What to do when you receive a “no opinion” certificate

September 30, 2015 01:06 PM

You’ve sent in your latest find to be expertized, pretty sure that it is what you think it is. After the usual period of nail-biting while waiting for the certificate that will prove you right, the mail brings one that says, “No opinion.” Responses to this situation can range from puzzlement to anger, but after the disappointment, there is the question of what to do next.


Born Sept. 30: William Wrigley Jr.

September 30, 2015 03:30 AM

Wrigley Field in Chicago is named for William Wrigley Jr., the one-time owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.


Born Sept. 29: Gene Autry

September 29, 2015 03:30 AM

Multi-talented singer, actor and businessman Gene Autry has received five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Autry found success as an entertainer, and later as owner of multiple radio and television stations.


Born Sept. 28: Frances E. Willard

September 28, 2015 03:30 AM

A leader in both the women's suffrage movement and the temperance movement, Frances E. Willard was honored in the 1940 Famous Americans series.


Heightened powers of observation: stamp collectors see what others miss

September 27, 2015 02:00 PM

We stamp collectors are an observant bunch. After all, we spend a great deal of time closely scrutinizing small, colorful bits of paper.


Stamps that make sense

September 27, 2015 12:11 AM

Stamps issued by Ireland to celebrate the five traditionally recognized human senses include added gimmicks that relate to these senses.


Born Sept. 27: Samuel Adams

September 27, 2015 10:00 AM

Samuel Adams was a founding father of the United States, a relentless voice for independence from Britain.


Born Sept. 26: T.S. Eliot

September 26, 2015 03:30 AM

The influential poet and playwright was commemorated on a stamp in 1986 as part of the Literary Arts series.


Introduce the hobby to others at ASDA show in New York City

September 25, 2015 09:30 AM

The American Stamp Dealers Association will present its annual New York Fall Postage Stamp Show Oct. 23-25 in the ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown,1335 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue and W. 53rd Street), in New York City.


Born Sept. 25: William Faulkner

September 25, 2015 03:30 AM

One of the most important authors of the 20th century, William Faulkner, was commemorated by the United States Postal Service in 1987.

Born Sept. 24: John Marshall

September 24, 2015 01:13 PM

The nation's longest-serving chief justice, John Marshall is credited with shaping and strengthening the Supreme Court's function through his rulings.


Campaign labels created for Alfred E. Smith, 1928 presidential candidate

September 24, 2015 01:06 PM

Presidential politics can be endlessly fascinating. These days, an amazing amount of effort and money goes into the process of winnowing dozens of possible candidates down to a small field of contenders on the ballot on election day.


Transient second-class: correcting a listing in the domestic rates book

September 24, 2015 01:06 PM

Two mailings of Life magazine in 1942 help uncover a mistake in the author's useful reference work: U.S. Domestic Postal Rates, 1872-1999. Presidential series stamps were used to send the magazines.


Postal Service flyer promotes 2011 Go Green stamps

September 24, 2015 01:06 PM

Every so often the United States Postal Service plugs available stamps using a promotional flyer that pictures the stamps and encourages buying them.


Did stamp dealer Al Butzen create the first philatelic billboard?

September 24, 2015 01:05 PM

You just never know what stamp dealers will come up with. One fascinating area is memorabilia related to the development of the stamp sellers’ trade in the United States.


Senate approves sales of Breast Cancer Research semipostal through 2019

September 24, 2015 11:39 AM

The Breast Cancer Research stamp provides 49¢ first-class postage and currently costs 60¢. The additional 11¢ beyond the regular 49¢ postal rate for a domestic letter helps fund breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.


October cartoon caption contest: enter to win a prize

September 24, 2015 11:38 AM

I like to call this time of year the hopeful season for the sports teams I follow. Despite not doing so well last year, my college and professional football teams are looking better in the preseason (as this is being written). My basketball teams had good recruiting off-seasons. My pro baseball team is in second place and surging.


From three printers to two: Will this mean fewer U.S. stamps?

September 24, 2015 09:30 AM

In late August, Linn’s reported that CCL Label would no longer print stamps for the United States Postal Service: “The move leaves Sennett Security Products of Browns Summit, N.C., and Ashton Potter of Williamsville, N.Y., as the only two contractors currently responsible for the printing of United States postage stamps.”


Geometric Snowflakes set to be issued Oct. 23 at ASDA New York show

September 24, 2015 08:00 AM

A set of four Geometric Snowflakes forever stamps is the final scheduled United States issue of 2015. The stamps will go on sale Oct. 23 in a double-sided pane of 20.


