October 08, 2015 09:14 PMAdditional APS candidate information for 2016-19 election in May
October 08, 2015 04:48 PMUpright $2 Jenny Invert pane featured in Kelleher auction Oct. 26-28
October 08, 2015 09:40 PMSiegel to auction U.S. stamps, classic Hawaii from Atherton collection Oct. 27-29 in New York City
newsGAO report criticizes Postal Service for slower mail delivery, incomplete mail data
October 09, 2015 02:04 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.
newsPearl Harbor Day a benchmark date, China error sells for $149,500: Week's Most Read
October 09, 2015 07:48 AMIt’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.
newsSiegel to auction U.S. stamps, classic Hawaii from Atherton collection Oct. 27-29 in New York City
October 08, 2015 09:40 PMAn eye-catching array of top-quality United States stamps and Hawaii stamps and postal history will move across the auction block Oct. 27-29 at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York City. The U.S. material will be sold in five sessions during the three-day span, and the Hawaii auction will take place the afternoon of Oct. 29, following the conclusion of the U.S. sale.
newsAdditional APS candidate information for 2016-19 election in May
October 08, 2015 09:14 PMThe Oct. 5 Linn’s Stamp News reported details of seven announced candidates for offices of the American Philatelic Society, the nation’s largest club for stamp collectors. The organization holds elections every three years for its officers: president, three vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, and four directors at large.
newsUpright $2 Jenny Invert pane featured in Kelleher auction Oct. 26-28
October 08, 2015 04:48 PMWhile the Oct. 26-28 auction presents a wide range of classic issues, one highlight is from just two years ago: a complete pane of six of the upright variety of the U.S. $2 Jenny Invert issued Sept. 22, 2013 (Scott 4806d).
insightsTip of the week: 1994 Ethiopia Simien Fox set of 20
October 09, 2015 02:06 PMIn 1994, Ethiopia was in a state of transition following the fall of the Marxist dictatorship that had gained power in the 1970s. On Oct. 18, 1994, a set of 20 Simien Fox stamps perforated gauge 14 (Scott 1393A-1393T) was issued.
insightsMint plate blocks, mint panes of 2¢ Warren G. Harding elusive in marketplace
October 09, 2015 02:05 PMThe 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the flat-plate printed 2¢ Warren G. Harding stamp perforated gauge 11 (Scott 610) at $1.10 in mint never-hinged condition. The stamp was printed in plates of 400 subjects, which were divided into four panes of 100 for distribution and sale.
insightsStamps issued in 1934 marked proclamation of the Syrian republic
October 08, 2015 01:05 PMOn Aug. 2, 1934, the Syrian government issued postage and airmail stamps commemorating the establishment of the republic. In this column, I will discuss the 19 stamps in the postage stamp set (Scott 232-250).
insightsTip of the week: Canal Zone airmail Official stamps
October 08, 2015 09:50 AMIn 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.
insightsA brief philatelic history of distinguished politician Adlai E. Stevenson
October 07, 2015 12:30 PMThe United States Post Office Department honored Adlai E. Stevenson II on a 5¢ stamp issued Oct. 23, 1965, shortly after he passed away suddenly on July 14, 1965, while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
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.
October 09, 2015 08:29 AMLinn’s managing editor Charles Snee reported the recovery of a block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional stamp, once part of a block of 10 that was stolen from the Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977. Read More ›
October 09, 2015 10:37 AMThis 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 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 11:34 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 ›
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.