New Purple Heart variety now in post offices

November 30, 2015 04:15 PM

A new offset-printed variety of the Purple Heart stamp with white background first issued in 2012 is showing up in post offices nationwide. The new stamp has "USPS" microprinted along the upper left edge of the purple ribbon.


Spellman stamp museum gets into the holiday spirit

November 30, 2015 02:44 PM

Christmas is just around the corner, and the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Massachusets is making sure families of stamp collectors are prepared. The museum will be hosting a Holiday Family Day on on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., according to Weston Patch.


Born Nov. 30: Mark Twain

November 30, 2015 03:30 AM

American author Mark Twain has been honored on two different U.S. stamps, and some of his novels have also been featured on commemorative stamps.


Born Nov. 29: Louisa May Alcott

November 29, 2015 03:30 AM

American author Louisa May Alcott was the author of Little Women, one of the most enduring novels of the 19th century. She was honored on a stamp in 1940; the book was featured on a 1993 commemorative.


Born Nov. 28: Henry Bacon

November 28, 2015 03:30 AM

One of the best-loved structures in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial, was designed by architect Henry Bacon, who was born Nov. 28, 1866.


More upright Jenny Invert panes found, Charlie Brown postmark available: Week's Top Stories

November 27, 2015 12:54 AM

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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.


Born Nov. 27: Jimi Hendrix

November 27, 2015 03:30 AM

Musician Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the premier guitarists of the rock era, and a legendary music innovator. He was honored on a United States stamp in 2014.


APS, APRL consider options for library funding

November 26, 2015 11:20 AM

Scott English addressed the areas of finances and APS membership during his presentation to the board. The society is currently experiencing a budget surplus of more than $200,000 over the planned 2015 budget, in large part because of vacancies that occurred on the APS staff early in the year, and the longer-than-anticipated effort to hire a new executive director (the position English filled in August of this year).


Born Nov. 26: Dr. Mary Walker

November 26, 2015 03:30 AM

Mary Edwards Walker studied medicine at Syracuse Medical College and served as a Union Army doctor during the Civil War. She was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865.


Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the historic Stamp Act of 1765

November 26, 2015 12:00 AM

November 1, 2015, marks the 250th anniversary of the effective date of the Stamp Act of 1765. The Duties in American Colonies Act 1765, commonly known as the Stamp Act of 1765, was enacted by Parliament on March 22, 1765, effective Nov. 1, 1765.


Postal history museum in Delphos, Ohio, sponsors Santa Claus postmark

November 25, 2015 08:41 AM

To celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, the Museum of Postal History in Delphos, Ohio, is sponsoring a postmark that shows the mail delivery coach displayed there.


Born Nov. 25: Joe DiMaggio

November 25, 2015 03:30 AM

The forever stamp honoring baseball legend Joe DiMaggio is part of a 2012 set of four stamps paying tribute to some of the sport's greatest players.


Use ‘Postmaster Finder’ to locate city’s postmasters and post office history

November 24, 2015 11:45 AM

While the Postal Bulletin is still published today, it was not published before 1880, and the post office and postmaster information published in the various issues is incomplete. However, there is another resource for this information: the “Postmaster Finder” function of the USPS website.


Tip of the week: United States 5¢ New York Consolidated Card Co. stamp

November 24, 2015 08:30 AM

Private die proprietary revenue stamps remain one of the most active segments of the U.S. market. To help fund the massive expense of the Civil War, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1862, levying taxes on a wide variety of products, including matches, patent medicines, perfumes and playing cards.


Born Nov. 24: Zachary Taylor

November 24, 2015 03:30 AM

Zachary Taylor was an American war hero when he was elected president in 1848. His term would come to an abrupt end when he died unexpectedly in 1850.


Former APS President Peter P. McCann running for director

November 24, 2015 12:00 AM

Peter P. McCann, a former president of the American Philatelic Society, has filed a nominating application to run for the position of APS director at large. McCann became president of the society in the summer of 1999, after serving four years on the APS board of vice presidents.


