Elements of history featured throughout May 29 first-day ceremony for Repeal of the Stamp Act stamp at World Stamp Show-NY 2016

May 30, 2016 09:42 AM

The United States Postal Service introduced its new Repeal of the Stamp Act forever stamp with an 11 a.m. first-day ceremony during World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


Recovered Jenny Invert from McCoy block was found in Northern Ireland

May 30, 2016 09:15 AM

The Jenny Invert was in a simple stock card, stuck inside an envelope along with an old and odd letter that seemingly described a stamp transaction that took place in New York in the 1960s.


Intaglio-printed World Stamp Show-NY 2016 stamps first-day ceremony

May 29, 2016 12:47 AM

The USPS announced the presentation of intaglio-printed stamps by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service New York Division Honor Guard.


World Stamp Show-NY 2016 opening ceremony offers tribute to America’s military in celebration of 28th Fleet Week New York

May 28, 2016 11:26 PM

The 28th Fleet Week New York was honored on Saturday morning as the WSS-NY 2016 kicked off at the Special Events Hall at the Javits Center.


Philatelic Foundation brings high-tech gear to World Stamp Show

May 28, 2016 09:48 PM

The VSC6000 uses high definition magnification, differing wave lengths of light, and the application of direct light in a variety of modes.


WSS-NY 2016 president Wade Saadi brings wealth of experience to show

May 28, 2016 08:53 PM

Our own Chad Snee sat down with President of the World Stamp Show-NY 2016, Wade Saadi to get a feel for what he does and how assumed the role.


Stamp show opening ceremony salutes America’s military

May 28, 2016 12:15 AM

The May 28 opening ceremony for World Stamp Show-NY 2016 began with a patriotic flourish in honor of Fleet Week New York.


USA Star coil strips for nonprofit mail now available from Postal Service

May 27, 2016 03:17 PM

Collectors can now purchase a strip of 25 USA Star coil stamps for $1.25 using USPS item No. 777503.


New Inverted Jenny website released, Farley Post Office profiled: Week’s Most Read

May 27, 2016 06:00 AM

Also this week, readers liked our feature about people, places and events of New York featured on WSS-NY 2016 stamps.


For those who enjoy beer, there’s the 1871 50¢ Sherman beer revenue: Stamp Market Tips

May 26, 2016 02:44 PM

Revenue stamps continue as one of the most active U.S. collecting specialties, and beer revenue stamps are among the most popular in the category.


When and where this year's National Park stamps will be dedicated

May 26, 2016 10:22 AM

Here are the dates and locations of local stamp dedication ceremonies for the National Park stamps that will be issued June 2.


Circus in full swing these days: June cartoon caption contest

May 25, 2016 04:58 PM

With the reduction in the domestic postage rate and the current U.S. political scene, a 1993 Clown stamp seems fitting for the June cartoon caption contest.


How is fraudulent matter to be handled in domestic mails?: Modern U.S. Mail

May 25, 2016 03:34 PM

The concept of “fraudulent matter” that is first found in the 1873 Postal Laws and Regulations (PL&R) is a very important one.


Deafness connections on U.S. stamps much wider than originally thought: U.S. Stamp Notes

May 25, 2016 10:31 AM

Several readers responded to John M. Hotchner's column regarding the models for the 1993 29¢ American Sign Language pair of stamps.


Born May 25: Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 25, 2016 03:30 AM

American essayist, philospher, lecturer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leater of the American Trancendentalism movement and an influence on writers including Henry David Thoreau.


Pets stamps issue date set

May 24, 2016 09:30 AM

The set of 20 different Pets forever stamps will be issued Aug. 2 in Las Vegas during a national trade show for pet retailers.


Born May 24: Lillian M. Gilbreth

May 24, 2016 03:30 AM

A pioneer in the field of motion study and workplace engineering, Lillian M. Gilbreth also raised 12 children and was the subject of a popular memoir.


Born May 22: Mary Cassatt

May 22, 2016 03:30 AM

American artist Mary Cassatt, born in Pennsylvania on May 22, 1844, has been honored on U.S. stamps on four separate occasions. She lived and worked for many years in Paris.


Born May 21: Glenn Curtiss

May 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Glenn Curtiss became a leader in airplane development and production before World War I. His planes appeared on postage stamps during his lifetime, and he was honored on a stamp in 1980.


Stamp to celebrate 200 years of Indiana statehood; design photograph features cornfields at sunset

May 20, 2016 03:11 PM

The central design features a photograph of fields in northern Indiana that was taken on a dirt road just off Indiana State Road 15 in Kosciusko County.


Classic U.S. stamps reappear, Donald Trump makes postal appearance: Week’s Most Read

May 20, 2016 09:43 AM

Also this week, readers enjoyed posts about Donald Trump making a postal appearance, and a new USPS set that’s out of this world.


Born May 20: James Stewart

May 20, 2016 03:30 AM

James Stewart embarked on an acting career after studying architecture in college. He earned an Oscar for his role in the 1940 comedy The Philadelphia Story.


Celebrating the Alaska statehood vote: U.S. Stamp Notes

May 19, 2016 05:32 PM

The cover shown nearby was sent on June 30, 1958, from Petersburg, Alaska, to Olympia, Wash. Either the sender or someone in the post office where it was deposited handstamped “Statehood voted” on the envelope to celebrate E.L. Bob Bartlett.


Using stamps as a promotional tool: U.S. Stamp Notes

May 19, 2016 03:53 PM

It is the wise business owner who uses all the tools available to promote his or her business; stamps can be such a tool.


1978 Capt. Cook stamps in panes: Stamp Market Tips

May 19, 2016 10:20 AM

The newly discovered wreckage of Capt. Cook's ship gives us chance to re-visit a popular topical stamp.


