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From the Archives: The Incredible Postal Workers Aboard RMS Titanic

Early Sunday morning, May 31, 2009, Millvina Dean, the last survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic died in her sleep in Southampton, England. Only 2 months old when the "unsinkable" ship sank, Ms. Dean had no memory of that night, and only found out about her rescue from the ship when she was told so by her mother when she was 8 years old. Show More Summary

News and Views

Here's a recap of some interesting philately news:The U.S. Postal Service went from a $1.4 billion (US$) surplus to a $2.8 billion deficit in about 3 years according to this Yahoo article. Even with postage rates increasing this May,...Show More Summary

News and Views

Here's a recap of some interesting philately news:Curious to know why there are so many Chinese stamp collectors? Slate Explainer answers why philately is such a hot hobby in China. Part of the answer lies in the fact that the Chinese government promotes the hobby as a way of spawning national interest. Show More Summary

Important Administrative Message

On January 12, 2009, I, along with 90+% of my co-workers, was laid off with no formal notice from Goody's Family Clothing, a large Southeastern retailer in the midst of complete liquidation. I was let go without any severance pay, accrued vacation/personal time pay, nor benefits. Show More Summary

What Do I Do With An Inherited Stamp Collection?

Last week, I received the following e-mail, which I will paraphrase:My Mom inherited thousands of stamps about a year ago. We spent months looking them up in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog. After a couple of months of research, we came to the conclusion that in this very, very, old collection of stamps are some very rare stamps. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer Datasheet - New South Wales (Australian State)

This chart represents a detailed analysis of stamps issued by New South Wales (Australian State), as supported by the 2009 issue of Scott's Standard Postage Stamp Catalog..nobrtable br { display: none } New South Wales (Australian State)...Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - New South Wales (Australian States)

New South Wales, 1882 (Scott #65) Image courtesy Jay Smith & Assoc. New South Wales is the most populated state on the Australian continent. It is one of the six colonies that united to form the federation of Australia on January 1,Show More Summary

U.S. Postal Service Issues 14-Striped Flag Stamp

United States, 2008 Flags 24/7 On April 18, 2008, the United States Postal Service issued a new set of definitive stamps featuring beautiful paintings of an American Flag flying in the breeze. The images, captured at different times of the day show the flag flying at sunrise, at midday, at sunset, and at night. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - Ascension Island

Ascension, 1922 (Scott #3) Image courtesy Jay Smith & Assoc. Ascension Island is a small island located in the Atlantic Ocean, just seven degrees south of the Equator. Its approximate location is near the intersection of a line drawn due south of the westernmost part of Africa and a line drawn due east of the easternmost point of South America. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - Aruba

Aruba, 1986 (Scott #1) Traditional House The country of Aruba is a small, beautiful island located in the southern Caribbean, just a few miles north of Venezuela. Being outside of the usual ocean and wind currents that prevail in the...Show More Summary

10 Facts You Didn't Know About Houdini

It's Fun Friday -- time for some fun for the weekend. Enjoy today's post and I'll see you back here on Monday with more philatelic news and notes. United States, 2002 (Scott #3651) It is the epitome of fame when one can be identified solely by one name. Show More Summary

Why Do We Collect Stamps?

A recent spate of articles on the internet have promoted several themes as to why humans collect things. Written by psychologists sociologists, these articles attempt to explain some of the complex interactions that take place inside the human mind. Show More Summary

The Story Behind "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

In America, baseball is called the national pastime. Organized baseball was well into its glory years before other sports such as football, basketball, hockey and soccer were drawing much of an audience. Baseball has infected the American culture with its heroes, its jargon, and its cult of personality. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer - Armenia

Armenia Overprint One overprint used on early stamps Armenia is a small, mountainous, landlocked country bordered by Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. It is the smallest of the republics that gained independence following the collapse of the Soviet Union, of which it was a member.The country is called Hayastan in the native language. Show More Summary

The Bank That Was Sent Through the Post Office

It's Fun Friday -- time for some fun for the weekend. Enjoy today's post and I'll see you back here on Monday with more philatelic news and notes. "The Parcel Post Bank" Vernal, Utah The U.S. Post Office allows its customers to mail many things besides the familiar letter. Show More Summary

Stamp Issuer Datasheet - Armenia

This chart represents a detailed analysis of stamps issued by Armenia, as supported by the 2009 issue of Scott's Standard Postage Stamp Catalog..nobrtable br { display: none } Armenia Basic Philatelic Information Date of first recognized...Show More Summary

?Royal Mail Issues Alice in Wonderland Stamps

England's Bath Chronicle reports, "The Royal Mail is issuing a set of Alice in Wonderland stamps to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s tale."According to the paper's website,Show More Summary

The "Go-To" Guy to Sell Stamp Collections On-line

Joe Cortese, 62, owner of eBay company NobleSpirit, is featured in an article by reporter Nick Reid in the Concord, NH, Monitor.Cortese (shown here in his office)is eBay’s "go-to guy"for anyone who is looking to sell a stamp collection. Show More Summary

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