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A sampling of Hussey’s designs, left to right: 1865 2¢, Sc. 87L38; 1875 (2¢), Sc. 87L52; 1877 unstated value, Sc. 87L56.

The Hussey Locals

from January 2016, U.S. Stamp News Magazine EXTRA!

by George Sloane

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Modern U.S. Varieties: Not all printers of U.S. stamps work for the USPS

from May 2012, U.S. Stamp News Magazine

by Rudy de Mordaigle

Who would have thought? Modern U.S. postage stamps and Viagra are in the same boat. Now you know why your stamp collection is exciting. Actually, that boat turns out to be
North Korean, from a country whose economy could use some stimulation. In that line, North Korea has been printing bogus U.S. currency, and, as though passing supernote $100 bills wasn’t enough, they’ve tried their hand at U.S. postage stamps. Here’s a small slice of the story, from an op ed piece by Peter Brookes that first appeared in the New York Post and then in the Boston Herald in 2006.

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First U.S. Air Mail Booklet

from August 2010, U.S. Stamp News Magazine

by Jeremy A. Lefsey

In 1928, ten years after the first air mail stamp was issued in 1918, the United Post Office Department issued the first U.S. Air Mail booklet. It contained six 10 cent stamps, i.e. two panes of three enclosed between interleaving and two light cardboard covers to protect the stamps. The price of the booklet was $.61, not the $.60 face value of the stamps. The stamps contained in the booklet commemorated Col. Charles A. Lindbergh's transatlantic flight in May 1927.

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