news2016 Scott Vol. 5 features more than 7,000 value changes
July 31, 2015 01:08 PMVol. 5 of the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue yields more than 7,000 value changes among the listings for the countries of the world, N-Samoa. Countries that garnered significant attention from the editors this year include Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania and Russia.
insightsA brief history of U.S. stampless covers
July 31, 2015 12:47 AMOn July 1, 1847, the United States Post Office Department issued its first postage stamps: a 5¢ and a 10¢ stamp. Before that time and for many years thereafter, written communications between individuals were sent without stamps. These are called stampless covers, and either were carried privately by individuals, express companies and carriers, steamboats and ships, or by the post office.
insightsU.S. mail across the Atlantic by land-based aircraft, Part 1, 1941 and 1942
July 31, 2015 10:17 AMIn the summer and fall of 1941, the United States Army Air Corps Ferrying Command (ACFC) inaugurated two air transport routes across the Atlantic Ocean that carried mail. The previously established Foreign Air Mail route No. 18 (FAM 18) commercial trans-Atlantic service operated by Pan American Airways between New York City and points in Europe employed Boeing B-314 flying boats called Clippers, with luxurious accommodations for passengers. ACFC flew austere land-based aircraft — Consolidated B-24 Liberator long-range bombers that had been refitted as transport planes.
blogHobby leaders participate on Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board to help improve content and shape Linn’s future
July 30, 2015 08:04 PMIn the Editor’s Insights columns in the July 20 Linn’s Stamp News monthly and the Aug. 10 weekly Linn’s, I mentioned Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board without giving too much detail. Linn’s goal is to engage its audience both in print and online and to grow this audience. The role of the newly formed Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board is to assist us achieving these goals by keeping us focused on the needs of our audience and helping us adapt to today’s market.
newsRegency-Superior offers U.S. and worldwide classics at APS Stampshow
July 30, 2015 02:13 PMIf you’re hoping to fill that empty album space for United States Scott 594, you now have a decision to make: unused, or used? The Aug. 22-23 Regency-Superior auction at the upcoming 2015 American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich., offers one example in each condition of the scarce 1923 1¢ green perf 11 Benjamin Franklin stamp created from coil waste.
insightsBenjamin Bailar collection sold: 1867 New York-China-Japan cover brings $143,750
July 30, 2015 01:33 PMFormer U.S. Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin Bailar’s collection of Benjamin Franklin-related autographs, letters, covers and postal history was sold by Siegel on June 25. Bailar, who was appointed by President Gerald R. Ford in 1975 — exactly 200 years after his namesake was commissioned by the Second Continental Congress — is believed to be the only postmaster general in our history who is also a serious collector of stamps and postal history.
insightsSiegel sale brings handsome prices for Lyons 'All Roads Lead to San Francisco' collection
July 30, 2015 11:40 AMJune 24 at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries saw the sale of Larry Lyons’ “All Roads Lead to San Francisco” collection, which documented private and local couriers operating west of the Rockies. Lyons, like Gordon Stimmell an editor of The Penny Post and also an executive director of the Philatelic Foundation, has published dozens of articles and won numerous high awards in this and other collecting areas.
insightsStrong sales for Born telegraph stamps during Rarities Week
July 30, 2015 10:56 AMOn June 23, Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries offered the Wilson Born collection of United States telegraph stamps, which were issued by private firms from the 1850s until the 1940s for the purpose of sending, receiving or storing telegraphic messages during the technology’s pioneering days.
insightsStimmell carriers, locals shine at Siegel's Rarities Week sale
July 30, 2015 10:04 AMAs in previous years, Rarities Week, the series of sales conducted June 22-26 by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York, included several name sales. The name sales at began June 23 with Gordon Stimmell’s collection of U.S. carrier and local stamps, built over many years with items whose provenances include famous names such as Ferrary, Caspary and others.
