Senate approves two reappointments to Postal Regulatory Commission

December 20, 2016 02:00 PM

Before going home for the Christmas holidays, the Senate once again reaffirmed its belief that the United States Postal Service needs to be regulated.


Today is the busiest mailing day of 2016

December 19, 2016 02:32 PM

USPS expects to serve 12 million customers Monday. But a majority of them will not be waiting in line at their town’s local brick-and-mortar post office.


New York town’s 200th birthday celebrated with new postmark

December 16, 2016 01:00 PM

The town of Boston in western New York, roughly 30 minutes south of Buffalo and an hour south of Niagara Falls, turns 200 in 2017.


USPS 2016 holiday spray-on postmark misses the mark with cluttered design

December 15, 2016 05:00 PM

The covers we have seen indicate that this year’s holiday postmark is disappointing from the collector’s point of view.


Postal Service sends ‘Seasons Greetings’ with national postmark

December 13, 2016 07:00 PM

Other words associated with Christmas also appear on the postmark, which is in use until Jan. 6.


Looking back at the ‘last known stagecoach robbery,’ 100 years later

December 13, 2016 02:00 PM

In winter’s early darkness of Dec. 5, 1916, a mail wagon driver heading for the mining camp of Jarbidge, Nev., was murdered for the $4,000 in his mail pouches.


Court to hear case of rejected stamp critical of Citizens United ruling

December 12, 2016 11:20 AM

The artist couldn’t get his political stamp design approved, and a federal judge has told the United States Postal Service it must address his complaint.


Christmas postmarks include reindeer pulling a mail truck

December 09, 2016 01:00 PM

A Michigan postmark includes two happy reindeer providing a little extra horsepower to a familiar-looking USPS delivery truck.


Don’t look for major postal legislation from lame duck Congress

December 02, 2016 09:20 AM

Congress, now in its lame duck session, is not likely to pass legislation to improve the financial picture of the U.S. Postal Service.


Popular forever stamps a headache for postal auditors

November 29, 2016 03:43 PM

United States forever stamps have been a big hit with the public. But for postal auditors, they’ve been something of a headache.


Pearl Harbor attack remembered on new pictorial postmarks

November 27, 2016 05:00 PM

Two pictorial postmarks in this week’s listings commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese military attack on Dec. 7, 1941.


USPS announces operating profit, World Stamp Show attendance announced: Week’s Most Read

November 18, 2016 08:26 AM

Also this week, we looked at the market for one of the most attractive U.S. stamp sets and a stamp with a 'Mad' magazine connection.


U.S. Postal Service reports $610 million operating profit for 2016

November 15, 2016 12:55 AM

For the third straight year, the United States Postal Service has managed to show an operating profit.


Food bank efforts in Los Angeles celebrated on new postmark

November 13, 2016 02:00 PM

For the past 43 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been gathering and distributing food to fight hunger in LA County.


USPS board of governors could lose last presidential member in mid-December

November 10, 2016 03:22 PM

Unless Congress acts quickly, the Postal Service’s board of governors could lose its last presidentially appointed member in mid-December.


Election 2016: If postage isn’t paid on your mail-in ballot, will your vote be counted?

October 31, 2016 03:03 PM

Early voting is as popular as it has ever been, and with mail-in ballots a big part of that process, the United States Postal Service has an important role to play during the run-up to Election Day on Nov. 8.


Hometown of famed abolitionist honors him on postmark

October 30, 2016 09:00 AM

Calvin Fairbank was ordained as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal church in 1842, but by that time he was already providing transportation for escaping slaves, leading them from the South to freedom across the Ohio River.


USPS focuses on parcel delivery, U.S. stamp popular in China: Week’s Most Read

October 28, 2016 09:33 AM

Also this week, famed dealer Irwin Weinberg's Jenny Invert will cross the block in the near future.


Recent UPU congress provides ‘reasonable compromise’ for USPS parcel costs

October 24, 2016 03:23 PM

UPU congress provides a ‘reasonable compromise’ regarding the Postal Service's costs for inbound international parcels.


Postmark honors American Philatelic Research Library’s long-awaited opening

October 20, 2016 05:00 PM

The library's move to its new facility is being celebrated with a dinner and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 29.


Parcel delivery could be the future of the U.S. Postal Service

October 20, 2016 11:25 AM

Parcel delivery is the one segment of the mail that has grown dramatically, while first-class letters continue to decline.


USPS seeks rate increase, Scott catalogs reorganized: Week’s Most Read

October 14, 2016 08:27 AM

Also this week, we looked at the sought-after stamp that features the first female U.S. Senator, and put to the test the soakable U.S. Classics Forever stamp.


Mail by rail, recently restored mail hook featured on new postmark

October 13, 2016 05:00 PM

Pewee Valley, northeast of Louisville, relied upon trains for mail service for more than a century, beginning in 1856.


U.S. Postal Service asks PRC for return of 49¢ first-class stamp

October 12, 2016 04:46 PM

The USPS announced Oct. 12 that it has filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to boost the current 47¢ price of a 1-ounce domestic letter by 2¢ on Jan. 22, 2017.


U.S. Postal Service seeks rate increase for January 2017

October 10, 2016 07:56 AM

Here’s an important stamp date: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. That’s when the United States Postal Service has told mailers it wants to implement its next rate change.


