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Confusion Over New Metered Postage Rate
On January 26, 2014 the USPS added a new pricing category called “metered mail” for a single first-class letter. For letters up to the 3.5 ounce weight limit franked with a meter imprint or any “postage evidencing system postage,” the first ounce cost is 48 cents.

Congo Free State Created Bicolored Stamps
From 1185 to 1908, the Congo Free State was a corporate state owned by the Belgian King Leopold II. The king was the sole shareholder and chairman of the Association Internationale Africaine, a dummy corporation with no direct connection to the Belgian government.

Cozying Up To A Postal Clerk
No matter how you start collecting stamps you are going to have to venture out further to find new specimens for your collection. Once you have exhausted your own mail and whatever your friends, neighbors, and relatives save for you, you will need to think a bit out-of-the-box.

Creating Collection Boundaries
If you are collecting flags on stamps, you can easily pick out the red-white-and-blue U.S. flag. The U.S. has issued dozens of stamps depicting our glorious flag. As such, anytime you see a U.S. stamp with the familiar symbol, you will likely add this stamp to your collection. Most U.S. stamps depic

Dealing With Stamp Dealers
Working with a stamp dealer is not the same as going down to your local hardware store to buy a screwdriver. A good stamp dealer will take an interest in what you are collecting.

Detecting Forged Stamps
If you don’t know which stamps in your collection are subject to forging, you may not realize that you may have any fakes in your collection until you decide to sell off your collection. Once a fake is spotted in your collection, your whole collection will come under a greater scrutiny.

Difference between A Stamp’s Condition And Grade
In essence stamps are nothing more than small pieces of paper. One can not emphasize the fragile nature of stamps enough.

Different Types Of Stamps
For many years, stamps have been a significant part of man’s history. In fact, it has been known as the single most motivating force for people to infuse history into the modern world of information technology. This goes to show that in spite of the various gadgets and mechanisms that we have been a

Don’t Forget Your Local Postal Clerk
Have you ever had something you wanted to do but the task has the appearance of a daunting threshold--something like wanting to be a stamp collector to actually becoming one. Perhaps you have other desires that are similar in nature. Well no matter how you begin or in which direction you go to colle

Donating Stamps To A Charity
Now that is it is tax season, a discussion on donating a stamp collection may be in order. I am not a tax expert and am not offering legal advice here.

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