newsHow many experts does it take?: U.S. Stamp Notes
March 31, 2016 04:07 PMHow many experts does it take to reach a valid conclusion about any given patient? One expertizing service trumpets as a positive that it requires that three experts examine every patient (a stamp or cover submitted for authentication). In my view, this is an appropriate standard for many, maybe even most, patients, but excessive for others.
newsThere’s now a stamp-focused ‘This Day in History’ app
March 31, 2016 09:06 AMMystic Stamp Company is bringing the fun of stamp collecting and history to mobile devices. “The This Day in History app is building on the success and popularity of our This Day in History emails,” Mystic president Donald Sundman said. And best of all, it’s free.
newsGarry Shandling, who died Thursday at 66, was a stamp collector: Linn’s Buzz
March 25, 2016 11:17 AMThe creator and star of the The Larry Sanders Show and It's Garry Shandling’s Show took an interest in stamp collecting when he was young, according to the Arizona Daily Sun, which reposted a blog post about Shandling and his stamp collecting originally published in 2008.
newsShirley Temple to be honored on 20th Legends of Hollywood stamp
March 24, 2016 12:29 AMThe 20th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood commemorative series from the United States Postal Service will honor Shirley Temple, who starred in hugely popular films as a child actress in the 1930s and 1940s, and who grew up to become Shirley Temple Black, a respected diplomat and distinguished representative of the U.S. government. The Shirley Temple forever stamp will be issued April 18 with a 1:30 p.m. first-day ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif., at the Geffen Playhouse at 10886 Le Conte Ave. The ceremony is open to the public.
newsMore about understanding pressure-sensitive package labels: Modern U.S. Mail
March 23, 2016 11:35 AMLabels used in identifying the first item in a sorted package or bundle for the presorting of the various classes of United States domestic mail were described in my March column in Linn’s, which introduced the pressure-sensitive package labels (PSPL). A series of pressure-sensitive labels have been used to indicate that the package identified with the PSPL received a certain type of presorting that expedited its delivery.
news2000 Youth Team Sports stamp: Cartoon Caption Contest
March 22, 2016 07:58 PMSpring is here, and with it baseball season. Tickets for professional games cost a whole lot more than they did when I was growing up. Add a trip or two to the concession stand and a night at the ballpark for a small family can easily cost a small bundle. But baseball is so much more than the professional leagues.
newsHandstamps explain mail chute clogs: U.S. Stamp Notes
March 22, 2016 07:02 PMConvenience counts, and if you worked in a multi-story office building with a mail chute, you could save considerable time and aggravation by posting mail via a short walk to the elevator. That’s where the mail chute was usually located. Buildings I worked in starting in the 1960s had them, but as time passed, most of these chutes were closed with a sign saying “no longer in operation.”
newsStamp illustration regulations changed over time: U.S. Stamp Notes
March 22, 2016 06:48 PMI was surprised to see the 1948 3¢ Indian Centennial stamp (Scott 972) pictured on the 1951 Oklahoma Philatelic Society convention label shown nearby. Why? Because there was a long-term ban on reproducing United States stamps in such a way as to facilitate the use of such illustrations for genuine postage. Indeed, there was a total ban on showing printed images of U.S. stamps for 66 years, from 1872 to 1938.
newsPanes of United States 8¢ Pershing getting scarce: Stamp Market Tips
March 22, 2016 02:17 PMOn Nov. 17, 1961, the United States issued an 8¢ Gen. John J. Pershing definitive stamp (Scott 1214). For many years before being assigned its present number, this stamp was listed in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers as Scott 1042A, and some sellers still list it under that number.
newsVintage Curtiss Jenny biplane to be displayed at World Stamp Show–NY 2016
March 21, 2016 04:15 PMOne of the most storied aircraft in history — or at least, in philatelic history — will make a surprise appearance at World Stamp Show¬–NY 2016, offering visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see in person the plane from the most famous U.S. stamp of all time, the Inverted Jenny. The restored, hundred-year-old Curtiss JN-4H biplane, which on most summer weekends flies in vintage-aircraft shows at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Dutchess County, N.Y., is being brought to the Javits Center in Manhattan for the eight days of the once-a-decade international stamp show, from May 28 to June 4.
newsU.S. Postal Service resumes direct mail service to Cuba after 53 years
March 18, 2016 09:59 AMFor the first time in more than 50 years, the United States Postal Service is transporting mail directly to Cuba. The Postal Service announced March 17 that it has resumed mail service to the island nation after President John F. Kennedy suspended it in 1963 at the height of the Cold War.
