Block of three 1845 New York postmaster’s provisional stamps from Miller collection recovered

October 06, 2015 09:53 PM

A 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.


No shortage of holiday stamps from USPS

October 06, 2015 04:20 PM

Mailers in the United States have a huge selection of holiday stamps and envelopes to choose from this year, with more than 20 varieties offered by the U.S. Postal Service.


'Upper Case' magazine highlights stamps and lace

October 06, 2015 01:58 PM

A 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."


GAO report criticizes Postal Service for slower mail delivery, incomplete mail data

October 06, 2015 12:27 PM

A 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.


John C. Fremont 1856 presidential campaign cover fetches $345 in McCusker sale

October 06, 2015 11:32 AM

James 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.


Born Oct. 6: The Motion Picture

October 06, 2015 03:30 AM

Oct. 6 is a significant date in motion picture history, marking the anniversary of the first public screening of motion pictures in theaters.


Scott editors assign new numbers to World Stamp Show, Ingrid Bergman, Spectrum Eagle coil stamps

October 05, 2015 08:50 AM

New Scott catalog numbers have been assigned to a handful of stamps issued during the past month, including the Ingrid Bergman forever stamp.


Canada Post scores with NHL great goalies

October 05, 2015 08:25 AM

Canada’s latest stamps to honor the national sport of hockey feature six goalies. The issue includes a booklet, a pane of stamps and labels and large stamps that look like sports cards.


Born Oct. 5: Chester A. Arthur

October 05, 2015 03:30 AM

President Chester A. Arthur was born Oct. 5, 1829. He is one of the few American presidents who was never elected to the office.


Pan-American Exposition invert realizes $18,400 at Aldrich sale

October 04, 2015 02:00 PM

Michael 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.


International airmail covers recall the ‘Day of Infamy’

October 04, 2015 07:59 AM

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.


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.


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.