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Postal Service board of governors headed for full membership
The United States Postal Service board of governors appears to be headed for full membership once again. (Read more...)

Stamps of Latin America: Varieties of Venezuelan stamps Varieties of Venezuelan stamps on Winchester security paper
Hideous! That is the only way to describe the Venezuelan stamps printed on Winchester security paper. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Expertizing subtle color varieties Expertizing subtle color varieties of U.S. 19th-century stamps
Stamp colors are troublesome to the expertizer, but no less so to the collector. Witness this question from Linn’s reader Todd Hause. (Read more...)

Germany puts World Cup Champions stamp on fast track Germany puts World Cup Champions stamp on fast track
Deutsche Post, the German postal authority, wasted no time in producing a new stamp to celebrate the German national team’s world championship victory in soccer’s 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Read more...)

Essays and Proofs: Trial color die and plate proofs Understanding U.S. postage stamp trial color die and plate proofs
The only difference between a die proof and trial color die proof is color. (Read more...)

Linn’s digital on Saturday
Beginning July 26, with the Aug. 11 issue, Linn’s digital edition will be available Saturday mornings — two days earlier than the current Monday delivery schedule. (Read more...)

First upright Jenny Invert pane to be sold blows away editor’s market speculation
When it became known that the United States Postal Service had intentionally printed 100 $2 Jenny Invert panes of six with the plane flying upright, I and others began speculating about potential market value. (Read more...)

National Postal Museum Treasures: Tiffany’s index Volunteers transcribing Tiffany’s handwritten ‘Philatelical Index’
In a recent column, I wrote that, by the 1880s, the boys who began collecting stamps in the first generation after the appearance of the Penny Black — the world’s first postage stamp, issued by Great Britain in 1840 — were becoming middle-aged men and organizing the hobby along lines we would recognize today. (Read more...)

EBay scraps stamp and coin review programs EBay scraps stamp and coin review programs
The giant California Internet commerce site eBay, a major forum for stamp and coin sales, has ended two programs that were created to protect collectors from fake and questionable sales. (Read more...)

Petersburg, Mobile Bay in fourth U.S. Civil War set Petersburg, Mobile Bay honored in fourth U.S. Civil War set July 30
United States stamps commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the 1864 Civil War battles at Petersburg and Mobile Bay will be issued July 30 at both battle locations. (Read more...)

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