New Purple Heart variety now in post offices

November 30, 2015 04:15 PM

A new offset-printed variety of the Purple Heart stamp with white background first issued in 2012 is showing up in post offices nationwide. The new stamp has "USPS" microprinted along the upper left edge of the purple ribbon.


Born Nov. 30: Mark Twain

November 30, 2015 03:30 AM

American author Mark Twain has been honored on two different U.S. stamps, and some of his novels have also been featured on commemorative stamps.


Born Nov. 29: Louisa May Alcott

November 29, 2015 03:30 AM

American author Louisa May Alcott was the author of Little Women, one of the most enduring novels of the 19th century. She was honored on a stamp in 1940; the book was featured on a 1993 commemorative.


Born Nov. 28: Henry Bacon

November 28, 2015 03:30 AM

One of the best-loved structures in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial, was designed by architect Henry Bacon, who was born Nov. 28, 1866.


More upright Jenny Invert panes found, Charlie Brown postmark available: Week's Top Stories

November 27, 2015 12:54 AM

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.


Born Nov. 27: Jimi Hendrix

November 27, 2015 03:30 AM

Musician Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the premier guitarists of the rock era, and a legendary music innovator. He was honored on a United States stamp in 2014.


Happy Thanksgiving from Linn's and Scott

November 26, 2015 06:45 AM

The staff of Linn's Stamp News and the Scott catalogs wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!


Born Nov. 26: Dr. Mary Walker

November 26, 2015 03:30 AM

Mary Edwards Walker studied medicine at Syracuse Medical College and served as a Union Army doctor during the Civil War. She was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865.


United States, Canada, worldwide material offered Dec. 11-12 in Matthew Bennett auction in New York

November 25, 2015 02:13 PM

Matthew Bennett International is conducting an unreserved public auction Dec. 11-12 in New York City.


Colorful stamps showcase the culture and history of Polynesian islands

November 24, 2015 10:22 PM

Polynesian culture throughout the Pacific has a rich and fascinating history. Until very recent times, scientists, archaeologists, linguists, oceanographers, anthropologists, and explorers were at odds with one another in the debate over the origin of Polynesians.


Have a second, closer look at that old stripped-down stamp album

November 24, 2015 09:15 PM

It’s easy to strip stamps out of an old album obtained from the latest stamp bourse or auction and pay no attention to the album itself. After all, it’s the stamps you’re after. But have a second look at that album: It might be just as fascinating and rewarding as the stamps themselves.


The Kingdom of Cod islands: stamps of St. Pierre & Miquelon to 1957

November 24, 2015 08:51 PM

Postage stamps pay postal fees, but they also are intended to represent the country of their origin to the rest of the world. The stamps of St. Pierre & Miquelon vividly reflect that nation’s history and its setting.


Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ethnic regions continue to issue their own stamps

November 24, 2015 04:48 PM

Located in southwestern Yugoslavia, the regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina were a hotbed of political strife for centuries. The provinces were ruled by the Ottoman Turkish Empire until 1878, when they were placed under Austria-Hungary control. Bosnia and Herzegovina issued its first stamps a year later, in 1879.


Websites, blog offer information about music on stamps topic

November 24, 2015 03:57 PM

The topic of music encompasses a great variety of stamps. You can find music composers, performers, instruments, and titles honored in this category.


Use ‘Postmaster Finder’ to locate city’s postmasters and post office history

November 24, 2015 12:43 PM

While the Postal Bulletin is still published today, it was not published before 1880, and the post office and postmaster information published in the various issues is incomplete. However, there is another resource for this information: the “Postmaster Finder” function of the USPS website.


Tip of the week: United States 5¢ New York Consolidated Card Co. stamp

November 24, 2015 09:33 AM

Private die proprietary revenue stamps remain one of the most active segments of the U.S. market. To help fund the massive expense of the Civil War, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1862, levying taxes on a wide variety of products, including matches, patent medicines, perfumes and playing cards.


1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition set is a good buy

November 24, 2015 08:19 AM

There is good demand for many Soviet issues of the 1930s and 1940s. Stamps in mint never-hinged condition are especially in demand. One set showing good demand is the 1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition overprints (Scott 487-488).


1935 cover keeps mystery of lost continent of Atlantis alive

November 23, 2015 03:38 PM

While Atlantis might have been lost to the modern world geographically speaking, like many other figments of imagination, it lives on through stamps or postal history, such as the 1935 cover shown nearby.


Tip of the week: Bhutan 1973 Phonograph Record set

November 23, 2015 12:31 PM

On April 15, 1973, Bhutan issued a set of seven (five postage and two airmail) Phonograph Record stamps (Scott 152-152F). These weren’t just stamps commemorating phonograph records. They were actual phonograph records that can be played on any standard record player.