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2016 U.S. Stamp Program

September 27, 2016 02:30 AM

The 2016 U.S. Stamp Program contains information about U.S. Postal Service products released during 2016, including those honoring Richard Allen and World Stamp Show-NY 2016.

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To collect Martinique, begin and end with the stamps of France: Stamp Collecting Basics

August 21, 2016 02:00 PM

Martinique is a small island in the Eastern Caribbean, within the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.

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Free first-day covers, album pages, more out there for stamp enthusiasts

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

Let’s be honest: We all like to get something for nothing, and “free” is certainly a most welcome word in the world of stamps. And we stamp collectors are lucky, because there are many great free things available to enhance our collecting. You might be shaking your head in disbelief, but bear with me and I’m sure you will enjoy some of the free things mentioned here.

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Stamps made personal for family and friends can be entertaining for all

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

There 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.

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Map out a plan for a productive stamp collector’s winter

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

Pamper yourself this winter by blocking out some time every week to attend to your collection. Schedule the tasks you have been setting aside and then make a firm commitment to get them done.

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Worth a second look: doing double takes at your stamps is a good habit

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

Sometimes 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.

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Simple science makes yellow stamps easy to see

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

It might seem like magic, but viewing certain stamps with the use of simple transparent color filters can make it easier to see the stamp design and read hidden details of postmarks.

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Advertising covers document an Ohio city’s growth and development

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

Around 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.

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Be a wise consumer when buying stamps and covers

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

It’s important to have a plan when considering whether or not to purchase a stamp or cover. Ask yourself: Is the perceived value of the item worth the cost to add it to your collection?

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Looking at the affordable stamps of an overlooked dead country: Stamp Collecting Basics

August 15, 2016 08:00 PM

There are many stamp-issuing countries that no longer exist. Some of these so-called “dead countries” are so obscure that they get overlooked and bypassed by many collectors.

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2016 U.N. Stamp Program

August 13, 2016 04:00 PM

The 2016 U.N. Stamp Program contains information about all of the United Nations Postal Administration products released during 2016.

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2016 Canada Stamp Program

August 13, 2016 04:00 PM

The 2016 Canada Stamp Program contains up-to-date information about stamps and postal stationery from Canada Post.

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The Virgin Islands: an explorer, a legend, and many beautiful stamps

July 15, 2016 07:00 PM

The use of British stamps in the Virgin Islands lasted until 1860, and the first Virgin Islands stamps were issued in 1866. These first stamps had images recalling the history of the islands’ name.

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By Topic - July 2016

July 05, 2016 09:51 AM

Listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the July 2016 Linn's Stamp News fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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Getting lost in a Romanian souvenir sheet is a history lesson: Stamp Collecting Basics

June 30, 2016 03:44 PM

The stamps on a 1937 souvenir sheet seemed to provide more questions than answers. A study of related Romanian issues led to a better understanding of that country’s turbulent history.

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Eureka! Finding stamps with curious overprints: Stamp Collecting Basics

June 14, 2016 09:08 AM

It is kind of amazing how one little stamp can incite a collector to go off on not just one but several tangents. Here is a good example.

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By Topic - June 2016

June 06, 2016 10:03 AM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the June 20, 2016 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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‘Exotic’ is in the eye, and the albums, of each collector: Stamp Collecting Basics

June 02, 2016 08:40 PM

Let’s face it: Some of the stamps in our albums are mundane in appearance and others are breathtaking. But how many people have been converted to the stamp-collecting hobby simply because of the image of an exotic stamp?

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United States territorial history and stamps make an interesting study: Stamp Collecting Basics

May 20, 2016 09:05 AM

Often during “man on the street” interviews, when the questions pertain to geography, the person is likely to be clueless. Not if they're a philatelist.

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By Topic - May 2016

April 29, 2016 02:39 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the latest Scott New Issues Update fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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Stamps printed on colored papers can be intriguing to collect

April 14, 2016 11:07 AM

If you have been collecting stamps for a while, you will have noticed that most of them are printed on white paper. Every once in a while, however, you might find a stamp that seems to have been printed on colored paper, and this makes it stand out among the other stamps that live in your stamp albums.

