US Stamps

Donna Houseman

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

By Donna Houseman

How was your week? Ours, of course, was filled with stamps and all things philatelic. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. The Aug. 21 issue of Linn’s Stamp News just landed on the presses and goes in the mail to subscribers Monday, Aug. 7. If you’re a digital subscriber, you get early access Saturday, Aug. 5. Here we tantalize you with a few previews of exclusive content.

Are you familiar with Madagascar’s 1930-44 series?

With Madagascar’s exotic and artistic regional-type series, new stamp collectors can begin cultivating a field of philatelic opportunities for a very modest cash outlay. Classic Stamps of the World columnist Kathleen Wunderly explores 17 definitive stamps using four different designs depicting ethnic groups of the colony of Madagascar.

Linn’s U.S. Graded Stamp Report

Each quarter, Linn’s editors carefully review how the philatelic marketplace has affected a chosen group of postage and back-of-the-book stamps from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This quarterly feature tracks the market activity for selected stamps in eight grades.

Exploring adversity usages of 3¢ Nesbitt envelopes

Early U.S. stamped envelopes were no longer valid for postage when the Confederate postal system started June 1, 1861. Classic U.S. Postal History columnist Labron Harris discusses four covers that show how the Confederacy overcame this adverse problem.

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