US Stamps

02/06/2016

Born Feb. 6: Ronald Reagan

The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, was born Feb. 6, 1911. After a successful career as a film star, Reagan was elected governor of California in 1966.

Auctions

02/05/2016

Cherrystone auction Feb. 23-24 offers worldwide stamps and covers

Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers will present a two-day sale at its 57th Street gallery in New York City. The public auction sessions will take place Feb. 23-24, with online bidding available.

World Stamps

02/05/2016

Four countries feature exotic mineral specimens on stamps

France’s La Poste issued a booklet of 12 stamps Jan. 7 called Mineral World. The stamps picture minerals from the collection of the Mineralogy Museum at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris. This engineering school is often referred to as MINES ParisTech.

US Stamps

02/05/2016

APS board approves five-year strategic plan

The plan, described in detail by APS Executive Director Scott English during the Jan. 28 APS board meeting in Atlanta, Ga., begins with a significant $10 million target.

Auctions

02/05/2016

Back-of-the-book items and much more at Feb. 20-21 Rasdale auction

The Feb. 20-21 public auction by Rasdale at its Illinois gallery west of Chicago provides a lot of opportunities for collection builders, with an extensive selection of dealer stocks, accumulations and collections, as well as cover collections from the United States and other countries.

Postal Updates

02/05/2016

End to emergency rate increase could drop first-class stamp to 47¢

When the Senate Homeland Security Committee got around to holding a hearing on the future of the United States Postal Service on Jan. 21, Postmaster General Megan Brennan spoke of a “broad consensus” that could resolve the Postal Service’s financial woes.

World Stamps

02/05/2016

Jordan’s UPU issue overprinted ‘Palestine’ has many varieties to pursue

On May 14, 1948, following the proclamation of the state of Israel, the armed forces (the Arab Legion) of Jordan entered Palestine and occupied an area of the Palestinian territories. Jordan was able to seize the old city of Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin, and Tulkarm among others.

US Stamps

02/05/2016

‘The Million Dollar Duck’ a hit at Slamdance Film Festival: Linns Buzz

Directed by Brian Golden Davis, The Million Dollar Duck profiles the highly competitive Federal Duck Stamp Contest, the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government.

US Stamps

02/05/2016

January cartoon caption winner has a ‘karat’ nose

The Pinocchio effect energized many of the Linn’s readers who entered the January cartoon caption contest featuring the carrot-nosed snowman on the 1993 29¢ Christmas stamp (Scott 2793).

US Stamps

02/05/2016

Clown Lou Jacobs inspiration for 5¢ American Circus stamp

Cover collecting has many facets, and one of the ways that United States stamp collectors can dip into that well is to find covers from companies that relate to stamp issues.

World Stamps

02/05/2016

Australian 'emergency' stamps hot on eBay, well-known artist's stamp designs profiled: Week's Most Read

Also this week, we preview an Eastern Auctions sale that covers the world, John Hotchner gets a belly laugh from a reader's expertizing inquiry, and the late prolific stamp artist Howard Koslow is remembered.

US Stamps

02/05/2016

The case of the inverted and reversed 1¢ Washington coil stamp

I enjoy “How did this happen?” questions from Linn’s readers. Sending in what looks to be a production flaw on a U.S. stamp, the reader sometimes seems to be asking, “Can I stump you with this?”

World Stamps

02/05/2016

Revised edition of ‘UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961’ a must have

The 2015 revised edition of James Bendon's UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961 will be the go-to reference work on this subject for decades to come.

US Stamps

02/05/2016

How to spend $50 for a 10¢ stamp, courtesy of the USPS

Collectors of coil stamps and plate-number coils will get sticker shock when they order the 2016 10¢ Red Pears definitive coil stamp issued by the United States Postal Service Jan. 17.