World Stamps

May 27, 2017 07:00 PM

Machin stamps produced in different formats over a half century

Security against forgery and reuse has concerned the British Post Office since 1840. Features have been added to Machin stamps to increase security.

US Stamps

May 27, 2017 09:00 AM

It’s all about keeping cool for the June cartoon caption contest

Trying to stay cool? For the June cartoon caption contest, we promote this preoccupation by using a George Washington stamp with a winter theme.

US Stamps

May 27, 2017 07:00 AM

In the path of totality: where and when the Total Solar Eclipse stamp will debut

Part of the new nondenominated (49¢) Total Solar Eclipse forever stamp is printed with a thermochromic material that will normally appear as a black disk on the stamp, representing the moon blocking the sun, as viewed from Earth.

World Stamps

May 26, 2017 07:00 PM

Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope run by once more on Canada 150 stamp

The stamp is part of a set to be issued June 1 honoring historic moments from the last 50 years as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The stamps are being revealed one at a time at different locations throughout Canada.

World Stamps

May 26, 2017 05:00 PM

King Harald stamp tops Norwegian poll for the most beautiful stamp of 2016

Coming in second place in the poll was the 21kr stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the central bank, Norges Bank.

World Stamps

May 26, 2017 03:00 PM

Machin 50th anniversary, the Brunswick Circus Girl, and the end of U.S. postage due stamps: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

Also in the June 12 isssue of Linn’s, The Odd Lot columnist Wayne Youngblood reveals the fascinating origins of the Brunswick Circus Girl cinderella stamp.

World Stamps

May 26, 2017 01:00 PM

Stamp featuring Capt. Cook at Poverty Bay a bright spot in New Zealand market

Captain Cook is a popular stamp-collecting topic. In 1935, New Zealand issued a 2-shilling Captain Cook Landing at Poverty Bay stamp (Scott 197). In 1937, the stamp received a vertical “Official” overprint to become an Official stamp (Scott O71).

US Stamps

May 26, 2017 12:15 AM

U.S. Postal Service retracts incorrect report: $2 Jenny Invert pane to remain on sale

The $2 Jenny Invert stamp will remain on sale at U.S. post offices despite an erroneous report that the six-stamp pane will be withdrawn June 30.

Postal Updates

May 26, 2017 10:15 AM

Trump 2018 budget takes aim at USPS, Are gimmicky stamps good?: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, John Hotchner informs us in U.S. Stamp Notes that you don't necessarily have to be a congressman to have your own congressional cover.

US Stamps

May 25, 2017 07:00 PM

Rocky Run and New Atlantis produced local post cinderella stamps

Among the rather large field of cinderellas, there are examples that are frequently seen, and others that are more unusual. Let’s look at one of each type.

World Stamps

May 25, 2017 01:00 PM

Jersey issues wooden souvenir sheet honoring Charles Darwin

Jersey Post is honoring organizations associated with naturalists Gerald Durrell and Charles Darwin on seven stamps to be issued June 14.

World Stamps

May 25, 2017 09:30 AM

Spain marks 40th anniversary of ‘Star Wars’ with Darth Vader stamp

Spain's Star Wars souvenir sheet features a €5 Darth Vader stamp and shows other characters on labels.

World Stamps

May 24, 2017 05:00 PM

Eid stamp from Canada includes elements from Islamic architecture

The nondenominated, “P” domestic-rate (85¢) stamp was issued May 24 to recognize “Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims in Canada and worldwide,” according to Canada Post. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast. This year Eid al-Fitr begins on the evening of June 25 and ends June 26.

World Stamps

May 24, 2017 03:00 PM

U.N. World Environment Day stamps highlight the beauty of Canada

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ “principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.”

Postal Updates

May 24, 2017 01:15 PM

President Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives

The president’s long-awaited ideas were contained on page 1207 of an annex to Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget, released May 23. That’s where the president urged Congress to give the U.S. Postal Service “authority to reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.”

Auctions

May 23, 2017 07:00 PM

British North America classics, postal history in June 17 Eastern Auctions sale

The public auction also features the Hugh Westgate collection of British Columbia, and specialized items of Canada’s 1897 Diamond Jubilee issue.

World Stamps

May 23, 2017 09:00 AM

Five international legends of Canadian Grand Prix take victory lap on new stamps

The Canadian Grand Prix stamps were issued May 16. They mark the 50th anniversary of professional, open-wheel automotive racing in Canada.

US Stamps

May 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Choose your sport on new Have a Ball! round forever stamps to be issued at U.S. Open

Mike Ryan designed the new stamps using illustrations by artist Daniel Nyari. USPS art director Greg Breeding also selected the typography for these stamps.

World Stamps

May 21, 2017 05:00 PM

Canada 150 stamp honors the highway that connects the country

Although the Canada 150 Trans-Canada Highway stamp was unveiled in Saskatchewan, the design depicts a scene of Alberta with a green and white highway sign marked “Trans Canada” “1” “Alberta” and “West” in the foreground, and a forest and the Rocky Mountains in the background.

World Stamps

May 21, 2017 08:00 AM

Are gimmicks on stamps a good thing if they capture positive attention?

Stamp collectors sometimes frown at gimmicky formats for stamps, but two stamp issues scheduled for release this year made Linn's editor Donna Houseman smile.