New York stamp art focus of upcoming National Postal Museum exhibit

November 24, 2015 12:00 AM

"New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art" will be the latest exhibit on display at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum and will run from Dec. 10, 2015, to March 13, 2017.


1935 cover keeps mystery of lost continent of Atlantis alive

November 23, 2015 02:45 PM

While Atlantis might have been lost to the modern world geographically speaking, like many other figments of imagination, it lives on through stamps or postal history, such as the 1935 cover shown nearby.


Born Nov. 23: Franklin Pierce

November 23, 2015 03:30 AM

A war hero and a successful attorney, Franklin Pierce saw divisions grow in the country during his single term as president.


Born Nov. 22: Wiley Post

November 22, 2015 03:30 AM

Even though he lost one eye at age 28, Wiley Post became a world-famous pilot, setting new records and exploring new possibilities in flight.


Born Nov. 21: Coleman Hawkins

November 21, 2015 03:30 AM

Coleman Hawkins is a jazz legend who revitalized the music scene with his improvisational performances, paving the way for bebop to transform the genre for generations to come.


Two more upright Jenny Invert panes recorded

November 20, 2015 03:24 PM

The United States Postal Service has confirmed that two additional panes of the upright variety of the 2013 $2 Jenny Invert (Scott 4806d)were purchased in recent weeks.


Scott Standard catalog to be reorganized, another upright Jenny Invert pane found: Week's Most Read

November 20, 2015 08:35 AM

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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.


Born Nov. 20: Robert F. Kennedy

November 20, 2015 03:30 AM

Robert F. Kennedy was a Navy veteran and successful lawyer when he became the nation's Attorney General in his brother John's cabinet. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1964.


Identifying the servicemen listed on the Vietnam War Memorial stamp

November 19, 2015 12:30 AM

After watching a news piece in 2015 about the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first United States Marine Corps combat troops in Vietnam, Linn’s reader Paul Schroeder wanted to know if additional information had ever been published about the names that are visible on the 33¢ Vietnam Veterans Memorial stamp (Scott 3190g).


29¢ Hank Williams perforation variety lurks on first-day covers

November 19, 2015 10:45 AM

On June 9, 1993, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 29¢ stamp commemorating Williams’ life and music. The stamp comes in two varieties. Most of the production was perforated gauge 10 (Scott 2723), but a small part of the issue was perforated gauge 11.2 by 11.5 (2723A).


Born Nov. 19: James A. Garfield

November 19, 2015 03:30 AM

A Civil War hero and longtime Congressman, James A. Garfield served only briefly as America's president before he was felled by an assassin's bullets.


Maine book dealer latest to receive an upright Jenny Invert pane

November 18, 2015 11:23 AM

A used book dealer in Waterville, Maine, is the most recent lucky purchaser of the upright variety of the 2013 Jenny Invert pane of six $2 stamps (Scott 4806d). Robert Sezak buys postage stamps regularly to mail customers the books they’ve purchased online from his Re-Books shop in Waterville.


ATA offers free checklist of 'Peanuts' characters

November 18, 2015 11:20 AM

In the spirit of the holidays, the American Topical Association is offering a free checklist of stamps and related items featuring the Peanuts characters created by Charles M. Schulz.


Kendal Bevil pulls the curtain back on his 25 years of producing cachets

November 18, 2015 08:30 AM

One of the most popular cachetmakers currently producing first-day covers is artist Kendal Bevil of Port Neches, Texas. He has been producing cachets for 25 years. His first Bevil Quality Cachet was created for the Claire Chennault issue of 1990 (Scott 2187).


Born Nov. 18: Alan Shepard

November 18, 2015 03:30 AM

Mercury project astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. was the first American in space when his Freedom 7 spacecraft accomplished its sub-orbital flight on May 5, 1961.


A philatelic friendship shared through a Yellowstone Park souvenir from the 1930s

November 17, 2015 10:00 AM

It’s often been said that one of the salutary benefits of collecting stamps is the friendships made along one’s philatelic journey. If I were asked to place a value on the bonds thus forged with collectors in locales near and far, I would be rich beyond measure. A few of these hobby friends I have never met in person.


