U.S. Stamps and Postal History

WWII Army yuletide greetings from the South West Pacific U.S. Stamp Notes: WWII Army yuletide greetings from the South West Pacific
The yuletide postcard presented here, front and back, recently crossed my desk. Canceled Dec. 8, 1944, it is a Christmas greeting from a United States Army enlisted man assigned to the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, at APO (Army Post Office) 928-2. (Read more...)

Rudolph and friends on postmarks Rudolph and friends on postmarks
The United States Postal Service has added four faces to its holiday-season postmarks from locations all over the country. (Read more...)

Seventeenth $5 Alexander Hamilton cover found on eBay Seventeenth $5 Alexander Hamilton cover found on eBay
Since the first commercial on-cover use of the United States $5 Alexander Hamilton stamp (Scott 1053) was discovered in 1996, just 16 more have been documented, for a total of 17. (Read more...)

War of 1812 series concludes with Battle of New Orleans War of 1812 series concludes with Battle of New Orleans
The first United States stamp to be issued in 2015 will be the last stamp in a series that has continued over almost three years. (Read more...)

Magi stamps sold out at USPS online sites Magi stamps sold out at USPS online sites
The Christmas Magi forever stamp issued Nov. 19 is no longer available for ordering from the United States Postal Service’s retail websites. (Read more...)

Philadelphia commemorates Wilt Chamberlain’s achievements Philadelphia commemorates Wilt Chamberlain’s achievements
The city of Philadelphia, Pa., is paying tribute to basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain with two commemorative postmarks dated Dec. 10 and Dec. 13. (Read more...)

USPS Wilt Chamberlain video online USPS Wilt Chamberlain video online
The United States Postal Service has published a new video with clips from the Dec. 5 Wilt Chamberlain first-day ceremony, and interviews with basketball hall of famer Julius Erving and Chamberlain’s sister Selina Gross. (Read more...)

Press sheets for $2 Circus souvenir sheet sold out quickly Press sheets for $2 Circus souvenir sheet sold out quickly
The press sheet for the $2 Circus souvenir sheet scheduled for release Dec. 10 sold out several days prior to the issue date, and the United States Postal Service is removing it from sale. (Read more...)

Tied U.S. Christmas seal variety sells for record price on eBay Tied U.S. Christmas seal variety brings record price in recent auction on eBay
An example of a rare United States Christmas seal tied on a postcard set a record sale price in an eBay auction that closed Nov. 4. (Read more...)

Airmail flew with red and blue borders Airmail flew with red and blue borders
About 20 percent of the work of the National Postal Museum’s philately department involves answering public inquiries. Most of these are pretty routine, but occasionally they are an opportunity to do research and learn something. (Read more...)

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