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Postal myths: #2 The USPS isn’t part of the federal government

Postal myths: #2 The USPS isn’t part of the federal government

25-08-2019 News

Earlier this week we dealt with the popular belief that because the US Constitution mentions post offices, it would take a constitutional amendment to eliminate or privatize the USPS. Today we have the flip side of that myth- the belief that the US Postal Service isn’t part of the federal...

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Celebrating the 1989 Prehistoric Animals stamps

Celebrating the 1989 Prehistoric Animals stamps

10-08-2019 News

Among the highlights in the Aug. 26 issue of Linn’s Stamp News is Joe Brockert’s Philatelic Back Story column that recalls a special period during his tenure with the United States Postal Service: the development and production of the 1989 25¢ Prehistoric Animals stamps. The Aug. 26 issue of Linn’s Stamp...

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Military Working Dogs Forever Comes to StampShow 2019.

Military Working Dogs Forever Comes to StampShow 2019.

26-07-2019 News

The American Philatelic Society is pleased to announce that the StampShow 2019 festivities in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, will kick off with a special dedication ceremony for the newest U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp issue: Military Working Dogs Forever. On Thursday, August 1st, at 12 noon, join the U.S. Postal Service and...

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StampShow Seminars Promise Trains, Trans-Mississippis, and Holocaust Philately

StampShow Seminars Promise Trains, Trans-Mississippis, and Holocaust Philately

15-07-2019 News

Did you know that you can use covers to reconstruct old train routes across a map? Have you ever looked at a letter sent by your great great-grandmother and worked out who she was writing to through genealogy? Did you know that there are letters from the Holocaust that give...

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Transcontinental Railroad Stamp-Show and Tell at the Steamtown National Historical Site

Transcontinental Railroad Stamp-Show and Tell at the Steamtown National Historical Site

28-06-2019 News

Today's feature in the "Stamp-Show and Tell" series comes from APS member Ron Breznay, president of the Wyoming Valley Stamp Club: On May 10, 1869, two trains met at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory, to mark the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. On May 11, 2019, stamp...

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Britain remembers D-Day on stamps showing scenes of the WWII invasion

Britain remembers D-Day on stamps showing scenes of the WWII invasion

08-06-2019 News

Great Britain’s Royal Mail is commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious assault in history, on a set of 11 stamps being issued on June 6, the anniversary date. In announcing the stamps, Philip Parker of Royal Mail said, “The Allied assault of D-Day and Operation Overlord would prove...

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New Commemorative Stamp to Honor Former President George H. W. Bush

New Commemorative Stamp to Honor Former President George H. W. Bush

27-05-2019 News

The U.S. Postal Service rarely announces new stamps on a Saturday, but did so on April 6, 2019 in revealing the new stamp honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died November 30, 2018, at the age of 94. The “Forever” stamp will always be valued at the first-class 1-ounce...

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The USA Postmasters series

The USA Postmasters series

24-05-2019 News

By an Act of Congress of March 3, 1845 which came into effect on July 1 that year, postal rates throughout the US were revised. There was a time lag between the passage of this Act and an Act of March 3, 1847 which permitted the Postmaster General to issue...

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USPS to reschedule ceremony for Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps

USPS to reschedule ceremony for Tyrannosaurus Rex stamps

19-05-2019 News

The issue date for the set of four Tyrannosaurus Rex forever stamps is expected to change to late August, the U.S. Postal Service has announced. The planned ceremony date for the set of four Tyrannosaurus Rex forever stamps will be rescheduled, the United States Postal Service announced May 15. “Due to a...

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USPS creates Railroad proofs, book to sell as boxed set

USPS creates Railroad proofs, book to sell as boxed set

17-05-2019 News

The United States Postal Service is selling a boxed set in association with the Transcontinental Railroad forever stamp pane issued May 10 in Promontory Summit, Utah. The set contains six imperforate (not die cut) panes of what the Postal Service describes as progressive proofs, in the following forms: cyan proof, magenta...

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StampsTeach Offers Philatelic Educational Resources for K - 12 Students

StampsTeach Offers Philatelic Educational Resources for K - 12 Students

11-05-2019 News

For Teacher Appreciation Week 2019, the APS Education department is proud to present one of their most popular programs: StampsTeach. StampsTeach is a free program that provides K – 12 educators with ready-made learning activities and philatelic materials to use in their classrooms. This includes lesson plans and activities geared for...

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Holland, The Issue 1891: “The Infant Queen”

Holland, The Issue 1891: “The Infant Queen”

10-05-2019 News

King William III died on November 23, 1890. He was succeeded by his daughter Princess Wilhelmina, under regency of her mother, the Dowager Queen Emma. The Queen was only ten at the time and consequently the portrait shows the young sovereign of the Dutch in her early childhood. The issues...

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The most rare, expensive and valuable Chinese stamps

The most rare, expensive and valuable Chinese stamps

04-05-2019 News

The list of the top Chinese stamps, sold on public stamp auctions during last years. 1. $474,000, 2009, Hong Kong. The large version of The Whole Country is Red stamp, two times bigger than the original one, was sold in 2009 in Hong Kong. The stamp, issued in 1968 during the...

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Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly Honored by Upcoming USPS Stamps

Abstract Artist Ellsworth Kelly Honored by Upcoming USPS Stamps

02-05-2019 News

The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the career of artist Ellsworth Kelly with the issuance of 10 stamps celebrating his talent as a painter and sculptor. With these stamps, the Postal Service showcases examples of his wide-ranging body of work.Ellsworth Kelly issues On May 31, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service will...

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The most valuable and rare British stamps

The most valuable and rare British stamps

25-04-2019 News

A select few Victorian stamps are very rare for the obvious reason that they had a high face value. In an age when the average take-home pay of a working man was under £1 a week, it stands to reason that few stamps of that value would be purchased solely...

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Most Valuable Stamps - SBC (VIDEO)

Most Valuable Stamps - SBC (VIDEO)

21-04-2019 News

Let's countdown the most interesting valuable rare stamps out there today. This video explores the rare stamps that go for thousands and millions of dollars... such as the Inverted Jenny, the One Cent Magenta, and the Treskilling Yellow. Source: exploring stamps

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New Zealand sprinkles space stamps with meteorite dust

New Zealand sprinkles space stamps with meteorite dust

16-04-2019 News

New Zealand Post is honoring the country’s space pioneers on stamps that are “dusted with a sprinkling of crushed meteorite, to make them truly out of this world!” The five stamps will be issued May 1. Also, the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing will be among the U.S...

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