February 12, 2016 08:36 AMSparks to auction rare unused variety of Canada 15¢ gray Large Queen A rare unused variety of the Canada 15¢ gray Large Queen stamp from the 1868 series will be offered at auction March 1 by Sparks Auctions of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The upcoming Sparks auction is scheduled for March 1-3.
February 12, 2016 06:45 AMGuidebook pulls together 2012-15 U.S. stamps from imperforate press sheets In 2012, the United States Postal Service began selling uncut press sheets of selected commemorative and definitive stamps that had no die cuts between the stamps. Imperforate stamps from these press sheets were initially footnoted (along with values) in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.
February 11, 2016 09:15 PMStamps honor 500th anniversary of organized mail service in Britain Great Britain’s Royal Mail is celebrating 500 years of regular, organized mail service in 2016, and is issuing 10 stamps Feb. 17 to commemorate developments in its postal service. A booklet and other items are being released the next day, Feb. 18. The stamp set is called Royal Mail 500.
February 11, 2016 05:09 PMStamps trace evolution of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, a name expressing more truth than poetry, arose out of the ashes of World War I as a marriage of convenience. It issued stamps from 1918 until the name of the country was officially changed to Yugoslavia (land of the Southern Slavs) on Oct. 3, 1929.
February 11, 2016 04:05 PMTrade cards picture 19th-century U.S. stamps As a fan of 19th-century trade cards that depict United States stamps, I’m pleased to share two examples of what appear at first glance to be the same card. The cards have the same margin design and show the same four stamps from the definitive series of 1870-71. However, they are not the same.
February 11, 2016 02:43 PMUSPS posted $1.3 billion first-quarter profit, 10¢ stamp only available for $50: Week's Most Read Also this week, the USPS made public how it would cut stamp prices if its plea to retain emergency rate increases continues to be rejected, and a spectacular and seldom-seen error went for a six-figure price.
February 11, 2016 03:32 PMMode of transport for 1934 ‘OWL Mail’ cover revealed Thanks to the many Linn’s readers who wrote in with answers to the meaning of “OWL Mail” on the 1934 cover shown in the U.S. Stamp Notes column in the Sept. 14, 2015, issue of Linn’s. I had requested help from readers in decoding the meaning of the term.
February 11, 2016 01:27 PMYorba Linda postmark commemorates Richard Nixon, marks $1 coin release A March 1 postmark from Yorba Linda, Calif., commemorates Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States. The Richard Nixon postmark is being offered almost one month after the release of the Richard Nixon $1 coin, which was issued by the U.S. Mint on Feb. 3.
February 11, 2016 01:08 PMAPS board nominates Stephen Reinhard to fill FIP vacancy Stephen Reinhard, the president of the American Philatelic Society, has been nominated by the APS board of directors to fill an upcoming vacancy on the board of directors of the International Federation of Philately (FIP).
February 11, 2016 12:30 AMLion dance at Year of the Monkey first-day ceremony in Queens, N.Y. On a snowy morning in early February, I attended the United States Postal Service’s first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Year of the Monkey stamp in Queens, N.Y. This stamp is the ninth Lunar New Year issue in the second series (2008-2019) beautifully designed by Ethel Kessler featuring original art by Kam Mak.
February 11, 2016 10:59 AMA brief celebration of covers postmarked on Leap Day, Feb. 29 In anticipation of this day that usually comes around once every four years, I pulled my Leap Day folder from my filing cabinet of modern U.S. postal history. Inside were about a dozen or so covers, with Leap Day postmarks spanning roughly 120 years.
February 11, 2016 09:08 AMHow to win a free two-night stay at World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn’s Buzz The American Stamp Dealers Association is giving away a two-night stay in New York City during World Stamp Show-NY 2016 at its show this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The ASDA Winter Postage Stamp Show runs Feb. 12-14 at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th St. in Ft. Lauderdale. Admission is free.
February 10, 2016 01:31 PMUnited Nations issues Free & Equal stamps for worldwide LGBT equality Six new stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration promote a public education campaign to raise awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The name of the campaign “Free & Equal” is inscribed on each of the six UNPA stamps issued Feb. 5.
February 10, 2016 10:20 AMIndia Post dedicates ‘all-women’ post office: Linn’s Buzz On Feb. 3, an all-women post office was dedicated and opened as a in the Indian town of Singjamei in the Manipur province, according to KanglaOnline.com. In addition to having a female postmaster and staff, KanglaOnline.com reports, “This Sub Post Office serves postal and financial requirements of [a] large number of people, among them [a] majority are women.”
