newsOnline voting open for 2015 U.S. stamp popularity poll
February 24, 2016 08:00 AMOnline voting is available for Linn's 2015 U.S. stamp popularity poll. In 2015, the United States Postal Service issued 100 face-different stamps and postal stationery items. It was the smallest annual total since the 60 produced by the USPS in 1990. However, the year’s count rises to 162 when it includes imperforates — stamps without die cuts — from uncut press sheets of conventionally issued stamps, which the USPS offers for sale on a limited basis at face value.
blogMarijuana tax stamp escapes fate of going up in puff of smoke
February 03, 2016 01:26 PMMatthew Healey’s January Auction Roundup column reported that a $100 federal marijuana tax stamp of 1937 was brought to auction in the Nov. 21-22 sale conducted by Regency-Superior at the Chicagopex show. The marijuana tax stamps were produced by overprinting United States documentary stamps of 1917 and were intended to enforce regulation of cannabis.
newsArtCraft FDCs discontinued, U.S. stamp eclipses $20 denomination: Week's Most Read
January 29, 2016 09:31 AMAlso popular this week were a post about the APS election in May that features multiple candidates in every race, a tribute to the late Paul Newman on his birthday, and the news that the USPS abandoned its attempt to end Saturday delivery.
news50¢ Thaddeus Lowe letter sheet tough to find used
January 27, 2016 03:54 PMAir letter sheets are one of the less well-known types of postal stationery. They differ from postal stationery envelopes in that the letter or message is written on the sheet, which is then folded up in the shape of an envelope for mailing.
newsWhat postal rule forbade remailing in an undeliverable envelope?
January 25, 2016 12:00 AMBecause I ask, or am asked, numerous questions about the functions of the United States Post Office Department, I am fortunate to have available a number of official publications that somehow or other relate to those functions.
newsColumbia River Gorge stamp eclipses $20 denomination mark
January 22, 2016 09:00 AMThe United States Postal Service has produced its first postage stamp to exceed a $20 denomination: the $22.95 Columbia River Gorge Priority Express Mail stamp was issued Jan. 17. It is also the first U.S. stamp printed by Banknote Corporation of America using a plate number beginning with the letter B. A second stamp intended for Priority Mail use, printed by Ashton Potter USA Ltd., was issued at the same time: a $6.45 La Cueva del Indio stamp.
newsNew Lunar New Year stamp features peonies with cut-paper monkey
January 21, 2016 04:55 PMThe United States Postal Service will welcome in the Year of the Monkey with a new nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp that features red-orange peonies from artist Kam Mak, and a small cut-paper image of a monkey based on a previously used design by artist Clarence Lee. The Lunar New Year stamp for the Year of the Monkey has an issue date of Feb. 5.
newsFebruary cartoon caption contest: Charlie Brown
January 21, 2016 04:25 PMAn empty mailbox is a disappointment at any time of year, but especially at holiday time, be it Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Charlie Brown on this forever stamp from the Oct. 1, 2015, A Charlie Brown Christmas booklet is hoping to get a card from the Little Red-Haired Girl, but seems doomed to frustration (Scott 5026).
newsTip of the week: U.S. embossed revenue stamps on document
January 21, 2016 04:09 PMEmbossed revenue stamps were required on documents such as bills of exchange, promissory notes, powers of attorney, bills of lading, bonds, letters patent, leases and mortgages, and were used throughout the colonies and in the 13 original states. Not a few of these embossed revenue stamps on document are valued at $20 or less.
newsCandidates for every position in APS election in May
January 21, 2016 12:49 AMAlong with two candidates each for the positions of president, secretary and treasurer, there are also two competing slates of three candidates to serve as the board of vice presidents, and six announced candidates for four director-at-large positions. Earlier reports published in the Linn’s Stamp News issues of Oct. 5 and Oct. 26, 2015, provided background for candidates announced up to that point: Ken Nilsestuen for the office of president; John Barwis, Alex Haimann and Yamil Kouri for the board of vice presidents; Mark Butterline and Stephen Schumann competing for the secretary position; Bruce Marsden as treasurer; and director candidates Michael Bloom, Rich Drews, Gordon Eubanks, David McNamee, and Mark Schwartz.
newsWashington Stamp Exchange discontinues ArtCraft FDCs
January 21, 2016 08:53 AMAfter more than 76 years, Washington Stamp Exchange has discontinued producing its ArtCraft first-day covers. According to a statement, the company “concluded that the decreasing volume of sales could no longer sustain the high costs of production.”
