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.

World Stamps

April 26, 2016 11:33 AM

Dr. McCoy joins Canada’s Star Trek crew

A stamp honoring DeForest Kelly as Dr. Leonard McCoy will be included in Canada Post's upcoming Star Trek set. Other characters shown on the stamps revealed so far are Kirk, Spock and Scotty.

US Stamps

April 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 26: Frederick Law Olmsted

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed New York City's famed Central Park, as well as the U.S. Capitol Grounds, and the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

US Stamps

April 25, 2016 12:47 AM

California youth wins 2016 federal junior duck stamp competition

The colored pencil entry, which won the California State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, was chosen from 192 entries.

World Stamps

April 25, 2016 11:10 AM

Star Trek stamp for ‘Scotty’ actor James Doohan

The fourth stamp revealed in Canada Post's planned Star Trek set honors actor James Doohan as chief engineer Montgomery Scott. Earlier stamps revealed feature the characters Kirk and Spock, and the starship Enterprise.

US Stamps

April 25, 2016 10:40 AM

National Parks set wraps up with Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park each year draws more than 3 million visitors enjoying its expansive wilderness. The bison on the upcoming forever stamp symbolize the many species of mammals found in the park.

US Stamps

April 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 25: Edward R. Murrow

Edward R. Murrow was one of the most trusted journalists during World War II and beyond. Murrow reported for CBS for 25 years, and served as director of the U.S. Information Agency in the early 1960s.

US Stamps

April 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 24: Robert Penn Warren

Robert Penn Warren won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the King's Men, and two more for collections of poetry. Warren was born April 24, 1905.

Postal Updates

April 23, 2016 08:52 AM

Mary-Anne Penner permanently appointed as USPS director of stamp services

A year after she was placed in charge of the United States Postal Service’s stamp program, Mary-Anne Penner is no longer the acting director of stamp services.

US Stamps

April 23, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 23: William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated writer in the world, was born 452 years ago on (or near) April 23, 1564; and died exactly 400 years ago, on April 23, 1616.

US Stamps

April 22, 2016 03:10 PM

Stamp design for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota was established in 1947, and today covers more than 70,000 acres. Visitors enjoy many outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and canoeing.

US Stamps

April 22, 2016 01:36 PM

APS executive director reports on membership, finances, McCoy stamp mystery

There was a decline in membership during the first quarter of 2016, but an increase in new applications over 2015.

US Stamps

April 22, 2016 12:36 AM

Ethel McCoy and other women collectors paved the way in a mostly male hobby

A recent news story on Linns.com reveals the discovery of one of the two missing 1918 United States Jenny Invert airmail error stamps from the famed McCoy block of four.

World Stamps

April 22, 2016 12:08 AM

Photographs of Finland’s barns on stamps

Finland’s post office, Posti, reports that more than 4,300 photographs were submitted for the design contest, which ran from May to July 2015.

World Stamps

April 22, 2016 11:43 AM

Post office posters promote World Stamp Show

The United States Postal Service is promoting World Stamp Show-NY 2016 in all post offices nationwide with a new full-color poster.

US Stamps

April 22, 2016 11:29 AM

APS elections underway for board of directors and library trustees

APS members will vote for candidates who are running for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and director at large in May.

Auctions

April 22, 2016 12:08 AM

Regency-Superior philatelic auction in St. Louis May 14-15 features U.S. classic inverts

Two attention grabbers in this sale are U.S. classics with inverted centers: the 1869 15¢ brown and blue type II Landing of Columbus (Scott 119b) and the 1901 4¢ brown and black Pan-American Automobile stamp (296a).

World Stamps

April 22, 2016 11:26 AM

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday with stamps

Great Britain’s Royal Mail is issuing 10 stamps April 21 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

Postal Updates

April 22, 2016 10:23 AM

Gyrocopter pilot who landed at U.S. Capitol sentenced to four months in prison

A former United States Postal Service letter carrier from Florida was sentenced April 21 to four months in prison for flying his tiny gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds in what a federal judge branded an act of “self-aggrandizement.”

World Stamps

April 22, 2016 08:24 AM

Newfoundland’s Balbo surcharge recalls famous fascist flight in 1933: Collecting Canada

Eastern Newfoundland became the take-off and landing site for many early attempts at transatlantic flight.

US Stamps

April 22, 2016 08:14 AM

Stolen Jenny Invert recovered, John Lennon's stamp collection profiled: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, John Hotchner told the story of a cover that, for no apparent reason, caught his attention, and a fake-stamp artist sparked controversy.

Postal Updates

April 22, 2016 08:47 AM

A tough first year for Postmaster General Megan Brennan

It’s been a rough start for the nation’s 74th postmaster general. Since taking office in February 2015, Megan J. Brennan has endured setback after setback in her attempts to right the troubled United States Postal Service.

