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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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Keep your eyes peeled for this Danish West Indies stamp

January 18, 2017 05:00 PM

Stamps of the colony are of interest to Danish and Scandinavian collectors as well as to collectors of U.S. stamps.

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Report: Hillary Clinton slated for Oscar de la Renta ceremony

January 18, 2017 11:00 AM

The New York Times has reported that Hillary Clinton will be a featured speaker when the Oscar de la Renta stamp set is issued Feb. 16 in New York City.

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Born Jan. 18: Cary Grant

January 18, 2017 03:30 AM

A leading man who earned the respect and admiration of his fellow actors, Cary Grant was honored on a Legends of Hollywood commemorative in 2002.

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How the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society celebrated its 15th anniversary

January 17, 2017 05:00 PM

The cinderella celebrated the society's 15th anniversary and honored the founder of the International Red Cross and the first Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

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Rob Haeseler (1941-2017)

January 17, 2017 11:00 AM

Former Linn's Stamp News senior editor Rob Haeseler, who served eight years as trustee of the American Philatelic Research Library, died Jan. 16.

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Spellman Museum plans presidential activities

January 16, 2017 03:30 PM

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Mass., has a day of activities planned honoring presidential birthdays on Feb. 24.

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One of the most interesting Christmas cards you’ll come across

January 16, 2017 02:00 PM

This red “Uncle Sam’s Mail” postcard was canceled Dec. 26, 1906, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Why is it so interesting?

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APS seeks new shows manager as Orient departs

January 16, 2017 09:45 AM

As the American Philatelic Society's manager of shows and exhibitions leaves her position, the group begins the search for a replacement.

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Born Jan. 16: Dizzy Dean

January 16, 2017 03:30 AM

As part of the St. Louis Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang" in 1934, pitcher Dizzy Dean won 30 games and led the team to a national championship.

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The most Christmas seals we’ve ever seen on one cover

January 15, 2017 05:00 PM

We have a new champion in the category of most Christmas seals on a single cover. Have a look.

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Why you can expect speedier FDC servicing in 2017

January 15, 2017 08:00 AM

Along with the consolidation of first-day cover servicing at USPS Cancellation Services comes a change in the address format that collectors should use.

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Born Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2017 03:30 AM

American civil rights leader and Nobel laureate Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against injustice and led peaceful protests in an effort to transform the nation and the world.

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When and where the newest Black Heritage series stamp will be issued

January 13, 2017 07:00 PM

The new nondenominated (49¢) commemorative forever stamp will honor civil rights advocate Dorothy Height.

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Collector discovers error variety of 1983 Official Mail coil stamp

January 13, 2017 05:00 PM

Robert E. Thompson found the error stamp on a cover that was part of an auction lot comprised of about 3,000 Official Mail covers.

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More 2017 U.S. stamps announced, new details on JFK issue released: Week’s Most Read

January 13, 2017 08:31 AM

Also this week, we learned more about the recently resurfaced Inverted Jenny stamp error, and took a trip to a tiny country that issues a ton of stamps.

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The Bowlsby split-grill coupon essays, explained

January 12, 2017 05:00 PM

By 1865, the National Bank Note Company was determined to acquire the rights to any and all prevention and reuse patents that might pose a threat to their contract to produce United States postage stamps. George Bowlsby’s coupon essay patent was one of these acquisitions.

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A Canal Zone postal card to be on the lookout for

January 11, 2017 05:00 PM

Mint examples and postal cards with first-day cancels are plentiful, but you will be lucky to find one commercially or privately used.

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Born Jan. 11: Alice Paul

January 11, 2017 03:30 AM

A longtime advocate for equal rights for women, Alice Paul fought successfully for passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.

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Jan. 20 Inauguration Day postmark announced

January 10, 2017 04:20 PM

The Jan. 20 Washington, D.C., Inauguration Day postmark has a circular datestamp and four horizontal bars framing the Presidential Inauguration Day Station message.

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Born Jan. 10: John A. Lejeune

January 10, 2017 03:30 AM

An acclaimed leader in both the Spanish-American War and World War I, John A. Lejeune was commemorated in a stamp set honoring distinguished Marines.

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All the ways you can buy the new U.S. Flag stamp

January 09, 2017 05:00 PM

The single design will be offered in six different formats, resulting in what appear to be five major varieties.

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Kennedy stamp will be issued in pane of 12

January 09, 2017 10:55 AM

Decorative selvage on the 12-stamp pane honoring President John F. Kennedy includes a detail from the official White House portrait.

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Born Jan. 9: Carrie Chapman Catt

January 09, 2017 03:30 AM

Carrie Chapman Catt was a leader in the long effort to obtain the right for women to vote in the United States. She was born Jan. 9, 1859.

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Prestigious Lichtenstein award to be presented to major hobby figure

January 08, 2017 05:00 PM

The philatelist being honored is a past president of the Collectors Club of New York and the American Philatelic Society.

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U.S. Seashells stamps: When and where they will be issued

January 07, 2017 08:00 AM

United States stamps depicting four different seashells will be issued in panes of 20 and coil rolls of 100.

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The best captions for the 1998 25¢ Christmas stamp

January 06, 2017 05:00 PM

Somehow, presidential politics seems to have entered into just about every contest in 2016. December's contest was no exception.

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USPS announces another 14 stamps for 2017

January 06, 2017 01:00 PM

The latest announcement includes stamps for a legendary fashion designer and a famous American monument.

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Some U.S. issue dates set; more Fruit stamps planned

January 05, 2017 05:15 PM

Issue dates for several U.S. stamps were revealed by the U.S. Postal Service Jan. 5. New varieties of the Grapes and Pears Fruit definitive stamps are planned.

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Why U.S. telegraph stamps are different than those of other countries

January 05, 2017 05:00 PM

Telegraph stamps are quite popular with collectors in many countries, but U.S. telegraph stamps have only a small following.
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