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Support a Harmon Killebrew stamp and you could win a year's worth of root beer

July 28, 2015 04:16 PM

Minnesota-based Killebrew Root Beer is sweetening the pot for supporters of the movement to put the company's namesake, Minnesota Twins legendary slugger Harmon Killebrew, on a U.S. Postal Service stamp.

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Born July 28: Marcel Duchamp

July 28, 2015 03:30 AM

One of Marcel Duchamp's most famous paintings has been shown twice on United States stamps. It was featured in a scene on one Celebrate the Century stamp in 1998, and it was commemorated on its own in 2013.

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Great Britain to feature bees from different regions on new stamps

July 27, 2015 07:00 PM

Royal Mail will issue 10 stamps Aug. 18 featuring seven species of bees from different parts of the United Kingdom. Four of the stamps are se-tenant (side-by-side) in a souvenir sheet, and the other six were printed separately in sheets of 50 (sold as panes of 25 in most postal outlets).

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Two stamps promote World Stamp Show-NY 2016

July 27, 2015 04:42 PM

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.

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New APS executive director has ties with APS vice president Mick Zais

July 27, 2015 12:46 AM

When his friend began talking about a job running the country’s biggest stamp organization, Scott English thought his friend wanted to know if he had any stamp collecting friends who might want the job. No, the friend said, he wanted English, a well-known South Carolina political operative who doesn’t collect stamps, to apply for the executive director’s job at the American Philatelic Society.

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Born July 27: Bugs Bunny

July 27, 2015 03:30 AM

Bugs Bunny made his screen debut in a 1940 animated short feature titled A Wild Hare. His first appearance on a United States stamp came 57 years later.

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Born July 26: Vivian Vance

July 26, 2015 03:30 AM

Actress Vivian Vance followed a career of theater and film, including a stint on Broadway, before landing the role of the lifetime as Lucille Ball's best friend on the TV series I Love Lucy.

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Scott English hired as APS executive director

July 24, 2015 05:05 PM

The American Philatelic Society has hired its new executive director: Scott English, a former chief of staff for a U.S. Congressman and chief operating officer for South Carolina's Department of Education. English will begin at the APS on Aug. 10.

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Lighthouses of Australia, three European countries on new stamps

July 24, 2015 01:53 PM

Lighthouses of Australia, Croatia, Norway and Poland are pictured on new sets of stamps. Australia Post issued four se-tenant (side-by-side) stamps July 7 to commemorate 100 years of the commonwealth, or national, management of lighthouses.

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Creation of Upright Jenny panes comes under fire, Coast Guard forever stamp release approaches: Week's Most Read

July 24, 2015 09:48 AM

It’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, according to reader metrics.

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No postal rule, but reality of remailing unclaimed, undeliverable mail

July 28, 2015 10:29 AM

In this column I will discuss unclaimed, undeliverable mail (i.e., not delivered because it was not claimed at the office of delivery) that was subsequently remailed.

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Franklin’s flagship ‘Erebus’ joins Canadian philatelic fleet of discovery

July 28, 2015 09:16 AM

With no fewer than four different varieties issued Aug. 8, John Franklin’s HMS Erebus, the flagship of his 1845 voyage in search of the Northwest Passage, becomes the most commemorated ship of any Canadian explorer, although the expedition he commanded was anything but a success.

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2012 Scenic Landscapes postal card booklet is a good buy

July 27, 2015 12:00 AM

Modern postal stationery is a collecting area often overlooked by many collectors, and U.S. postal stationery is underrated and occasionally undervalued. Print quantities are usually fairly low, and dealers are not stocking new postal stationery items in depth as they are issued.

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Telegraph clock code system used on British datestamps in late 19th century

July 25, 2015 02:08 PM

Speed is of the essence of any postal service. The dramatic admonition written by the sender on the letter from the court of Queen Elizabeth I sent in 1598 shown here urges “Hast Hast Post Haste,” encouraging speedy delivery.

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Rasdale auction Aug. 15-16 includes Jim Linker stock, worldwide selection

July 24, 2015 05:06 PM

Rasdale Stamp Co. is presenting its 425th public auction Aug. 15 and 16 at the firm’s gallery in Westmont, Ill., just west of Chicago. The auction lots are listed with images on the Rasdale Stamp Co. website, and bids can be placed online. The current sale consists of more than 575 lots from 85 owners, and ranges from single stamps and covers to large lots, accumulations and collections.

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Australia’s marsupial definitives are uncommonly fun and interesting

July 23, 2015 12:06 AM

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.

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You bought it: Stamp collector's interest 'reawakened' by eBay

July 23, 2015 10:42 AM

As part of our continued conversation with our readers, we like to ask Linn's Stamp News Twitter followers and Facebook fans to share stories about the philatelic acquisitions they've made recently.

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Postal notices used to prevent early release of Moon Landing stamp

July 23, 2015 09:39 AM

Among the most anticipated United States stamps of the 1960s was the Moon Landing issue (Scott C76). This 10¢ airmail stamp was issued Sept. 9, 1969, to celebrate the first manned moon landing earlier that year, on July 20.

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American Philatelic Society offers new expertizing search function

July 21, 2015 11:36 AM

A new search function on the website of the American Philatelic Society allows anyone to view images and opinions of stamps submitted for expertization.

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Costa Rica’s 1905 1-centimo overprint poses some collecting challenges

July 21, 2015 11:06 AM

By the end of 1905, Costa Rican postal authorities found that they were running short of 1-centimo stamps, even though 200,000 of the current 1c stamp (Scott 45) already had been printed by Waterlow & Sons. The 1c stamp pictures Costa Rican national hero Juan Santamaria.

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