Enjoy our early classics of U.S. Stamps, from the beginning to the American Banknote Issues of 1890-93. All stamps are acuarately discribed and discount priced. And our 'no haggle' returns price applies. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason just return it within 14 days for a full refund.
This is the classic era of U.S. Commemorative Issues beginning with the Columbian Exposition Issues of 1894. Add the Trans-Mississippi Exposition Issues, Pan-American Exposition Issues, Louisiana Purchase Exposition Issues, Jamestown Exposition Issues plus the regular issues of 1902-03
The issues of 1920 through 1937 include the intriguing Farley Issues of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Administration, our Nations greatest postage scandal. Invest in your copy of the White Planes Souvenir Sheet of the International Philatelic Exposition, the United States first Souvenir Sheet. The National Parks Set is still a favored classic.
1938 produced the Presidential Series, known as the 'Prexies', depicting feach president in order that they served. George Washington is the 1¢ stamp, Abraham Lincoln is the 16¢ and so on, with the last presidents to be depicted on the dollar stamps to the Calvin Coolidge $5.00 stamp. This period also produced the first setentant issues when advances in printing allowed for more than one stamp to be printed on the same sheet of stamps.
The year 1965 brought us a new set of definitive issues; the Prominent Americans. This significant advance in U.S. Postal Issues broadened the field to include not only politicians and President, but artist, industrialists, scientists, and the Civil Rights Movement in Frederick Douglass. The commemorative issues were in full bloom, even producing a sheet of 50 different stamps; The sheet of 50 state flags.
Stamp collectors love the Transportation Series depicts just about every mode of transportation that one can image, from cars and trains to baby buggies, elevators, dog sleds and finally a seaplane. Booklet panes and a long list of topical issues highlight the commemorative issues, capped by a sheet of 50 stamps depicting North American Wildlife.
The years 1992 through began to define the modern stamp program of the United States Postal Service, with the introduction of annual Christmas Stamps, the introduction of the Black Heritage Series, the Legends of Hollywood, several panes honoring our musical heritage of jazz, blues, country, rock & roll, and classic sounds. The highlight of the period is the 10 pane set of Celebrate the Century stamps, telling the story of the American Century.
Scott Stamps #3257-3830D closed out the 20th Century and ushered in a new century, the 21st Century. Advances in printing made possible the Space Souvenir Sheet of 2000 (Scott #3409-3413) with holograms affixed to Photogravure printed Souvenir Sheets depicting advances in space exploration, culminating in the Moon Landing. Bring your collection up to date with the important stamps issued in this time period.
Scott #3831 of 2004 is a beautiful pane showing a Pacific Coral Reef with the stamps blending into the overall picture of sea life abundance. This section ends with the Christmas Issues of 2010. Highlighting the era is a series of 6 coils of 10 stamps each depicting the flags of the states and territories of the United States.
For 2011 the USPS began an annual series of coil stamps for use in regular mail. Fist was a pair of two depicting the Statue of Liberty and the Flag. For 2012 the program was expanded around a set of 4 flag stamps advancing 'Equality', 'Justice', 'Freedom' and 'Liberty'. These annual coils offer a challenging series of issues with variance in perforation, tagging and MicroImprintings.
Semi-Postal Stamps include a first class postage charge, plus an additional amount to fund a charity or community cause, such as health care and research. While semi-postals are an important element of some country collections, France, for example, has issued over 700 Scott Listed Semi-Postals, beginning in 1914, the United States has only issued four, beginning in 1998.
The first airmail route in the United States was over the 200 mile distance between New York and Washington, D.C., with a stop in Philadelphia. One round-trip flight was flown each day except Sunday. For the first few months, the airmail service was a joint effort of the War Department, which provided the planes and pilots, and the Post Office Department, which handled the mail.
Known as special delivery or express delivery, the United States was the first country to adopt this mode of posting mail, following the Universal Postal Union establishing the basis for the speedy delivery service. The first issues are pricy in mint condition, but much more reasonable in used condition. But their classic blue beauty makes them an essential for any collection in the best condition a collector's budget allows
Duck Stamps are issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior and are required to hunt migratory waterfowl such as ducks and geese. Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $800 million in revenue used to purchase or lease wetlands habitat in the United States. One of the most consistently beautiful stamps produced, to be chosen as the artist for the annual Duck Stamp is a milestone in the life of wildlife artists.
Back in the day each department of the government had its own stamps. Of course there were not as many departments of the Federal Government back then. The result was stamps for Agriculture theough the War Department. Beginning in 1983 a single stamp for all Official Mail was introduced and issued regularly until 2009.
In the day before Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes the Post Office offered a service dubbed 'PARCEL POST' for packages shipped 4th class. Airplane Topical Collectors Notice!...the 20¢ value of this set was the first stamps of any country to show an airplane; An 'Aeroplane Carrying Mail'.
Oops! I underpaid the postage. The Post Office found a solution with the Postage Due Stamp first issued in 1879. Up until 1985 these stamps could be a regular part of our mail as additional postage was collected upon delivery of a letter lacking sufficient franking. As with most stamps, these can be very affordable or quite pricy, or out-of-sight rare. But most albums allow space for these important stamps and every collection should have some.
Seemed like a good idea at the time. A stamp to pay for special handling of forth-class mail. However, because the service could be paid for using regular postage stamps the Special Handling Stamps never really took off, which is good news for collectors as they attractive stamps are a very affordable addition to your collection.