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.

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.

May 20, 2017 08:00 AM

As WWI anniversary nears, expect this 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp to surge

Now is a good time to look for a very fine or better example of the 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp issued March 3, 1919.

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Covers from cherished philatelic friends stir warm, pleasant memories

The covers Charles Snee cherishs the most are those received from his many philatelic colleagues and friends.

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Was humorist Will Rogers a member of Congress?

It turns out that the cover that started me on this trail is not related to the well-known Will Rogers, father or son. It relates to Will Rogers, representative from Oklahoma from 1933 until 1942.

May 15, 2017 07:00 PM

The 1883 Garfield mourning cover representing the ‘perfect philatelic storm’

This free franked cover by the widow of our 20th President, James A. Garfield, sheds light on all the interesting elements of mourning covers.

May 13, 2017 07:00 PM

Looking for a new challenge? Try collecting taxpaid revenue stamps

You can often find them in cinderella stamp accumulations and lots for a dollar or less each. If you find them cheap, they are generally worth picking up. And you might get lucky.

May 13, 2017 09:00 AM

Colorful American Letter Mail reprints closely mimic the 1844 original

John Hotchner has seen the colorful American Letter Mail Company labels picturing an eagle for years, and figured there must be a story behind them.

May 12, 2017 01:00 PM

Layout, not ‘distortion,’ likely cause of poor Classics Forever centering

An observant Linn's reader discovered some subtle features that likely resulted in the poor centering of United States Classics Forever stamps.

May 11, 2017 07:00 PM

Robert Weisz, the original ‘Stamp King’ of Chicago, dead at 95

After selling his store in 1990 (the business continues today, owned by Charles Berg), Mr. Weisz became a mail-order dealer and participated at stamp shows.

May 11, 2017 02:20 PM

SOLD: APRL’s recovered Jenny Invert

The Position 76 stamp from the McCoy block, stolen from an exhibition in 1955 and recovered in 2016, sold May 11 in a Robert A. Siegel auction for $295,000.

May 10, 2017 07:00 PM

The challenges facing U.S. first-day cover collectors during 2017

Here it is, five months into the year, and U.S. new-issue collectors (and that includes FDC collectors) still don’t know most of this year’s stamps.

May 10, 2017 10:40 AM

‘On a Postage Stamp’ category highlights ‘Jeopardy!’ episode

The May 9 episode of the TV game show included five clues about recent U.S. postage stamps, and contestants correctly answered them all.

May 09, 2017 09:00 AM

Quad City club’s annual Stamp Out Cancer auction raises more than $9,200

Worldwide material is offered on one side of the room, while U.S. items are auctioned on the other side. Some bidders sit in the middle so they can participate on both sides, often with great success.

May 06, 2017 07:00 PM

Here’s a hot tip: the 79¢ Scenic American Landscapes stamp featuring Zion National Park

All of the stamps in the series were issued in panes of 20, and the full mint pane is the format preferred by many collectors.

May 06, 2017 08:00 AM

How the 1952 Commercial Railroading stamp annoyed a trucking company

Atlantic Freight Lines Inc., a trucking firm in Uniontown, Pa., filed for an injunction to cancel the planned issuance of the Commercial Railroading stamp.

May 05, 2017 09:30 AM

Linn’s 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll results, scarce Islamic revolution cover echoes political changes: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we tip a revenue stamp featuring a mythical creature, and the U.S. Postal Service's first forever stamp marks a significant anniversary.

May 05, 2017 09:00 AM

The affordable ways to collect essays and trial color proofs

Several readers asked for a sequel to my last column that would discuss affordable essays. The two other topics were Departmental proofs and an in-depth article on the various aspects of plate proofs. As a result, you have before you an introduction to collecting essays and trial color proofs on a budget.

May 04, 2017 01:00 PM

The ‘terrible nightmare’ behind the April cartoon caption contest winner

The United States Supreme Court was much in the news during the presidential campaign of 2016, and President Donald Trump’s filling the vacancy following the death of Antonin Scalia just after his Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration kept the subject on the front pages.

May 02, 2017 07:00 PM

Keep an eye out for J.B. Rose black Centaur proprietary revenue stamp

The charm of match and medicine collecting is the variety, whimsy, and appealingly idiosyncratic nature of the stamp designs and the products that they advertise.