newsDifficult covers fun to collect, challenge to decipher: Stamp Collecting Basics
April 28, 2016 08:41 AMCollecting covers as postal history is a lot of fun, and it also can be quite challenging. The fun of covers, especially difficult ones, is in working out where they went, how they got there and why.
insightsStamps printed on colored papers can be intriguing to collect
April 14, 2016 11:07 AMIf 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.
newsNameless stamps of the Americas and Africa
April 01, 2016 02:17 PMExamples of stamps from Europe and Asia that do not have country names were addressed in previous Stamp Collecting Basics columns (March 21 and April 4 issues of Linn’s). Fewer stamps were issued without a country name from the Americas and Africa, and these two continents will be discussed in this column, beginning with the stamp in the first illustration.
newsStamps without a country name present a special identity challenge: Stamp Collecting Basics
March 18, 2016 03:50 PMIt’s surprising how many of the world’s postal administrations have issued stamps without the country’s name. So many, in fact, that it is taking more than one of these columns to cover all of them.
newsIdentifying Asian stamps if you don’t know the language: Stamp Collecting Basics
March 04, 2016 11:24 AMStamps printed without a country name, especially from countries using a different alphabet than ours, present a definite challenge for stamp collectors. Having a stamp identifier book nearby is helpful. Linn’s Stamp Identifier is extraordinarily useful, though even with that handy reference it sometimes can take a while to be able to answer the question, “Where is this stamp from?”
newsA personalized reference manual can be a beneficial problem-solver
February 21, 2016 07:00 AMIt may not take long for a new stamp collector to become discouraged both with stamp-collecting terminology (often a language all its own) and stamps that are difficult to identify. Let’s face it: It isn’t always easy for longtime collectors, either.
insightsFree first-day covers, album pages, more out there for stamp enthusiasts
January 19, 2016 12:22 PMLet’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.
insightsStamps made personal for family and friends can be entertaining for all
January 19, 2016 12:22 PMThere 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
January 19, 2016 12:22 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
January 19, 2016 12:22 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.