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African American history and culture honored on stamp picturing museum

August 19, 2017 08:00 AM

The National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., gets its own stamp Sept. 24.

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Counterfeit 2017 U.S. Love Skywriting stamps surface on eBay

August 18, 2017 07:00 PM

When it comes to counterfeit stamps, the United States Postal Service is not feeling the love.

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A dollar-sign reunion of sorts, poisonous mushrooms on stamps: Inside Linn’s

August 18, 2017 03:00 PM

Highlights in the Sept. 4 issue include a recommendation to look for an undervalued U.S. savings stamp.

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Columbus’ ‘broken hat’ and coil stamps for Father Ted Hesburgh: Week’s Most Read

August 18, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, the USPS heeded demands from collectors to lower its minimum order quantities for coil stamps.

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Bigalke to return to Linn’s as new editor-in-chief

August 16, 2017 08:15 PM

Bigalke started his philatelic journalism career at Linn’s, where as senior editor he covered U.S. stamp stories.

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Billboard mimics Energy Conservation stamp

August 16, 2017 01:00 PM

The billboard was located by a roadside in Laurens, S.C., and credited to the Laurens Commission of Public Works.

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Steve Zwillinger elected APRL board president

August 13, 2017 08:00 AM

Zwillinger, who has served on both the APRL board and the American Philatelic Society board of directors, is filling the position vacated by Roger S. Brody, who stepped down as president following the completion of his term.

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USPS heeds stamp collectors’ demands for smaller minimum quantities for coil stamps

August 12, 2017 07:00 PM

“Let’s hope the reduction in minimum quantities for purchasing coil stamps is not a test but is to be common practice for most coil stamps,” writes Linn’s editorial director Donna Houseman.

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Father Ted Hesburgh stamp planned as pane of 20, coil of 50

August 11, 2017 07:00 PM

This will be the first commemorative coil stamp issued by the United States Postal Service since the 2008-12 series of 60 Flags of our Nation coil stamps.

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Our readers have spoken, and the July cartoon caption contest winners are ...

August 11, 2017 08:00 AM

Some cartoon contestants brought the scene into the modern age with observations about Governor Chris Christie and his problems with Bridgegate in 2013.

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The subtle 2¢ Landing of Columbus variety worth pursuing

August 09, 2017 09:00 PM

One of the more affordable varieties that is in more or less constant demand is the “Broken Hat” variety of the 2¢ Landing of Columbus stamp.

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Post office letter illustrates Private Express Statutes in operation

August 09, 2017 05:00 PM

The letter shown deals with one of these statutes: the depositing of mailable matter “on which no postage is paid” in a mailbox “with intent to avoid payment of lawful postage thereon.”

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Have a Ball! stamps receive Scott catalog numbers

August 07, 2017 06:00 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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APS general meeting at Stampshow sees 13 receive 50-year membership medals

August 05, 2017 01:45 PM

Scott English, executive director of the American Philatelic Society, updated members on the society’s progress and upcoming initiatives during the society’s annual general membership meeting at Stampshow 2017 in Richmond, Va.

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Examining the imperforate 1908 4¢ Grant

August 05, 2017 09:00 AM

The Aug. 21 issue of Linn's features an important story on the 1908 imperforate 4¢ Grant stamps (Scott 314A).

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Exotic propaganda for French colonies, an update on the U.S. graded stamp market, and adversity usages: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

August 04, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Aug. 21 issue, Classic U.S. Postal History columnist Labron Harris discusses adversity covers.

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The scarce imperforate 4¢ Ulysses S. Grant stamp of 1908

August 03, 2017 07:00 PM

Karl Koslowski’s fluke of fortune preserved the only unused examples of this legendary coil stamp with Schermack type III private perforations.

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American Philatelic Society stamp identifier makes a collector’s life easier

August 03, 2017 03:00 PM

In 2005, the American Philatelic Society introduced a rapid means of identifying puzzling or problematic stamps that do not require expertizing. Called APS Quick I.D., it is now handling more than a thousand submissions a year.

