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An aviation flop led to stamp-collecting history and made the...

It would be the dawn of a new age, intrepid pilots winging into the skies for the first time with the U.S. mail. A letter from Washington could reach Philadelphia in an hour and a half, and New York City in another 90 minutes.



USPS, cachetmakers address Postal Service's cacheted first-day covers

A report on page 14 of the April 30 Linn's described two new products prepared and sold by the USPS. No. 10-size first-day covers were prepared for the Mister Rogers forever commemorative stamp issued March 23 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and for the STEM Education set of four stamps issued April 6 in Washington, D.C. "This past year several products have been created around education and geared to promote awareness around stamps and stamp collecting.



Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship accepting applications through May 15

"The program coordinates and funds transportation to, lodging during, and activities at; APS national shows, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and the American Philatelic Center for enthusiastic young collectors between the ages of 16 and 24," according to the society. "Additionally, YPLF connects participating Fellows with seasoned collectors, exhibitors, writers, and dealers to expand their perspectives and exposure in the philatelic world."



What to do with an inherited stamp collection

Non-collectors who inherit a stamp collection often appear at one of our meetings asking for help and wondering if their collection is valuable. Stamp collections only rarely contain extremely rare and valuable stamps.



Are these stamps true errors or near misses?

The first and third stamps in this trio of 18A New York University Library stamps are varieties not errors, because the red brown text is visible in the perforation tips at top in the first stamp and at bottom in the third. A normal stamp is shown in the middle for comparison.