The United States Stamp Society (USSS) is a “non-profit” volunteer-run association of collectors devoted to the study of postage and revenue stamped paper produced for use in the United States and U.S. administered areas. Once concerned exclusively with the production of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the USSS has expanded its coverage to all United States issues regardless of printer.
United States Specialist Online
Each month the current issue of The United States Specialist will be available for reading or downloading as a PDF on the USSS website. The new feature can be found at “This Month’s Specialist” under the “Digital Specialist” menu. Members must be logged onto the site to enjoy this feature.
An image of the cover of the current issue will be displayed, and pages can be flipped by clicking on the side arrows. Zoom and full screen and downloading features are also available.
Thomas Schilling to Chair the Overrun Countries Series Study Group
Thomas Schilling of New Lisbon, New Jersey, has agreed to become the Chairman of the Overrun Countries Series 1943-44 Study Group.
This study group aims to connect collectors who specialize in this area and share
information and resources. All have something to contribute to the study group. Also,
the chance to see what other collectors have accumulated over the years and possibly
trade or purchase that missing part of the puzzle is icing on the cake.
If you would like to join the study group, please contact Tom at email@example.com.
Read more about the Overrun Countries Study Group
Chris Steenerson: Exhibits Chair
Chris Steenerson has been appointed chairman of the Exhibits PDF Committee and has issued a “Call for Exhibits” Normally such a Call is a request from a stamp show seeking to fill exhibition
frames. His call, however is a request to ask you to share your exhibit with other members of the
United States Stamp Society.
Read more about the Exhibits PDF Committee
2022 Barbara R Mueller Award
Otto Kjrergaard has been awarded the 2022 Barbara R. Mueller Award by the APS. Kjrergaard’s article – “Ocean Letters” – published in
the Feb and Apr 2021 issues of The American Philatelist explored wireless telegraphy, an innovation that combined radio with the post to speed communications from ship to land. Read more
Hopkinson Memorial Award 2022
Greg Ajamian, Robert Rufe and Harry Brittain
Win 2021 Hopkinson Memorial Literature Award for the best article or series of articles published in The United States Specialist during 2021. Read More
Fiset and Robinson win grand award at Sarasota literature exhibition
Louis Fiset and James Robinson are the winners of the philatelic literature competition at this year’s Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition held Jan. 20-22, taking home the grand award for their chapter “Gum Breakers” in the 2022 book U.S. Fourth Bureau Issues.
Their work explained the mechanisms and processes by which the Bureau of Engraving and Printing tried to solve curling problems caused by the gum on the backs of the United States definitive stamp series of 1922-25 (Scott 551- 573). The resulting ridges and breaks in the gum have long bedeviled collectors who seek out stamps with pristine gum.
The United States Fourth Bureau Issue 1922-1938 Wins at Chicagopex
The United States Fourth Bureau Issue 1922-1938, took a large gold and the John Kevin Doyle Grand Award in the CHICAGOPEX 1022 literature competition.
The award was announced November 19 at the Gala Awards Banquet. Project spearhead, Jay Stotts, emailed an impressive list of contributors thanking them for their work on the award-winning publication.
The United States Fourth Bureau Issue 1922-1938 was released at the Great American Stamp Show in August 2022, marking the centennial year of the Fourth Bureau Issue. The book is available from USSS