Witch flies across postmark from world Halloween capital

October 09, 2016 02:00 PM

Collectors can use their new Jack-o'-Lantern stamps to obtain a number of Halloween-themed postmarks, including this one.


Remembering World War II with a new postmark

September 23, 2016 07:00 PM

An event in Tennessee that includes public battle and encampment re-enactments and other 1940s-era activities now has a postmark.


USPS sees delayed mail spike, Canada’s 2017 commemoratives revealed: Week’s Most Read

September 23, 2016 08:18 AM

Also this week, readers enjoyed a preview of an upcoming stamp auction, and the USPS revealed some 2017 stamp subjects.


UPU seeks to address international rates that put USPS at a disadvantage

September 20, 2016 11:00 AM

International mail rates set by the Universal Postal Union can be extremely favorable to some countries and costly to others.


USPS Inspector General reports massive increases in delayed mail

September 19, 2016 11:47 AM

A new internal USPS report has documented a huge increase in delayed mail resulting from the United States Postal Service’s efforts to cut its costs.


Covered bridge postmark celebrates Pennsylvania bridge festival

September 17, 2016 09:00 AM

The annual Covered Bridge Festival takes place in southwestern Pennsylvania during the third weekend in September.


New Star Trek stamps inspire new Star Trek pictorial postmark

September 10, 2016 02:00 PM

The postmark being used by several post offices features an overhead view of a Federation starship, presumably the USS Enterprise.


Postal Regulatory Commission to begin postal rates review in late December

September 06, 2016 07:52 AM

The Postal Regulatory Commission announced Sept. 1 that it would begin a review of its system of regulating postal rates in late December.


Detroit River still home to America’s only floating post office

August 30, 2016 07:00 PM

The Westcott II, which has its own ZIP code, has been operating for almost 67 years. But the company that operates it goes back a little further.


U.S. Postal Service funding children’s TV drama ‘The Inspectors’

August 29, 2016 12:39 AM

Since 2014, the United States Postal Service has been funding The Inspectors, a children’s TV show based on actual cases handled by U.S. postal inspectors.


Defenders Day postmark recalls event that inspired a national anthem: Postmark Pursuit

August 26, 2016 07:00 PM

The sight of the American flag flying over Fort McHenry after the Battle of Baltimore inspired Francis Scott Key's famed poem.


U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers honored on new postmark: Postmark Pursuit

August 22, 2016 05:00 PM

Buffalo Soldiers were the men who served in post-Civil War U.S. Army regiments made up of African-American troops.


Flooding shuts down Louisiana post offices

August 20, 2016 04:15 PM

Several post offices in Louisiana have been forced to move operations to different facilities because of flooding that has ravaged the state.


USPS package revenue comes at cost, Star Trek stamps on the way: Week’s Most Read

August 19, 2016 07:55 AM

Also this week, John Hotchner looked back at U.S. stamps that prove bold predictions for the future were wrong, and we profiled the “instant” stamps that a pair of countries are issuing for their Rio Olympics medalists.


donotuse Flooding shuts down Louisiana post offices

August 19, 2016 03:50 AM

The United States Postal Service reports that it "is in recovery phase following severe flooding in the Louisiana region."


Post office caught up in massive California wildfire

August 18, 2016 07:00 PM

The charred aftermath of the wildfire that swept through Lower Lake can be found in numerous tweets since the damage was done over the weekend, including a powerful shot of the Lower Lake post office surrounded by flames.


USPS revenues from package mail continue to grow, along with costs

August 16, 2016 12:05 AM

The third quarter financial report from the United States Postal Service reveals that revenue growth from package mail remained strong. The report also states an obvious fact: the costs of delivering packages are “substantially higher” than transporting letters.


Colorado rodeo’s 100th anniversary celebrated with postmark: Postmark Pursuit

August 15, 2016 05:00 PM

“Except during World War II, when the focus was on conflicts in Europe and the Far East, the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo has been an annual celebration of the best of Middle Park with an emphasis on family fun and healthy competition,” the fair’s website notes.


USPS net losses growing, new variety of Flag forever coil stamp surfaces: Week’s Most Read

August 12, 2016 08:49 AM

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. Linn’s Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.


Homeland Security chair raises questions about USPS packages

August 11, 2016 08:00 AM

The USPS has seen strong growth of shipping packages, but questions are being raised about whether it's a good thing.


Why the U.S. Postal Service’s net losses for the year are growing

August 10, 2016 12:30 AM

Package revenues continued their dramatic gains, while first-class mail continued to drop, offsetting those gains.


National Lighthouse Day: There’s a postmark for that

August 04, 2016 12:55 AM

A pictorial postmark from Fort Story, Va., promotes the national holiday as well as the Cape Henry Lighthouse.


Three different postmarks honor Civil War general’s 200th birthday: Postmark Pursuit

July 26, 2016 08:00 AM

Cities in New York, Virginia and Georgia are commemorating the 200th birth anniversary of Union Army Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas.


Committee OKs postal reform, new Scott numbers issued: Week’s Most Read

July 15, 2016 09:21 AM

Also this week, the U.S. House rejected an effort to change USPS mail delivery standards, and we learned about what airplane crash covers can teach us about a disaster.


MLB All-Star Game has a San Diego postmark you can request: Postmark Pursuit

July 13, 2016 05:00 PM

Collectors who couldn’t be on hand to catch a ball hit in the Home Run Derby will still be able to obtain a souvenir from the festivities.
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