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Stamp Collectors Lead Interesting Lives

Tuesday January 31, 2012
I dealt with some of the changes in the stamp collecting world in Top U.S. Stamp Stories 2011. For such a relaxing and sedate hobby there is certainly a lot ... Read More

Philatelic Q & A: In Search of a Vanishing American Icon

Monday January 30, 2012
Looking at the new USPS international rate stamp picturing an Amish horse and cart on a road in Lancaster County, PA I noticed something in the background. A closer look showed ... Read More

Lawrence Block's Not-so-Hardboiled Philately

Sunday January 29, 2012
Are you up for some philatelic adventure? If you like philately in literature to play a large role in your vicarious fictional reading adventures, look to the exciting hard-boiled fiction ... Read More

Delivering Mail: National Postal Museum Wants You to Know What It Takes

Sunday January 29, 2012
The National Postal Museum wants us to be aware of what it takes to move the mail from here to there. Their new exhibit is titled "Systems at Work." It's ... Read More

Quick Take on Stamps -- The Amish Airmail

Sunday January 29, 2012
The new international rate stamp features an Amish carriage, the very antithesis of the speed of delivery we attribute to airmail. Is the USPS trying to slip us a subliminal ... Read More

Bond Stamps to Add Some Zest to Royal Mail Offerings

Monday January 23, 2012
Some philatelists are getting their tongs all twisted over the coming James Bond stamps from the the U.K.'s Royal Mail. But if you're a Bond fan you might want to get ... Read More

Special Delivery is Guaranteed with Due Date Postmark

Monday January 23, 2012
As some parents-to-be play classical music near the mother's belly, hoping to create a great composer; or read great literature into the abdominal bulge, as if the belly button is ... Read More

Stamps That Go Bump in the Night

Monday January 23, 2012
"He was a stamp collector. Both of us -- philatelists." -- Writer Harlan Ellison on horror writer Robert Bloch, speaking during an appearance at Cinefamily, Jan. 19, 2012. Film buffs may ... Read More

VSC Offers Easy Access to Info on 2012 USPS Stamp Program

Monday January 16, 2012
Kudos to admin Lloyd de Vries and the folks that help him keep The Virtual Stamp Club on top of the news of the philatelic world: they've got a one ... Read More

Stamp Insider is a Fine Philatelic Publication

Saturday January 14, 2012
If you haven't checked out Stamp Insider yet, do it now. This is simply a good stamp club publication, covering a broad range of topics from eBay to youth philately ... Read More

Would Chinese Prefer Sticky Kitties to Philatelic Dragons?

Thursday January 12, 2012
The designer of the Chinese Year of the Dragon 2012 new year stamp, Chen Shaohua, has committed a sin in the eyes of his country's stamp collectors. He has scared ... Read More

Use Stamps on Mail During National Letter Writing Week

Thursday January 12, 2012
Here we are in the midst of NLWW. With the predominance of electronic and online communications, it feels quainter every year, doesn't it? On the other hand, receiving a letter from ... Read More

Lindsay Lohan, Philatelist

Sunday January 8, 2012
At first it was hard to tell if the online stamp collecting world was delighted or appalled when rumors that Lindsay Lohan is a stamp collector began surfacing. On the ... Read More

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