June 16, 2017 05:00 PM

Nitro, W.Va., dedicates memorial park as part of centennial celebration

The city’s unusual name comes from the term nitrocellulose: Nitro was created in 1917 as a manufacturing complex to provide gunpowder for the United States War Department during World War I.

June 16, 2017 08:00 AM

Is ‘Voice Stamp’ a real option? Plus a look inside a significant cover: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we find some balance and inner peace with a fresh batch of yoga-themed stamps from the United Nations.

June 11, 2017 09:00 AM

Troy, Ohio, serves up tasty strawberry red postmark for its popular festival

The strawberry red pictorial postmark was put into service June 3 to mark the opening of the 2017 Troy Strawberry Festival in Troy, Ohio.

June 09, 2017 10:30 AM

‘Voice Stamp’: experimental USPS project could spell the demise of postage stamps

The U.S. Postal Service described the device as a “prototype” that “combines the power of the Post Office with the convenience of the iconic blue USPS collection boxes.”

June 02, 2017 03:30 PM

Troy, Ohio, serves up red postmark to celebrate town’s annual strawberry festival

A pictorial postmark in red celebrates the June 3 opening of the annual Troy Strawberry Festival in Troy, Ohio.

June 02, 2017 12:00 AM

Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 federal budget targets postal union benefits

President Trump wants to roll back some gains the postal unions have made in the almost five decades since President Nixon gave them bargaining rights.

May 31, 2017 09:15 AM

U.S. Postal Service remains silent on demise of imperforate uncut press sheets

Sales of the imperforate press sheets had created a boomlet of excitement in the hobby during the almost four years that they were produced. Produced with virtually no added costs, press sheets of imperforate self-adhesive stamps were hot sellers from the moment the first sheets went on sale in July 2012.

May 26, 2017 10:15 AM

Trump 2018 budget takes aim at USPS, Are gimmicky stamps good?: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, John Hotchner informs us in U.S. Stamp Notes that you don't necessarily have to be a congressman to have your own congressional cover.

May 24, 2017 01:15 PM

President Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives

The president’s long-awaited ideas were contained on page 1207 of an annex to Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget, released May 23. That’s where the president urged Congress to give the U.S. Postal Service “authority to reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.”

May 19, 2017 01:00 PM

USPS PMG makes appeal to Trump, hunt for taxpaid revenue stamps: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we learned about American Letter Mail Company reprints, and discovered the likely cause of poor centering on the Classics Forever stamps.

May 17, 2017 07:00 PM

May 20 postmark from Chester, Mass., commemorates railway mail service

The May 20 postmark date coincides with Chester on Track, a community event that includes a parade, live music, classic cars, a petting zoo, craft fair, and plenty of railroad activities.

May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

USPS wants board of governors back in business

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan recently made an open appeal to President Trump to nominate people to serve on the Postal Service's board of governors.

May 11, 2017 12:30 AM

USPS revenues decline during first half of 2017; package mail income up 11 percent

Thus far in 2017, United States Postal Service revenues total $36.5 billion, a decline from $37.1 billion in the first half of fiscal 2016.

May 07, 2017 08:00 AM

Alaska Purchase sesquicentennial commemorated on Anchorage postmark

A commemorative postmark for the Alaska Purchase was put into use in Anchorage, Alaska, this year on March 30. The recent announcement from the U.S. Postal Service notes that the postmark has been granted a 30-day extension.

May 01, 2017 05:00 PM

10th anniversary of forever stamp prompts significant USPS accounting adjustments

There was no event at USPS headquarters in Washington, D.C., to remember the April 12, 2007, official first day of the first nondenominated (41¢) Liberty Bell forever stamps issued in Philadelphia. However, postal accounting officials say they celebrated the anniversary last summer when they devised a new formula for calculating how the stamps are used.

April 23, 2017 05:00 PM

USPS offers pictorial postmark commemorating U.S. entry into World War I

The artwork on the square or diamond-shape postmark shows a WWI-era biplane in flight with rocky peaks in the background. Three stars are featured in the upper point of the postmark.

April 15, 2017 02:00 PM

Congress’ ugly history with the USPS, along with a memorable caption contest: Week’s Most Read

This week also saw a cuddly souvenir sheet from the UN depicting Australian animals, along with an under-the-radar Spanish set that might interest collectors.

April 10, 2017 10:15 AM

Congress’ habit of raiding USPS coffers goes back almost 30 years

The ongoing financial woes of the USPS can be traced to congressional raids going back almost three decades. Here are three examples.

April 09, 2017 02:00 PM

St. Louis Expo postmark commemorates ragtime musician Scott Joplin

The musical notation in the postmark is a transcription of the familiar melody line of The Entertainer, a classic piano rag by Joplin from 1902.

March 27, 2017 09:00 AM

Garfield-Perry unofficial first-day cancel for new 10¢ Red Pears stamp

A new variety of the 10¢ Red Pears definitive stamp was issued March 23 with a first-day ceremony at the March Party stamp show in Cleveland, Ohio.