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Stamp mixtures, packets add to collections

October 12, 1999 11:24 AM

There are a few different answers to that problem. You could try to find a trading partner in another country. You could buy someone's ready-made collection. You could travel a lot and send yourself plenty of postcards.

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U.S. plate blocks exist in numerous formats

December 28, 1999 10:53 AM

A pane, as you may already know, is a quantity of stamps trimmed from a full press sheet and later delivered to the post office.

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Yes, you too can be a specialist collector

December 21, 1998 10:32 AM

Several varieties of the H-rate Hat design were issued Nov. 9, including coil stamps and booklet stamps, and collectors are just starting to sort out the differences between them.

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Postage stamps designated for parcel delivery

December 14, 1998 10:19 AM

A 1914 5c parcel post stamp from Italy, Scott Q7, is shown at the bottom of Figure 1. Used copies of these and similar Italian stamps often consist of the right half only.

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Some terms are simple and some are not

December 07, 1998 10:07 AM

For someone just learning about the stamp hobby, though, even the explanations of those abbreviations can be a little puzzling. For example, it's fine to explain that LH stands for "lightly hinged," but what does "lightly hinged" mean?

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Special stamps to convey special messages

November 30, 1998 09:41 AM

Generally, definitive stamps are general-issue postage stamps produced in enormous quantities and returned to press again and again as additional stamps are needed.

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Definitive or commemorative? It's hard to tell

November 23, 1998 09:20 AM

For a number of years some stamp collectors have relied upon a rather unreliable rule of thumb for determining whether a stamp is a definitive or a commemorative issue.

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Don't ignore the stamps on postal stationery r

November 16, 1998 09:02 AM

Like most standard postage stamps, postal stationery items show a prepaid postage value, but the stamps are imprinted directly upon the envelope, card or sheet that is being mailed.

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Take a look at that cover before you cut it

November 09, 1998 08:40 AM

Later I would soak the stamps off in water and flatten them under a couple of books for my collection.

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Stamp separation appears in many forms

November 02, 1998 11:52 AM

The earliest postage stamps were issued imperforate, meaning there were no perforations or other means of separation provided on the sheet.

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Perforation varieties can make the difference

October 26, 1998 11:45 AM

It may be hard to believe, but even small differences in the type of perforations a stamp has can lead to big differences in catalog values. The reason usually boils down to scarcity.

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Stamp collectors suffer separation anxiety

October 19, 1998 11:34 AM

Because the edges of self-adhesive issues are precut in a shape resembling perforation teeth, they are rarely damaged in any way.

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How to identify a stamp by its watermark

October 05, 1998 11:03 AM

Even stamps that have identical designs may be different, however. In such cases, a distinguishing secondary characteristic must be used to tell the stamps apart. The difference between two otherwise identical stamps can sometimes be found in the watermark.

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October is National Stamp Collecting Month

September 28, 1998 10:49 AM

The Postal Service has continued to promote National Stamp Collecting Month, however, by issuing special pictorial stamps intended to stimulate public interest in the stamp hobby.

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What could be simpler than stamp collecting?

September 21, 1998 10:33 AM

The fact is that the stamp hobby offers so much variety and has so many different aspects that in a room filled with 50 collectors you are likely to find 50 different ways of collecting.

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Basic collecting tools provide protection

September 14, 1998 10:27 AM

Because stamps are so small and so thin, it is also possible to crease a stamp if you try to pick it up with your fingers. The best way to handle stamps without touching them is by using stamp tongs.

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Think twice before you remove that selvage

September 07, 1998 10:09 AM

Can margin paper affect the value of a postage stamp? The answer may surprise some collectors, but yes, the value of a stamp can change depending on whether or not margin paper is attached.

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How do I learn about stamp collecting?

August 31, 1998 10:04 AM

Asking questions is another way to get the information you need to enjoy the world's greatest hobby.

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When a stamp is issued it's time to celebrate

August 24, 1998 09:51 AM

Other dignitaries may also attend, such as Congressmen, celebrities, and stamp artists or designers.

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Auctions offer many collector opportunities

August 17, 1998 09:32 AM

Stamps sold at auctions can vary in value from $5 or $10 to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Pick a country, any country

August 10, 1998 09:15 AM

As a collection grows and the album spaces fill, the collector may find that mixtures and approvals contain mostly duplicates of the stamps in his collection.

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Cover collecting is a part of postal history

August 03, 1998 09:08 AM

If the stamp were soaked free of the postcard to place it in an album, the historical aspect of its use would be lost.

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Cinderellas add more fun to your collection

July 28, 1998 08:45 AM

Because tight security is needed when working with genuine stamps, printers use test stamps to avoid security problems.