newsSupport a Harmon Killebrew stamp and you could win a year's worth of root beer
July 28, 2015 04:16 PMMinnesota-based Killebrew Root Beer is sweetening the pot for supporters of the movement to put the company's namesake, Minnesota Twins legendary slugger Harmon Killebrew, on a U.S. Postal Service stamp.
newsTwo stamps promote World Stamp Show-NY 2016
July 27, 2015 04:42 PMAt the biggest stamp show in the country this year, the United States Postal Service will issue new stamps celebrating what promises to be the biggest stamp show in the country next year. The two World Stamp Show-NY 2016 stamps will go on sale Aug. 20, the opening day of the American Philatelic Society’s annual Stampshow.
newsNew APS executive director has ties with APS vice president Mick Zais
July 27, 2015 12:46 AMWhen his friend began talking about a job running the country’s biggest stamp organization, Scott English thought his friend wanted to know if he had any stamp collecting friends who might want the job. No, the friend said, he wanted English, a well-known South Carolina political operative who doesn’t collect stamps, to apply for the executive director’s job at the American Philatelic Society.
insights2012 Scenic Landscapes postal card booklet is a good buy
July 27, 2015 12:00 AMModern postal stationery is a collecting area often overlooked by many collectors, and U.S. postal stationery is underrated and occasionally undervalued. Print quantities are usually fairly low, and dealers are not stocking new postal stationery items in depth as they are issued.
newsScott English hired as APS executive director
July 24, 2015 05:05 PMThe American Philatelic Society has hired its new executive director: Scott English, a former chief of staff for a U.S. Congressman and chief operating officer for South Carolina's Department of Education. English will begin at the APS on Aug. 10.
newsCreation of Upright Jenny panes comes under fire, Coast Guard forever stamp release approaches: Week's Most Read
July 24, 2015 09:48 AMIt’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.
blogAPS membership awaits announcement about hiring new executive director
July 23, 2015 03:11 PMThe American Philatelic Society will host the nation’s largest annual stamp exhibition Aug. 20-23. The show will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich.
newsIngrid Bergman honored on Legends of Hollywood joint issue with Sweden
July 23, 2015 01:46 PMSwedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman, who starred in one of the most famous films of all time, Casablanca (1942), is being honored Aug. 20 on a new United States stamp in the Legends of Hollywood commemorative series. The nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp is being issued in a pane of 20.
insightsPostal notices used to prevent early release of Moon Landing stamp
July 23, 2015 09:39 AMAmong the most anticipated United States stamps of the 1960s was the Moon Landing issue (Scott C76). This 10¢ airmail stamp was issued Sept. 9, 1969, to celebrate the first manned moon landing earlier that year, on July 20.
newsSummer Harvest stamps targeted at 'foodies, and nostalgics'
July 22, 2015 09:30 AMThe Atlantic's Steven Heller wrote on July 18 that the U.S. Postal Service's Summer Harvest stamps appeal to the "renewed interest in organic and locally sourced food" and young-ish folks who might be more prone to using the stamps.
blogUpright $2 Jenny Invert is a learning experience
July 21, 2015 01:00 PMLinn’s Washington Correspondent Bill McAllister recently reported that the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service has taken the nation’s mail agency to task for intentionally creating 100 upright $2 Jenny Invert panes.
newsElvis Presley returns on new forever stamp in U.S. Music Icons series
July 17, 2015 12:36 AMElvis Presley is making an encore appearance on a new United States forever stamp that will be issued Aug. 12. It’s the second U.S. postal tribute to the performer who was long ago dubbed “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The first, in 1993, caught the attention of almost everyone with a highly publicized public vote to select the design of a stamp that would honor the worldwide music legend.
insightsCommitment to promote stamp shows is essential
July 16, 2015 03:25 PMWhen contracting to participate at a stamp show with associated table fees and travel expenses, a dealer rightfully has an expectation that the event will be promoted and marketed in such a manner so as to maximize attendance.