November 25, 2015 05:14 AMGyrocopter pilot who landed at U.S. Capitol to be sentenced
November 25, 2015 11:07 AMGandhi stamp legacy in danger in India
November 23, 2015 05:00 PMUSPS offers smartphone app with holiday themes
newsGreat Britain’s Royal Mail issues Star Wars prestige booklet
November 25, 2015 11:03 AMGreat Britain’s Royal Mail has timed the issue of its Star Wars prestige booklet to coincide with the Dec. 17 opening of the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the United Kingdom. The film opens in the United States the next day, Dec. 18.
newsNetherlands semipostals featuring Little Golden Books raised $10 million
November 25, 2015 09:08 AMEach year, schoolchildren in the Netherlands sell postage stamps to raise money for the Foundation of Children’s Welfare Stamps (Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland), a charity that works to support the development of vulnerable children. This year’s semipostal stamps feature Little Golden Books, a series of books for children that were introduced in 1942.
insightsColorful stamps showcase the culture and history of Polynesian islands
November 24, 2015 10:22 PMPolynesian 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.
insightsHave a second, closer look at that old stripped-down stamp album
November 24, 2015 09:15 PMIt’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.
insightsThe Kingdom of Cod islands: stamps of St. Pierre & Miquelon to 1957
November 24, 2015 08:51 PMPostage 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.
insightsBosnia and Herzegovina’s ethnic regions continue to issue their own stamps
November 24, 2015 04:48 PMLocated 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.
insightsUse ‘Postmaster Finder’ to locate city’s postmasters and post office history
November 24, 2015 12:43 PMWhile 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.
insightsTip of the week: United States 5¢ New York Consolidated Card Co. stamp
November 24, 2015 09:33 AMPrivate 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.
insights1933 Leningrad Philatelic Exhibition set is a good buy
November 24, 2015 08:19 AMThere 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).
insights1935 cover keeps mystery of lost continent of Atlantis alive
November 23, 2015 03:38 PMWhile 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.
insightsTip of the week: Bhutan 1973 Phonograph Record set
November 23, 2015 12:31 PMOn 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.
November 19, 2015 09:18 AMIn this column in the Aug. 24 issue of Linn’s, I referred to the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., as a “gift to stamp collectors.” The BNAPS library and the APRL are two of many libraries available to stamp collectors, and some philatelic libraries are available online. Read More ›
November 17, 2015 10:59 AMIt’s often been said that one of the salutary benefits of collecting stamps is the friendships made along one’s philatelic journey. If I were asked to place a value on the bonds thus forged with collectors in locales near and far, I would be rich beyond measure. A few of these hobby friends I have never met in person. Read More ›
November 12, 2015 03:21 PMToday, Nov. 11, 2015, is Veterans Day. Over the years, a number of United States stamps honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces have been issued. Read More ›
November 04, 2015 07:35 PMMy previous blog post focused on a mystery: the apparent indentations of paper clips on United States Purple Heart forever stamps that were used to mail payments to the circulation department of my employer, Amos Media in Sidney, Ohio. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses Great Britain’s final stamp issue for 2015, a Star Wars prestige booklet, and reveals what is included in its stamp program for 2016.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses a registered 1967 cover from Qatar that recently sold for almost $1,200 and the latest discovery of an Upright Jenny Invert pane.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman announces that Linn’s has been named official daily publisher of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and provides an update on the reorganization of the Scott catalogs.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Marty Frankevicz reports on the suspension of Canada Post’s cluster box conversion plan after the election of a new prime minister.
On Dec. 10, 2014, the U.S. Postal Service issued a souvenir sheet containing a $1 stamp similar to one of the 2014 Circus Posters stamps. Baraboo, Wis., hosted the official first-day ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II has spent far more of her life on British North America postage stamps than any other member of the royal family: 83 years (1932-2015), versus only 51 for Queen Victoria (1851-1902).
We stamp collectors are an observant bunch. After all, we spend a great deal of time closely scrutinizing small, colorful bits of paper.
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announced Sept. 22 a special showing of the world’s most famous and valuable stamp — the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta — at World Stamp Show – NY 2016. The special showing will take place May 28–June 3, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City. Admission is free throughout all eight days of the show.