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It's not a stamp, but it looks like one

July 20, 1998 08:12 AM

Some of these items can be identified very quickly, while the collector has to do considerable digging to learn about others.

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New to the U.S., but more than a century old

July 13, 1998 11:46 AM

That may still change depending on an upcoming rate implementation decision from the Postal Service board of governors.

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Collectors watch out for plate number coils

July 06, 1998 10:57 AM

Even some U.S. stamp collectors are stumped when they encounter those unfamiliar initials in print.

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What are you looking at?

June 29, 1998 04:42 PM

That's a question stamp collectors hear pretty regularly. It's also a question that many collectors like to ask each other.

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Varieties are the spice of stamp collecting

June 22, 1998 04:38 PM

Almost everyone likes a little variety in life, and stamp collectors are no exception.

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U.S. Postal Service history has affected collectors

June 15, 1998 04:33 PM

Like most countries, the United States has a central postal authority that delivers mail and sells postage stamps.

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Answers to some frequently asked questions

June 08, 1998 04:29 PM

We always try to keep the communication lines open here at Linn's Stamp News, and as a result, we get a lot of questions about stamp collecting basics.

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Se-tenant stamps: different designs together

June 01, 1998 04:24 PM

For many years, whenever a sheet of stamps was printed, every stamp on the sheet would have the same design.

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Paying a machine to print postage stamps

May 25, 1998 04:19 PM

In the summer of 1989, the United States Postal Service unveiled a public-access computer system called Autopost that would allow customers to weigh mail, look up postage rates and print a postage stamp.

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Don't let these stamp terms confuse you

May 18, 1998 04:15 PM

Words can help explain what you don't understand, but words can also be the cause of your confusion.

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Postage stamps that are canceled-to-order

May 11, 1998 04:10 PM

When a stamp is used on a mailed item to pay for postage it usually receives a postmark to prevent anyone from using the stamp again.

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Souvenir sheets are a little hard to define

May 04, 1998 04:06 PM

When you think of a souvenir, you probably think of an item that reminds you of a place or event you visited.

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Post office visit yields more than just stamps

April 27, 1998 09:21 AM

Of course, collectors can buy stamps at the post office. The best way to do this is to visit a larger office with a philatelic window.

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Topical collection can unite interests

April 21, 1998 09:09 AM

Meter stamps are best saved intact on cover, rather than clipped off. The full cover often provides useful information about the history of the mailing or the meter stamp

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Going from a stamp to a stamp collection

April 13, 1998 11:56 AM

The postage stamp is the most familiar item used by any postal authority, but there are many other labels and forms that play important roles in mail handling.

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Official seals have a role in postal history

April 06, 1998 09:54 AM

The postage stamp is the most familiar item used by any postal authority, but there are many other labels and forms that play important roles in mail handling.

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What's the difference between a 'postcard' and a 'postal card'?

March 09, 1998 10:08 AM

The terms "postcard" and "postal card" are very similar, just as the two objects described by those two terms are very similar.

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Stamp subjects are approved by committee

March 02, 1998 11:28 AM

Mint postal cards are also saved by some collectors, just as mint postage stamps are saved by others.

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Different elements make up a single stamp

February 22, 1998 11:13 AM

The production of self-adhesive stamps has increased dramatically over the past few years, and this change has affected stamp perforations.

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The lessons learned from stamp collection

February 16, 1998 10:57 AM

Historical events also are featured on postage stamps, and through these miniature scenes we have more opportunities to learn about the world.

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Precanceled stamps offer collecting variety

February 09, 1998 10:50 AM

Precanceled postage stamps have existed for more than a century, and those who collect and study them know that the field provides remarkable variety.

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Starting out with hobby 'dos and don't's

February 02, 1998 10:44 AM

There are few hard and fast rules about collecting, but there are a number of "dos" and "don'ts" that will help you along as you learn about the hobby.

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Why does my stamp have a lot of holes in it?

January 26, 1998 10:36 AM

Most people know that perforations are the little holes that surround a postage stamp so that it can be easily separated from the other stamps around it.

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Specialization means studying your stamps

January 19, 1998 10:26 AM

Some of those exhibits contain a fortune in stamps, but it's possible for any collector to start his own specialized collection with stamps that are being issued right now.

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U.S. stamps should tell the nation's story

January 05, 1998 10:06 AM

If you think of the major events that have shaped this nation, most have been shown on U.S. commemorative stamps.

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Soaking used stamps from envelope paper

January 12, 1997 10:16 AM

Separate stamps on these papers, and soak them one at a time in cold water. Remove the stamps immediately when they are free of the paper, and rinse in clean, warm water.
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