‘Finest ever’ collection of West Indies revenue stamps displayed

October 17, 2016 12:33 AM

The Royal Philatelic Society London was privileged to see a display and presentation of Michael Medlicott's revenues.


Meet the Linn’s editors who bring almost 120 years of experience to every issue

October 16, 2016 08:00 AM

Our readers likely know little about the writers who put together their stamp news week after week. Let's change that.


The spooky subjects that are featured on new stamps of the world

October 15, 2016 03:55 PM

The crop includes six stamps from Jersey illustrating local myths and legends of the island in the English Channel.


Subjects of 2017 U.N. stamps revealed

October 15, 2016 02:46 PM

The crop includes a new Chinese Lunar Calendar stamp, and new issues in its Flag, Endangered Species, and World Heritage series.


Born Oct. 15: King Carol II

October 15, 2016 03:30 AM

King Carol II, ruler of Romania from 1930 until 1940, was a stamp collector who once owned Sweden's famous Treskillng Yellow error of color.


Gone, but not forgotten? Heroes of science honored on stamps

October 14, 2016 07:00 PM

These are individuals of great accomplishment who are not currently recognized globally to any great extent.


How Syria’s postage due stamps show country’s rich history and notable sites

October 13, 2016 07:00 PM

With civil war ravaging Syria, these stamps might be the last and only way we can enjoy these ancient places.


APRL celebrates opening of new library

October 13, 2016 08:45 AM

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new American Philatelic Research Library is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Oct. 29 in Bellefonte, Pa.


Born Oct. 13: Margaret Thatcher

October 13, 2016 03:30 AM

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born Oct. 13, 1925. She served as prime minister for more than 11 years, and became a baroness in 1992.


You may not have heard of Quelimane, but its stamps are worth getting to know

October 12, 2016 01:00 PM

Today Quelimane is the administrative capital of the Zambezia Province in Mozambique on the east coast of Africa. A seaport founded by Muslim slavers and traders, it is the oldest city in Mozambique. It was ruled by the Kilwa Sultanate until the Portuguese replaced them in the 16th century.


Born Oct. 12: Luciano Pavarotti

October 12, 2016 03:30 AM

Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti was a star of the opera stage whose later work with popular musicians further expanded his international fan base.


Canada’s commemorative envelopes, a collectible innovation

October 09, 2016 07:00 PM

Although they’ve been around at least since the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada’s commemorative envelopes have slowly become collector’s items that are worth your attention if you like Canadian stamps and covers.


Irish revenues for rover: 1866 act gave rise to dog license stamps

October 09, 2016 09:00 AM

Passage of the Dogs Regulation Act for Ireland in 1865 created a new revenue stamp collecting specialty.


1928 issue from a classic ‘postage-stamp kingdom’ in demand: Tip of the Week

October 08, 2016 02:00 PM

Because of its dual-administration history, Andorra has a natural appeal on its own beyond French and Spanish collectors.


The vote is in: ballot boxes, suffrage and elections on stamps

October 07, 2016 07:00 PM

With the U.S. presidential election approaching, the topic of voting seems to be everywhere, even on postage stamps.


Breaking down Canada’s newest NHL stamps

October 07, 2016 09:00 AM

On Sept. 23, Canada Post proudly unveiled the penultimate stamps in its five-year-long National Hockey League series.


Eastern Europe stamps highlight mythology of Europa and the bull

October 05, 2016 07:00 PM

Since the establishment of the European Union, Europa and the bull has frequently been used as a symbol of that supranational grouping.


United Nations issues souvenir sheets for wildlife conference

October 05, 2016 05:00 PM

The United Nations Postal Administration issued 12 stamps Sept. 24, the opening day of a world wildlife conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Called Eye on Africa, this stamp set features endangered animals and plants from that continent.


Long-awaited reorganization of volumes makes Scott Standard catalogs easier to use

October 05, 2016 03:00 PM

Beginning with the 2018 edition, we will split each volume of the Scott Standard catalogs into two volumes, A and B. This change alone represents a reduction in weight for each book by almost 50 percent, making the catalogs easier than ever to reference, transport and store.


Born Oct. 3: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

October 03, 2016 03:30 AM

One of today's most effective strikers, international soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was honored by his native Sweden with a set of five stamps.


Pneumatic tubes and how mail was moved in Paris for more than a century

October 02, 2016 09:00 AM

You can still find artifacts of the Paris pneumatic post that carried mail within Paris for more than a century, allowing the mail to move faster than would be possible on the crowded city streets.


When a raging Rhine led to a set of flood-relief stamps

October 01, 2016 09:00 AM

A “perfect storm” of torrential warm rain and Alpine snowmelt turned the tiny European principality of Liechtenstein into a pond in late September 1927.


Born Oct. 1: William E. Boeing

October 01, 2016 03:30 AM

A leader in aviation manufacturing and technology, William E. Boeing learned to fly from Glenn L. Martin, and began his aircraft company in 1916.


Happy landings await collectors of airmail stamps and covers

September 30, 2016 07:00 PM

In 1917, Italy issued the world's first airmail stamp. Since then, many other countries have produced creative stamps to move mail through the air.


Ladybugs and beetles dress up new postage labels

September 30, 2016 03:00 PM

Great Britain and Jersey introduced new post & go labels Sept. 14, the first day of the autumn Stampex show in London.


