March 24, 2017 07:00 PM

Did this ‘Bottle Mail’ cover have a close encounter with Hurricane Carol?

The progression of events recorded on the “Bottle Mail” cover is not entirely clear, but the hurricane to which it refers was frighteningly real.

March 24, 2017 05:00 PM

Sextet of stamps serves up ‘delicioso’ foods from Caribbean, south of the border

The Delicioso set of six nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps shows illustrations depicting tamales, flan, sancoho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche.

March 24, 2017 02:20 PM

Two new U.S. stamps in the works

The United States Postal Service will issue its new global forever stamp and a 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp during the opening days of two stamp shows.

March 24, 2017 11:45 AM

More U.S. counterfeits surface, some peculiar ‘coin stamps’: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we have an exploration of silver stamps from the Netherlands, and U.S. Stamp Notes columnist John Hotchner learns about "coin stamps," a type of cinderella issue.

March 24, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 24: Edward Weston

Edward Weston gained prominence as a photographer during the first half of the 20th century. He was honored on a 37¢ stamp issued in 2002.

March 23, 2017 07:00 PM

Unassuming 1¢ 1861 cover carries hidden demonetized treasure

How many stamps are on this 1862 cover? The answer might surprise you, as Wayne Youngblood explains in this month's The Odd Lot column.

March 22, 2017 05:00 PM

Computer-vended postage stamp inverts fun to collect

What happens when the paper is loaded into the machine the wrong way? You end up with some nifty computer-vended stamp inverts.

March 21, 2017 02:30 PM

Siegel to sell APRL Jenny Invert stamp recovered in 2016

One of two 24¢ Jenny Invert error stamps owned by the American Philatelic Research Library will be auctioned by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.

March 20, 2017 07:00 PM

When a cancel becomes a crime against stamp collecting

The USPS has done some work to educate its staff that collectors are important to the organization as a source of revenue — but obviously not enough.

March 20, 2017 05:00 PM

What the USPS is citing as the culprit for poor Classics Forever centering

During the months after their June 2016 issue, Linn’s began taking notice of the centering of the Classics Forever stamps.

March 20, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 20: Charles W. Eliot

As president of Harvard University for 40 years, Charles W. Eliot advanced higher education at the dawn of the 20th century.

March 19, 2017 07:00 PM

When the Post Office got into the banking business, these elusive stamps were in use

In a 2015 column, we tipped the 1¢ dark violet Official mail postal savings stamp. It’s time to tip that stamp again.

March 19, 2017 05:00 PM

Two prominent collectors, recently deceased, had strong connections to Linn’s and Scott

The stamp hobby lost two important collectors in recent weeks: postal stationery researcher and collector Charles A. Fricke, and former United States Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin Bailar.

March 19, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 19: William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic nominee for president in three elections. He later served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.

March 18, 2017 07:00 AM

What exactly was the intended use of ‘coin stamps’?

How many different versions are there of these cinderella stamps? What was their purpose? Now we know.

March 17, 2017 07:00 PM

Stream of recent U.S. counterfeit stamps continues

Yet another new counterfeit United States stamp surfaced in early March, from the same source who alerted Linn’s about the counterfeit 2015 Love stamps.

March 17, 2017 01:00 PM

Meet Robert Panara, the latest subject of a Distinguished Americans stamp

Though known and honored as a teacher, Robert Panara was a scholar of deaf culture, an interpreter of the arts, and a poet.

March 17, 2017 03:30 AM

Born March 17: Nat King Cole

Often bridging the gap between jazz and popular song, Nat King Cole developed a musical following with his velvety vocals and piano accompaniment.

March 14, 2017 05:00 PM

How many first-day cancels for new stamps are possible?

Do all U.S. new issues get three different first-day cancels: a digital color postmark, a black hand cancel and a bull’s-eye? No, but some issues get four or five.

March 13, 2017 02:45 PM

Issue dates for upcoming U.S. stamps revealed

Issue dates for upcoming United States stamps were revealed March 13 by the U.S. Postal Service, along with locations where ceremonies are planned.