Born Nov. 17: Isamu Noguchi

November 17, 2015 03:30 AM

Sculptor Isamu Noguchi was honored by the United States Postal Service in 2004 with a set of five stamps showing different works created between 1937 and 1968.


Website campaigning for stamp honoring Japanese-American soldiers

November 16, 2015 05:51 PM

As we honor those who served in our country’s armed forces, a movement is underway to put a particular group of U.S. soldiers — the Japanese-American soldiers of World War II — on a stamp.


Born Nov. 16: W.C. Handy

November 16, 2015 03:30 AM

William Christopher Handy was born Nov. 16, 1873. A musician, composer and publisher, he was instrumental in establishing the blues music form that continues today.


Born Nov. 15: Georgia O'Keeffe

November 15, 2015 03:30 AM

Georgia O'Keeffe was born in Wisconsin On Nov. 15, 1887. She studied in Illinois and New York, and eventually settled in New Mexico.


Born Nov. 14: Robert Fulton

November 14, 2015 03:30 AM

American inventor Robert Fulton developed many of his projects while working in Europe, but he completed his passenger steamboat in the United States in 1806.


Regulations stymie postmark hand-back service, postcard takes 16,000-mile trip: Week's Most Read

November 13, 2015 08:39 AM

Have you ever gone into a post office and asked to have a mailpiece or cover canceled and returned to you? That request was the focus of this week's top story on


Born Nov. 13: Louis D. Brandeis

November 13, 2015 02:30 AM

Louis D. Brandeis was named to the Supreme Court in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. He retired in 1939.


Dallas airport ceremony for 2016 Love stamp

November 12, 2015 04:20 PM

The 2016 Quilled Paper Heart forever stamp will be issued in panes of 20 on Jan. 12 at Dallas Love Airport in Dallas, Texas.


Veterans Day: a philatelic salute to those who have served

November 12, 2015 02:30 PM

Today, Nov. 11, 2015, is Veterans Day. Over the years, a number of United States stamps honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces have been issued.


Keep an eye out for subtle color varieties on stamps

November 12, 2015 08:15 AM

Color varieties on stamps can be fun, but they often require a sharp eye because the differences between normal and the unusual may not be obvious at first glance.


Tip of the week: Hawaii 1894 SS Arawa pictorial definitive

November 12, 2015 07:30 AM

In 1894, the Republic of Hawaii issued an attractive set of pictorial definitives (Scott 74-79). The 12¢ SS Arawa stamp (Scott 78) is one of the most appealing stamps from the set.


Born Nov. 12: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

November 12, 2015 03:30 AM

An organizer of the landmark 1848 First Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Elizabeth Cady Staton was born 200 years ago on Nov. 12, 1815.


Details about cover from 'Flight BN-104' prove elusive

November 12, 2015 12:30 AM

Google has failed me. It doesn’t happen often, but I tried to find details to explain a printed notice from the post office included with the damaged mail cover shown nearby, but I found no answers.


American Philatelic Center growing its youth programs

November 11, 2015 12:47 AM

The American Philatelic Society's American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pa., has become a hub for the hobby's youth, according to a recent story in the Centre Daily Times.


Born Nov. 11: George S. Patton

November 11, 2015 03:30 AM

Born into a family of military leaders, Gen. George S. Patton was a vital figure during World War I and World War II.


Stamp marks 135th anniversary of Romania-U.S. diplomatic ties

November 10, 2015 11:23 AM

Romania commemorated the 135th anniversary of its diplomatic ties with the United States on a 3.60-leu stamp issued Nov. 8.


Put yourself in a gingerbread house for the December U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon contest

November 10, 2015 11:23 AM

Gingerbread houses were an inevitable central design for United States Christmas stamps. Their time came in 2013, when four forever stamps were issued with different versions of the same basic gingerbread house (Scott 4817-4820).


Happy Thanksgiving from Linn's and Scott

November 10, 2015 11:20 AM

The staff of Linn's Stamp News and the Scott catalogs wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!
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