US Stamps

April 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 22: Queen Isabella

Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand became the powerful rulers of Spain during the 15th century. Their support of Christopher Columbus led to his voyages of discovery in 1492.

World Stamps

April 21, 2016 03:42 PM

Royal Family unites as Prince George makes his stamp debut: Linn’s Buzz

Prince George of Cambridge has appeared on his first stamp, as the Royal Family celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday with a 10-stamp set.

World Stamps

April 21, 2016 03:10 PM

Stamps document going for the gold in Australia in the 1850s: Stamps Down Under

In many ways, Australia and the United States share a similar history, including gold rushes that helped to promote improvements in transportation.

US Stamps

April 21, 2016 12:12 AM

Fourteen of 16 U.S. National Parks stamp designs have been revealed

United States stamp designs honoring five national parks were revealed during mid-April. The parks that are newly featured are Haleakala National Park in Hawaii; Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C.; Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont; Mount Rainier National Park in Washington; and San Francisco Maritime Historical Park in California.

World Stamps

April 21, 2016 11:46 AM

U.N. International Dance Day stamps show dances from around the world

Six dances from around the world are displayed on the United Nations Postal Administration’s International Dance Day stamps. The stamps are being issued April 29, International Dance Day, in panes of six.

US Stamps

April 21, 2016 10:40 AM

The story behind the Jenny Invert from McCoy block recovered in New York

One of the two missing 1918 United States Jenny Invert airmail error stamps from the famed McCoy block of four that was stolen in 1955 was recovered in early April.

US Stamps

April 21, 2016 09:20 AM

Stamp to feature San Francisco maritime park

San Francisco National Historical Park in California is featured on the 14th stamp revealed in the upcoming National Parks set from the United States Postal Service.

World Stamps

April 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 21: Queen Elizabeth II

April 21 is the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952. The queen's birthday is celebrated in Great Britain with special festivities in June.

World Stamps

April 20, 2016 12:54 AM

Overprinted Qatar Satellite Telecommunications issue: Tip of the Week

You will notice that values for many stamps of Qatar are given in italics in the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. This reflects the fact that the market for Qatari stamps has been in flux. Over the past several years, many of the sheikdom’s stamp issues were hot items. Some still are, but many are not.

US Stamps

April 20, 2016 12:41 AM

Golden Eagle Pass souvenir sheet tough to find: Stamp Market Tips

On Dec. 10, 1987, the National Park Service issued a $25 Golden Eagle Pass souvenir sheet of seven (Scott RVP1). The top right stamp is inscribed“Golden Eagle Pass” alongside an eagle in flight. The designs of the other stamps are from paintings produced for the Arts for the Parks program.

US Stamps

April 20, 2016 12:21 AM

1962 Congressional proposal for mental illness stamp discovered: U.S. Stamp Notes

A mental Illness stamp proposal in 1962 failed to pass muster. The stamp would have marked the 150th anniversary in 1963 of the founding of the Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., the nation’s oldest private psychiatric hospital.

US Stamps

April 20, 2016 12:05 AM

May cartoon caption contest: U.S. Stamp Notes

Spring is the planting season and summer is the growing season, so the Arbor Day stamp of 1932 (Scott 717) is a good selection for the cartoon caption contest for May.

US Stamps

April 20, 2016 10:24 AM

Olympian to speak on stamps and sports at World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn’s Buzz

Former Olympians and a specialist in Olympic-based stamps will be on the World Stamp Show - NY 2016 on May 30.

World Stamps

April 20, 2016 10:33 AM

Great Britain souvenir sheet celebrates 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

Royal Mail kept the four-generation souvenir sheet and photograph a secret until April 20, the day before the queen’s birthday. But after it was announced, the photograph was soon spreading over social media, including the British monarchy’s Instagram account.

US Stamps

April 20, 2016 09:40 AM

Mount Rainier stamp shows star trails

A dramatic nighttime photograph showing star trails above Mount Rainier will be featured on a forever stamp to be issued June 2 in the forthcoming National Parks set of 16.

US Stamps

April 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 20: Harold Lloyd

American silent film actor and director Harold Lloyd was a master of comedy who starred in hundreds of feature films and comedy shorts. He was featured on a 29¢ stamp in the 1994 Silent Screen Stars set.

World Stamps

April 19, 2016 10:04 AM

Stamp pane from Britain pictures New York scenes

Foreign postal administrations ranging alphabetically from Aland to the UN will be at WSS-NY 2016 selling various new issues and related products.

US Stamps

April 19, 2016 10:10 AM

Bierstadt painting on Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park stamp

Details of a painting by Albert Bierstadt will be shown on a forever stamp planned for June 2 commemorating Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont.

World Stamps

April 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 19: Dudley Moore

Gifted with remarkable skill in both comedy and music, Dudley Moore's career included a long partnership with fellow comedian Peter Cook, and a very successful film career.
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