Linn's Stamp News gives you a quick look at what's going on in the world of stamp-collecting.
1. 'Anyone can become a rare stamp aficionado'
At least that's what a March 1 report from BBC Capital says.
The piece written by Serena Renner opens by telling the story of a Rochdale, England, collector who made a routine purchase at a local post office of a pair of stamps that "celebrated the invention of the television and featured a silhouette of Queen Elizabeth II." On one of the stamps, Her Majesty's head was missing. That stamp error sold for £23,600 in 2014.
"Though numerous collectors have deep pockets and decades of knowledge, anyone can become a rare stamp aficionado," Renner writes. "And even if you aren't as lucky as the Rochdale collector, you can quickly become knowledgeable about a range of topics and geographic locations as you build a stamp collection. Knowing what and how to buy is key."
2. Maya Angelou design revealed
"The newly revealed stamp design features an oil-on-canvas portrait of Angelou painted in 2013 by Atlanta-based Romanian-born artist Ross Rossin."
3. So long, lick-and-stick
Michael Baadke mourns the end of an era in philately: "It's a day that many stamp collectors have dreaded."
4. Yesterday's most-read post
5. Being social
At his inauguration today in 1861 Lincoln vowed that “the mails, unless repelled, will continue to be furnished to all parts of the union."— Postal Museum (@PostalMuseum) March 4, 2015
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