We are pleased to bring you the results for Linn’s 2013 United States Stamp Popularity Poll. Senior editor Jay Bigalke presents the winners and analyzes the numbers in his report beginning on page 1.
It might come as a surprise to some that the 12-stamp Made in America set (Scott 4801) took top honors as the favorite 2013 stamp issue among Linn’s voters.
Coming in second was the $2 Jenny Invert stamp (4806a), followed by the two Medal of Honor stamps (4822-4823) and the Civil War 1863 stamps (4787-4788). The New England Coastal Lighthouses stamps (4791-4795) placed fifth.
While sorting through some of the poll entries, Bigalke pointed out to me the envelope of Howard Koslow, shown nearby, who designed the 2013 Lighthouses stamps.
As you might expect, Koslow selected the stamps he designed as his favorite issue of 2013. He even franked the envelope with a Point Judith Lighthouse stamp; notice, also, that his return address label also depicts a lighthouse.
In the more than 15 years that I’ve followed our annual poll, I’ve been most impressed with Linn’s readers’ commitment and devotion to stamps that reflect the history of our great nation.
The Made in America stamps are superb reflections of the explosive industrial growth that swept the country in the early 20th century.
Stark black-and-white photos capture men and women engaged in the rigors of labor that were required to erect the massive infrastructure that fueled the engine of productivity. From coal miners to textile workers, the best of American workers is on display.
Looking at these stamps, one can’t help but be impressed with the determination and grit of the generations that preceded us.
The Jenny Invert stamp also captured the attention of our readers, many of whom are familiar with the story of the legendary error and its discovery at a post office in Washington, D.C., after it was issued in 1918.
The nifty pane of six $2 stamps provides an inexpensive way to add an iconic stamp to one’s collection.
You might recall that we disagreed with the U.S. Postal Service’s decision to randomly place 100 upright Jenny Invert panes in the print run of 2.2 million panes.
Nonetheless, there is no denying that the ploy generated a great deal of favorable buzz for stamp collecting that extended well into the mainstream media. We collectors should celebrate such occurrences and seek ways to repeat them.
Linn’s readers also had the opportunity to cast their votes online at Linns.com. Unfortunately, we determined that there were a number of voting irregularities that prevented the inclusion of the online votes in the overall totals. Bigalke has the details in his story.
It’s worth remembering that our annual poll is not statistically valid. We provide it as a fun way for readers to express their views about the nation’s stamp program.
In that spirit, it is lamentable that some would choose to manipulate the numbers to make a point.
Take some time to look over the results. Did anything surprise you? Did your favorite pick win?
Please consider sharing your thoughts with us in a letter to Linn’s. We very much enjoy hearing from you, our readers.
In the meantime, you can look forward to the 2014 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll, which will be announced sometime in December.
August 01, 2015 07:37 PMIt didn’t take long for the doom-and-gloomers to weigh in with their prognostications following the July 24 announcement from the American Philatelic Society that it hired former political aide Scott English to be the next executive director of the nation’s largest stamp club. Read More ›
July 30, 2015 08:04 PMIn the Editor’s Insights columns in the July 20 Linn’s Stamp News monthly and the Aug. 10 weekly Linn’s, I mentioned Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board without giving too much detail. Linn’s goal is to engage its audience both in print and online and to grow this audience. The role of the newly formed Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board is to assist us achieving these goals by keeping us focused on the needs of our audience and helping us adapt to today’s market. Read More ›
July 30, 2015 09:01 AMAs in previous years, Rarities Week, the series of sales conducted June 22-26 by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York, included several name sales as well as an assortment of notable items from around the world. The week kicked off with something of a do-over: a sizable assortment of better United States stamps and covers that had appeared in four previous sales, but whose winning bidder then failed to pay for them. Read More ›
July 23, 2015 04:35 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 ›
Watch as Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty discusses the hiring of a new executive director of the American Philatelic Society, the new Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board and the upcoming APS Stampshow.
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.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
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.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.