China inverted surcharge sells for $149,500 in Cherrystone sale

October 03, 2015 05:42 AM

Cherrystone Auctions held a sale of United States, China and worldwide stamps and postal history Sept. 9-10 in New York. The sale was previewed in Linn’s issue of Sept. 7. Not surprisingly, the top realizations went to a pair of well-known rarities from China.


Penrhyn Island stamps, upcoming U.S. stamps, Yankees meet the Netherlands: Week's Most Read

October 03, 2015 05:40 AM

Among the hot topics in this week's stamp news are: New York City, baseball, an 1847 Basel Dove cover, the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps, and the beautiful stamps of Penrhyn Island.


Postal history and much more at Gaertner auction Oct. 19-24

October 03, 2015 05:39 AM

The upcoming sale offers worldwide single lots and collections, with special attention given to Asia, Germany and German states. Additional items showcase topicals, Europe and more.


Born Oct. 3: Thomas Wolfe

October 03, 2015 03:30 AM

Thomas Wolfe's 1929 novel Look Homeward Angel is considered a masterpiece of 20th century literature. The 33¢ stamp honoring him includes the titles of two novels inscribed at right.


UK artist puts impressive Queen Elizabeth II stamp art on display

October 02, 2015 03:50 PM

Anne-Marie Stijelja recently gained some notable recognition in the United Kingdom's art world. The Northhamptonshire Telegraph highlights a mosaic of Queen Elizabeth II that Stijelja created using used postage stamps. It was on display for just a few short days late last month.


Collector interest fueling volatility in values for wartime postal history

October 02, 2015 03:03 PM

Values on scarce wartime postal history covers have grown increasingly volatile as collectors’ interest has intensified. This Oct. 29, 1941, airmail cover from New York City to the Dutch East Indies sold recently on the eBay Internet auction website for $1,225 after spirited bidding by 10 competitors.


Born Oct. 2: Cordell Hull

October 02, 2015 03:30 AM

The longest-serving Secretary of State in U.S. history, Cordell Hull, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his work toward establishing the United Nations.


Imperf stamps from press sheets listed in 2016 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog

October 01, 2015 09:14 AM

The biggest editorial advance in the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is the addition of minor-number listings for imperforate stamps from uncut press sheets without die cuts.


Born Oct. 1: Richard Stockton

October 01, 2015 03:30 AM

Shortly after adding his signature to the Declaration of Independence, Richard Stockton was captured by the British and held prisoner under harsh conditions.


Rugby World Cup is honored with 8-stamp set from Great Britain

September 30, 2015 12:05 PM


Tip of the week: Canal Zone airmail Official stamps

October 03, 2015 09:54 PM

In 1941, the Canal Zone issued a set of seven airmail Official stamps (Scott CO1-CO7) by overprinting “Official” and “Panama Canal” in two lines on some of the 1931-1949 airmail set (Scott C7 and C9-C14). The lower “Panama Canal” overprint was 19 millimeters to 20mm long.


Philippines overprinted Espana 84 sheets in demand

October 03, 2015 02:34 PM

Souvenir sheets issued by the Philippines April 27, 1984, to commemorate the Espana 84 international exhibition in Spain were overprinted in black and in red.


Simple science makes yellow stamps easy to see

October 03, 2015 02:10 PM

It might seem like magic, but viewing certain stamps with the use of simple transparent color filters can make it easier to see the stamp design and read hidden details of postmarks.


By Topic - October 2015

October 02, 2015 03:05 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Oct. 19, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.


International airmail covers recall the ‘Day of Infamy’

October 02, 2015 02:12 PM

On Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese forces bombed American military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in a surprise attack that suddenly thrust the United States into World War II. Letters that were in transit across the Pacific Ocean are tangible mementos of that fateful event.


Ajman-to-Kuwait cover gets the respect it deserves

October 02, 2015 11:17 AM

The envelope, mailed in 1972 to an American diplomat in Kuwait, is franked with two stamps that were rejected and disdained by national and international stamp hobby organizations.


Making a clean sweep: collecting brooms on stamps

October 01, 2015 03:49 PM

Used for thousands of year to keep floors clean, brooms have been featured in folklore, in fiction, in art and on postage stamps showing witches, snowmen, the sport of curling and more.


Romania’s 1906 semipostals reflected queen’s interests

October 01, 2015 01:49 PM

The world’s first semipostal stamps, with a surcharge (beyond the cost of postage) that was designated for a charitable purpose, were issued in New South Wales and Victoria in 1897. Romania, however, was not too far behind, becoming the first European country to issue semipostals, in 1906.


Circus souvenir sheet first-day cover from Baraboo, Wis.

October 01, 2015 08:50 AM

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.


What to do when you receive a “no opinion” certificate

September 30, 2015 02:05 PM

You’ve sent in your latest find to be expertized, pretty sure that it is what you think it is. After the usual period of nail-biting while waiting for the certificate that will prove you right, the mail brings one that says, “No opinion.” Responses to this situation can range from puzzlement to anger, but after the disappointment, there is the question of what to do next.