10 modern-era examples of when expertizing is not needed

August 31, 2016 01:00 PM

After discussing 10 instances from the first hundred years of United States philately in which expertizing is not essential to a finding that the stamp in question is or is not a genuinely scarce item, John Hotchner presents 10 items from the past 70 years.


Born Aug. 31: Ramon Magsaysay

August 31, 2016 03:30 AM

On his birthday in 1957, less than six months after his death in a plane crash, Philippines President Ramon Magsaysay was honored on a United States stamp.


Sixth stamp in U.S. Butterfly series planned

August 30, 2016 03:20 PM

The United States Postal Service will issue a nondenominated Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly stamp for nonmachineable first-class mail. No issue date has been announced.


Born Aug. 30: Ted Williams

August 30, 2016 03:30 PM

The last major league baseball player to hit over .400 in a full season, Ted Williams was a perennial All-Star and a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.


Born Aug. 29: Ingrid Bergman

August 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman starred in a series of important films, including Casablanca, Anastasia, and Notorious.


Revisiting customs and delivery fees with new examples: Modern U.S. Mail

August 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Examples of customs clearance and delivery fees and custom duties on parcel items after mid-1950 are very uncommon.


‘The Million Dollar Duck’ documentary premieres Sept. 14 on Animal Planet

August 28, 2016 09:00 AM

An award-winning documentary about the annual federal duck stamp art contest will be shown on the Animal Planet cable television network Sept. 14.


Year date mistake on Henry James first-day cover available from USPS

August 27, 2016 06:00 PM

Mistakes in the cancels of first-day covers are unusual but not unheard of, and a new one has surfaced on FDCs for the United States nondenominated (89¢) Henry James 3-ounce rate stamp issued July 31.


A back-of-the-book U.S. stamp to look out for: Stamp Market Tips

August 27, 2016 02:00 PM

They might lack the glamour of airmails or special delivery stamps, but postage dues are an integral part of any general U.S. collection.


Put yourself in the U.S. Capitol for September’s cartoon caption contest

August 27, 2016 09:00 AM

What might a U.S. Senator or Representative be thinking or saying to their colleagues about the current election?


Born Aug. 27: Lyndon B. Johnson

August 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Thrust into the presidency when John F. Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson initiated his Great Society programs and signed Medicare into law.


Millard Fillmore’s sparse stamp legacy, Clinton and Trump’s new stamps: Week’s Most Read

August 26, 2016 09:15 AM

Also this week, we reported on a post office that was caught up in a massive California wildfire, a new proposal for a Gold Star Families stamp, and an impromptu first-day ceremony in Virginia.


Where the hard-to-find philatelic truck sheet recently turned up: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 26, 2016 09:00 AM

These sheets used to be common, but have become hard to find as we pass 75 years since the truck was making its rounds.


Born Aug. 26: Albert Sabin

August 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Albert Sabin developed an effective oral vaccine that was instrumental in greatly reducing the number of polio cases in the world.


Star Trek ceremony tickets from USPS

August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

A limited number of free tickets for the Star Trek first-day ceremony are being made available from the United States Postal Service.


New issue dates for two U.S. holiday stamps

August 25, 2016 01:30 PM

New U.S. stamps marking the Kwanzaa and Christmas holidays will be issued with ceremonies in Charleston, S.C., and Washington, D.C., respectively.


Hotchner says Service Women FDC ‘one of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen’: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 25, 2016 09:00 AM

John Hotchner says it's “one of the most spectacular first-day covers for the 1952 3¢ Service Women stamp that I’ve ever seen.”


Born Aug. 25: Bret Harte

August 25, 2016 03:30 AM

After experiencing life on the Western frontier first-hand, American author Bret Harte turned his experiences into a series of popular short stories.


Stamp honoring Hindu festival of Diwali to be issued Oct. 5 in New York City

August 23, 2016 09:15 AM

The United States Postal Service will issue a forever stamp Oct. 5 in honor of the Hindu festival of Diwali.


Born Aug. 23: Edgar Lee Masters

August 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Poet Edgar Lee Masters authored Spoon River Anthology, based in part on memories and names from his life growing up in rural Illinois.


Born Aug. 22: Alexander Calder

August 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Alexander Calder's large stabiles are displayed in public areas in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Houston, Seattle and Grand Rapids, Mich.


Born Aug. 21: Count Basie

August 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Described as the most enduring of all the Big Band leaders, the innovative Count Basie and his orchestra enjoyed decades of success worldwide.


Born Aug. 20: Eero Saarinen

August 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Designs by architect Eero Saarinen, including the Gateway Arch and the Dulles Airport terminal, have been featured on multiple U.S. stamps.


1899 picture postcard features historic structure and unusual marking

August 19, 2016 07:00 PM

The postcard features an image of New York City's Castle Williams, and includes an unusual postal marking that adds to its charm.


American First Day Cover Society hosts ceremony for Patriotic Spiral stamps in Virginia

August 19, 2016 04:41 PM

The American First Day Cover Society wasn’t supposed to have a first-day ceremony to open its 2016 Americover show in Falls Church, Va., Aug. 19. But when the United States Postal Service announced Aug. 3 that it was going to issue a 10-stamp booklet and a coil of 10,000 of its new Patriotic Spiral forever stamp in the Washington suburb that day, Chris Lazaroff, chairman of the show, moved into action.


