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Breaking Stamp News

National Postal Museum to show Mulready-Penny Black cover National Postal Museum to exhibit Mulready-Penny Black early use
A British Mulready 1-penny lettersheet franked with a British Penny Black postage stamp and postmarked May 2, 1840, will be exhibited May 3-11 at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamps and Postal History

U.S. Stamp Notes: Cancellations mistaken for overprints Cancellations can be mistaken for overprints if struck just so
Periodically in this column we look at United States stamps with cancellations that could be mistaken for overprints if the stamps were seen off cover. (Read more...)

Stamp Market Insights

Stamp Market Tips: Hunt for watermarked Franklin Hunt for watermarked Franklin
United States — The 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the 1910 imperforate 1¢ green Benjamin Franklin stamp on paper with the “U S P S” watermark in a single line (Scott 383) at only $4.25 (Read more...)

International Stamps and Postal History

New Stamps of the World: weather stamps Stamps portray rain, storms, other weather phenomena
The Hong Kong Observatory and Hong Kong Post collaborated in the design and release of six Weather Phenomena stamps and two souvenir sheets March 27. (Read more...)

Postal News

Washington Postal Scene: Manabe speech raises interest Manabe speech raises interest
The woman who supervises the stamp program at the United States Postal Service is once again raising eyebrows. (Read more...)

Editorial Insights

Market trends reflected in catalog values; classic stamps up, most modern down
Vol. 1 of the 2015 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue has been available for purchase for about a month, and I am happy to report that sales have been brisk. (Read more...)