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The must-have new catalog for United States postal stationery collectors

March 28, 2017 09:00 AM

The fourth edition of the Catalog of the 20th and 21st Century Stamped Envelopes and Wrappers of the United States is a must have.

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Delicioso, Thoreau ceremony details revealed

March 27, 2017 05:00 PM

Ceremony details for the Delicioso set of six and the single Henry David Thoreau commemorative stamp include events that are open to the public.

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Born March 27: Sarah Vaughan

March 27, 2017 03:30 AM

Jazz vocalist Sarah Vaughan was honored in 2016 on the seventh and most recent stamp in the United States Music Icons commemorative stamp series.

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Tell us what the Supreme Court might be thinking about these days

March 26, 2017 02:00 PM

For the April cartoon caption contest, John Hotchner gives you a shot at donning the judge’s robes as a representative of the judicial branch.

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Philippines stamps overprinted ‘Guam Guard Mail’ worth pursuing

March 25, 2017 07:00 PM

On April 8, 1930, the military governor of Guam initiated local mail delivery with stamps of the Philippines overprinted “Guam Guard Mail.”

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When postage due stamps mean postage due hasn’t been collected

March 25, 2017 08:00 AM

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

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Did this ‘Bottle Mail’ cover have a close encounter with Hurricane Carol?

March 24, 2017 07:00 PM

The progression of events recorded on the “Bottle Mail” cover is not entirely clear, but the hurricane to which it refers was frighteningly real.

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Sextet of stamps serves up ‘delicioso’ foods from Caribbean, south of the border

March 24, 2017 05:00 PM

The Delicioso set of six nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps shows illustrations depicting tamales, flan, sancoho, empanadas, chile relleno, and ceviche.

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Two new U.S. stamps in the works

March 24, 2017 02:20 PM

The United States Postal Service will issue its new global forever stamp and a 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp during the opening days of two stamp shows.

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More U.S. counterfeits surface, some peculiar ‘coin stamps’: Week’s Most Read

March 24, 2017 11:45 AM

Also this week, we have an exploration of silver stamps from the Netherlands, and U.S. Stamp Notes columnist John Hotchner learns about "coin stamps," a type of cinderella issue.

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Born March 24: Edward Weston

March 24, 2017 03:30 AM

Edward Weston gained prominence as a photographer during the first half of the 20th century. He was honored on a 37¢ stamp issued in 2002.

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Unassuming 1¢ 1861 cover carries hidden demonetized treasure

March 23, 2017 07:00 PM

How many stamps are on this 1862 cover? The answer might surprise you, as Wayne Youngblood explains in this month's The Odd Lot column.

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Computer-vended postage stamp inverts fun to collect

March 22, 2017 05:00 PM

What happens when the paper is loaded into the machine the wrong way? You end up with some nifty computer-vended stamp inverts.

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Siegel to sell APRL Jenny Invert stamp recovered in 2016

March 21, 2017 02:30 PM

One of two 24¢ Jenny Invert error stamps owned by the American Philatelic Research Library will be auctioned by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.

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When a cancel becomes a crime against stamp collecting

March 20, 2017 07:00 PM

The USPS has done some work to educate its staff that collectors are important to the organization as a source of revenue — but obviously not enough.

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What the USPS is citing as the culprit for poor Classics Forever centering

March 20, 2017 05:00 PM

During the months after their June 2016 issue, Linn’s began taking notice of the centering of the Classics Forever stamps.

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Born March 20: Charles W. Eliot

March 20, 2017 03:30 AM

As president of Harvard University for 40 years, Charles W. Eliot advanced higher education at the dawn of the 20th century.

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When the Post Office got into the banking business, these elusive stamps were in use

March 19, 2017 07:00 PM

In a 2015 column, we tipped the 1¢ dark violet Official mail postal savings stamp. It’s time to tip that stamp again.

