PayPal Now Accepted At Stamps.org

Customers can now use PayPal when purchasing items through the American Philatelic Society website.

PayPal service is available for purchases from StampStore and APS specialty items, including books, souvenirs, and other merchandise.

There are currently more than 300,000 stamps and covers for sale on StampStore. More than 60 books, plus DVDs, neckties, polo shorts, hobby supplies, and event souvenirs are sold through the APS Specialty Shop.

Ft. Lauderdale Stamp Bourse Feb. 10–12

The American Stamp Dealers Association’s (ASDA) Winter Postage Stamp Show will be held February 10–12 at the War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304. Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free.

Patriotic Nonprofit stamp.
Patriotic Nonprofit stamp.

The show will feature:
• 14 dealers from across the nation that will be buying and selling.
• the United States Postal Service will issue the nondenominated Patriotic Nonprofit definitive stamp Friday morning at 11 a.m. The stamp is being issued in a coil of 10,000 format.
• USPS and the United Nations Postal Agency Booths for the latest new issues.
• a free appraisal service will be available Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Bring in those stamps/collections that you have inherited or been storing for years and they will put a value on your material and advise you on what to do.

For more information visit the ASDA website.

February 2017 American Philatelist Available Online

The February issue of The American Philatelist is now online for APS members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

Silver Fever! by Michael Mahler. A short-lived hunt in Nevada for precious metals — especially silver — helped create some fascinating documents and philatelic gems in the form of revenue stamps.

A Mystery at Geestemünde by Lawrence R. Mead. How did British stamps from an island in the North Sea end up with cancellations applied at a German dock?
AmeriStamp Expo Your guide to this year’s American Philatelic Society’s convention and winter show in Reno, Nevada, where a charitable cause will share the spotlight.

Featured Columns
Collecting Coast to Coast. A Philatelic Fracas by Wayne L. Youngblood. A look back at James C. Jay, a much-maligned character who got into trouble by creating and using his own collectibles.

APRL Notes. How to Build a Masterpiece by Charles J. O’Brien III. The final architect on the new APRL shows how all the pieces came together to create this destination for scholarly research.

Stamp Classics. Belgium’s Second Commemorative Issue by Joseph Iredale. A late 19th-century international exhibition in Brussels prompted some new stamps, which were designed via a public art contest.

Worldwide in a Nutshell. Azerbaijan by Bob Lamb. Azerbaijan, a Turkish-speaking republic in the eastern Caucasus, created its first stamps in the wake of World War I but stopped for several decades.

High-Value Stamp Marks Queen’s 65th Anniversary of the Accession

On February 6, 1952, King George VI died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House. His eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, who was in Kenya at the time, was proclaimed queen at the age of 25.

To commemorate the event, Royal Mail today issued a new sapphire blue £5 high-denomination definitive, with an iridescent overprint featuring the legend “65th Anniversary of Accession.”

The stamp features the familiar bas-relief portrait by Arnold Machin.

Queen Elizabeth II is Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

To mark the event, in addition to the stamp, Royal Mail is offering several commemorative covers, some which include a commemorative coin. For more information, visit www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts.

Canadian Opera Takes Spotlight With Five New Stamps

Two significant Canadian-penned operas and three talented individuals who helped to put modern Canadian opera talent on the world stage are featured on five stamps to be issued February 4.

The permanent stamps that pay the first-class domestic rate (currently 85 cents) are produced in booklets of 10 and a souvenir sheet of five.

Three stamps shine the spotlight on award-winning bass baritone Gerald Finley, internationally acclaimed soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and late director Irving Guttman, known as the “father of opera in Western Canada.”

Two stamps honor operas: the 1967 work Louis Riel, which romanticizes the life of the legendary Métis leader while Filumena is the tale of an Italian immigrant who was the only woman to be hanged in Alberta.

As with all stamp issues in 2017, these stamps have been treated with special tagging to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial. “Canada 150” will appear along the top of the stamps when they are viewed under black light.