Entries by James Senick

The Bridges Between Stamps and History

Recently, we’ve posted a few blog topics focusing on the connections between stamp art and politics, stamps and diverse cultures, as well as great people and their service to the World.  One of the most fascinating elements of stamp collecting is the connection between postage stamps and the people, places, and events they depict.  If […]

Speak up for Service Day

October 30 is National Speak up for Service Day.  This the day we recognize the importance of good deeds and kind acts that otherwise go unnoticed.  With the constant flow of daily information and the onslaught of what the media calls “news”, it is quite difficult to stay informed about all the little things that matter […]

Semi-Postals and Breast Cancer Awareness Postage Stamps

Since 1897 stamp issuing nations around the World have been issuing semi-postal stamps. What are Semi-Postal stamps?  Sometimes referred to as Charity Stamps, semi-postals are valid postage that actually cost more than their face value.  The additional surcharge these stamps carry is used to fund a recognized charity or cause.  For example, St. Vincent and […]

World Post Day

On October 9, 1874, the Universal Postal Union was formed in Bern, Switzerland where it is headquartered today.  The UPU is the governing body responsible for regulations and standards regarding the passage of mail among member nations and states.  The UPU currently has 192 members. Before the Universal Postal Union, specific agreements between nations were […]

Politics of Postage Stamp Designs

Discernment of the politics on Worldwide stamps depends a great deal upon when and where you see them… “The postage stamp […] has an ideological density per square centimetre that is probably more concentrated than any other medium of cultural expression.” – David Scott (expert in Textual and Visual Studies) Looking at the collectible postage […]

Stamps are Little Pieces of Art

Every year postal authorities around the World accept and approve of artwork to be used as postage stamp designs.  In the United States, the first 50 years of stamp artwork was mostly the portraits of great American leaders.  Since these early days many a topic, landmark, and public awareness theme have adorned U.S. stamps.  Talented artists […]

That Back to School Feeling

One of my favorite times of the year, back when I was young and later as a parent, was Back to School time.  Sometimes I still get a hint of that feeling when perusing office supplies.  For me, it was the planning and organization of it all that I found exciting.  I’m guessing many a […]

77 Years of Stamp Collectors’ Approval

One of the questions most frequently asked by new business colleagues, new employees, and new customers alike is, “Why does Jamestown Stamp Company place so much focus on its approval service?”  It’s an understandable question.  The arrival of the Internet changed the way we purchase many items.  Things we used to buy from mail-order catalogs […]

What are Approvals?

In his 1957 book, Standard Handbook of Stamp Collecting, Richard Cabeen describes the purchasing of stamps on approval as “one of the most important methods used in buying and selling stamps”.  In fact, Cabeen discusses stamps on approval first over all other methods of acquiring collectible stamps.  So, what is the “on approval” thing and […]