Where you can find the newly revised APS judging and exhibiting manual

October 29, 2016 07:00 PM

The new manual significantly revises much of the information previously published in the last edition.


A U.S. Aloha Shirt stamp booklet issued in 2012 is hot in 2016: Tip of the Week

October 28, 2016 05:00 PM

The Aloha Shirt stamp booklet popular today is one that was overlooked by most collectors and many dealers back in 2012.


American Philatelic Center hosts Summit on the Future of Philately

October 28, 2016 03:30 PM

More than 30 participants from all over the United States gathered at the American Philatelic Center to discuss ways to grow the hobby.


Give us your best caption for this New England Neptune stamp

October 28, 2016 01:00 PM

Use your imagination and put the shell up to your ear. Listen real hard; then tell us what you think you hear.


Rare evidence of a postcard returned prior to 1941 rule change

October 27, 2016 07:00 PM

The history of how undeliverable postal cards and postcards were returned by the United States Post Office Department is complex.


How souvenirs were once sent through the mail

October 27, 2016 01:00 PM

Size limitations of the United States Postal Service eliminate the sorts of things that used to be sent by enthusiastic travelers in the old days.


What is the tiny printing in the delivery address area of these advertising covers?

October 26, 2016 05:00 PM

Covers with this printing constitute a small part of advertising covers, perhaps one in every 600 to 750 covers in a regular listing that John Hotchner receives.


When a Postal Service form the public was not likely to see surfaces

October 25, 2016 02:00 PM

There are undoubtedly hundreds if not thousands of internal Postal Service forms that the general public never sees, but occasionally we will catch a glimpse.


Born Oct. 25: Bobby Thomson

October 25, 2016 03:30 AM

The "Shot Heard 'Round the World" was a game-winning home run hit by Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants in the bottom of the ninth inning in a final playoff game against the rival Brooklyn Dodgers.


Born Oct. 24: Moss Hart

October 24, 2016 03:30 AM

A legend of the Broadway theater, Moss Hart's successful comedies include the Pulitzer Prize-winner You Can't Take It With You in 1936.


The U.S. stamp that’s in demand by Chinese collectors

October 22, 2016 02:00 PM

For the second straight week, our experts tip off philatelists to a U.S. stamp which is popular due to its demand in China.


Born Oct. 22: Jimmie Foxx

October 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Jimmie Foxx was a slugging sensation during his 20 Major League seasons, garnering three Most Valuable Player awards, and baseball's Triple Crown.


Tracking a World War II POW whose mail was ‘Returned to Sender’

October 21, 2016 05:00 PM

The heart of the sender of the letter shown nearby must have skipped a beat when it was returned with the notice, “Returned to Sender By Direction of the War Department Undeliverable as Addressed.”


Born Oct. 21: Carrie Fisher

October 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Famed for her role as Leia Organa in the Star Wars film series, Carrie Fisher is also an author whose latest book, The Princess Diarist, is a memoir.


Born Oct. 20: Bela Lugosi

October 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Bela Lugosi, who appeared in more than 100 films, was also an active stamp collector. He is best known for his title role in the 1931 movie Dracula.


U.S. stamp’s earliest documented use finally confirmed

October 19, 2016 05:00 PM

Until the recently published 2017 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog, there was no EDU date listed for the Type II Oliver Wendell Holmes coil stamp.


Allen Kane celebrated at first-day ceremony for Florentine Madonna and Child stamp

October 19, 2016 10:24 AM

The United States Postal Service dedicated its 2016 Florentine Madonna and Child Christmas stamp with tributes to Italy and a former postal official who has hosted many of Washington’s first-day ceremonies. The Oct. 18 release of the forever holiday stamp drew a small audience of about 150 people to the National Postal Museum on Capitol Hill.


Born Oct. 19: John McLoughlin

October 19, 2016 03:30 AM

As a business and community leader in the Pacific Northwest, John McLoughlin was a prominent force in the establishment of the Oregon Territory.


Nativity forever stamp: When and where the third 2016 U.S. Christmas stamp will be issued

October 16, 2016 07:00 PM

The stamp will be the second U.S. Christmas stamp with a religious theme issued within a three-week period.


U.S. Hanukkah stamp gets a new look

October 16, 2016 02:00 PM

“The 2016 Hanukkah stamp features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home,” the USPS says.


Chinese president honored on in-demand U.S. stamp: Tip of the Week

October 14, 2016 05:00 PM

Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a nationalist revolutionary who led the movement to overthrow the last emperor of China and establish a republic.


