Founded in 1930, The United States Specialist, originally named The Bureau Specialist, has been published continuously since, and is the world’s leading journal of modern U.S. philately. Many important discoveries in U.S. collecting have been published in its pages.
Once concerned mainly with the output of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the Specialist now covers all U.S. issues, both classic and modern, regardless of the printer. Each month, articles by recognized specialists and scholars treat specific aspects of U.S. philately.
Over the years, The Specialist has been especially strong in reporting stamp printing technology related to plate varieties, plate layouts, marginal markings and plate numbering. Many of the varieties it has reported arc now major listings in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.
In recent years, The Specialist has been examining specific stamp issues in detail. For example, it has covered the difficult Washington-Franklin Head lead Issues extensively, making this series understandable to the beginning collector and more rich for the devoted specialist.
Today, The United States Specialist has committees of collectors reporting on the definitive stamp issues, booklets and booklet panes, plate number coils, revenues, vending and affixing machine perforations, modern postal history and other areas of interest to U.S. stamp collectors. This committee structure also provides the opportunity for readers to participate directly or contact the leading authorities in their own area of specialization.
Stamp production has always been of interest to our readers. The Specialist has taken a continuing interest in the production of classic as well as modern issues, while leaving classic postal history to other journals which amply cover that broad area.
Philatelic literature is another area of special interest and coverage. ‘The Specialist attempts to cover new books and publications with the best written and illustrated reviews published any where.
Each month The Specialist also Contains news of the hobby and short features of interest on general Collecting topics. These may include collecting approaches, new materials, design information, postage rates and usage, freaks and errors and material seen by the editors which may he of special note to catalogue compilers.
Each issue of The Specialist remains a useful reference work for years to come. The Specialist is available as a bound volume at the end of every year. Both monthly issues and bound volumes of past years have been in strong demand in the philatelic literature market.