Auctions

May 05, 2016 12:56 AM

Gaertner Worldwide Rarities auction at World Stamp Show-NY 2016 May 30

The Christoph Gaertner firm is traveling from Germany to New York for WSS-NY 2016 and to present the Gaertner Worldwide Rarities auction.

World Stamps

May 05, 2016 12:49 AM

A world of food on Sweden’s stamps; local cuisine in Norden series: New Stamps of the World

A hamburger represents American cuisine on a new stamp from Sweden. The hamburger has the works on it, including cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise, and ketchup.

Postal Updates

May 05, 2016 11:04 AM

Stamp show postmark commemorates California native, author Jack London: Postmark Pursuit

A new pictorial postmark commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of U.S. author Jack London.

US Stamps

May 05, 2016 11:39 AM

A look back at the W. Curtis Livingston collection: Essays and Proofs

The Shreves Philatelic Galleries booth at the Washington 2006 exhibition served as the catalyst for the most important assemblage of United States 20th-century essays and proofs.

World Stamps

May 05, 2016 09:54 AM

Want first-day covers for Canada Post’s Star Trek stamps? Here’s how!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the beloved television series Star Trek. Both the United States and Canada are issuing stamps to mark the occasion.

US Stamps

May 05, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 5: James Beard

James Beard was a popular television chef, a respected cooking instructor and the author of a number of top selling cookbooks. He was born May 5, 1903, in Portland, Ore.

World Stamps

May 04, 2016 03:49 PM

Egypt 1938 King Farouk 18th Birthday stamp: Tip of the Week

King Farouk of Egypt was born Feb. 11, 1920, in Cairo. Although technically succeeded for 11 months by his infant son, Fuad II, he was effectively the last ruler of the dynasty founded by the first khedive of Egypt, Mohammed Ali.

US Stamps

May 04, 2016 03:33 PM

U.S. 1875 1¢ Franklin carrier reprint: Stamp Market Tips

Collectors of classic U.S. postage stamps should not overlook carrier’s stamps.

US Stamps

May 04, 2016 03:10 PM

Irwin R. Weinberg, once owner of 1¢ Magenta, dies at 88

Pennsylvania stamp collector and dealer Irwin R. Weinberg was an owner of the 1856 British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stamp for a decade. Mr. Weinberg died May 2 at age 88.

US Stamps

May 04, 2016 03:06 PM

April cartoon caption contest winners revealed: U.S. Stamp Notes

The April contest featured the 33¢ Baseball stamp (Scott 3402) from the Youth Team Sports issue of 2000. Many of the entries mixed the scene depicted on the stamp with philatelic terms.

US Stamps

May 04, 2016 02:51 PM

List of covers showing mail movement methods continues to grow: U.S. Stamp Notes

A few years ago, I discussed covers that show evidence of unusual mail-carrying methods (Linn’s, Aug. 26, 2013). Since then, I’ve found more covers showing additional methods, and Linn’s readers have reported others. It seems like it is a good time to update the list.

World Stamps

May 04, 2016 12:45 AM

Crawford philatelic library to go online May 30

The philatelic library of the 26th earl of Crawford will be available online at the Global Philatelic Library.

World Stamps

May 04, 2016 11:59 AM

Beautiful Bermuda postal history on display for the RPSL

David Pitts highlights his collection of postal history from Bermuda. Some covers arrived in England as early as 1617.

US Stamps

May 04, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 4: Horace Mann

Educational reformer Horace Mann changed the concept of public schools in America, and served as the first president of Antioch College in Ohio.

Postal Updates

May 03, 2016 04:35 PM

Threatening cat causing concern for Royal Mail postman: Linn’s Buzz

The Royal Mail has sent a letter to a Bristol, UK, resident labeling the home's cat as a "threat" in wake of recent issues with a postman.

US Stamps

May 03, 2016 03:04 PM

Stamp for legendary vocalist Sarah Vaughan receives Scott number

The stamp for revered vocalist Sarah Vaughan, which was issued on Mar. 29, has received a Scott catalog number.

