By Joe O'Donnell
It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.
Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week, according to reader metrics.
Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order:
5. Ryukyu stamp difficult to find: America’s bloodiest battle of World War II was fought on Okinawa, the largest and southernmost island in the Ryukyu chain.
4. Summer Harvest issue coming July 11: The commemoratives showing watermelons, sweet corn, cantaloupes and tomatoes will be issued with a first-day ceremony at the California State Fair-Cal Expo in Sacramento.
3. APS 2019 summer show discussion at board meeting, but no decision made: Much of the discussion centered on a proposal that Omaha, Neb., be considered as the site for the society’s annual summer stamp show and exhibition.
2. No smoking policy on U.S. stamps includes removal of cigarettes: Linn’s reader Michael Zlotnick sent some information on cigarettes and stamp art, suggesting it might make an interesting article.
1. USPS issues rare statement against inspector general: The clamor over a report suggesting that billions of dollars could be made by expanding banking services through the United States Postal Service has drawn a rare public condemnation from the Postal Service.
Editor's note: Metrics were measured between Friday, June 12, and 9:35 a.m. ET Friday, June 19.