to independent nations

September 22, 2014 09:28 AM

The currency of Indochina changed from French centimes and francs to cents and piasters in 1918. Stamps were initially surcharged and later reprinted to reflect the monetary change.


Semipostal stamps pay for postage and a little something extra

September 08, 2014 10:02 AM

In 1897, the United Kingdom was celebrating the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, who became queen 60 years earlier.


Because of stamps, the Roman god Mercury really gets around

August 24, 2014 10:10 AM

It is not surprising that Greece was the first nation to use an image of Hermes on its postage stamps. In fact, Hermes graced the first Greek postage stamps, issued in 1861.


Souvenir sheets and miniature sheets can be hard to define

August 11, 2014 10:22 AM

The fact is, there just isn't a hard and fast definition of souvenir sheet that everyone agrees on.


See the world by forming a worldwide stamp collection

July 28, 2014 10:32 AM

The page layout is different from other albums, with spaces defined but not mandated by images of what should go there. You can select whatever stamp comes your way, or seek out one that you like best.


The characteristics of used stamps can affect how you collect

July 14, 2014 10:41 AM

Both of these stamps are attractive collectibles. Which one do you prefer?


Some cinderellas are associated with stamps and collecting

June 30, 2014 10:57 AM

Other cinderellas, including those created by stamp printing firms, have a closer relation to postage stamps.


Stamps recall how mail was carried by horse-drawn coaches

June 23, 2014 11:11 AM

Postal services the world over have used a dazzling assortment of methods to move mail from sender to recipient.


U.S. Official stamps sought to control government mail abuse

June 09, 2014 11:23 AM

Countries throughout the world have issued stamps that are identified in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue as Official stamps.


Innovation and function shaped the evolution of stamp booklets

May 24, 2014 11:47 AM

The cover and the panes of stamps are held together with a single stitch.


United States definitives form the basis for many collections

May 12, 2014 12:06 AM

Although this standard issue has little monetary value, the fact that it was available for so long adds to its collectibility in ways you might not consider.


A 91-year-old atlas gives stamps a historical perspective

April 28, 2014 12:56 AM

There were a number of changes after World War I when the Treaty of Versailles divvied up colonies claimed by the defeated and handed over to the victors.


Expand your topical collection with postmarks, stationery and more

April 14, 2014 12:05 AM

Many countries issue postal stationery that includes pictorial elements with topical subjects. The different kinds of postal stationery are all items with imprinted postage stamps, such as stamped envelopes, aerograms and postal cards.


Set parameters, be selective to collect classics on a budget

March 24, 2014 12:33 AM

A subject collector seeks out stamps that show one specific subject.


An essential stamp hobby tool: selecting and using stamp tongs

March 10, 2014 12:51 AM

Stamp tongs are special grasping tools that collectors use to handle their stamps.


Technology has always revolutionized moving the mail

February 24, 2014 12:17 AM

The delivery of postal mail continues to evolve.


Recipe for winter fun: mix two or more hobbies, stir well

February 10, 2014 12:27 AM

The coin-collector (or numismatic) part of the project could expand to select quarters manufactured at both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, as well as proof coins.


Collecting an uncommonly common stamp from South Africa

January 13, 2014 12:36 AM

Beyond the appearance of such stamps that catch our eye, there also may be subtle or not-so-subtle varieties of them.


An overprint gives a new identity to an existing stamp

October 13, 2010 03:32 PM

For an overprint to be considered authentic, it must be authorized by the postal authority of the country issuing the stamp.
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