Did You Know

  • Did you Know? (Mar. 2023)
    The first non-denominated US stamps were Christmas stamps. Scott #1579 and 1580 were issued on October 14th, 1975.
  • Did you Know? (Feb. 2023)
    Many of Nicaragua’s stamps were issued depicting volcanos. Backers of the Panama route used these stamps on mail to the U.S. Congress to dissuade them from building the canal through Nicaragua due to the dangers of the volcanos.
  • Did you Know? (Jan. 2023)
    Postage rates are going up again on January 23rd, 2023. A first-class letter up to 1 ounce rises 3 cents to 63 cents, the postcard rate goes up 4 cents to 48 cents, but hey, the additional ounce rate stays the same at 24 cents. At least something didn’t increase!
  • Did you Know? (Nov. 2022)
    The APS had no library from 1929 until 1968. Really? Wow. Then Daniel Vooys, one of the founders, got it started back up. Look at the library (APRL) now!
  • Did you Know? (Oct. 2022)
    The Australia’s first stamps, issued in 1902, were postage due stamps. Even more oddly they borrowed the same design from colonial New South Wales postage due stamps, who borrowed the design from the first UnitedStates postage due stamps.
  • Did you Know? (Jul. 2022)
    The first stamp catalog was published in France in 1861 by Oscar Berger-Levrault. Even though it was titled as a catalog, it was really nothing more than a dealer’s price list.
  • Did you Know? (Apr. 2022)
    Postage rates are going up again July 1st 2022. The cost to send a 1-ounce letter will rise to 60 cents, additional ounce to 24 cents, and post cards to 44 cents. Ugh!
  • Did you Know? (Mar. 2022)
    There have been over 8,000 episodes of the TV game show Jeopardy! Stamps has appeared as a final jeopardy clue once.
  • Did you Know? (May 2022)
    The British first used red cancelation ink on the Penny Black. However, they quickly discovered that the red ink was too easy to remove in order to reuse the stamps so they changed to black ink. How did that work out?
  • Did you Know? (Feb. 2022)
    Revenue stamps known as tax paid stamps got their name from how the tax is shown paid on goods. Rather than a monetary amount of tax, the stamps show quantities of the product for which the tax was paid. Most tax paid stamps are issued by the States. A few do come from the IRS.
  • Did you Know? (Jan. 2022)
    The USPS estimates that it is losing about $200 million a year through the use of counterfeit stamps. If one sees forever stamps or high value stamps offered anywhere at steep discounts, you can bet that they are counterfeit.
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