February 10, 2016 08:00 AMJordan’s UPU issue overprinted ‘Palestine’ has many varieties to pursue On May 14, 1948, following the proclamation of the state of Israel, the armed forces (the Arab Legion) of Jordan entered Palestine and occupied an area of the Palestinian territories. Jordan was able to seize the old city of Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin, and Tulkarm among others.
February 09, 2016 11:11 AMU.S. Postal Service reports $1.3 billion profit in first quarter Helped by a surge of Christmas parcels, the United States Postal Service reported an operating profit of $1.3 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended Dec. 31, 2015. That compares to a $1.1 billion operating profit during the same period of fiscal 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2014).
February 08, 2016 08:00 AMFour countries feature exotic mineral specimens on stamps France’s La Poste issued a booklet of 12 stamps Jan. 7 called Mineral World. The stamps picture minerals from the collection of the Mineralogy Museum at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris. This engineering school is often referred to as MINES ParisTech.
February 06, 2016 07:00 AMAustralian ‘emergency’ stamps hot on eBay, well-known artist's stamp designs profiled: Week's Most Read Also this week, we preview an Eastern Auctions sale that covers the world, John Hotchner gets a belly laugh from a reader's expertizing inquiry, and the late prolific stamp artist Howard Koslow is remembered.
February 05, 2016 03:45 PMBack-of-the-book items and much more at Feb. 20-21 Rasdale auction The Feb. 20-21 public auction by Rasdale at its Illinois gallery west of Chicago provides a lot of opportunities for collection builders, with an extensive selection of dealer stocks, accumulations and collections, as well as cover collections from the United States and other countries.
February 05, 2016 03:26 PMEnd to emergency rate increase could drop first-class stamp to 47¢ When the Senate Homeland Security Committee got around to holding a hearing on the future of the United States Postal Service on Jan. 21, Postmaster General Megan Brennan spoke of a “broad consensus” that could resolve the Postal Service’s financial woes.
February 05, 2016 08:00 AMOnline voting open for 2015 U.S. stamp popularity poll Online voting is available for Linn's 2015 U.S. stamp popularity poll. In 2015, the United States Postal Service issued 100 face-different stamps and postal stationery items. It was the smallest annual total since the 60 produced by the USPS in 1990. However, the year’s count rises to 162 when it includes imperforates — stamps without die cuts — from uncut press sheets of conventionally issued stamps, which the USPS offers for sale on a limited basis at face value.
February 04, 2016 04:08 PMGaertner auction in Germany includes 1863 Wurttemberg Coat of Arms block The auction firm Christoph Gaertner will hold a series of sales beginning Feb. 22 and running through Feb. 27 at the Gaertner auction hall in Bietigheim-Bissingen, near Stuttgart, Germany. The auction of worldwide stamps and postal history includes dedicated catalogs for Germany, Europe, and Asia, as well as thematic and topical material, and general worldwide.
February 04, 2016 09:11 AMUSPS issued Flag stamps in multiple formats Jan. 29 New United States nondenominated (49¢) Flag definitive (regular-issue) forever stamps were issued Jan. 29. Although no first-day ceremony was held, the stamps were officially issued in Washington, D.C. The stamps are offered in five different formats, resulting in what appear to be four major varieties.
February 03, 2016 05:57 PMShould Canada drop Queen Elizabeth from its stamps?: Linns Buzz The Toronto Sun is reporting that a group called Canada’s Republic Now, is insisting that the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post remove Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in modern history, from the country's stamps and coins.
February 03, 2016 05:43 PM1950-58 Italy at Work series: timeless stamps honor ceaseless toil The Italia al Lavoro series of pictorial definitives came upon the scene Oct. 20, 1950, as a series of 19 vertically formatted, monochrome pictorial definitives (Scott 549-567). Denominated from 50 centesimi to 200 lire, the 24-millimeter by 40mm stamps were initially printed in sheets of 50 on paper with one of three Winged Wheel watermarks at the State Printing Institute Office of Securities in Rome.
February 03, 2016 01:27 PMPapua New Guinea surcharges appear in 2014-15 for new rates In early January 2014, Papua New Guinea’s Post PNG decided to increase the supply of its 1.30-kina local rate postage stamps by revaluing obsolete 1.20k stamps. While there were 5-toea and 10t stamps from previous issues, some post offices had already run out of these denominations due to previous increases, thus the decision to surcharge stamps.
February 03, 2016 01:27 PMMonkey King to shine on Canada Lunar New Year stamps The Year of the Monkey is the eighth issue in Canada Post’s current 12-year Lunar New Year series, which began with Year of the Ox stamps in 2009 (Scott 2296-2297). The 2016 Year of the Monkey issue has two separate release dates: Jan. 11 for the permanent domestic letter-rate stamp (85¢), and Feb. 1 for the $2.50 international-rate stamp.