A ground-breaking stamp was quietly issued on May 18, 1981. For the first time in U.S. history, a coil stamp featured its own unique design rather than simply copying that of the current definitive stamp. Fifty more coil stamps would be issued over the course of the next 15 years, each picturing a different mode of transportation.
The various denominations provided face values to exactly match the rates for several categories of Third Class mail (bulk rate and quanity-discounted mail). As the rates changed, new stamps with new values were added. Never before had a stamp series included so many fractional cent values.
Most of the stamps in the Transportation Series were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, although a few were printed by private contractors. All but a few of the later stamps were produced by engraved intaglio. Differences in precancels, tagging, paper and gum provide a large number of varieties.
The popular Flora and Fauna stamp series is fun to own – the stamps picture animals, flowers, birds, fruit and more from across our great nation. Plus the stamps come in an array of varieties, so it’s interesting to identify each one and add it to your album.
Issued for the convenience of brides-to-be, these stamps are intended for use on wedding invitations and reply cards, serving as “harbingers of celebrations to come, decked out with pretty pastels, festive florals, and commemorative cakes.”
According to Wikipedia, folklore “consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs included in the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group.” With the American Folklore stamp series, the USPS captured the things that make our nation unique.
John Chapman, popularly known as Johnny Appleseed, is honored with this stamp. Chapman, while voyaging the Ohio River with two canoes filled with apple seed, traveled over 100,000 square miles planting apple orchards. Continue reading
This stamp was issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic first powered flight in 1903. This issue is the first in a series of international airmail stamps that honors American aviation pioneers and significant aviation developments. Continue reading
Owney the Postal Dog
Chances are you’ve heard about Owney the Postal Dog. Now you can enjoy the tale of the terrier mixed-breed dog with your young friends with this eBook from the National Postal Museum.