U.S. Stamp Notes: Expertizing the 30¢ Roosevelt stamp Expertizing colors of the 30¢ Roosevelt Presidential series stamp
In the last expertizing column in Linn’s July 28 issue, largely devoted to how experts deal with the color problems posed by the 1851-57 3¢ Washington stamps, I promised in this installment to discuss modern-era color problems that challenge the experts (Read more...)

Stamp Dealer Vignettes: Show checklist Show checklist: a surefire plan for success
A stamp show is coming up. (Read more...)

Farmers Markets stamps spark a price debate U.S. Farmers Markets stamp designs spark a price debate
Eating farm-fresh foods has won a four-stamp endorsement from the United States Postal Service — regardless of the cost. That, in effect, is the message the new forever stamps send. (Read more...)

Canada Post shrinks cancellation size Canada Post shrinks cancellation size
Canada Post recently responded to a customer’s request to make its sprayed-on cancellation size smaller. The postmark is applied at mail-processing and distribution plants. (Read more...)

Snowshoe baseball featured on Wisconsin cancel Snowshoe baseball featured on Wisconsin cancel
The northern Wisconsin community of Lake Tomahawk celebrated its centennial with a July 25 pictorial postmark (Read more...)

Counterfeit metered postage court case
A suburban Washington, D.C., man who ran two shipping centers has pleaded guilty to defrauding the United States Postal Service by counterfeiting approximately $76,000 worth of metered postage at his stores. (Read more...)

Middle East Stamps: Bahrain archaeology conference stamps Bahrain stamps honor international archaeology conference
On March 1, 1970, the third International Conference on Asian Archaeology opened in Bahrain. In honor of the occasion, Bahrain issued four commemorative stamps on that date. (Read more...)

Scott editors putting final touches on 2015 United States specialized catalog
As I write this column in late July, the Scott catalog editors are hard at work getting the last few value changes and editorial enhancements ready for the 2015 edition of the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers. (Read more...)

David Gahr photos used on Janis Joplin, Miles Davis stamps David Gahr black-and-white photos used for Janis Joplin, Miles Davis stamps
Two recent United States postage stamps for musicians Janis Joplin, issued Aug. 8, and Miles Davis, issued in 2012, share a common thread — both use photographs taken in summer 1970 by David Gahr. (Read more...)

First-Day Covers: The history of the FDC grace period The history of the first-day cover grace period in the United States
Chances are that modern first-day cover at the center of your collection wasn’t really canceled on the first day of issue. (Read more...)

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