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By Topic - April 2016

April 01, 2016 08:00 AM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the April 18, 2016, Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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By Topic - March 2016

March 04, 2016 08:00 AM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the March 21, 2016, Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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2015 Canada Stamp Program

February 29, 2016 11:00 AM

The 2015 Canada Stamp Program contains up-to-date information about stamps and postal stationery from Canada Post.

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2015 U.N. Stamp Program

February 29, 2016 10:45 AM

The 2015 U.N. Stamp Program contains information about all of the United Nations Postal Administration products released during 2015, including those honoring World Poetry Day and Endangered Species.

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By Topic - February 2016

January 29, 2016 08:30 AM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the February 15, 2016 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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Foreign Currency

January 20, 2016 03:53 PM

Stamp collectors can find the current names for the currency of stamp-issuing entities in order to help identify new stamps collectors are interested in.

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Glossary Of Philatelic Terms

January 20, 2016 03:42 PM

Look over our reference guide featuring definitions of nearly 300 terms frequently encountered by stamp collectors and cover collectors. 

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Still more free stuff for stamp collectors, from online sources

January 14, 2016 09:53 PM

In Linn’s issue of Jan. 4, a number of free resources for stamp collectors were presented in this column, and that theme will be continued here.

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Scott Worldwide Stamp Cost

December 31, 2016 10:46 AM

The Scott Worldwide Stamp Cost chart tracks the face value and catalog value for stamps of the world from 2002 to 2014. Click on a year to see the data for that year.

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Love travels by mail for Valentine’s Day

December 29, 2016 09:15 PM

The origins of valentines allegedly lie in the late Middle Ages, in the form of handwritten romantic poems exchanged by lovers.

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2015 U.S. Stamp Program

December 15, 2015 10:00 AM

The 2015 U.S. Stamp Program contains information about all of the U.S. Postal Service products released during 2015, including those honoring the Battle of New Orleans and Robert Robinson Taylor.

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By Topic - December 2015

December 05, 2015 06:54 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Nov. 16, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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By Topic - November 2015

November 02, 2015 05:17 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Nov. 16, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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By Topic - October 2015

October 02, 2015 03:05 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Oct. 19, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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I like this unusual stamp, but is it an error, freak, oddity, variety or what?

August 19, 2015 12:19 AM

Let’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?

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By Topic - July 2015

July 03, 2015 12:00 AM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the July 20 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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The world’s stamps for social awareness are postal calls to action

June 12, 2015 01:13 PM

Stamps represent a great deal of responsibility and effort. Put a United States forever stamp on an envelope, place it in the mailbox and off it goes to its destination.

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Is it a postmark or a cancellation? It’s collectible either way

June 01, 2015 04:21 PM

The words “postmark” and “cancel” often are used interchangeably.

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Stamp Issuing Entities Of The World

May 21, 2015 10:34 AM

Check out a comprehensive collection of nations, provinces, cities, armies and other entities that have, at one point or another, issued postage stamps.

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Postal Administrations Of The World

May 21, 2015 10:34 AM

Find out how to get in touch with the postal administration from which you want to buy directly recent and current postal issues.

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Often seen on stamps, the ITU celebrates 150 years

May 18, 2015 04:20 PM

Stamps exist to facilitate communication, so an organization dedicated to the advancement of international communication is a natural subject.

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Do secrets hide in your collection of stamps and covers?

May 04, 2015 05:20 PM

Stamps, envelopes, and letters contained within the envelopes sometimes hold secrets.

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By Topic - May 2015

May 01, 2015 10:26 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the May 18 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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What to look for when you're looking for stamps

April 20, 2015 04:20 PM

The two stamps pictured together here are common stamps issued by Finland in 1967.

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Methods to acquire more stamps for your collection

April 06, 2015 04:20 PM

How you add new stamps to your collection is determined by what you actually collect.

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By Topic - April 2015

April 01, 2015 10:26 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the April 20 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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Is your stamp collection all caught up on its Zzzzzzs?

March 23, 2015 04:19 PM

The last few pages of stamp listings in Vol. 6 of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue contain the stamp-issuing countries beginning with the letter "Z."

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By Topic - March 2015

March 01, 2015 10:26 PM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the March 16 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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Making new stamps from old with overprints and surcharges

February 23, 2015 04:19 PM

"Overprint" is a term used to describe stamps that have additional printing added on top of the original image on the stamps.
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