Born Sept. 30: Arnold Machin

September 30, 2016 03:30 AM

The artist who created the most widely reproduced portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in history, Arnold Machin, was honored on a British stamp in 2007.


Sarawak set honoring English explorer C.V. Brooke a good buy

September 29, 2016 05:00 PM

This long, inexpensive set honoring the English explorer is popular with collectors of British Empire and classic stamps.


The first-issue stamps of Austria that set the standard for Europe

September 28, 2016 05:00 PM

Stamps were simple in the Austro-Hungarian Empire even though the empire housed 11 ethnic groups and 18 principal languages.


Stamps for a cause: Canadian kids benefit from new semipostals

September 25, 2016 02:00 PM

Funds raised through semipostal stamp sales, along with donations from Canada Post customers and employees, allowed the foundation to grant $6 million to 369 community projects since 2012.


USPS not the only postal administration issuing fruit stamps in 2016

September 24, 2016 02:00 PM

The United States Postal Service has issued definitive stamps this year picturing pears, grapes, and apples. Other postal administrations also have featured these fruits on recent stamps.


Why so many New Zealand stamps feature lighthouses

September 24, 2016 09:00 AM

Lighthouses serve as important symbols on New Zealand stamps that were made for a particular government department.


Stamp to look for from 51 years’ worth of Spanish Sahara issues: Tip of the Week

September 23, 2016 05:00 PM

Although they were never as widely collected as British and French colonial issues, Spanish colonies have an active and dedicated following.


Canada Post unveils stamps honoring six NHL forwards

September 23, 2016 04:46 PM

Canada Post on Sept. 23 unveiled six stamps and a souvenir sheet honoring six great Canadian hockey forwards.


Revisiting the splendid philatelic sites in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei

September 23, 2016 01:00 PM

Wayne Chen recently returned to his birthplace in Taiwan and revisited some of his favorite philatelic destinations in the capital city of Taipei. He discovered some new places as well.


Born Sept. 22: Michael Faraday

September 22, 2016 03:30 AM

A pioneer in the field of electromagnetic field theory, English scientist Michael Faraday was commemorated on a British stamp in 1991 to mark his birth bicentennial.


Born Sept. 20: Guy Lafleur

September 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Sept. 20, 2016, is the 65th birthday of Quebec-born hockey legend Guy Lafleur, who has been honored twice on postage stamps of Canada.


Finding Carinthia and the reasons for its 1920 semipostal stamps: Stamp Collecting Basics

September 18, 2016 08:00 AM

As you perform regular collection maintenance, you might rediscover some forgotten but interesting stamps in your collection.


Canada Post announces 2017 commemorative stamp program

September 17, 2016 07:00 PM

“Dear Collectors, 2017 is going to be a big year,” Canada Post’s stamp services director recently wrote.


How new British stamps help solve Agatha Christie’s mysteries

September 16, 2016 06:00 PM

Known as the “Queen of Crime” and the “bestselling novelist of all time,” Christie wrote her first crime novel 100 years ago.


Big history, small cost: Burma Military Administration stamps

September 14, 2016 07:00 PM

With a set from when Britain controlled Burma after World War II, you can own a great deal of history for very little money.


Perusing the online Crawford philatelic library

September 14, 2016 05:00 PM

Anyone interested in older philatelic literary information will love the Crawford philatelic library.


Cartor announced as new printer for Swedish, Danish stamps

September 13, 2016 02:14 PM

Postnord has signed an agreement with Cartor Security Printing for the production of Swedish and Danish stamps.


One last spooky set: Which spine-tingling sites are on the final five Haunted Canada stamps?

September 12, 2016 05:00 PM

Each stamp focuses on a single supernatural site, with images made extra eerie through the use of holographic foil.


Costa Rica issue has something to offer different types of collectors

September 12, 2016 01:00 PM

Jesus Jimenez Zamora issue offers color proofs, perforation errors, imperforate stamps, overprints, and double perforations.


Olympic Gymnast sheet is bellwether for Russia market: Tip of the Week

September 12, 2016 08:00 AM

The market for Russian stamps in some ways resembles the Chinese market in that some items are attractive to investors who aren’t necessarily collectors.


Born Sept. 12: Anselm Feuerbach

September 12, 2016 03:30 AM

A German artist whose style grew from his admiration of the Italian masters, Anselm Feuerbach lived in Rome for many years, and taught in Vienna.


New British stamps portray Great Fire of London using graphic-novel style

September 10, 2016 07:00 PM

New Royal Mail stamps illustrate the start, spread, and end of the Great Fire of London like a comic book would.


Stamps celebrate canonization of Mother Teresa

September 10, 2016 08:00 AM

Three postal administrations closely associated with Mother Teresa issued stamps to commemorate her recent canonization.


Australia Post’s first stamps for Norfolk Island feature seabirds

September 09, 2016 07:00 PM

Australia Post is issuing its first stamps with the “Norfolk Island” inscription Sept. 23. The stamps feature seabirds, and the inscription on the stamps matches the colors of their bills.


Hunting for colorful autumn foliage on postage stamps: Topics on Stamps

September 05, 2016 05:00 PM

You can always open a stamp catalog to discover fall foliage on postage stamps. In addition, you can look through the Scott New Listings Update section of the monthly issue of Linn’s Stamp News to find new stamps that display the colorful topic of autumn leaves.
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