General Stamp Collecting

CBS Sunday Morning Airs Stamp Collecting Segment

Exciting news – for the first time in its 36-year history, CBS Sunday Morning will air a segment on stamp collecting! The show is scheduled to run on Sunday, January 18th, at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. As a collector, you may want to watch.

Correspondent Rita Braver interviewed several leading members of our hobby, including Ken Martin of the APS, organizers of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, Bill Gross and outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. In addition to visiting the National Postal Museum’s William H. Gross Gallery, Braver and her film crew also attended a Collector’s Club Youth Stamp Club meeting. According to reports, vintage background footage showing stamps will be part of the segment, too.

It will be fun to see collecting in the news. All of us feel a personal connection to the story. As you recall, Mystic owned the 1¢ Z Grill and traded it with Bill Gross for the Jenny Invert Plate Number Block.

Don Sundman (left) exchanging the 1¢ Z Grill for the Jenny Invert Plate Number Block.  Bill Gross was represented by Charles Shreve (right).

Don Sundman (left) exchanging the 1¢ Z Grill for the Jenny Invert Plate Number Block. Bill Gross was represented by Charles Shreve (right).

 

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Holiday Snowflakes Identifier

Snowflakes are the subject of this holiday stamp set, which includes four designs in four different varieties.  This key will help you identify your stamps.  And click on the images for more production information and neat stories about snowflakes!

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Unusual Ways of Delivering Mail

You know trains, planes and automobiles have been used to deliver mail through the years.  But check out these quirky ways the postal service gets the job done!

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ZIP Code Hootenanny

1511In 1963, the US introduced a “Zone Improvement Plan” designed to move mail more efficiently.  Used in postal addresses, the five-digit code helped “ZIP” mail along more quickly.  Zip codes were optional until 1967, when they became mandatory.

Some members of the public were resistant to change, prompting the US Postal Service to make this film to raise awareness.  Sit back and enjoy as the “Swinging Six” tout the advantages of using zip codes!

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Come Fly with Early Airmail Pilots

This series of videos was produced in 1935 by the U.S. Postal Service to promote airmail service and showcase the DeHavilland DH-4 plane.  Part 1 features a daylight flight, while Part 2 shows how lighted beacons guided the way at night. We love the retro feel – and how it feels like you’re flying along with those pioneering pilots!

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The Stickney Press: a Revolution in Stamp Production

Benjamin Stickney and the rotary printing press that bears his name, circa 1920.

Benjamin Stickney and the rotary printing press that bears his name, circa 1920.

Benjamin Rollin Stickney isn’t a household name.  In fact, he’s not known at all today outside of collectors and a handful of government workers.  But Stickney caused a revolution in stamp production that saved the government time and money.  Lots of money. Stickney was born in Port Henry, a tiny town located on the shores of Lake Champlain in New York’s Adirondack Park.  While working at a machine shop in nearby Ticonderoga, he met Hattie Delano, a cousin of FDR. At the age of 26, Stickney began working as a mechanic with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.  He soon married Hattie and moved to Washington, D.C.   Continue reading

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