Nondenominated stamps have values too

December 31, 2002 10:28 AM

Once a rate change plan is reviewed, the Postal Service may choose to put the new rate into effect very quickly. Therefore, it prints hundreds of millions of nondenominated stamps well in advance that it can sell at the new rate as soon as it goes into effect.


Postal codes speed mail around the world

December 24, 2001 10:07 AM

An experimental postal zoning system had been tried in some U.S. cities even before May 4, 1943, at which time 178 of the largest urban areas received a one- or two-digit number, to be placed after the city name and indicating the postal delivery district.


Understanding basic stamp terms important

December 17, 2001 09:54 AM

Other terminology related to stamp production, covers (used envelopes) and collecting will be addressed in future columns.


Catalog options for the whole wide world

December 10, 2001 09:43 AM

Catalogs for non-U.S. postage stamps break down into two broad categories: general and specialized. General catalogs are usually published as part of a set that attempts to cover the whole world.


Christmas customs and legends on stamps

December 03, 2001 09:02 AM

In some years, mailers in the United States, Canada and Mexico have inspired designs to choose from, but for the most part, the holiday stamps are more functional than they are beautiful.


Marginal markings: Collecting on the edge

November 26, 2001 11:14 AM

Which person probably is the stamp collector? Yes, that's my guess too: the person who treats the margin paper, or selvage, as part of the stamp rather than as waste paper.


Self-serviced covers are a satisfying option

November 19, 2001 10:43 AM

There are only a few basic rules to remember, but after a few tries they'll become second nature. First, you must consider the envelope you are using. Or you may use a postcard or something else entirely.


Stamp catalog options for U.S. collectors

November 12, 2001 10:27 AM

The stamp collector's most basic tool is a stamp catalog. Indeed, ownership of or ready access to a catalog may be the dividing line between the tens of thousands of stamp collectors in the United States and the purported millions of stamp accumulators.


Listen to the stories that your covers tell

November 05, 2001 09:59 AM

A glance at the front and back of an envelope, called a cover by stamp collectors, gives a collector a lot of information very quickly.


The CIS is not the USSR with a new name

October 29, 2001 09:37 AM

While many collectors might not have particularly cared for the Soviet Union, its politics, its culture or its postage stamps, they had grown accustomed to it.


U.S. Official Mail stamps: officially gone?

October 22, 2001 09:20 AM

Nothing is more official in the United States than the federal government. Official Mail stamps were developed in the 19th century as a means of accounting for postage on mail sent by various federal departments.


Stamp information available from many sources

October 15, 2001 08:53 AM

Some other sources of stamp information include catalogs, societies, literature, postal authorities, dealers, auction catalogs, exhibitions and the Internet.


Revenue or postage stamp, or a bit of both?

October 08, 2001 04:28 PM

What do you get when you cross a revenue stamp with a postage stamp? You get a postal tax stamp. Postal tax stamps have a low profile among collectors in the United States, probably at least partially because there are no U.S. postal tax stamps.


How to build a basic stamp reference library

October 01, 2001 11:12 AM

Many a collector makes the mistake of not factoring into the annual stamp budget the purchase of a few vital catalogs and reference works.


Collecting perfinned stamps: the hole story

September 24, 2001 10:49 AM

Depending on the source you check, the word "perfin" is an abbreviation either for "perforated initials" or "perforated insignia."


FDCs offer endless collecting possibilities

September 17, 2001 10:30 AM

A first-day cover for the 34¢ Honoring Veterans stamp is shown in Figure 1. The stamp was issued May 23, 2001. The envelope is decorated with a block of four 33¢ Distinguished Soldiers stamps. Note the four-line "First Day of Issue" cancel, the typical wording and design since 1978.


Bane or boon: semipostal stamps and you

September 10, 2001 10:16 AM

L.N. Williams in Fundamentals of Philately says of semipostals, ". . . the charge in excess of postage is devoted to a named charity or relief."


What stamps to buy and where to buy them

September 03, 2001 10:04 AM

Where and how you should buy stamps depends on the type of collection you are building and how far along you are in the process.


Foreign words spice up stamp collecting

August 27, 2001 09:31 AM

The foreign words may describe or express something that has no simple equivalent in the English language.


APS summer seminar serves up fun and camaraderie

August 20, 2001 09:16 AM

Each student was provided with a 3-ring binder filled with numerous helpful articles and pictures geared to the course topics. More importantly, many of the topics allowed for hands-on practice.


Errors versus erros, freaks and oddities

August 13, 2001 08:41 AM

The lively discussion among EFO specialists continues, as the cover articles of the past two issues of The EFO Collector show.


Working a mixture: inexpensive, fun collecting

August 06, 2001 08:21 AM

Mixtures are also the best place to find recent postally used commemorative stamps, used United States plate number coils and a host of stamps with flaws and varieties that would be difficult to acquire in any other way.


Take another, closer look at these stamps

July 30, 2001 05:10 PM

Sometimes looking at a stamp closely can reveal more of the design than is readily apparent.