US Stamps

May 03, 2016 02:43 PM

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Booth Holder Profile: Vidiforms Company

Most business success stories begin with a tale of invention and innovation and Vidiforms Company of Congers, NY, is no exception.

World Stamps

May 03, 2016 12:55 AM

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Booth Holder Profile: Canada Stamp Finder

Canada Stamp Finder is a dealer that has for three decades been serving collectors of not just Canada, but of many countries.

World Stamps

May 03, 2016 10:15 AM

The queen’s 90 years of style

New stamps honoring Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday reflect the pomp and circumstance that surround royal events.

World Stamps

May 03, 2016 09:15 AM

Klingons captured on Canada’s May 5 Star Trek set

After featuring popular Star Trek characters from the Federation — Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scotty — Canada Post reveals stamps showing a Klingon commander and battle cruiser.

US Stamps

May 03, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 3: Sugar Ray Robinson

Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson became an international legend with a string of undefeated matches and multiple title victories in the 1940s and 1950s.

World Stamps

May 02, 2016 09:30 AM

Christoph Gaertner acquires Schwanke auction house

The Christoph Gaertner auction firm in Germany has acquired a second auction house in Hamburg. In 2015, Gaertner acquired the Edgar Mohrmann firm.

US Stamps

May 02, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 2: Lorenz Hart

The writer of memorable lyrics for The Lady is a Tramp and My Funny Valentine, Lorenz Hart found incredible success with his songwriting partner Richard Rodgers.

US Stamps

May 01, 2016 03:30 AM

Born May 1: Winthrop Sargent

After serving in the Revolutionary War, Winthrop Sargent was named secretary of the Northwest Territory, and was appointed governor of the Mississippi Territory in 1798.

World Stamps

April 30, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 30: David Thompson

Surveyor, cartographer and explorer, David Thompson documented the wilderness of North America in the early years of the 19th century and created the important first maps of the vast lands.

US Stamps

April 29, 2016 03:19 PM

Stamp poll voters pick Christmas with Charlie Brown as their favorite U.S. issue of 2015

The set of 10 stamps titled A Charlie Brown Christmas took the top honors of the 33 stamp and postal stationery issues listed in the recent poll.

World Stamps

April 29, 2016 01:58 PM

Angry Birds featured on recent U.N. stamps

After being appointed an honorary UN ambassador in March, Red, the Angry Bird, is now depicted on a new stamp pane.

US Stamps

April 29, 2016 01:43 PM

After all designs revealed, National Parks set on sale June 2

Designs for the last two National Parks forever stamps were revealed April 22 and April 25, respectively, by the U.S. Postal Service.

World Stamps

April 29, 2016 02:36 PM

Britain’s wartime Airgraph anniversary: Covering the World

It was difficult to transport messages between soldiers and their loved ones, so the British government introduced Airgraphs.

US Stamps

April 29, 2016 02:31 PM

New U.S. stamp market report makes debut: Editor’s Insights

Linn’s introduces a new quarterly market report that replaces the former Linn’s U.S. Stamp Market Index.

US Stamps

April 29, 2016 02:06 PM

1924 George Washington booklet pane: Tip of the Week

On April 14, 1924, the U.S. Post Office Department issued a 2¢ carmine George Washington stamp (Scott 583).

World Stamps

April 29, 2016 01:54 PM

Malagasy Republic FAO anniversary set is scarce: Stamp Market Tips

One issue that was not widely advertised was a set of two 1995 airmail stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations (Scott C200B-C200C).

US Stamps

April 29, 2016 01:08 PM

Hawaiian Missionary stamp highlights Kelleher Auction at $34,220

The firm of Daniel F. Kelleher held a four-day “Flagship” sale March 21-24 at its headquarters in Danbury, Conn.

US Stamps

April 29, 2016 12:00 AM

Gary Peters’ Hawaii collection shines at Rumsey sale

Schuyler Rumsey offered the Gary Peters collection of Hawaii on March 18 and a “Gems of Philately” sale March 19.

