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Mystery behind a ‘Fight Bureaucracy!’ postal label solved

February 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Who was behind the label and what was the reason for it? John Hotchner assumed it was a label from the United States, but he was wrong.

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80 years after Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, there’s demand for her 1963 U.S. stamp

February 19, 2017 09:00 AM

If you have holdings of mint panes of 50 of the 8¢ Amelia Earhart stamp, now is a good time to offer them for sale.

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Patience and a good microscope reveal numerous Overrun Countries varieties

February 18, 2017 05:00 PM

One of the first sets Keith Lichtman ever owned was the 1944 5¢ Overrun Countries. It was later that he learned about the set's reverse printings.

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Diaries that reveal what happened to missing WWII hero Raoul Wallenberg

February 18, 2017 08:00 AM

The end of Raoul Wallenberg's story can now be told, courtesy of the granddaughter of Ivan A. Serov, the head of the Soviet KGB from 1954 to 1958.

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Born Feb. 18: Wendell Willkie

February 18, 2017 03:30 AM

A successful attorney and business executive, Wendell Willkie secured the Republican nomination to run against Franklin Roosevelt in 1940.

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The $1 black violet Eugene O’Neill stamp, explained

February 17, 2017 07:00 PM

Sometime in the early 1970s, the BEP inadvertently printed a small quantity of the Eugene O’Neill stamp in the wrong color.

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Which cause should benefit from future U.S semipostal stamps?

February 17, 2017 03:00 PM

Semipostals are stamps sold at a price greater than the postal value of the stamp. The additional charge is designated for a specific purpose or cause.

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Born Feb. 17: Maj. Gen. John Sullivan

February 17, 2017 03:30 AM

John Sullivan commanded Continental Army troops during the American Revolution and led a 1779 expedition against Indians allied with loyalists.

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Born Feb. 15: Harold Arlen

February 15, 2017 03:30 AM

The man who wrote the music for Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather and many other classic hits was Harold Arlen, born Feb. 15, 1905, in Buffalo, N.Y.

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When and where the Nebraska Statehood forever stamp ceremony is taking place

February 14, 2017 07:00 PM

The photograph used for the Nebraska Statehood stamp design shows sandhill cranes flying low to scout for shelter from nighttime predators.

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Here is the funniest caption for a 1922 special delivery stamp

February 14, 2017 05:00 PM

Pizzas! That’s what many Linn’s readers thought of when they looked at the delivery being made on the the cartoon contest stamp for January.

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Born Feb. 14: Frederick Douglass

February 14, 2017 03:30 AM

A prominent and respected abolitionist who wrote about his life in slavery, Frederick Douglass was honored on two U.S. stamps issued 28 years apart.

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Tracing the history of FDCs from 1939 to 2015

February 13, 2017 07:00 PM

With thousands of issues since the first ArtCraft cover in 1939, the cachet line is fertile ground for a specialized collection or exhibit.

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The long history of counterfeit U.S. stamps

February 12, 2017 07:00 PM

The “highly convincing counterfeits” that recently surfaced on eBay are certainly not the first stamp fakes.

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When to expect the latest Fruit definitive stamp

February 12, 2017 05:00 PM

An advisory provided by the Postal Service at the beginning of the year indicates that the new stamp will be issued without a first-day ceremony.

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Born Feb. 12: Abraham Lincoln

February 12, 2017 03:30 AM

The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, led the nation through its turbulent Civil War and proclaimed freedom for those in slavery.

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Mail from the radio station on Great Swan Island in the Caribbean

February 11, 2017 05:00 PM

This station on the uninhabited island was inaugurated in May 1960 with the objective of broadcasting anti-Castro content.

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Counterfeit 2015 U.S. Love stamps have been discovered

February 10, 2017 07:00 PM

Highly convincing counterfeits of the 2015 United States Love stamps are being sold on eBay.

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Three new U.S. Postal Service items receive Scott catalog numbers

February 09, 2017 01:00 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in the catalogs and learn about their production and values.

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Born Feb. 9: C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson

February 09, 2017 03:30 AM

Denied the opportunity to take flying lessons because of his race, C. Alfred “Chief” Anderson taught himself, earning his pilot's license in 1929.

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A hard-to-find Official stamp that’s easily misidentified

February 08, 2017 01:56 PM

Collectors need to pay close attention to color and paper when trying to figure out if they have this stamp that's valued at $190 in unused condition.

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Born Feb. 8: Chester Carlson

February 08, 2017 03:30 AM

On the 50th anniversary of his invention of xerography, Chester Carlson was honored on a U.S. stamp, and with a day of public remembrance.

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Hotels used to transport guest mail to the post office

February 04, 2017 02:00 PM

In the 1840s and 1850s, people used many different ways to get mail to the post office.

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Born Feb. 4: Mark Hopkins

February 04, 2017 03:30 AM

A longtime president of Williams College, Mark Hopkins (1802-87) was also a prominent lecturer and writer addressing religious and moral themes.

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When you should consider resubmitting a previously expertized stamp

February 03, 2017 07:00 PM

John Hotchner has discussed resubmitting stamps that have come back with no, or negative, opinions, but a recent article prompted him to dig deeper.