Use hinges or mounts to suit your needs

July 23, 2001 05:03 PM

Stamp collecting is an unusual hobby in many ways. Perhaps what is most unusual is how collectors keep mint stamps in order — the way that seems most obvious is also the absolute worst way.


Short rate periods sometimes yield treasures

July 16, 2001 04:53 PM

For lovers of French wine, 1959 was a very good year. For collectors of United States postal history, 1981 was a good year, and 2001 may be another one.


Fun, knowledge can be yours at a stamp show

July 09, 2001 04:48 PM

The June 11 Refresher Course provided some useful tips for preparing to attend a stamp show. But the real fun and excitement awaits you at the show, so this week's column provides advice for what to do once you get to there.


U.S. postal history 101: the fabulous firsts

July 02, 2001 04:44 PM

The mantra of many so-called serious collectors is, "In order to be a serious collector, you must collect postal history." Casual collectors may or may not choose to agree.


ATA study units represent variety of topics

June 25, 2001 04:37 PM

The Refresher Course in the March 26 Linn's, was titled "Pick your favorite topic and start collecting." However, sometimes selecting a topic can be a daunting task — there are so many subjects to choose from.


Postal souvenirs evoke slower, simpler time

June 18, 2001 04:32 PM

In the days before full postal automation, it was possible to send many objects through the mail that would not be permitted today because of their odd shapes and sizes.


Take more than yourself to a stamp show

June 11, 2001 04:27 PM

These days, there are numerous ways for a collector to acquire stamps, covers and other related items for his collection.


What makes a cover worth what it's worth?

June 04, 2001 04:23 PM

Demand makes a cover worth what it's worth. A collector willing to pay cold, hard cash for a cover (rather than for some other toy) is what makes the marketplace work.


Much information found in Scott catalogs

May 28, 2001 04:16 PM

Scott Publishing Co. recently announced (Linn's, May 7, page 8) the new Vol. 1 of the 2002 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog.


Ads on postal items appear in many forms

May 21, 2001 04:11 PM

The United States Postal Service recently revised the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee guidelines regarding the use of advertising on stamps.


Spend a relaxing afternoon soaking stamps

May 14, 2001 04:04 PM

What is your earliest recollection as a stamp collector? If you're like me, it probably relates to the time-honored tradition of soaking used stamps from envelope paper.


Typography means printing stamps by relief

May 07, 2001 03:59 PM

When it is used to describe a method of printing, the word "typography" is peculiar to stamp collecting.


Do you know the important parts of a cover?

April 30, 2001 04:48 PM

The word "cover" refers to an envelope, postal card or similar item that has been mailed or that bears a postal marking or postal imprint.


Covers from the U.S. stamp glut of 1948

April 23, 2001 04:45 PM

In last week's Refresher Course, I told how the United States Post Office Department created a stamp glut in 1948 by issuing 30 stamps


1948 U.S. stamp politics: no gluts, no glory

April 16, 2001 04:40 PM

Stamp gluts fascinate me. They occur when more stamps are issued than collectors can absorb.


Selvage can bring knowledge and value

April 09, 2001 04:32 PM

Stamps sometimes come with attachments that can often reveal clues about their origins and, in some cases, enhance their value.


Blank pages can fulfill your collecting dreams

April 02, 2001 04:27 PM

The blank page has a long tradition of evoking terror in the hearts of many stamp collectors.


Pick your favorite topic and start collecting

March 26, 2001 04:23 PM

When you decide to build a topical collection of stamps, you may find that you're heading into uncharted territory.


International agreements create joint issues

March 19, 2001 04:19 PM

A story on page 1 of this issue of Linn's Stamp News tells of a new joint stamp issue from the United States and Sweden to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first awarding of the Nobel Prizes.


Stamp hobby is alive among dead countries

March 12, 2001 04:15 PM

Centuries ago an unknown philosopher counseled, "De mortuis nil nisi bonum," which roughly translates as "Never speak ill of the dead."


Self-adhesives belong in your mint collection

March 05, 2001 04:11 PM

In recent years the use of self-adhesive postage stamps has increased significantly.


You can enjoy the stamps you can't afford

February 26, 2001 02:29 PM

Only a privileged few stamp collectors can add the rarest stamps in the world to their collections.


Modern covers and stamps are always vital

February 19, 2001 02:23 PM

What arrives in your mail today may be the showpiece of an award-winning postal history exhibit someday.


Here's what you can collect instead of stamps

February 12, 2001 02:13 PM

Several months ago I attended a stamp show in New York City and visited a well-known stamp collector at his home.


Stamps, the hobby that offers you the world

February 05, 2001 02:08 PM

How many fun hobbies can you think of that have existed for more than 150 years?


Three little words can make a big difference

January 29, 2001 02:01 PM

At one time or another everyone has seen a parcel or box marked "HANDLE WITH CARE" in bold red letters.


Different formats suit different collectors

January 22, 2001 01:56 PM

How many ways can there be to make and sell postage stamps? The answer is probably more than you think.
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