Learn More about US Stamps

A Guide to the Many Different Papers Used to Print U.S. Stamps

There are many different types of paper that have been used to print US stamps.  That includes some styles or additions that, while not necessarily considered types, are worth noting when attempting to identify a stamp.  For example, here are the two paper types most often seen in the Banknote stamps: Hard White Other Names: … Read more

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Historic US Stamp Printers

Ever wondered who used to print stamps for the United States Postal Service? See below for information on a handful of past stamp printers. Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson (1847-1851) Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson (RWH&E) was the first firm to receive a government contract for designing and printing US postage stamps. RWH&E were responsible … Read more

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Identification Guide to Farley’s Follies Stamps

It can be a bit of a challenge to understand the small differences between Farley’s Follies stamps.  That’s why we’ve put together this handy identification guide, so you know exactly what to expect from the different varieties. This list of Scott numbers include stamps that were pre-cut to souvenir sheet size before being distributed to … Read more

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The Story of the 2013 $2.00 Upright Jenny Rarity

In 2013, the USPS released a $2.00 Inverted Jenny souvenir sheet with the original dies used to produce the 1918 24¢ Airmail stamp (US #C3) and famous invert error (US #C3a).  At the souvenir sheet’s First Day of Issue Ceremony (coinciding with the opening of the William Gross Stamp Gallery at the National Postal Museum), … Read more

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What You Need to Know About Owning Counterfeit U.S. Stamps

Counterfeit stamps have been around since the earliest days of postage stamps.  Some are easy to distinguish from the real thing, while others (especially modern counterfeits) are quite challenging. According to Scott Catalogue, “We use the term ‘forgery’ to indicate stamps produced to defraud collectors (properly known as forgeries) and to defraud stamp-issuing governments (properly known … Read more

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Modern US Stamp Printers

Have you ever wondered who prints stamps for the United States Postal Service? See below for information on a few of the most recent printers. Currently, stamps are printed by Ashton Potter and Banknote Corporation of America.   Ashton Potter: Ashton Potter, established in 1925, began printing stamps for Canada Post in 1970. After opening … Read more

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Elvis Presley – King of Rock ‘n’ Roll AND Postage Stamps

Ever since Elvis Presley’s death in 1977, fans across America clamored for a postage stamp honoring the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  The world’s first Elvis stamps were issued by St. Vincent in 1985 (four singles and four souvenir sheets), but the US still had nearly a decade to wait. Around 1988, Postmaster General Anthony … Read more

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The Scoop Behind Modern U.S. Imperforate Stamps

The US Postal Service made philatelic history in 2012 when it issued a small number of commemorative stamps in imperforate as well as perforate form.  These imperforate stamps were, and still are, a big deal in the stamp collecting world. 

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Discover the Fun of “Tagged” Stamps

On August 1, 1963, the United States Post Office Department issued our first stamp with “phosphorescent tagging” – the 1963 8¢ Airmail.  The tagging was done to speed up mail sorting and the cancellation process. (Get the full story here.) By the late 1950s, mail volume around the world was increasing dramatically.  Many countries began … Read more

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