Stamp poll voters pick Christmas with Charlie Brown as their favorite U.S. issue of 2015

April 29, 2016 03:19 PM

The set of 10 stamps titled A Charlie Brown Christmas took the top honors of the 33 stamp and postal stationery issues listed in the recent poll.


After all designs revealed, National Parks set on sale June 2

April 29, 2016 01:43 PM

Designs for the last two National Parks forever stamps were revealed April 22 and April 25, respectively, by the U.S. Postal Service.


New U.S. stamp market report makes debut: Editor’s Insights

April 29, 2016 02:31 PM

Linn’s introduces a new quarterly market report that replaces the former Linn’s U.S. Stamp Market Index.


1924 George Washington booklet pane: Tip of the Week

April 29, 2016 02:06 PM

On April 14, 1924, the U.S. Post Office Department issued a 2¢ carmine George Washington stamp (Scott 583).


Hawaiian Missionary stamp highlights Kelleher Auction at $34,220

April 29, 2016 01:08 PM

The firm of Daniel F. Kelleher held a four-day “Flagship” sale March 21-24 at its headquarters in Danbury, Conn.


Gary Peters’ Hawaii collection shines at Rumsey sale

April 29, 2016 12:00 AM

Schuyler Rumsey offered the Gary Peters collection of Hawaii on March 18 and a “Gems of Philately” sale March 19.


Born April 29: Duke Ellington

April 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Jazz legend Duke Ellington has appeared on two United States stamps, including a 22¢ issue in the Performing Arts series that commemorated him on his birthday.


If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t genuine

April 28, 2016 04:06 PM

There is no shortage of interesting material out there to tempt collectors who are drawn to the unusual. But one must always be careful.


Born April 28: Lionel Barrymore

April 28, 2016 03:30 AM

The eldest of the famed Barrymore acting siblings during the first half of the 20th century, Oscar-winner Lionel Barrymore's many film roles included that of the banker, Mr. Potter, in It's a Wonderful Life.


1978 $2 Americana pictures kerosene table lamp: Dollar-Sign Stamps

April 27, 2016 03:26 PM

The middle denomination in the trio of dollar-denominated Americana stamps is the $2 value. It is most often found used in combination with other stamps on parcels and registered mail.


Born April 27: Samuel F.B. Morse

April 27, 2016 03:30 AM

He's associated most strongly with the development of the successful telegraph and the Morse code used to transmit messages, but Samuel F.B. Morse was also an artist and pioneer photographer.


Quad-City Stamp Club ‘Stamps out Cancer’ at 39th annual auction

April 26, 2016 11:47 AM

The Quad-City Stamp Club’s 39th Annual Stamp Out Cancer Auction raised just over $6,000. This brings the cumulative proceeds from these auctions to over $271,000.


Born April 26: Frederick Law Olmsted

April 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed New York City's famed Central Park, as well as the U.S. Capitol Grounds, and the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.


California youth wins 2016 federal junior duck stamp competition

April 25, 2016 12:47 AM

The colored pencil entry, which won the California State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, was chosen from 192 entries.


National Parks set wraps up with Yellowstone National Park

April 25, 2016 10:40 AM

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park each year draws more than 3 million visitors enjoying its expansive wilderness. The bison on the upcoming forever stamp symbolize the many species of mammals found in the park.


Born April 25: Edward R. Murrow

April 25, 2016 03:30 AM

Edward R. Murrow was one of the most trusted journalists during World War II and beyond. Murrow reported for CBS for 25 years, and served as director of the U.S. Information Agency in the early 1960s.


Born April 24: Robert Penn Warren

April 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Robert Penn Warren won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the King's Men, and two more for collections of poetry. Warren was born April 24, 1905.


Born April 23: William Shakespeare

April 23, 2016 03:30 AM

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated writer in the world, was born 452 years ago on (or near) April 23, 1564; and died exactly 400 years ago, on April 23, 1616.