newsStone Mountain stamp history told, upright $2 Jenny Invert panes top $75K: Week’s Most Read
March 18, 2016 08:39 AMAlso popular this week were stories about the high salaries earned by small-town postmasters, the sale of the second most valuable stamp in the United Kingdom, and the market for a 1950 Lebanese stamp.
newsU.S. 1936 Great Seal airmail special delivery stamp: Tip of the Week
March 17, 2016 08:25 AMThe 1936 16¢ Great Seal of the United States airmail special delivery stamp has one of the most striking and colorful designs of the era. It is a common and inexpensive stamp and easy to find in mint never-hinged, unused hinged, and used condition and as plate-number blocks of four.
newsWhy did a dealer label this cover “Northern Protest”?: U.S. Stamp Notes
March 16, 2016 03:41 PMThe cover from Troy, N.Y., to Massachusetts has a nicely canceled 3¢ Washington (Scott 26) dated Sept. 10, 1858. The stamp is set into a fancy illustration of undetermined origin and meaning. What is puzzling is that the dealer selling the cover labeled it “Northern Protest.” I assume this has something to do with the design, but I see little in it that speaks to me of protest.
news1904 “Damaged in Transit” cover mystery: U.S. Stamp Notes
March 16, 2016 03:27 PMTo me an unsolved philatelic puzzle is like a splinter under the skin. It needs to be dealt with or it becomes a permanent irritant. Such a problem is the Alaska-origin cover shown nearby. I obtained this cover for my collection of auxiliary markings showing delays in the mail. But what was the cause of the delay?
newsTwo computer programs that can measure stamp perforations
March 16, 2016 12:36 AMMost collectors are familiar with perforation gauges to measure the distance between stamp perforations. The Scott Multi-Gauge, for example, is accurate enough to measure perforations at least to the nearest tenth perf size. Perf size is defined as the number of holes or teeth within a length or width of 2 centimeters.
newsTwo upright $2 Jenny Invert panes top $75,000 each on eBay
March 10, 2016 04:24 PMNobleSpirit, a top stamp seller on the eBay online commerce platform, reports that it has achieved “the two highest world record prices” for two panes of six of the rare upright variety of the United States 2013 $2 Jenny Invert stamp (Scott 4806d).
newsVocalist Sarah Vaughan in the spotlight on Music Icons stamp
March 10, 2016 10:45 AMThe seventh stamp in the United States Music Icons commemorative series will honor one of America’s greatest popular singers, Sarah Vaughan. The square forever stamp will be issued March 29 during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J.
newsCharles F. Steel developed first production grill for United States stamps: Essays and Proofs
March 09, 2016 04:03 PMCharles F. Steel of Brooklyn, N.Y., was granted patent No. 70,147, dated October 22, 1867, for the grilling process. Steel was superintendent for manufacturing of postage stamps for the National Bank Note Company and is considered the father of the grill.
newsClassic United States can be minefield online: Stamp Market Tips
March 09, 2016 03:18 PMWe sometimes look at online auctions and results while researching tips. We are truly shocked by how much misrepresented and mis-described U.S. material is offered. Almost all of the early high-value U.S. stamps described as being in mint never-hinged condition that do not have certificates are either obviously not mint never-hinged or are clearly reperforated.
newsFebruary cartoon caption contest winner announced: U.S. Stamp Notes
March 09, 2016 01:13 PMNo doubt that the Peanuts comic strip enjoys great popularity, but I was surprised to receive about twice the normal number of entries for the February cartoon caption contest featuring the stamp from the 2015 A Charlie Brown Christmas issue showing the ever-forlorn Charlie Brown peering into his forever-empty mail box.
news19th-century cover bears 20 examples of the same 1¢ Franklin stamp: U.S. Stamp Notes
March 09, 2016 12:58 AMA worthy challenge is to find covers with multiples of a stamp being used to pay a genuine rate, and I look especially for covers with five or more examples of the same stamp. Among the most unusual that I’ve seen is the oversize cover shown nearby.
newsYear of the Monkey, Botanical Art stamps receive Scott catalog numbers
March 08, 2016 03:56 PMThe following Scott numbers have been assigned to recently issued United States and United Nations stamps. All of the numbers appear in the Catalogue Update section of the Mar. 21, 2016 Linn’s Stamp News.