World Stamps

April 29, 2016 11:55 AM

Strip of 10¢ Small Queens sells for $29,600 in Brigham auction in Toronto

Brigham Auctions held another of its continuing series of sales to disperse the extensive Canada collection of its owner, Ron Brigham.

World Stamps

April 29, 2016 11:45 AM

Scarce, used Double Geneva highlights Schwarzenbach Auktion Zurich sale

Zurich, Geneva, and Basel all briefly had their own stamp issues, all of which are now considered philatelic classics.

World Stamps

April 29, 2016 11:41 AM

South Atlantic 1821 letters bring $37,650 in Argyll Etkin sale in London

Argyll Etkin held an auction of stamps and postal history featuring material from a specialized collection of the Portuguese colony of Nyassa.

Postal Updates

April 29, 2016 07:32 AM

Postmaster Brennan’s tough first year, story behind recovered Jenny Invert: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, Mary-Anne Penner was appointed to be the USPS director of stamp services, and a new Star Trek stamp was released.

US Stamps

April 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 29: Duke Ellington

Jazz legend Duke Ellington has appeared on two United States stamps, including a 22¢ issue in the Performing Arts series that commemorated him on his birthday.

US Stamps

April 28, 2016 04:06 PM

If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t genuine

There is no shortage of interesting material out there to tempt collectors who are drawn to the unusual. But one must always be careful.

World Stamps

April 28, 2016 04:43 PM

Finding America’s natural treasures on foreign stamps

Collecting U.S. national parks on stamps does not need to be limited to U.S. issues. Other countries have featured them, too.

World Stamps

April 28, 2016 03:42 PM

More than 5,800 value changes recorded for Canada in 2017 Scott Vol. 2

More than 20,000 value changes appear in Vol. 2 of the 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. A weak Canadian dollar results in a downward trend in values for stamps of Canada.

World Stamps

April 28, 2016 08:48 AM

Bavaria’s first stamp surprised post office patrons: Unveiling Classic Stamps

The German state of Bavaria introduced postal reform on Nov. 1, 1849. On that date, a 1-kreuzer black was issued. The stamp is known as “Der Schwarze Einser” (“the black singleton”).

US Stamps

April 28, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 28: Lionel Barrymore

The eldest of the famed Barrymore acting siblings during the first half of the 20th century, Oscar-winner Lionel Barrymore's many film roles included that of the banker, Mr. Potter, in It's a Wonderful Life.

World Stamps

April 27, 2016 04:02 PM

North American international stamp exhibitions, a personal odyssey: Washington 2006 and New York 2016

Ken Lawrence continues his narrative about the past 30 years of international stamp shows held in North America as prelude to the New York 2016 pageant that opens at the end of May.

US Stamps

April 27, 2016 03:26 PM

1978 $2 Americana pictures kerosene table lamp: Dollar-Sign Stamps

The middle denomination in the trio of dollar-denominated Americana stamps is the $2 value. It is most often found used in combination with other stamps on parcels and registered mail.

World Stamps

April 27, 2016 12:30 AM

Portugal’s 1924 Camoens set of 31 stamps failed as a fundraiser: Classic Stamps of the World

Disdaining ordinary semipostals, the Portugal postal administration and the Red Cross hatched a complex scheme in 1924 intended to fund an endowment for the latter organization.

World Stamps

April 27, 2016 12:11 AM

Danish West Indies’ first postage dues found with different types: Nordic Stamp Scene

The simple 1902 postage due set of four stamps becomes more complicated for the collector checking minute design variations. Known forgeries of the four stamps add another challenge.

US Stamps

April 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 27: Samuel F.B. Morse

He's associated most strongly with the development of the successful telegraph and the Morse code used to transmit messages, but Samuel F.B. Morse was also an artist and pioneer photographer.

US Stamps

April 26, 2016 11:47 AM

Quad-City Stamp Club ‘Stamps out Cancer’ at 39th annual auction

The Quad-City Stamp Club’s 39th Annual Stamp Out Cancer Auction raised just over $6,000. This brings the cumulative proceeds from these auctions to over $271,000.
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