Stamp design for Theodore Roosevelt National Park

April 22, 2016 03:10 PM

Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota was established in 1947, and today covers more than 70,000 acres. Visitors enjoy many outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and canoeing.


APS executive director reports on membership, finances, McCoy stamp mystery

April 22, 2016 01:36 PM

There was a decline in membership during the first quarter of 2016, but an increase in new applications over 2015.


Ethel McCoy and other women collectors paved the way in a mostly male hobby

April 22, 2016 12:36 AM

A recent news story on reveals the discovery of one of the two missing 1918 United States Jenny Invert airmail error stamps from the famed McCoy block of four.


APS elections underway for board of directors and library trustees

April 22, 2016 11:29 AM

APS members will vote for candidates who are running for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and director at large in May.


Stolen Jenny Invert recovered, John Lennon's stamp collection profiled: Week’s Most Read

April 22, 2016 08:14 AM

Also this week, John Hotchner told the story of a cover that, for no apparent reason, caught his attention, and a fake-stamp artist sparked controversy.


Born April 22: Queen Isabella

April 22, 2016 03:30 AM

Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinand became the powerful rulers of Spain during the 15th century. Their support of Christopher Columbus led to his voyages of discovery in 1492.


Fourteen of 16 U.S. National Parks stamp designs have been revealed

April 21, 2016 12:12 AM

United States stamp designs honoring five national parks were revealed during mid-April. The parks that are newly featured are Haleakala National Park in Hawaii; Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C.; Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont; Mount Rainier National Park in Washington; and San Francisco Maritime Historical Park in California.


The story behind the Jenny Invert from McCoy block recovered in New York

April 21, 2016 10:40 AM

One of the two missing 1918 United States Jenny Invert airmail error stamps from the famed McCoy block of four that was stolen in 1955 was recovered in early April.


Stamp to feature San Francisco maritime park

April 21, 2016 09:20 AM

San Francisco National Historical Park in California is featured on the 14th stamp revealed in the upcoming National Parks set from the United States Postal Service.


Golden Eagle Pass souvenir sheet tough to find: Stamp Market Tips

April 20, 2016 12:41 AM

On Dec. 10, 1987, the National Park Service issued a $25 Golden Eagle Pass souvenir sheet of seven (Scott RVP1). The top right stamp is inscribed“Golden Eagle Pass” alongside an eagle in flight. The designs of the other stamps are from paintings produced for the Arts for the Parks program.


1962 Congressional proposal for mental illness stamp discovered: U.S. Stamp Notes

April 20, 2016 12:21 AM

A mental Illness stamp proposal in 1962 failed to pass muster. The stamp would have marked the 150th anniversary in 1963 of the founding of the Friends Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., the nation’s oldest private psychiatric hospital.


May cartoon caption contest: U.S. Stamp Notes

April 20, 2016 12:05 AM

Spring is the planting season and summer is the growing season, so the Arbor Day stamp of 1932 (Scott 717) is a good selection for the cartoon caption contest for May.


Olympian to speak on stamps and sports at World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn’s Buzz

April 20, 2016 10:24 AM

Former Olympians and a specialist in Olympic-based stamps will be on the World Stamp Show - NY 2016 on May 30.


Mount Rainier stamp shows star trails

April 20, 2016 09:40 AM

A dramatic nighttime photograph showing star trails above Mount Rainier will be featured on a forever stamp to be issued June 2 in the forthcoming National Parks set of 16.


Born April 20: Harold Lloyd

April 20, 2016 03:30 AM

American silent film actor and director Harold Lloyd was a master of comedy who starred in hundreds of feature films and comedy shorts. He was featured on a 29¢ stamp in the 1994 Silent Screen Stars set.


Bierstadt painting on Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Park stamp

April 19, 2016 10:10 AM

Details of a painting by Albert Bierstadt will be shown on a forever stamp planned for June 2 commemorating Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Vermont.


