insightsStamps made personal for family and friends can be entertaining for all
November 22, 2015 07:12 AMThere are a multitude of inexpensive ways to collect stamps and to make the hobby a fun, family activity. One good way to start getting the family involved is to use stamps to celebrate each person’s birthday.
insightsAdvertising covers document an Ohio city’s growth and development
October 29, 2015 09:28 PMAround the middle of the 19th century, merchants, businesses and manufacturers began using specially printed mailing envelopes as a means of promoting their businesses and products. As commerce and industry thrived, more of these advertising covers appeared. Luckily for 21st-century collectors, recipients of those 19th- and 20th-century advertising covers sometimes saved them.
insightsWorth a second look: doing double takes at your stamps is a good habit
October 15, 2015 05:00 PMSometimes we collectors just don’t pay enough attention to our stamps. We acquire a stamp, we look at it long enough to find a place for it in our albums, and then we move on to the next stamp without giving a second glance to the stamp we just mounted.
insightsI like this unusual stamp, but is it an error, freak, oddity, variety or what?
August 19, 2015 12:19 AMLet’s face it. We are human beings, and as such, sometimes we make mistakes, and that’s not usually good. But, one odd thing about stamp collecting is that collectors clamor for mistakes. Who wouldn’t want a globally famous Inverted Jenny airmail stamp?
insightsIs it a postmark or a cancellation? It’s collectible either way
June 01, 2015 04:21 PMThe words “postmark” and “cancel” often are used interchangeably.
insightsWhat to look for when you're looking for stamps
April 20, 2015 04:20 PMThe two stamps pictured together here are common stamps issued by Finland in 1967.
insightsMethods to acquire more stamps for your collection
April 06, 2015 04:20 PMHow you add new stamps to your collection is determined by what you actually collect.
insightsLove is in the air and on postage stamps used on the mail
January 26, 2015 04:19 PMIn January 1973, the United States Postal Service issued the first U.S. Love stamp.
insightsStart assembling a worldwide Christmas songbook on stamps
December 23, 2014 12:53 AMGreat Britain has issued several Christmas-carol stamps, beginning with its first in 1973: a set of six (Scott 709-14) that tell the story of "Good King Wenceslas" in pictures that the 1853 carol provides in verse.
insightsExpand your topical collection with postmarks, stationery and more
April 14, 2014 12:05 AMMany countries issue postal stationery that includes pictorial elements with topical subjects. The different kinds of postal stationery are all items with imprinted postage stamps, such as stamped envelopes, aerograms and postal cards.
insightsSet parameters, be selective to collect classics on a budget
March 24, 2014 12:33 AMA subject collector seeks out stamps that show one specific subject.
insightsTechnology has always revolutionized moving the mail
February 24, 2014 12:17 AMThe delivery of postal mail continues to evolve.
insightsWhat treasures might be undetected in your collections?
December 09, 2013 10:07 AMFigure 1 illustrates an 1816 stampless cover that was forgotten in an album containing worldwide stampless covers. I had not looked at them for a while, and probably had not looked at many of them very carefully to begin with.
December 01, 2015 01:24 PMI see examples of reused stamps on a regular basis while sorting through subscription-reply mail sent to the circulation department of Linn’s parent company, Amos Media. For the most part, the reused stamp has been carefully and closely cut from its original envelope and either glued or taped in place. Read More ›
November 19, 2015 09:18 AMIn this column in the Aug. 24 issue of Linn’s, I referred to the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., as a “gift to stamp collectors.” The BNAPS library and the APRL are two of many libraries available to stamp collectors, and some philatelic libraries are available online. Read More ›
November 17, 2015 10:59 AMIt’s often been said that one of the salutary benefits of collecting stamps is the friendships made along one’s philatelic journey. If I were asked to place a value on the bonds thus forged with collectors in locales near and far, I would be rich beyond measure. A few of these hobby friends I have never met in person. Read More ›
November 12, 2015 03:21 PMToday, Nov. 11, 2015, is Veterans Day. Over the years, a number of United States stamps honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces have been issued. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on a new Charlie Brown computer-vended postage stamp that is sold only through post office self-service kiosks.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses Great Britain’s final stamp issue for 2015, a Star Wars prestige booklet, and reveals what is included in its stamp program for 2016.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses a registered 1967 cover from Qatar that recently sold for almost $1,200 and the latest discovery of an Upright Jenny Invert pane.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman announces that Linn’s has been named official daily publisher of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and provides an update on the reorganization of the Scott catalogs.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.