Memo to CSAC: Invite former committee members to an annual update meeting

October 09, 2017 10:00 AM

Former United States Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe made the suggestion during a Facebook exchange with Cary Brick, a former CSAC member.


U.S. letter rate to increase Jan. 21

October 06, 2017 02:30 PM

The 1¢ letter-rate increase is tied to the approximately 1.9 percent annual rate of inflation, as shown in the Consumer Price Index.


Postal Service OIG takes critical aim at delayed mail, overtime pay in Northeast

October 02, 2017 09:45 AM

The findings of the reports, published Aug. 10 and Sept. 14, were quickly refuted by U.S. Postal Service officials.


Date meets ZIP in five Southern California postmarks in September

September 21, 2017 09:00 AM

This week there are five Southern California post offices listed that are having fun with concept of “Date meets ZIP.”


A 17th-century Massachusetts windmill gets a postmark

September 17, 2017 05:00 PM

Each year on the weekend after Labor Day, the Eastham Windmill Weekend offers a parade, craft show, road race, vehicle show, cookouts, and much more.


Surprising finds in USPS report, Legends of Hollywood series in jeopardy: Week’s Most Read

September 15, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, readers were introduced to an expansive new collection of essays discussing philatelic forgeries.


Surprising conclusion of new USPS inspector general report: ‘billions served’ at nation’s post offices

September 11, 2017 03:45 PM

The new report says there are far more people visiting the nation’s 30,000 post offices than the Postal Service’s official estimates indicate.


Harvey wreaks havoc, understand stamp collecting language: Week’s Most Read

September 08, 2017 10:00 AM

Also this week, we offered insights on how to become more familiar with stamp collecting terms and phrases.


Avalon, California, on Santa Catalina Island offers three pictorial postmarks

September 07, 2017 07:00 PM

The three designs each have a double-ring circular datestamp at right and an illustration at left.


Harvey storms through Texas postal system

August 31, 2017 03:10 PM

Mail service and retail operations were disrupted in the East Texas region devastated by Hurricane Harvey in late August.


U.S. Postal Service contemplates 50¢ stamp

August 29, 2017 03:30 PM

“Postal officials didn’t spell out what any of the new rates would be,” Dead Tree Edition, a website that covers postal issues, reported Aug. 26.


Postmarks extend excitement of Aug. 21 total solar eclipse

August 27, 2017 08:00 AM

The explosion of solar eclipse postmarks that began with last week’s listing continues this week.


USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services no longer accepting foreign credit card payments

August 19, 2017 10:00 AM

Linn’s had asked what percentage of sales would the policy affect. The USPS said that information was “deemed proprietary” and would not be disclosed.


Coast-to-coast eclipse postmarks include ‘landfall’ marking in Oregon

August 17, 2017 05:00 PM

The total solar eclipse sweeping across the United States Aug. 21 is the theme for numerous pictorial cancels in this week’s listings.


Continuing decline in first-class mail volume highlights ‘strong headwinds’ facing USPS

August 14, 2017 09:45 AM

Double-digit increases in package mail volume have continued, but the executives noted that it’s more costly to move than letter mail and doesn’t contribute as much to the Postal Service’s overall expenses as first-class and marketing mail.


USPS addresses filthy facilities, UN continues World Heritage series: Week’s Most Read

August 04, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, the U.S. Postal Service’s controversial ‘postage reselling’ program received some serious scrutiny.


USPS ‘postage reselling’ program scrutinized

August 01, 2017 08:45 AM

An investigative firm in Washington, D.C., has called into question some of the price discounting behind the Postal Service’s ‘postage reselling’ program.


Rochester postmark for baseball fan and stamp honoree Robert Panara

July 31, 2017 09:00 AM

The Rochester Red Wings baseball team paid tribute July 23 to Robert Panara, the grandfather of deaf studies, who worked in Rochester, N.Y.