newsAn address for the ages
January 20, 2016 08:48 PMIf you want to make sure you have gotten your rant to the right people to hear it, here is the perfect address, from the May 2, 1941, envelope shown nearby: “Senator Stimson Hull & Congressmen/White House/Washington, D.C.” I bet that the letter contained in the envelope (unfortunately no longer there) was from a person weighing in on the subject of involvement in Europe’s war.
newsA love Marconigram for Valentine’s Day
January 20, 2016 05:01 PMFebruary 14 is the day to receive something special in the mail, and the “Love’s Marconigram” shown nearby would certainly get the recipient’s heart beating a little faster. The envelope is franked with a 2¢ Washington Shield stamp (Scott 319) canceled Feb. 11, 1904, in Austin, Texas. Opening this envelope reveals the beautiful enclosure. It is a take-off on a Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. telegram form, and guaranteed to make a great impression.
blogDo you want access to great libraries? Search the APRL’s Philatelic Union Catalog
January 19, 2016 08:15 AMIn this column in the Aug. 24 issue of Linn’s, I referred to the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., as a “gift to stamp collectors.” The BNAPS library and the APRL are two of many libraries available to stamp collectors, and some philatelic libraries are available online.
newsRichard Allen, A.M.E. church founder, on new Black Heritage stamp
January 15, 2016 03:45 PMA forever stamp will be issued Feb. 2 to commemorate Richard Allen (1760-1831), an important figure in the United States abolitionist movement and the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church. The stamp will be issued with a first-day ceremony scheduled for noon at the Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 419 S. Sixth St. (at Lombard) in Philadelphia, Pa., the site of the first A.M.E. church established by Allen.
newsA Charlie Brown Christmas, Paul Newman, Celebrate stamps receive Scott numbers
January 15, 2016 12:00 AMThe Scott catalog editors assigned No. 5020 to the United States Paul Newman commemorative forever stamp Nov. 3. Other recently issued U.S. stamps to receive Scott numbers are the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps and the Celebrate stamp with a "2015" year date.
insightsMultiples of Christmas seals, stamps are unusual on cover
January 14, 2016 02:53 PMIf one Christmas seal is attractive on an envelope or postcard, multiples should be even more so. In my own collection, the best example I have is a 1937 reminder card with 10 seals in two rows. The message on the cards encourages a donation to the 1937 seal campaign. Every year there is pressure to improve over the previous year’s level of contributions, and reminders after Christmas were an effective way to help recipients recall what might have been forgotten in the pre-Christmas rush.
newsHummingbird, flowers, more on Ameristamp Expo cancels
January 14, 2016 09:31 AMThree show cancels are commemorating activities at the American Philatelic Society’s Ameristamp Expo, the winter stamp show and national exhibition taking place Jan. 29-31 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Hilton Atlanta. Admission is free.
news1881 Empire City Dispatch Co. local post stamp rising in value
January 13, 2016 02:58 PMIn 1881, J. Bevan & Son set up shop as the Empire City Dispatch Co. at 23 Dey St. in New York City for the purpose of local delivery of mail. The company produced a nondenominated stamp printed in black on green laid paper perforated gauge 12 (Scott 64L1). The government stepped in almost immediately and shut the firm down because it was in violation of the U.S. Post Office Department’s monopoly on the delivery of letter mail.
insightsIs this 1979 Christmas stamp an error or printer's waste?
January 13, 2016 01:15 PMThere has been suspicion ever since color-omitted errors were found on the 15¢ Santa Claus, Christmas Tree Ornament stamp of 1979 (Scott 1800) that some of these errors came from printers’ waste. Printers’ waste is incomplete or misprinted, misperforated and misgummed product that was somehow improperly taken from the printer’s facility, rather than being sold over a post office counter.
insights2016 U.S. stamp program: great potential for combo first-day covers
January 12, 2016 03:00 PMThis year’s United States stamp program is rife with possibilities for combination first-day covers: that is, FDCs with additional stamps related to the new issue. This article will address only some topical combinations; less popular but still doable are combinations by date or city of issue or even stamp-design artist.
newsBotanical Art stamps to debut at Ameristamp Expo
January 09, 2016 08:00 AMCentury-old paintings of flowers are prominently featured on 10 new United States Botanical Art stamps that will be issued Jan. 29 in panes of 10 and in double-sided panes of 20. The Postal Service identifies these formats as booklets. The stamps will be introduced with a first-day ceremony at the American Philatelic Society’s annual winter stamp show, Ameristamp Expo 2016.