Born May 19: Malcolm X

May 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Civil rights activist Malcolm X (El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz) was commemorated on a 33¢ Black Heritage commemorative stamp issued Jan. 20, 1999.


Born May 18: Mathew Brady

May 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Mathew B. Brady established a photography studio in Washington, D.C. Along with chronicling the Civil War, Brady and his photographers also captured images of the nation's leaders, including Abraham Lincoln.


Siegel unwraps Inverted Jenny website filled with research and data

May 17, 2016 05:00 PM

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries has developed a terrific new online reference site devoted to the Inverted Jenny: the rare 1918 24¢ carmine and blue airmail error stamp that shows the Curtiss Jenny airplane in the central vignette flying upside down.


Born May 16: William H. Seward

May 16, 2016 03:30 AM

The distinguished career of William H. Seward included service in the U.S. Senate and as U.S. secretary of state, where he negotiated the purchase of Alaska in 1867.


Born May 15: James Gadsden

May 15, 2016 03:30 AM

The 1853 Gadsden Purchase, which obtained land from Mexico, is named for Ambassador James Gadsden, who successfully negotiated the agreement.


Siegel to offer Walske’s trans-Atlantic mail collection, finest graded Jenny Invert in its WSS-NY 2016 sales

May 13, 2016 01:03 PM

The sale is part of an extraordinary six-day run of auctions by five firms in conjunction with World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


U.S. classic stamp designs reappear on Classics Forever set

May 13, 2016 01:55 PM

As part of its seven-day series of new stamp issues for World Stamp Show-NY 2016, the United States Postal Service is reaching back to the 19th century to recreate six stamps in a set it is calling Classics Forever.


Flowers and birds feature in designs of U.S. Colorful Celebrations stamps

May 13, 2016 01:02 PM

A set of 10 Colorful Celebrations stamps will be sold in a double-sided pane of 20 that the Postal Service refers to as a booklet.


Natural scenery, beautiful sights on National Parks set of 16 to be issued June 2

May 13, 2016 07:55 AM

Sixteen national parks from across the United States are featured in a new stamp pane being issued June 2. A first-day ceremony for the set will take place at 11 a.m. during World Stamp Show-NY 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City.


Born May 13: Ritchie Valens

May 13, 2016 03:30 AM

A talented musician who died far too young, Ritchie Valens has been immortalized on film, and honored on postage stamps celebrating him as a singer and songwriter.


Two U.S. stamp sets May 31: Views of Our Planets, Pluto — Explored!

May 12, 2016 01:30 PM

The United States Postal Service has plans to issue two different stamp sets on May 31 showing subjects that are out of this world.


Duck art tour at World Stamp Show; update on 2016 contest rules

May 12, 2016 10:52 AM

The United States Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit Tour will take up residence at World Stamp Show-NY 2016 from May 28 to June 4.


Advocacy long reflected on labels: U.S. Stamp Notes

May 12, 2016 08:32 AM

Advocacy is a facet of the American character that is reflected in philately. Agree or disagree — you can come up with your own label to state your case.


Messages on airmail covers promote the use of special delivery service: U.S. Stamp Notes

May 12, 2016 09:25 AM

Special delivery service began in the United States in 1885, and immediately became a popular means of moving urgent mail.


1923 Martha Washington coil joint-line pair: Tip of the Week

May 12, 2016 08:53 AM

Although plentiful in the grade of fine-very fine and in unused hinged condition, this joint-line pair is surprisingly difficult to find in the grade of very fine and in mint never-hinged condition with fresh gum and without defects.


Born May 12: Lincoln Ellsworth

May 12, 2016 03:30 AM

Lincoln Ellsworth, born in Chicago, Ill., on May 12, 1880, was the first explorer to cross over both the North Pole and South Pole.


Born May 11: Harriet Quimby

May 11, 2016 03:30 AM

Journalist Harriet Quimby became the first American woman to earn a pilot's license. She also became the first woman to pilot an airplane across the English Channel.


Born May 10: Max Steiner

May 10, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 10, 1888, in Vienna, Max Steiner became one of Hollywood's most prolific composers. He scored some of the greatest films of all time, including Gone With the Wind and Casablanca.


Born May 9: J.M. Barrie

May 09, 2016 03:30 AM

The Scottish-born creator of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, adapted his character from an original play to a novel. He donated the rights to the character to a hospital charity in 1929.


Born May 8: Robert Johnson

May 08, 2016 03:30 AM

With just 29 recorded songs, Robert Johnson altered the direction of blues music in the 1930s, and he continues to influence some of today's legendary rock and blues musicians.


In switch, Gross Switzerland collection sold privately; his Hawaii will be offered at New York show instead

May 06, 2016 03:29 PM

The planned May 29 auction of the William H. Gross collection of outstanding Switzerland rarities was pre-empted by a private sale.


Service Cross Medals forever stamps to be issued May 30 in New York City

May 06, 2016 02:59 PM

The four new stamps feature the Army’s Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross, and the Coast Guard Cross.


Jeopardy! to feature 2016 U.S. stamps

May 06, 2016 02:50 PM

A stamp category will be featured on the popular quiz show Jeopardy! on May 10. It is expected that the clues will be about U.S. stamps being issued in 2016.


1766 repeal of the Stamp Act is celebrated with a stamp of its own

May 06, 2016 12:57 AM

The new stamp marks the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act, described by the Postal Service as “British legislation that galvanized and united the American colonies and set them on a path toward revolution.”


Second set of stamps celebrating World Stamp Show-NY 2016 in 24-stamp pane

May 06, 2016 12:06 AM

The United States Postal Service is again commemorating World Stamp Show-NY 2016 with a set of two forever stamps that will be issued at the show on opening day, May 28.
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