Fifty Years Ago

In its issue of Aug. 31, 1964, Linn's marked the 13th anniversary of the Scouts on Stamps Society with an article touting the group for being active in 47 different countries.

In his editorial, Linn's founder George W. Linn answered collector inquiries about ways to collect stamps at a small cost.

"The trouble with too many collectors is that they wish and think beyond their means, whereas if they go at it in the right manner they can make collections such as hundreds of other collectors make," said Linn.

M&S Stamp Service of New York City advertised mint singles of United States Scott 154, the 30¢ black Alexander Hamilton stamp of 1870, for $30.

Today a mint example catalogs for $7,500.