newsFor free: Philatelic Foundation serves up digitized Stanley Ashbrook files
May 29, 2017 09:00 AMThe Philatelic Foundation has digitized Ashbrook’s files and made them available free on its website. The digitization was made possible through a grant from the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust. Ashbrook’s archive comes in the form of scrapbooks, index cards, and color photographic slides.
newsIn the path of totality: where and when the Total Solar Eclipse stamp will debut
May 27, 2017 07:00 AMPart of the new nondenominated (49¢) Total Solar Eclipse forever stamp is printed with a thermochromic material that will normally appear as a black disk on the stamp, representing the moon blocking the sun, as viewed from Earth.
newsQuad City club’s annual Stamp Out Cancer auction raises more than $9,200
May 09, 2017 09:00 AMWorldwide material is offered on one side of the room, while U.S. items are auctioned on the other side. Some bidders sit in the middle so they can participate on both sides, often with great success.
newsLinn’s 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll results, scarce Islamic revolution cover echoes political changes: Week’s Most Read
May 05, 2017 09:30 AMAlso this week, we tip a revenue stamp featuring a mythical creature, and the U.S. Postal Service's first forever stamp marks a significant anniversary.
newsThe affordable ways to collect essays and trial color proofs
May 05, 2017 09:00 AMSeveral readers asked for a sequel to my last column that would discuss affordable essays. The two other topics were Departmental proofs and an in-depth article on the various aspects of plate proofs. As a result, you have before you an introduction to collecting essays and trial color proofs on a budget.
newsThe ‘terrible nightmare’ behind the April cartoon caption contest winner
May 04, 2017 01:00 PMThe United States Supreme Court was much in the news during the presidential campaign of 2016, and President Donald Trump’s filling the vacancy following the death of Antonin Scalia just after his Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration kept the subject on the front pages.
newsCollectors continue to favor line-engraved, soakable stamps
May 01, 2017 07:00 PMThe Classics Forever stamps feature redrawn designs of the black 1851 12¢ Washington (Scott design number A16), the blue 1851 1¢ blue Franklin (A5), the 1860 24¢ gray lilac or blackish violet Washington (A17), the 1860 90¢ blue Washington (A19), the 1866 15¢ black Lincoln (A33), and the 1861 1¢ blue Franklin (A24). The stamps were issued June 1, 2016.