October 06, 2015 04:20 PMNo shortage of holiday stamps from USPS
October 06, 2015 12:27 AMGAO report criticizes Postal Service for slower mail delivery, incomplete mail data
October 06, 2015 01:58 PM'Upper Case' magazine highlights stamps and lace
newsBlock of three 1845 New York postmaster’s provisional stamps from Miller collection recovered
October 06, 2015 09:53 PMA block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional, once part of a larger block of 10 that was stolen from the famous Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977, was recovered in late September.
news'Upper Case' magazine highlights stamps and lace
October 06, 2015 01:58 PMA recent issue of Uppercase magazine puts stamps front and center. Editor Janine Vangool writes, "The postage stamp ... is one of the smallest ubiquitous pieces of printed-on-paper graphic design that is still part of our everyday lives."
newsGAO report criticizes Postal Service for slower mail delivery, incomplete mail data
October 06, 2015 12:27 PMA new report from the Government Accountability Office says not only has the United States Postal Service slowed the speed of mail deliveries, it doesn’t provide accurate data on much of the mail it handles.
newsJohn C. Fremont 1856 presidential campaign cover fetches $345 in McCusker sale
October 06, 2015 11:32 AMJames A. McCusker held a sale Sept. 2. One of the featured items was an 1856 cover with a two-part pictorial cachet from John C. Fremont’s presidential campaign. One vignette shows a battle scene from the West (Fremont was considered a military hero), and the other shows his portrait.
newsPan-American Exposition invert realizes $18,400 at Aldrich sale
October 04, 2015 02:00 PMMichael E. Aldrich of Carefree, Ariz., held a sale of U.S. and worldwide stamps Sept. 9-10 featuring a 4¢ Pan-American Exposition issue invert. The stamp, which shows an early electric automobile driving around Washington, D.C., has a black vignette in an elaborate deep red-brown frame.
insightsInternational airmail covers recall the ‘Day of Infamy’
October 04, 2015 07:59 AMOn 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.
insightsTip of the week: Canal Zone airmail Official stamps
October 03, 2015 09:54 PMIn 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.
insightsRomania’s 1906 semipostals reflected queen’s interests
October 01, 2015 01:49 PMThe 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.
insightsWhat to do when you receive a “no opinion” certificate
September 30, 2015 02:05 PMYou’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.
October 05, 2015 09:42 PMWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
October 02, 2015 11:01 PMThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
October 02, 2015 11:34 AMIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
September 28, 2015 03:36 PMAfter the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, postal workers not only saved the mail, they saved the new post office building. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
Just as with postage stamps and despite a printer’s best intentions, mistakes on duckstamps do slip through the system and thankfully make it into the hands of collectors.
In June 2011, five years after the success of Cars, its sequel, Cars 2, arrived in theaters. Austria released a set of four folding booklets featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell and assorted other characters from Cars 2 in its fifth Pixar-related booklet.
Eleanor 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.
Canada Post issued a new stamp Aug. 21 to replace the withdrawn $1.20 Dinosaur Provincial Park stamp that had an incorrectly identified image. The original stamp was issued July 3 in Canada Post’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites series and withdrawn shortly thereafter, along with other products with the design mistake.