Stamp Collecting

September 15, 1997

Entirely Microprinted U.S. Stamp 

On September 15, 1997, the USPS issued a stamp whose vignette consisted entirely of microprinting. The experimental printing technique was used to discourage and protect against counterfeiting. 

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1918 $2 Franklin, orange red and black color error
August 19, 1918

U.S. #523 Color Error 

US #523, the 1918 $2 orange-red Franklin error stamp, was first used on or around August 19, 1918. However, it would be two years before the error was discovered.

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1935 16¢ Great Seal of United States stamp
December 1, 1921

The USPOD Philatelic Agency 

On December 1, 1921, the US Post Office Department opened its Philatelic Agency in Washington, DC, to the benefit of stamp collectors.

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 Item #M396 – Mint Philatelic Truck souvenir sheet with gum. Click image to order.
May 9, 1939

Philatelic Truck Begins its Journey

On May 9, 1939, the Philatelic Truck departed the White House on a cross-country journey to introduce thousands of Americans to the exciting world of stamps.

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 US #1474 was issued at collector request for a “stamp of their own.”
December 1, 1921

The USPOD Philatelic Agency 

On December 1, 1921, the US Post Office Department opened its Philatelic Agency in Washington, DC, to the benefit of stamp collectors.

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