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Born Feb. 3: James A. Michener

February 03, 2017 03:30 AM

James A. Michener, acclaimed author of The Bridges at Toko-Ri and Tales of the South Pacific, was honored on a 59¢ definitive stamp in 2008.

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A Canal Zone overprinted stamp set that is tough to find

February 02, 2017 01:00 PM

The stamps that were issued for the Canal Zone from 1904 to 1979 are of interest to collectors of the United States, Panama, and Latin America.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. steps down from CSAC following 12 years of service

February 01, 2017 04:45 PM

Gates, who says he loves stamps, championed a number of Black Heritage stamps through the approval process during his tenure on the CSAC.

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Born Feb. 1: Clark Gable

February 01, 2017 03:30 AM

American film star Clark Gable was born in Ohio in 1901. He won an Oscar for his role in It Happened One Night, and later starred in Gone with the Wind.

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Everything you need to know about the soon-to-be-issued JFK forever stamp

January 31, 2017 07:00 PM

The fourth American postage stamp to honor John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, will be issued on Presidents Day.

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The 2016 duck stamp variety that has been taken off sale by USPS

January 31, 2017 02:00 PM

The variety is still available from the Amplex fulfillment center, which conducts retail sales of federal duck stamps.

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There is still time to vote for your favorite 2016 U.S. stamps

January 30, 2017 07:00 PM

The deadline is fast approaching for Linn’s 2016 United States Stamp Popularity Poll.

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What is Alexander Hamilton saying on this stamp?

January 29, 2017 07:00 PM

The Founding Father is currently enjoying a revival in the mind of the American public, thanks to the Broadway musical "Hamilton."

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Born Jan. 29: Albert Gallatin

January 29, 2017 03:30 AM

Though he was born in Geneva, Switzerland, Albert Gallatin became an important figure in the development of America after the Revolution.

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Back when it was OK for stamp clubs to replicate stamp designs

January 28, 2017 07:00 PM

In the 1940s and 1950s, stamp designs were often replicated on souvenir sheets and in cachets produced as souvenirs of club shows.

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A good place for U.S. revenue stamp collectors to start

January 28, 2017 05:00 PM

Some collectors are into revenues from the beginning, while others move on to revenues when they take their postage collections as far as they can go.

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Learning more about the Oscar de la Renta stamp set

January 28, 2017 08:00 AM

The USPS will pay tribute to fashion designer Oscar de la Renta with an unusual 11-stamp pane.

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Hillary Clinton, Anderson Cooper confirmed guests at de la Renta ceremony

January 27, 2017 04:15 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and journalist Anderson Cooper will be among the participants at the Feb. 16 Oscar de la Renta first-day ceremony.

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Uncle Sam’s hat is returning to U.S. stamps in 2017

January 27, 2017 01:00 PM

The character of Uncle Sam has served as a patriotic symbol for the United States for many years, and his hat has long been a U.S. stamp design staple.

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How six Benjamin Franklin stamps pose a question about love

January 26, 2017 07:00 PM

This Philadelphia double-weight (6¢) cover shown nearby caught John Hotchner's eye. Canceled on Feb. 13, it likely contained a Valentine’s Day card.

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Born Jan. 26: Bessie Coleman

January 26, 2017 03:30 AM

American pilot Bessie Coleman became the first black woman to pilot a plane, earning her license in France in 1921. She was born Jan. 26, 1892.

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Why are postage due stamps on this undeliverable mail form?

January 25, 2017 05:00 PM

Tony Wawrukiewicz is researching how United States postage due stamps have been used since they were introduced in 1879.

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The USA Star coil stamp has been revised and will be issued this winter

January 23, 2017 07:00 PM

The design changes on the new coil include a smaller central design, and the addition of a blue frame along the outer edges of the stamp.

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Collector voices sharp displeasure with USPS first-day cover cancellation policies

January 23, 2017 02:00 PM

Last week, I encouraged readers to use the Disqus tool to comment on stories posted to our website. Here's one comment that caught our eye.

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USPS reveals press sheet quantities for 2016, 2017

January 22, 2017 07:00 PM

All it took was six months of inquiries by Linn's Stamp News and the filing of a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Two U.S. stamps are making an unusual Sunday debut

January 22, 2017 02:00 PM

With the Jan. 22 increase in postage rates comes a pair of new stamps for expedited mail services.

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Born Jan. 21: Stonewall Jackson

January 21, 2017 03:30 AM

After serving in 1846-48 Mexican-American War, Stonewall Jackson became a prominent Confederate military leader in the Civil War.

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Army Sergeant’s whimsical ‘free’ labels found on World War II covers

January 20, 2017 07:00 PM

“Free” and other decorative labels on soldier’s mail of World War II are not often seen, but there are many different examples that can be found.

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New 1983 Official Mail error variety discovered, postmark honors Trump’s Inauguration Day: Week’s Most Read

January 20, 2017 09:15 AM

Also this week, explained why FDC servicing might be quicker in 2017, and we why a Canal Zone postal card is worth looking out for.

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Born Jan. 19: Janis Joplin

January 19, 2017 03:30 AM

With her powerful and passionate voice, Janis Joplin shot to stardom with Big Brother and the Holding Company, landing a No. 1 album in 1968.
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