Friday, August 13, 2010

National stamp collecting show being held in Richmond

At age 6, James Chenevert found his passion while nosing through his father Donald's battered suitcase.

Therein was his dad's stamp collection, which Donald Chenevert, a lawyer, had started as a teenager, having picked up the philatelic bug from his father.

Bound by blood -- and stuck on stamps -- three generations of Cheneverts are attending the American Philatelic Society's annual show, held for the first time in Richmond. The four-day event opened yesterday.

"The average person who's sending something in the mail doesn't understand the value of . . .

Full story at: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Winslow Homer Classic Portrait Featured in American Treasures Postage Stamp Series

RICHMOND, VA — Considered one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century, Winslow Homer is being honored today on a U.S. commemorative postage stamp.

The new 44-cent stamp was dedicated here at the American Philatelic Society StampShow 2010, the largest annual postage stamp show held in the United States. It is the ninth issuance in the American Treasures series and features Boys in a Pasture, an 1874 oil-on-canvas painting by Homer. The painting is part of the Hayden Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.

“The American Treasures stamps are amazing works of art, and today, we are very pleased to . . .

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Post Office issues stamps with Archie comics cartoon characters

HAVERHILL -- First there was the comic strip. Then came a comic book that featured the comic strip characters. They became so popular that their story eventually spun off to a TV cartoon series.

And the "Archie" gang keeps on delivering.

Now the faces of the locally based comic strip characters are showing up in post offices everywhere. The U.S. Postal Service has released a series of stamps celebrating five newspaper comic strips, including "Archie," which was based on . . .

Full story at: Boston Herald

Monday, August 9, 2010

Smithsonian's National Stamp Collection Celebrates 125 Years with Exhibit

The National Philatelic Collection celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2011, making it the oldest intact national stamp collection in the world.

Collecting History remembers a few of the hundreds of donors who have given their collections to the Smithsonian for the benefit of the nation. It explores the decisive role of twelve successive curators in developing the national collection and exhibiting it to the public.

Lastly, it invites you to consider the importance of this national treasure and reflect on what the material within it can teach us about world cultures and the American experience. . . .

Full story at: Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Friday, August 6, 2010

Stanley Gibbons benefits from stamp collecting boom

The GB30 Rarities Index, which tracks the price of classic British stamps, is up 7% this year

Philately is back in fashion, according to stamp collecting and autographs group Stanley Gibbons, with sales of British specimens enjoying a boom as a flurry of new collectors buy them as investments.

Despite the generally gloomy economic times, Stanley Gibbons's sales of British stamps to collectors are up 74% so far this year. They were boosted by . . .

Full story at: The Guardian

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Arkansas Tops Duck Stamp Poll

MCCLUSKY, N.D. --( National Duck Stamp Collectors Society President Ira Cotton has announced the results of the annual Duck Tracks Duck stamp poll.

Each years the society’s journal illustrates all the previous year’s state Duck stamps and asks its knowledgeable members to vote for the best and worst designs and for their favorite Duck stamp. The annual poll has been a Duck Tracks feature since 1995.

In the 2009 Duck Stamp Poll, the Arkansas stamp was the clear winner, capturing both the Best Design and . . .

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Collecting Buddhist postage stamps

A Buddhist and stamps collector has been integrating his faith with his interest as he has a special preference for collecting stamps with Buddhism theme.

Shu Zhonghan has sorted out thousands of the stamps he collected according to the themes such as the Four Great Bodhisattvas, the Four Great Buddhist Mountains, Buddhist figures and the biography of Gautama Buddha. Each of the theme has lots of stories to tell.

The stamps he collected are from around the world such as China, Japan, Korea, India, Thailand and even Muslim countries which . . .

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Post Office on the Lookout for Victims of "Granny Scam"

Postal workers try to persuade elderly not to send money to fraudsters

EDMONTON — Seniors targeted in a long-running scam are starting to show up in an unlikely location: the post office.

Canada Post employees across Western Canada have seen possible victims of the so-called 'Granny Scam' coming through their doors in growing numbers, said spokeswoman Lillian Au.

In the past month alone, targets of the fraud have tried to send money from post offices in . . .

Full story at: Edmonton Journal