Dr. Kilmer precancels have appeal on several levels

September 23, 2015 01:05 PM

Private die proprietary revenue stamps, often referred to as match and medicine stamps because of the types of merchandise for which they were used to show payment of tax, is one of the most active segments of the American stamp market.


Born Sept. 23: Ray Charles

September 23, 2015 03:30 AM

Ray Charles was one of the most respected musicians in the world, a pioneer known for crossing many musical boundaries. Charles was born Sept. 23, 1930.


'Jeopardy!' runs Stamps category Sept. 21

September 22, 2015 04:45 PM

A recent episode of the popular game show Jeopardy! included five clues about United States stamps.


Should the Rev. Billy Graham be eligible for a stamp?

September 22, 2015 03:39 PM

The North Carolina state House approved a resolution that would seek to put the Rev. Billy Graham, the famed 96-year-old televangelist, on an upcoming United States Postal Service stamp.


APS staffers assisting World Stamp Show planning

September 22, 2015 04:15 PM

Members of the American Philatelic Society staff are working in association with the upcoming World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


Journey to philatelic paradise in a stamp-decorated coffin

September 22, 2015 09:47 AM

CreativeCoffins, the British company that has been making personalized coffins since 2008, is now offering stamp variations on their coffins for customers who want their loved ones buried with the stamps they treasured.


Born Sept. 22: Alma Thomas

September 22, 2015 03:30 AM

Alma Thomas, born Sept. 22, 1891, painted March on Washington after participating in the historic 1963 event.


Duck stamp art contest winner for 2015: Hautman — followed by Hautman and Hautman

September 21, 2015 02:00 PM

Wildlife artist Joseph Hautman won the federal contest for a record-tying fifth time, while his brothers Robert and James placed second and third, respectively.


Born Sept. 21: Chuck Jones

September 21, 2015 03:30 AM

Chuck Jones was a top animator and director for Warner Bros. He created the popular characters Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, and directed many of their cartoon adventures.


Born Sept. 20: Thomas Grosvenor

September 20, 2015 03:30 AM

Lt. Thomas Grosvenor is featured prominently in a scene from the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill, as painted by the American artist John Trumbull.


Watch the USPS unveil its new Paul Newman stamp

September 19, 2015 10:19 AM

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled its new Paul Newman forever stamp on Friday, Sept. 18, during a ceremony held in the Playhouse Square District in Newman's native Cleveland.


Born Sept. 19: Lajos Kossuth

September 19, 2015 03:30 AM

Hungarian-born political reformer Lajos Kossuth was widely admired in the United States following the 1848 Hungarian revolution, and he was honored on two stamps issued in 1958.


Temperance union goes 'parcel post social' in 1917

September 18, 2015 01:05 PM

Let’s have a party! In 1917, a fund-raiser was held that became the subject of the postal card shown nearby. This 1¢ green Jefferson postal card was canceled March 15 at Prince Bay, N.Y.


Stamp order from Postal Service delivers upright $2 Jenny Invert pane

September 18, 2015 11:41 AM

An order for postage placed through the Stamp Fulfillment Services division of the United States Postal Service turned up quite a find for one lucky New Jersey collector: one of the 100 upright $2 Jenny Invert panes.


Another upright Jenny Invert pane surfaces, soakable stamps explored: Week's Most Read

September 18, 2015 09:37 AM

Also this week, the U.S. Postal Service responded to an article about religious themes on stamps, and Mary-Anne Penner announced three additions to the 2015 United States first-day cover program.


Born Sept. 18: Greta Garbo

September 18, 2015 03:30 AM

During an outstanding film career cut short by a self-imposed retirement at a young age, Swedish-born actress Greta Garbo became an international superstar. She was born Sept. 18, 1905.


Most Roosevelt small die proof albums of 1903 have been broken up

September 17, 2015 01:04 PM

The Roosevelt small die proof albums were produced in the early part of 1903 during President Theodore Roosevelt’s administration. The use of his name by philatelists, to identify these proofs, is the sole connection that he has to these albums.


U.S. Official postal savings mail stamp is a good buy

September 17, 2015 01:04 PM

Starting in December 1910, Official postal savings mail stamps were issued in denominations of 1¢, 2¢, 10¢, 50¢, and $1 (Scott O121-O126). Use of the stamps was discontinued in October 1914, and unused stocks in the hands of postmasters were returned and destroyed.


