Born Oct. 10: Helen Hayes

October 10, 2015 03:30 AM

Actress Helen Hayes, born Oct. 10, 1900, entered show business at age five and made her Broadway debut just four years later. She later starred in numerous films and on television.


Classic Australia in Mossgreen auction of Arthur Gray collection

October 09, 2015 05:00 PM

Some of Australia’s great classic issues will head to the auction block when the Arthur Gray collection of King George V issues is dispersed by Mossgreen.


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

October 09, 2015 02:04 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.


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

October 09, 2015 02:02 PM

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


Pearl Harbor Day a benchmark date, China error sells for $149,500: Week's Most Read

October 09, 2015 07:48 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. Click the links to read the stories.


Born Oct. 9: Winfield Scott Schley

October 09, 2015 03:30 AM

Winfield Scott Schley is one of three admirals commemorated on a 4¢ stamp in the U.S. Navy series of 1937.


Siegel to auction U.S. stamps, classic Hawaii from Atherton collection Oct. 27-29 in New York City

October 08, 2015 09:40 PM

An 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.


Additional APS candidate information for 2016-19 election in May

October 08, 2015 09:14 PM

The 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.


A moose, beaver and polar bear celebrate Christmas on new stamps from Canada

October 08, 2015 05:20 PM

Canada’s 2015 Christmas stamps will feature three animals and a Madonna and Child painting.


Upright $2 Jenny Invert pane featured in Kelleher auction Oct. 26-28

October 08, 2015 04:48 PM

While 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).


Tip of the week: 1994 Ethiopia Simien Fox set of 20

October 09, 2015 02:06 PM

In 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.


Mint plate blocks, mint panes of 2¢ Warren G. Harding elusive in marketplace

October 09, 2015 02:05 PM

The 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.


Stamps issued in 1934 marked proclamation of the Syrian republic

October 08, 2015 01:05 PM

On 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).


Tip of the week: Canal Zone airmail Official stamps

October 08, 2015 09:50 AM

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 08, 2015 09:48 AM

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.


U.S. Stamp Notes Cartoon Contest, September 2015

October 07, 2015 12:53 PM

Frustration was the dominant theme in the entries for the September cartoon caption contest featuring the U.S. Coast Guard stamp issued Aug. 4.


A brief philatelic history of distinguished politician Adlai E. Stevenson

October 07, 2015 12:30 PM

The 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.


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.


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.