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Postal history in Dec. 8-12 Rumsey auction Postal history in Dec. 8-12 Rumsey auction; Graham naval covers, free franks and more
Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions will present its huge winter sale Dec. 8-11, followed by an auction of the Robert Karrer collection of Charleston postal history on Dec. 1 (Read more...)

Indiana town of Santa Claus celebrates its namesake Indiana town of Santa Claus celebrates its namesake in December
Santa Claus, a small community in Indiana, is continuing its annual tradition of providing a special Christmas cancel. (Read more...)

Book details Spellman Museum postal history symposium
On May 2, the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Mass., hosted a symposium to celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary. (Read more...)

Classic Stamps of the World: First Latvian issues First Latvian issues made good use of German army castoffs
Recycling was a matter of practical necessity long before the word was coined and assumed its modern connotation of environmental good practice. A case in point is the first stamps of Latvia, issued Dec. 18, 1918 (Scott 1 and 2). (Read more...)

Great Britain Philately: Children’s toys on stamps Topical Great Britain: collecting children’s toys on stamps
With around 3,000 commemoratives issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain is a rich resource for stamps for topical and thematic collections. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: Magic squares and optical illusions Stamps show magic squares, palindromes and optical illusions
New stamps from Macau and Belgium present challenges for the mind and the eye, respectively. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Christmas seal earliest uses A bumper crop of updates for Christmas seal earliest uses
It has been an exceptional year for new reports of earliest known uses (EKUs) of United States Christmas seals released in 1908 to 1935. T (Read more...)

Red, White and Blue coil second plate number found Red, White and Blue coil second plate number found
The United States nondenominated (49¢) Red, White and Blue forever coil stamp issue (Scott 4894-4897) has been found with a new plate number, C12. T (Read more...)

Winter Fun and Rudolph press sheets with die cuts sold out Winter Fun and Rudolph press sheets with die cuts sold out
Two recent press sheets issued by the United States Postal Service have sold out. (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: use of invalid stamps Research uncovers new details about use of invalid stamps
The previous Modern U.S. Mail column in Linn’s Nov. 10 issue was titled “Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail from 1954 to the present.” (Read more...)

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