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.
October 05, 2015 09:42 PMWhen this cover was listed on eBay in mid-September, it didn't take long for some knowledgeable collectors to recognize this piece of postal history for the gem that it is: an early trans-oceanic survey cover for a Pacific route that included Midway Island, which would become famous as the location of a pivotal 1942 naval battle during World War II. Read More ›
October 02, 2015 11:01 PMThis month marks my fifth anniversary writing the monthly auction report for Linn’s Stamp News. That’s 60 columns, totaling more than 100,000 words (enough for a decent-sized novel), all about our favorite hobby. Read More ›
October 02, 2015 11:34 AMIn mid-September I traveled to London, England, to attend Autumn Stampex, one of two British national stamp shows sponsored by the Philatelic Traders’ Society, Great Britain’s national stamp dealers association. The show took place Sept. 16-19 at the Business Design Centre in Islington (central north London), a comfortable and attractive venue for a stamp show. Read More ›
September 28, 2015 03:36 PMAfter the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco, postal workers not only saved the mail, they saved the new post office building. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News senior editor Denise McCarty discusses current events that relate to the stamp hobby, including the relocation of a stamp show in Sweden due to the Syrian refugee crises, and new stamps honoring Pope Francis and the British monarchy.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke talks about a record fifth win for wildlife artist Joseph Hautman in the federal duck stamp art contest, and see the painting that will appear on next year’s federal duck stamp
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz questions Bolivia’s choice for the design of a 2013 stamp honoring the country’s efforts to protect its migrants in foreign lands.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses the discovery of the upright Jenny Invert pane received in an order from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., and also reports on the Confederate Stamp Alliance.
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.