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Two prominent collectors, recently deceased, had strong connections to Linn’s and Scott

March 19, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamp hobby lost two important collectors in recent weeks: postal stationery researcher and collector Charles A. Fricke, and former United States Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin Bailar.

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Born March 19: William Jennings Bryan

March 19, 2017 03:30 AM

William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic nominee for president in three elections. He later served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson.

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What exactly was the intended use of ‘coin stamps’?

March 18, 2017 07:00 AM

How many different versions are there of these cinderella stamps? What was their purpose? Now we know.

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Stream of recent U.S. counterfeit stamps continues

March 17, 2017 07:00 PM

Yet another new counterfeit United States stamp surfaced in early March, from the same source who alerted Linn’s about the counterfeit 2015 Love stamps.

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Meet Robert Panara, the latest subject of a Distinguished Americans stamp

March 17, 2017 01:00 PM

Though known and honored as a teacher, Robert Panara was a scholar of deaf culture, an interpreter of the arts, and a poet.

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Born March 17: Nat King Cole

March 17, 2017 03:30 AM

Often bridging the gap between jazz and popular song, Nat King Cole developed a musical following with his velvety vocals and piano accompaniment.

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How many first-day cancels for new stamps are possible?

March 14, 2017 05:00 PM

Do all U.S. new issues get three different first-day cancels: a digital color postmark, a black hand cancel and a bull’s-eye? No, but some issues get four or five.

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Issue dates for upcoming U.S. stamps revealed

March 13, 2017 02:45 PM

Issue dates for upcoming United States stamps were revealed March 13 by the U.S. Postal Service, along with locations where ceremonies are planned.

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Sorting out the markets for 3¢ George Washington stamps

March 12, 2017 07:00 PM

Several years ago, the Scott editors broke the 1851 issue down into type I and type II. One is much scarcer than the other.

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And the winner of the 2017 APS single-frame Champion of Champions is ...

March 12, 2017 05:00 PM

The winner was chosen from among 21 exhibits that received single-frame grand awards from APS national shows over the past year.

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Subject of winning Hamilton stamp captions no shocker

March 12, 2017 09:00 AM

Tickets to the extremely popular Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ have gone through the roof. Of course it was a popular stamp cartoon caption contest theme.

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Market hot for old JFK stamp, USPS introduces ‘Informed Delivery’: Week’s Most Read

March 10, 2017 09:45 PM

Also this week, a new Swiss rarity solved a philatelic mystery, and we looked at a rare 1927 Libya express mail stamp, one of only two known, set to be auctioned.

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The new Mississippi Statehood forever stamp, explained

March 10, 2017 07:00 PM

“Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who created a uniquely American genre of music,” the USPS says. The design reflects that.

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Collecting plate proofs on a budget is not as tough as you might think

March 09, 2017 07:00 PM

A plate proof is a trial impression from a printing plate before actual stamp production. They help find defects or compare the use of different inks.

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Charles A. Fricke, 1921-2017

March 09, 2017 01:00 PM

Mr. Fricke was a prominent philatelic writer who broke new ground with original research involving plating of the first issue United States postal card.

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The stamp hobby legend found on a ‘Hindenburg’ cinderella cover

March 08, 2017 09:00 PM

Whether unique or one of a thousand, the cover now has an honored place in John Hotchner's collection.

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U.S. stamp honoring civil rights activist among those with new Scott numbers

March 06, 2017 07:30 PM

This latest crop features new catalog numbers for a slew of recent U.S. stamps, including the $23.75 Gateway Arch stamp, and the Dorothy Height stamp from the U.S. Black Heritage commemorative series.

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The possible problems lurking in your stamp collection

March 04, 2017 08:00 AM

It is not only current purchases of classic material that need to be expertized, but also stamps and covers purchased much earlier.

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Why you might want to sell your JFK and Eternal Flame stamps

March 02, 2017 07:00 PM

If you hold mint panes of 50 of the 5¢ John F. Kennedy and Eternal Flame stamp in your collection or stock, now is a good time to sell them.
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