Stamp Collection

Back of Book


The major issue here is what kind of stamps should be included? By excluding stamps issued for use outside the U.S. (even if it was occupied territory) and stamps primarily issued for non-postage usage (e.g. Revenues), I settled on these categories that need to be in a comprehensive collection of U.S. Postage Stamps:

  • Postage Due
  • Parcel Post
  • Parcel Post Postage Due
  • Special Handling
  • Special Delivery
  • Registered Mail
  • Certified Mail
  • Express Mail & Priority Mail
  • Semi-Postal Issues
  • Department Officials
  • Postal Savings Officials
  • Modern Officials
  • Newspapers and Periodicals
  • Postal Insurance

I chose to move all Priority and Express issues to BOB since they seemed to belong with issues such as Special Delivery.

A good argument can be made that Postage Due isn't really postage at all. A similar argument can be made for Registered, Certified, and Insured stamps. I disagree, however, and choose to include those stamps in the main BOB album because they have a monetary value and are directly tied to the delivery services provided by the Post Office and are now often paid with regular postage stamps.

The hardest decision was regarding Computer Vended Postage. I included Postal Insurance, which was also vended (as were many bookets), but the difference is that Computer Vended Postage has the denomination printed on the spot. I decided to not include Computer Vended Postage. Instead, I consider it related to Personal Computer Postage and Personalized Postage and put a few illustrative examples in the Beyond BOB album.


  • O69 - $5 State Department Official (have a proof as a placeholder).
  • O70 - $10 State Department Official (have a proof as a placeholder).


  • page 1: The second series of Postage Dues could be considered weeds. The color difference is borderline to warrant inclusion. I opted to include them, but could have just as easily excluded them.

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END OF COLLECTION (12-31-2014)