Royal Mail is issuing two sets of stamps to honor the television series Game Of Thrones, which is produced in Northern Ireland. Details here.
Winter Is Already Here
The Netherlands has issued the first of four minisheets commemorating the seasons. Winter features reptiles and amphibians!
First Look: John Lennon, Lena Horne, Mister Rogers and Lena Horne are the headliners, but there’s also World War I, flowers, education and ice pops. Details and illustrations here.
Our 2018 U.S. stamp program grid is here.
Last Updated: January 22: Details on January and February issues.
After some late additions, the 2017 U.S. stamp program is complete. There wasn’t a Legends of Hollywood stamp nor any for the Music Icons series, but we did get a Joint Issue and a semipostal.
Our 2017 U.S. stamp program grid is here.
Last Updated: January 8: Catalogue number for Alzheiimer’s.
Canada 2018 Stamp Programme
The subjects include Women in Winter Sports, Emergency Responders, Sharks, Year of the Dog and Jellybean Row. More information is here.
Updated January: Details on Year of the Dog and Far and Wide.
Year of the Dog from Australia
The external territory of Christmas Island is two-thirds Malaysian Chinese, who celebrate the Lunar New Year. Australia Post has issued two stamps. Details here.
Israel’s First Stamps of 2018
They feature music, animals, trains and World War I. Details here.
U.S. Rate Hike January 21
The Postal Service wants another penny for your thoughts, and there’s no reason permission won’t be granted. Details here.
Trump May Take APS President
The U.S. president has nominated the American Philatelic Society president to serve in his administration, in which case Mick Zais will resign his stamp collecting post. The latest here.
Hotchner: Too Busy to Collect Stamps?
You can’t possibly have more specialties than John Hotchner, belong to more stamp societies, write for more journals and… and… The veteran philaelic columnist tells how he does it… and how you can find time for stamp collecting, too.
Space Weather & Stamps
That’s the subject of a new handbook from the American Topical Association, which also addresses how solar storms affect you. Details here.
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And here’s the reason for the change.
"He called in James N. Tyner, second assistant posmaster genral, and announced, 'I have decided, Mr. Tyner, to ask for your resignation.’ Tyner blushed, his head dropping. ‘And to appoint you Postmaster-General."
— President Ulysses S. Grant, displaying “the mischievous side of his nature” in July 1876, as described in Ron Chernow’s Grant
Last Updated January 23, 2018