Handstamped date on back of Washington stamp explained

September 17, 2015 01:04 PM

About a year ago (Linn’s, June 30, 2014), I asked in the U.S. Stamp Notes column if any Linn’s reader could explain the date “JUL 6 ’12” handstamped in red on the back of the mint 1¢ green George Washington stamp (Scott 498), shown here front and back.


Upright Jenny Invert pane received in USPS stamp order

September 17, 2015 11:42 AM

A stamp collector in Oklahoma is the latest lucky buyer of a $2 Jenny Invert pane showing the biplane in the center of all six stamps flying right side up. As a promotional scheme, the United States Postal Service intentionally created 100 panes of the upright variety of the 2013 Jenny Invert issue (Scott 4806).


U.S. Postal Service responds to article about religious themes on stamps

September 17, 2015 11:42 AM

It is true that no new U.S. stamps with religious themes are planned this year. The Postal Service currently has three different traditional Christmas stamps showing religious scenes available for purchase in standard formats: the 2011 Madonna of the Candelabra Christmas forever stamp (Scott 4570), the 2013 Virgin and Child by Gossaert forever stamp (4815), and the 2012-13 Holy Family forever stamp (4813).


Seven announce candidacies for 2016-19 American Philatelic Society election

September 17, 2015 11:40 AM

Ken Nilsestuen, current treasurer for the American Philatelic Society, announced his candidacy for APS president at the APS Stamshow held Aug. 20-23 in Grand Rapids, Mich. In mid-September, Nilsestuen and five others posted candidate statements on the Stamp Collecting Forum and the Virtual Stamp Club, two websites devoted to stamp collecting.


Born Sept. 17: Hank Williams

September 17, 2015 03:30 AM

Hank Williams, born Sept. 17, 1923, was an early superstar in the world of country music, with hits like Your Cheatin' Heart, and Hey, Good Lookin'.


United Nations first-day cover travels more than 14,000 miles

September 16, 2015 01:04 PM

For all its travel, a total of 14,231 miles by air (not counting a possible side-trip to Yokohama) during two months, there is no evidence that the cover ever reached the intended recipients.


Born Sept. 16: Francis Parkman

September 16, 2015 03:30 AM

Two stamps honoring Francis Parkman were issued eight years apart in the Prominent Americans series of 1965-78.


U.S. mail across the Atlantic by land-based aircraft: Part 2, 1942-46

September 15, 2015 01:02 PM

Ken Lawrence resumes his story about how the U.S. Army Air Transport Command and its contract carriers, mainly Pan American Airways, built the world’s longest and most important airmail route during World War II, employing land-based aircraft over routes that have seldom been fully understood and appreciated by airmail collectors.


Newest ATA unit devoted to 'Halloween Spooktacular Stamps and Stuff'

September 15, 2015 01:02 PM

The newest study unit of the ATA, the Halloween Spooktacular Stamps and Stuff Unit, formed just a few months ago, issuing the first issue of its quarterly newsletter, The Bubbling Cauldron, in June. The unit received its charter at the National Topical Stamp Show held July 31 through Aug. 2 in Portland, Ore.


The word 'almost' does not appear on expertizing certificates

September 15, 2015 01:01 PM

I often receive questions that go something like this, “There is a nice pair of stamps I have that is almost imperf and I think I should get it expertized as such.” Or sometimes the writer says that the stamp is missing almost all the black, or another color.


Submit your proposal for stamp subjects; Linn’s editor has a suggestion for 2018

September 15, 2015 09:15 AM

Online petitions have cropped up in recent months proposing stamps for various subjects. One petition urges visitors to the website to sign a proposal for a stamp for American entrepreneur and distiller Jack Daniels, who is best known for the whiskey that bears his name. Another petition seeks signatures for a stamp to honor Earl F. Lloyd, the NBA’s first African-American player.


Born Sept. 15: William Howard Taft

September 15, 2015 08:00 AM

The first United States stamp to honor the nation’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, was issued June 4, 1930, less than three months after Taft died on March 8. After serving as president from 1909 to 1913, Taft was appointed chief justice of the United States by President Warren G. Harding in 1921, and served in that office until he resigned in 1930, one month before his death.


American Philatelic Society hires Brachbill as director of education

September 14, 2015 05:30 PM

APS Executive Director Scott English announced the hiring of the new education director in a Sept. 14 news release.
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