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English will continue as APS executive director

August 03, 2017 08:40 AM

American Philatelic Society executive director Scott English and the APS board of directors have agreed to extend English's contract for two years.

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The Alfred E. Neuman stamp that doesn’t need to be expertized

August 02, 2017 07:00 PM

The market for the 1964 Alfred E. Neuman presidential campaign label is, shall we say, thin. But they're still fun to collect.

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New information uncovered about the elusive 1904 cover sent from Alaska to Indiana

July 29, 2017 08:00 AM

The cover was stamped when it was canceled March 2, 1904, but somewhere along the route south the envelope got wet and the stamp fell off.

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Postal robberies prompt secret marks, Frama stamps from Down Under, and Eric Gill’s Perpetua font: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

July 28, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Aug. 14 issue, a third-century Christian martyr lends her name to an iconic philatelic typeface, and Janet Klug explores the fascinating Frama stamps of Australia.

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Floral abundance with Flowers from the Garden stamps in panes and coil rolls

July 28, 2017 01:00 PM

According to the USPS, the paintings on the stamps were “inspired by floral still lifes created by Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th and 18th centuries.”

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Put yourself under Charlie Brown’s winter hat and tell us what he might be thinking about

July 27, 2017 07:00 PM

The important thing is to use your sense of humor, because entries with a humorous twist have the best chance of winning a prize.

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This Hawaiian 1864 Numeral stamp is a solid buy at Scott catalog value

July 26, 2017 03:00 PM

The market for Hawaiian stamps in unused original gum condition and grades of very fine or better is perpetually strong. Even the more common and less expensive issues are in general demand.

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Linn’s reader offers promising explanation for 1858 ‘Northern Protest’ cover from Troy, N.Y.

July 26, 2017 01:00 PM

The most promising explanation comes from Linn’s reader Rich Howell, who suggested the ‘Northern Protest’ label might be related to a suffrage convention.

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Can you add to this list of state-related stamp handbooks?

July 22, 2017 09:00 AM

John Hotchner believes that this is one of many good methods to put stamp collecting before potential collectors, and he’d like to see more of this done in ways that tickle pre-existing interests.

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USPS Pollinator stamps, new National Postal Museum director: Week’s Most Read

July 21, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, recent French stamps celebrate the 200th anniversaries of three inventions: artificial cement, a forerunner of the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope.

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APS to present Luff awards to Gregory, Kane, Saadi

July 20, 2017 07:00 PM

The American Philatelic Society has announced the recipients of its 2017 Luff awards. The prestigious award is presented annually in different categories for meritorious contributions to philately by living collectors.

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Dispute over Statue of Liberty replica on 2010 U.S. Postal Service stamp ordered to trial

July 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Federal Claims Court Judge Eric G. Bruggink rejected motions by both the Postal Service and sculptor Robert S. Davidson that would have effectively ended a four-year-old lawsuit over a stamp that was based on a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

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Floral illustration by Dugald Stermer on imprinted stamp for U.S. postal card

July 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Each postal card bears an imprinted illustrated stamp and fulfills the 34¢ postage rate. The Postal Service charges 38¢ apiece, claiming a 4¢ charge for costs associated with manufacturing.

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Local post stamp, a cinderella of the hobby, honors New Mexico legislator

July 19, 2017 01:00 PM

Eugene R. Cinelli (1931-1973) was a Democrat from Albuquerque who had been elected multiple times in the 1960s to the New Mexico Legislature.

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Monarch butterfly, Western honeybee star on new stamps highlighting pollinator protection

July 15, 2017 07:00 AM

A first-day ceremony will take place Thursday in Richmond, Va., at the site of the 2017 American Philatelic Society Stampshow.

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Can you provide the stories behind these colorful, puzzling cinderellas?

July 14, 2017 07:00 PM

John Hotchner presents three cinderellas that undoubtedly have stories behind them — stories that currently are lost in the mists of time.

