September 02, 2015 11:39 AMMore than 9,900 value changes in 2016 Scott Vol. 6
September 01, 2015 03:45 PMElvis Presley, as advertised
September 01, 2015 04:45 PMNeon Celebrate stamp coming Sept. 9
newsMore than 9,900 value changes in 2016 Scott Vol. 6
September 02, 2015 11:39 AMThe more than 9,900 value changes in Vol. 6 of the 2016 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue reflect the current market for countries of the world SAN (San Marino) through Z. Countries that received considerable attention from the Scott catalog editors this year include Singapore, Togo, Tristan da Cunha and Tunisia.
newsPossibility of renaming Confederate Stamp Alliance meets resistance
September 01, 2015 09:37 AMA slate of four Confederate stamp collectors hopes to upset plans to rename the Confederate Stamp Alliance when the 78-year-old group holds its midyear meeting in Asheville, N.C., Oct. 9-10. The four are troubled by plans being considered by the CSA’s current officers to possibly rename the organization and make other changes that could including removing the Confederate battle flag from the group’s stationery.
newsA presidential candidate urges USPS to speed up mail delivery
August 31, 2015 02:45 PMSen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, issued a call Aug. 26 to Postmaster General Megan Brennan for the United States Postal Service to “offer more, not fewer, services.”
newsNew Paul Newman stamp honors the actor’s philanthropic endeavors
August 31, 2015 08:15 AMPaul Newman seems like a natural choice for the United States Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood commemorative series, but the new forever stamp honoring the late film star is not a Legends of Hollywood issue.
insightsThe story of tiny Montserrat is an intriguing one
September 01, 2015 12:45 PMThe British colony of Montserrat in the Leeward Islands was never very prosperous, and an 1890 postal policy decreeing uniform stamp designs in the Leewards reduced the islands’ philatelic income. A 1903 set marked a return to distinctive stamp designs for the colony’s postal issues.
insightsExpress, Priority Mail stamps dress up coffee parcels
September 01, 2015 11:13 AMIt is always fun to receive feedback from Dollar-Sign Stamps readers, particularly when they share interesting items of postal history. A reader in Oregon used colorful assortments of Express Mail and Priority Mail stamps to mail parcels of coffee to a customer in Alaska. Here are a couple of real eye-catchers.
insightsNovelty stamps have that little something extra added to their designs
August 28, 2015 05:03 PMNovelty stamps have something unusual about them that makes them distinct from normal postage stamps. It might be their shape or some gimmick, a substance other than ink that releases a fragrance, or some way to give texture or to imitate motion.
insightsStamps from a little-known Polynesian paradise: Wallis and Futuna
August 28, 2015 04:23 PMWallis and Futuna might be the least-known islands in all of the South Pacific. Well off the beaten track, remote Wallis and Futuna’s nearest neighbors are Fiji (346 miles southwest) and Samoa (405 miles west). Wallis (also known as Uvea) Island and Futuna Island are about 100 miles apart. There are 23 islands within Wallis and Futuna, all but three of them uninhabited.
insightsDo some armchair traveling with Wallis and Futuna stamps
August 28, 2015 04:20 PMIn the late 1950s, the stamps became more colorful. Stamp designs began to focus on the people, the flora and fauna, and the history of the islands. This stamp era is where armchair travel kicks into high gear.
insightsPostal cards and postcards remailed as receipts make for good hunting
August 27, 2015 04:10 PMThe period from April 15, 1925, to July 1, 1928, is an interesting one for postal cards and postcards because the domestic rate for postal cards was 1¢ during this period, while the postcard rate was 2¢.
September 02, 2015 02:20 PMAs stamp collectors, we become the stewards of postage stamps and postal history. We passionately protect our stamps and covers. We recognize that these fragile objects are ours to cherish for a brief moment in time before we pass them along to the next generation. Read More ›
August 31, 2015 10:10 AMOn June 28, 1914, by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip with the squeeze of a trigger sparked would become to be known as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars.” Read More ›
August 28, 2015 02:08 PMEleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds share ideas …,” and Linn’s is fortunate to have thoughtful leaders of the stamp hobby on its Editorial Advisory Board. Board members participated in a lively discussion of “The State of the Stamp Hobby” Aug. 21 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
August 21, 2015 12:50 PMIn an unusual development for our hobby, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service is blogging about stamp collecting. Read More ›
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Marty Frankevicz discusses the controversy in Canada over increasing postage rates, the elimination of home mail delivery and the erecting of cluster boxes.
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
Sometimes colors can fade on stamps to the point that they look like color-omitted errors. An online auction of an apparent color-omitted error illustrates this important point. A buyer’s winning bid approached $100 for a faded stamp offered as a “color omitted error” on the online auction site eBay in September 2014. The so-called error is a mint single of the $5 stamp in the Americana series, issued in 1979 (Scott 1612).
Common stamps are called that because they are, well, common, except for when they’re not. A case in point is a group of definitive (regular-issue) stamps produced by Australia Post from 1959-62. The six Australia Native Animals stamps are a subset of a larger group of definitive stamps issued during the same time frame.
In the Editor’s Insights columns in the July 20 Linn’s Stamp News monthly and the Aug. 10 weekly Linn’s, I mentioned Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board without giving too much detail. Linn’s goal is to engage its audience both in print and online and to grow this audience. The role of the newly formed Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board is to assist us achieving these goals by keeping us focused on the needs of our audience and helping us adapt to today’s market.
At the biggest stamp show in the country this year, the United States Postal Service will issue new stamps celebrating what promises to be the biggest stamp show in the country next year. The two World Stamp Show-NY 2016 stamps will go on sale Aug. 20, the opening day of the American Philatelic Society’s annual Stampshow.