How post offices used to make the return of due postage easy: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 19, 2016 09:00 AM

In the good old days, post offices would expend the time and effort to ask for postage needed to complete a delivery.


Check out the technical details for Patriotic Spiral stamps issued Aug. 19

August 19, 2016 07:00 AM

Though issued on the same day, the two stamps with the same design were issued in different cities about 1,000 miles apart.


Born Aug. 19: Ogden Nash

August 19, 2016 03:30 AM

With clever rhymes and satirical insight, Ogden Nash created light verse that recast the everyday world in amusing and uncommon ways.


Unlucky or not, there’s value in stamp featuring 13th U.S. president: Tip of the Week

August 18, 2016 05:00 PM

Millard Fillmore has only been commemorated twice on U.S. stamps. One of his stamps is selling below Scott value.


New ‘Put a Stamp on It!’ book stirs memories of Herman ‘Pat’ Herst Jr.: Editor’s Insights

August 18, 2016 03:51 PM

The book, titled Put a Stamp on It!, offers 77 stories that, according to the subtitle, showcase “how stamps have intercepted historical events.”


Does this otherwise pedestrian cover name a notable philatelist?: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 18, 2016 09:00 AM

The name of former APS president Charles Coolidge appeared on an 1886 cover sent to Rochester, N.Y. But was it the same guy?


Born Aug. 18: Virginia Dare

August 18, 2016 03:30 AM

The fate of Virginia Dare, born Aug. 18, 1587, in the lost Roanoke Colony, has never been proven. Within three years, the entire colony had vanished.


Born Aug. 16: James Cameron

August 16, 2016 03:30 AM

James Cameron shattered box-office records with his 1997 film Titanic, and topped those numbers 12 years later with his worldwide hit Avatar.


Senator calls on U.S. Postal Service to issue stamp for Gold Star Mothers

August 15, 2016 07:00 PM

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has written Postmaster General Megan Brennan asking her to reissue the 1948 3¢ commemorative honoring Gold Star Mothers.


Car Talk host Ray Magliozzi jokes about stamps for clunker cars

August 15, 2016 11:03 AM

Car Talk host Ray Magliozzi recently had some fun showing off a set of seven stamp designs for cars that were prone to breakdowns and other mishaps.


Born Aug. 15: Edna Ferber

August 15, 2016 03:30 AM

Writer Edna Ferber wrote stories and novels that have become classics of American literature and adapted for the Broadway stage and motion pictures.


World Series of Philately elevated the quality of exhibits at stamp shows: Editor’s Insights

August 14, 2016 06:00 AM

Until the competition was introduced, exhibits at stamp shows were sparse, and often the quality of the exhibits was less than spectacular.


Born Aug. 13: Lucy Stone

August 13, 2016 03:30 AM

Lucy Stone wrote and lectured in support of women's rights and against the practice of slavery. She was honored on a definitive stamp in 1968.


Star Trek forever stamps: When they will beam into United States post offices

August 12, 2016 03:21 PM

The United States Postal Service is offering four nondenominated (47¢) forever stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series.


Born Aug. 12: Katharine Lee Bates

August 12, 2016 08:08 AM

Poet and educator Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics for the beloved patriotic anthem, America the Beautiful, which was set to music in 1910.


World Stamp Show-NY 2016 pledges $100,000 donation to Boston 2026

August 12, 2016 07:00 AM

Wade Saadi, president of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, and Steven J. Rod, the show’s vice president, made the announcement during the Aug. 4 Tiffany Dinner at American Philatelic Society Stampshow 2016 in Portland, Ore.


The U.S. stamps that prove bold predictions for the future were wrong: U.S. Stamp Notes

August 12, 2016 05:00 AM

A number of U.S. stamps illustrate the folly of prediction and pronouncements that turned out to be wrong.


Very attractive Hawaii Kahului Railroad stamps a good buy: Stamp Market Tips

August 11, 2016 01:00 PM

The railroad company produced stamps to show payment of freight charges on packages carried by the railroad.


Stampshow exhibitor enjoys second Champion of Champions win

August 11, 2016 10:04 AM

The winning exhibit is a study of the development of Hawaii’s foreign mail from 1820 until the islands were made a U.S. territory in 1900.


Born Aug. 11: Ian McDiarmid

August 11, 2016 03:30 AM

Scottish-born actor Ian McDiarmid is almost unrecognizable in his most recognized role, as evil Darth Sidious, the Emperor Palpatine, from the Star Wars film series.


Born Aug. 10: Anna Julia Cooper

August 10, 2016 03:30 AM

During Anna Julia Cooper's long life of 105 years, she sought equality for blacks and for women in society and in the American educational system.


Newest USPS low-denomination Fruit stamp debuting soon

August 08, 2016 09:46 AM

Like those two stamps, the new Apples coil features a pen-and-ink and watercolor stamp illustration by John Burgoyne.


APS executive director to visit San Jose Stamp Club

August 08, 2016 09:06 AM

Scott English will lead a discussion of “Collecting in the 21st Century” when he drops by the San Jose Stamp Club on Sept. 18.


Born Aug. 8: Matthew Henson

August 08, 2016 03:30 AM

Matthew Henson accompanied Adm. Robert E. Peary on his 1909 expedition to the North Pole. Henson is honored with Peary on a 1986 commemorative.


First-day site choices for new issues often disregard collector base

August 07, 2016 05:00 AM

Missing in 2016 are first-day ceremonies at major stamp shows other than World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and three perennials.
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