US Stamps

Chain reaction: one update leads to another

May 7, 2024, 11 AM
The pane of 12 Pioneers of American Industrial Design forever stamps (Scott 4546) was designed by Margaret Bauer.

Philatelic Foreword by Jay Bigalke

Sometimes the updates made to the Scott catalogs come in the strangest manner and affect Linn’s Stamp News, too. One such example was prompted by a small note in the April 18 issue of the Postal Bulletin published by the United States Postal Service.

The headline read, “Update: Stamp Announcement 11-31: Pioneers of American Industrial Design Stamps,” and the notice provided an update to the May 19, 2011, announcement for those stamps. The update corrected the name of the designer and typographer to Margaret Bauer instead of Derry Noyes.

The pane of 12 Pioneers of American Industrial Design forever stamps (Scott 4546) is shown nearby.

At first, I did a double take, wondering if I was looking at the right bulletin or if I had clicked the wrong link. Nope, that wasn’t it.

So, 13 years later, the designer was updated, and, as a result, the Scott catalog editors went into our database and updated the designer’s name based on the new information.

Linn’s asked U.S. Postal Service spokesman Jim McKean for comment on the announcement.

“It was brought to our attention that there was a mistake in the original Postal Bulletin item,” he said. “We were asked if we could rectify it, which we did so that we could correct the information previously provided.”

So with that, the Postal Service updated its information, and so did the Scott editors. The designer note in the catalog isn’t typically a spot that needs to be updated.

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