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Gruber succeeds Kane at National Postal Museum; envisions incredible stamp stories

July 14, 2017 11:00 AM

What attracted the Smithsonian Institution to its new National Postal Museum director were his fundraising skills and museum experience. That’s what won Elliot Gruber the job he will assume Sept. 5 as the third director of the 24-year-old Washington museum, according to Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.

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Embracing change within the hobby, finding a scarce coil waste stamp: Week’s Most Read

July 14, 2017 09:00 AM

In other top philatelic news for the week, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., is set to host the July 26 debut of the nondenominated (49¢) Sharks stamps.

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Spend some time looking for this 3¢ violet George Washington coil waste stamp

July 12, 2017 07:00 PM

The rotary press stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper perforated gauge 11 by 10 in panes of 170. The stamp design measures 19½-to-20 millimeters by 22¼ mm.

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Explore these WWII Red Cross covers from England

July 12, 2017 10:00 AM

Hotchner illustrates and discusses a “picture folder issued to the American forces serving in the British Isles showing the work of the American Red Cross in the European Theatre of Operations.”

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Don’t know much about history? Stamp collecting can enlighten you

July 08, 2017 07:00 PM

“The phone call was a typical one for a dealer to receive,” Kaumann wrote. “A middle-aged sounding woman said she was calling for her boyfriend who had a stamp collection for sale. Predictably, she could tell me absolutely nothing about the collection. Unfortunately, I’m used to that.”

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Twitter, Trump collide in entries for June cartoon caption contest

July 08, 2017 09:00 AM

The contest stamp for June featured the stoic figure of George Washington leading the Continental Army, in, shall we say, uninviting weather, across the Delaware River to surprise British forces at Trenton, N.J.

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Attention: It’s time to embrace change and move stamp collecting forward

July 08, 2017 07:00 AM

Stamp dealer Jim Lee believes it’s time for collectors and dealers alike to embrace the changes and challenges of the digital age.

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Photo essays rise to prominence with sale of Alvin Hall collection

July 07, 2017 05:00 PM

Upon Hall’s death at age 80, in 1969, his three-volume collection of photo essays and small die proofs passed to his son, who consigned it in the May 2017 Harmers International auction sale in New York City.

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Chilean crocus postal card in Ohio, Seated Liberty stamps of Peru, and ‘Bonanza’ star on a postmark: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

July 07, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the July 24 issue, Michael Baadke, in Postmark Pursuit, highlights a special postmark in honor of Dan Blocker, who portrayed Eric “Hoss” Cartwright on the long-running TV Western Bonanza.

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Postal Service plans Sharks stamps encounter for July 26 — in Kentucky

July 07, 2017 01:00 PM

The Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., will host the first-day ceremony for the nondenominated (49¢) Sharks stamps.

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Examining a reader’s postage due stamp, zeppelin covers soar: Week’s Most Read

July 07, 2017 10:30 AM

Also this week, a document showing the first use of a stamp in America tops $19,000 in Kelleher sale, and we highlight all the excitement of Stampshow 2017, to be held Aug. 3-6 in Richmond, Va.

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Post office created safety notification card in 1959 for civil defense emergencies

July 06, 2017 01:00 PM

This recent letter prompted Hotchner to revisit his U.S. Notes column of May 6, 1996, headlined “How to tell a friend you’ve been H-bombed.”

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Collector Tim Hodge joins Scott catalog editorial staff

July 01, 2017 09:48 AM

Tim Hodge has collected stamps since childhood and recently joined the team of Scott editors.

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Which postage due stamp do you have?

July 01, 2017 08:30 AM

There are often two or more colors listed for each individual major number, and sometimes the only way to tell which major number stamp you have or are looking at is to properly determine the color.

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If you can find a booklet of these Vintage Seed Packet forever stamps, buy it

June 30, 2017 07:00 PM

A slight increase in demand is usually sufficient to wipe out whatever stocks the few dealers who have bothered with them have on hand.

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Largest U.S. national stamp show Aug. 3-6

June 30, 2017 12:30 AM

The American Philatelic Society will present Stampshow 2017vention, the nation’s largest annual postage stamp show and exhibition, Aug. 3-6 in Richmond, Va.
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