Jack-o’-Lantern first-day ceremony draws a crowd

October 14, 2016 01:00 PM

Anoka, Minn., calls itself the “Halloween Capital of the World.” The city of more than 17,000 people is at the north edge of the Twin Cities area.


Born Oct. 14: Allison Davis

October 14, 2016 03:30 AM

A leader in the effort to eliminate cultural bias, educator Allison Davis was honored in 1994 on a 29¢ stamp in the Black Heritage series.


Figuring out exactly when ‘bar code blockers’ were in use

October 13, 2016 01:00 PM

Mistakes happen, and when they do, there must be some way to eliminate them or at least reduce their impact.


APS, ASDA plan Oct. 28 philatelic summit

October 12, 2016 07:00 PM

During celebrations for the grand opening of the American Philatelic Research Library, hobby leaders will meet to discuss issues of shared concern.


Why would an 1844 cover feature a 1934 stamp?

October 12, 2016 05:00 PM

A combination cover, one from an earlier period to which a newer (and related) stamp has been attached and canceled, does not usually have a 90-year space between its first use and the addition of a new stamp.


Born Oct. 11: Harlan F. Stone

October 11, 2016 03:30 AM

After serving as Attorney General of the United States, Harlan F. Stone was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1925, and became Chief Justice in 1941.


Soaking U.S. Classics Forever stamps requires hot water and patience

October 08, 2016 07:00 PM

Not so long ago, most U.S. self-stick stamps were printed on paper with a water-soluble layer between the stamp paper and the adhesive. This allowed the stamp to be soaked without difficulty, leaving the adhesive layer on the envelope paper.


It’s all politics: Read the winning entries of the September cartoon caption contest

October 08, 2016 09:00 AM

The difference between flowers and politics — be it the odor, the view or the level of enjoyment — dominated the entries in the September cartoon caption contest.


Titanic memorabilia goes beyond mailed covers

October 07, 2016 05:00 PM

Ordinarily John Hotchner does not include in his U.S. Stamp Notes column covers that were not mailed. But this is a special case.


Diwali stamp ceremony a celebration filled with joy and gratitude

October 07, 2016 03:00 PM

The 80-minute ceremony at the Consulate General of India in New York City was in every way a celebration of the new stamp, which has been requested for many years by members of the Indian community in the United States.


Wonder Woman stamps welcomed in NYC ceremony

October 07, 2016 02:00 PM

In the midst of the annual New York Comic Con, four U.S. stamps honoring superhero Wonder Woman were issued Oct. 7 to mark her 75th anniversary.


Die cut shifts on Halloween stamps revealed, recent U.S. stamps selling above face value: Week’s Most Read

October 07, 2016 09:31 AM

Also this week we looked at how stamps tell us fall has arrived, and how postal history tells the story of the atomic bomb's design, assembly and testing.


A brief history of U.S. stamp ceremony programs

October 06, 2016 06:00 PM

It is not often that the United States Postal Service gives a collectible away for free, but it does so every time a ceremony is held for a stamp issuance.


The first woman elected to U.S. Senate and her sought-after stamp

October 06, 2016 02:00 PM

Some collectors missed her Distinguished Americans stamp when it was issued and are looking for it now.


When and where the Madonna and Child Christmas stamp will be issued

October 06, 2016 12:15 AM

The artist portrayed the Madonna and the standing infant Jesus in front of a tangle of flowering roses in pink, white and red. Mary holds the baby delicately with both hands.


Born Oct. 6: Brien McMahon

October 06, 2016 03:30 AM

U.S. Sen. Brien McMahon was commemorated on a stamp in 1962 "for his role in opening the way to peaceful uses of atomic energy."


Born Oct. 5: Edward Trudeau

October 05, 2016 03:30 AM

After watching his brother die of tuberculosis, and then contracting the disease himself, Edward Trudeau searched for an effective treatment.


New Scott numbers handed out to recent U.S. stamp issues

October 04, 2016 03:55 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in the catalogs and learn about their production and values.


Born Oct. 4: Buster Keaton

October 04, 2016 03:30 AM

Comedic film actor and director Buster Keaton got his start during the era of silent movies. His films today are considered cultural treasures.


Born Oct. 2: Wallace Stevens

October 02, 2016 03:30 AM

Twentieth century American poet Wallace Stevens received two National Book Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collections.


$5 Lantern is top denomination in Americana series

October 01, 2016 07:00 PM

Of the three dollar-denominated Americana stamps, the $5 Lantern is comparatively harder to find on cover. As with the $1 and $2 stamps, it was primarily used to pay postage on heavy parcels or on mailings requiring additional fees for registry and other services.
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