Royal Philatelic Society London presents an astonishing display of classic United States issues

April 18, 2016 12:08 AM

A variety of classic United States postage stamps from 1851-56 headlined a recent presentation at the Royal Philatelic Society London.


Washington, D.C., aquatic park joins National Parks list

April 18, 2016 11:10 AM

A new stamp revealed in the United States National Parks set planned for June 2 features a photograph of water lilies by Cindy Dyer, whose photographs of water lilies previously appeared on stamps in 2015.


Born April 16: Selena

April 16, 2016 03:30 AM

Tejano singer Selena (1971-95) was honored on a forever stamp issued March 16, 2011, in the Latin Music Legends commemorative set.


More National Parks centenary stamps revealed

April 15, 2016 01:46 PM

Five new U.S. stamps have been revealed. They will feature various national parks from around the United States.


Glimpse of Hawaiian park on new stamp in June

April 15, 2016 01:10 PM

A rainbow on the volcanic landscape of Haleakala National Park is featured in the photograph by Kevin Ebi that will appear on a forever stamp in June.


Jenny Invert from McCoy block recovered in New York City

April 15, 2016 12:52 AM

One of the two missing 1918 United States Jenny Invert airmail error stamps from the famed McCoy block that was stolen in 1955 was recovered in early April. Auctioneer Spink USA in New York City announced the electrifying find April 15.


Born April 15: Bessie Smith

April 15, 2016 03:30 AM

The American Music commemorative series honored singer Bessie Smith on a 29¢ in the Blues and Jazz Singers set issued Sept. 17, 1994.


New Confederate States work shows how censuses play key role in philatelic research

April 14, 2016 05:19 PM

Linn’s recently received a review copy of the recently published study Uniontown, Alabama, Postmaster’s Provisionals by Francis J. Crown Jr. Not only is this work an important study for collectors of Confederate States of America philately, but it also emphasizes the importance of censuses to stamp collecting.


When a cover screams ‘buy me’: U.S. Stamp Notes

April 14, 2016 10:27 AM

Some covers have a way of persuading buyers to purchase them simply due to their color schemes or interesting subject matter.


Mother’s Day covers are hard to find: U.S. Stamp Notes

April 14, 2016 10:19 AM

While Mother’s Day is a widespread holiday among many cultures, there are few examples of stamp covers that recognize it.


Heron featured on stamp for Gulf Islands

April 14, 2016 10:10 AM

A photograph by John Funderburk is shown on the forever stamp commemorating Gulf Islands National Seashore, part of the set of 16 stamps to be issued June 2 in New York City.


Born April 14: John Hanson

April 14, 2016 03:30 AM

Born April 14, 1715, in Charles County, Md., John Hanson served a one-year term as president of the Continental Congress from 1781 to 1782.


U.S. 2015 Paul Newman pane of 20: Tip of the Week

April 13, 2016 12:56 AM

On Sept. 18, 2015, the U.S. Postal Service issued a nondenominated (49¢) Paul Newman stamp (Scott 5020) in panes of 20. Although the Academy Award-winning actor/director was best known for his on-screen performances, the stamp, which is inscribed “Actor/Philanthropist,” is not part of the Legends of Hollywood series.


Thomas Moran painting depicts Grand Canyon

April 13, 2016 10:10 AM

The eighth forever stamp from the planned 16-stamp set honoring the National Park Service centenary features a painting by Thomas Moran as reproduced on a chromolithograph in 1912.


Born April 13: Edna Lewis

April 13, 2016 03:30 AM

Known as the Grand Dame of Southern Cooking, Edna Lewis (1916-2006) developed a following of celebrity diners, and wrote a series of cookbooks that shared her love of fresh ingredients and flavorful meals.


Vivid memories of the 1956 New York international

April 12, 2016 01:32 PM

Michael Laurence had been a fairly serious kid collector of U.S. stamps, but wasn’t the show-going type until his first stamp show in New York in 1956.
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