July 27, 2015 04:42 PMTwo stamps promote World Stamp Show-NY 2016
July 27, 2015 12:46 AMNew APS executive director has ties with APS vice president Mick Zais
July 27, 2015 12:00 AM2012 Scenic Landscapes postal card booklet is a good buy
newsSupport a Harmon Killebrew stamp and you could win a year's worth of root beer
July 28, 2015 04:16 PMMinnesota-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.
newsGreat Britain to feature bees from different regions on new stamps
July 27, 2015 07:00 PMRoyal 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).
newsTwo stamps promote World Stamp Show-NY 2016
July 27, 2015 04:42 PMAt 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.
newsNew APS executive director has ties with APS vice president Mick Zais
July 27, 2015 12:46 AMWhen 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.
newsScott English hired as APS executive director
July 24, 2015 05:05 PMThe 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.
newsLighthouses of Australia, three European countries on new stamps
July 24, 2015 01:53 PMLighthouses 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.
newsCreation of Upright Jenny panes comes under fire, Coast Guard forever stamp release approaches: Week's Most Read
July 24, 2015 09:48 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, according to reader metrics.
insightsFranklin’s flagship ‘Erebus’ joins Canadian philatelic fleet of discovery
July 28, 2015 09:16 AMWith 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.
insights2012 Scenic Landscapes postal card booklet is a good buy
July 27, 2015 12:00 AMModern 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.
insightsTelegraph clock code system used on British datestamps in late 19th century
July 25, 2015 02:08 PMSpeed 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.
insightsRasdale auction Aug. 15-16 includes Jim Linker stock, worldwide selection
July 24, 2015 05:06 PMRasdale 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.
insightsAustralia’s marsupial definitives are uncommonly fun and interesting
July 23, 2015 12:06 AMCommon 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.
insightsPostal notices used to prevent early release of Moon Landing stamp
July 23, 2015 09:39 AMAmong 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.
insightsCosta Rica’s 1905 1-centimo overprint poses some collecting challenges
July 21, 2015 11:06 AMBy 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.
July 23, 2015 04:46 PMThe Tieton, Wash., post office is a simple 1935 cement block building with a slat wood facade. Townsfolk in the agricultural community of 1,200 in central Washington believe the post office could become a landmark, if only the United States Postal Service would allow them to cover the front with a stamp-like mosaic. Read More ›
July 24, 2015 12:50 PMThe American Philatelic Society will host the nation’s largest annual stamp exhibition Aug. 20-23. The show will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
July 21, 2015 01:04 PMLinn’s Washington Correspondent Bill McAllister recently reported that the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service has taken the nation’s mail agency to task for intentionally creating 100 upright $2 Jenny Invert panes. Read More ›
July 21, 2015 09:38 AMHere in Sidney, Ohio, when the hot, sultry days of summer are upon us, the Scott catalog editors begin to feel the heat of deadlines for the two Scott specialized catalogs. Read More ›
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses the largest souvenir card produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The card is one of three issued to honor the centenary of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke discusses Canada’s recently recalled $1.20 Dinosaur Provincial Park stamps featuring inaccurately described Hoodoo rock formations.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the discovery of another pane of the intentionally created upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp.
Chad Snee discusses the recent sale of the glass locket containing the famed 1918 Jenny Invert airmail error stamp.
First-day ceremonies are wonderful promotional events organized by the United States Postal Service for most commemorative and some definitive (regular-issue) stamps.
In the world of stamp collecting, the Hawai`i “Missionaries” (Hawaii Scott 1-4) have long been at the forefront of celebrated classics, but it is the later (and much more affordable) engraved issues that tell the story of the kingdom’s colorful history.
Since the abhorrent murder of nine African-American churchgoers by a white supremacist in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, calls have spread across the United States for symbols of the old Confederacy to be removed from public places.
Also this week, Canada's recalled Hoodoo stamps became a hot item on eBay, and Charles Snee gave some perspective on Scott No. 5000.