Post offices need ‘upkeep and repair,’ says USPS inspector general

July 30, 2017 08:00 AM

The Office of Inspector General said it was looking at the conditions in mail-processing plants and would be reporting on conditions in those facilities in the future.


Post office counter display magnet shows preliminary design for Hot Rods stamp

July 23, 2017 07:00 PM

For some reason, the USPS chose to show a preliminary design on the magnet rather than the stamp design as issued.


Eclipse postmarks will be visible long after the total solar eclipse has passed

July 22, 2017 07:00 PM

The Jefferson City post office is planning to participate with a booth set up outside the main post office downtown. Along with selling stamps, the post office is offering an Aug. 21 postmark showing the sun in eclipse and the dome of the Missouri state capitol.


USPS letter carriers violated federal law while working for Clinton presidential campaign

July 20, 2017 08:30 AM

The accusation, made at a July 19 Senate hearing, drew an immediate apology from Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. She called the Postal Service’s violations of the Hatch Act “unintentional” and promised to end the abuses.


Thoreau Farm postmark celebrates author’s July 12 birth bicentenary

July 14, 2017 01:00 PM

With Sam Weber’s oil-on-panel portrait, the commemorative stamp is a tribute to the author of Walden and Civil Disobedience, and it celebrates the 200th anniversary of Thoreau’s birth.


USPS to raise rates on pair of international mail services

July 13, 2017 02:30 PM

An organization composed of international mailers is warning its members to expect “a significant mid-August price increase” on two popular products offered by the U.S. Postal Service.


Questions continue to swirl around USPS press sheets, more Jenny uprights found: Week’s Most Read

June 30, 2017 09:46 AM

Also this week, we learned that the ATP and APS will join forces for a 2018 summer show.


Another postal reform effort fades away

June 27, 2017 03:30 PM

The pending retirement of House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz appears to signal the end to his efforts to enact postal reform in Congress.


USPS press sheets: more questions than answers

June 25, 2017 08:50 AM

After uncut press sheets without die cuts were abruptly pulled from sale by the U.S. Postal Service, press sheets with die cuts remained available.


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

June 16, 2017 05:00 PM

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.


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

June 16, 2017 08:00 AM

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


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

June 11, 2017 09:00 AM

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


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

June 09, 2017 10:30 AM

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.”


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

June 02, 2017 03:30 PM

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


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

June 02, 2017 12:00 AM

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.


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

May 31, 2017 09:15 AM

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.


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

May 26, 2017 10:15 AM

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.


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

May 24, 2017 01:15 PM

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.”


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

May 19, 2017 01:00 PM

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

May 17, 2017 07:00 PM

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.


USPS wants board of governors back in business

May 15, 2017 10:30 AM

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.


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

May 11, 2017 12:30 AM

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.


Alaska Purchase sesquicentennial commemorated on Anchorage postmark

May 07, 2017 08:00 AM

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.


10th anniversary of forever stamp prompts significant USPS accounting adjustments

May 01, 2017 05:00 PM

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.


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

April 23, 2017 05:00 PM

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.


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

April 15, 2017 02:00 PM

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.


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

April 10, 2017 10:15 AM

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


St. Louis Expo postmark commemorates ragtime musician Scott Joplin

April 09, 2017 02:00 PM

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.


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

March 27, 2017 09:00 AM

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.


U.S. Postal Service pushing PRC to lift 10-year cap on stamp price increases

March 24, 2017 02:30 PM

The price cap has proven not to be enough to keep the nation’s mail system from running huge deficits, the USPS said in a March 20 filing with the PRC.


Stamp show cancel from Arcadia, Ohio, commemorates Amelia Earhart

March 21, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamp design, based on a black-and-white photograph, shows Earhart standing in front of her Lockheed Electra airplane, the same plane that would disappear without a trace on July 2, 1937.


‘Informed Delivery’ lets USPS customers see their mail ahead of delivery

March 09, 2017 10:00 AM

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan says this new test program, which should be nationwide later this year, “puts the power of mail onto digital channels.”
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