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Local, regional and national stamps lurk in the catalog listings

May 24, 2012 01:10 PM

The glossary of philatelic terms on the Linn's web site defines local stamps as: "Stamps valid within a limited area or within a limited postal system.

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When it is cold outside, tropical stamps will warm you up

December 27, 2011 03:41 PM

Winter is a great time to snuggle up with your stamp collection and dream of faraway tropical islands.

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Thanksgiving has come and gone, but we can still talk Turkey

December 13, 2010 03:48 PM

Thanksgiving is a good time to talk Turkey; not the turkey that you eat followed by a pumpkin pie chaser, but Turkey with a capital "T."

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Veterans can be honored through collecting postal history

November 29, 2010 03:53 PM

Earlier this month on Nov. 11, we honored the sacrifices made by our military veterans on the federal holiday known as Veterans Day.

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Postal history boot camp: cover collecting terms and basics

November 15, 2010 03:56 PM

While there is more to postal history than just covers, covers are the basis of postal history.

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Preserving the lost art of penmanship to understand old letters

November 08, 2010 04:01 PM

A recent magazine article asked readers to comment on whether or not schools should teach children cursive handwriting.

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Collecting Malta and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta

October 25, 2010 04:06 PM

Some countries have stamps that are designed in a distinctive style that is immediately recognizable. One such country is Malta.

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Turn on the glowing stamp magic with an ultraviolet lamp

October 11, 2010 04:09 PM

Here is a magic trick you can do. Pick a United States stamp — just about any U.S. stamp issued after 1967 will do.

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Covers can be fascinating

September 20, 2010 04:12 PM

The stamps and covers we collect have compelling ways of telling history.

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Complexities of collecting stamps from the Malay Peninsula

September 13, 2010 04:19 PM

The nation now known as Malaysia can be difficult to collect because political changes have affected its stamps.

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Training camp for stamp collectors: back to hobby basics

August 30, 2010 04:25 PM

One fact we can all agree on is that stamp collectors collect stamps.

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You can add a third dimension to your stamp collection

August 23, 2010 04:31 PM

Have you noticed that many current movies are being released in 3-D?

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Online tools and resources for researching your stamp collection

August 09, 2010 04:48 PM

As digital technology becomes more pervasive, new resources are becoming available to stamp collectors on the worldwide web.

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Proper use of stamp mounts preserves your collection's value

July 26, 2010 04:54 PM

In the July 12 Refresher Course, I described the proper use of stamp hinges to mount your stamps onto album pages.

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Proper hinging techniques can prevent damage to stamps

July 12, 2010 04:57 PM

If you have ever purchased a collection or part of a collection on album pages, you have undoubtedly run into a variety of creative hinging methods.

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Postage due stamps: giving credit where credit was due

June 28, 2010 05:03 PM

Lying deep within the pages of your stamp albums and catalogs are hundreds of unappreciated sticky rectangles otherwise known as postage due stamps.

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For a new challenge, try collecting postmarks and cancellations

June 14, 2010 05:11 PM

Collecting postally used stamps can be challenging, but also quite rewarding. There are many options for those who wish to give it a try.

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A closer look at collecting Canada: the stamps of the provinces

May 31, 2010 05:19 PM

Before the Confederation of Canada was formed or joined, several provinces issued their own stamps.

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Stamps with multiple personalities result from divided rule

May 10, 2010 01:22 PM

There are stamp-issuing countries all over the world that are administered by two different postal systems.

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Reminders of war: occupation and satellite stamps of WWII

April 26, 2010 01:31 PM

On Sept. 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland, thus initiating the first European campaign in World War II.

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Take a look at what can be found on the backs of stamps

April 12, 2010 01:39 PM

We collect stamps because they are beautiful and interesting, but being attracted to their designs and stories often means that we seldom give the backs of stamps more than a cursory glance.

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Stamp categories: many different ways to classify stamps

March 29, 2010 01:50 PM

One of the ways that stamp collectors organize their stamps is by breaking them down into smaller categories or types of stamps.

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Tin Can Mail offers exotic and unusual collecting possibilities

March 22, 2010 02:11 PM

Methods of communication have changed with the speed of light since the end of World War II, when messages arrived in the form of letters, telegrams and telephone calls.

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Printing methods and design styles influence stamps' appeal

March 08, 2010 02:22 PM

Most stamp collectors have favorite stamps. A favorite stamp might be one that appeals to a collector because of the story behind the stamp, because the topic depicted is of interest, or simply because it is beautiful.

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Haiti's turbulent history is reflected on its postage stamps

February 22, 2010 02:32 PM

The devastating magnitude 7 earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12 sent me to my stamp album to see what stamps I had from this small, suffering nation that is presently dominating the news.

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Consider forming a mourning stamps and covers collection

February 08, 2010 02:43 PM

In the mid-19th century, mourning the loss of a loved one was as much about etiquette as it was about personal grieving. Black wreaths and bunting were placed on the front door and men wore black armbands.

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There are many different types of stamps: which are yours?

January 25, 2010 02:57 PM

If you are a stamp collector who collects stamps from all over the world — or even if you collect from just a few specific countries – you will soon discover that there are many different kinds of stamps you will put into your albums.

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It's time to consider stamp-related New Year's resolutions

January 11, 2010 03:06 PM

If you like to make New Year's resolutions, be sure to make some fun stamp resolutions, too. Fun resolutions are more likely to be kept than those requiring sacrifice or a change of habit.
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