newsRomania celebrates curiosities and superlatives on new stamps
February 28, 2016 07:00 AMRomania’s philatelic bureau, Romfilatelia, presents what it calls “curiosities and superlatives” on four stamps issued Feb. 24. In announcing the issue, Romfilatelia described the stamps as depicting “examples from areas such as art, coins, crafts and natural heritage, which impress by extraordinary sizes, spectacular shapes and stories … ”
newsUnited Nations-India joint issue promotes gender-equality campaign
February 27, 2016 05:00 PMThe United Nations Postal Administration and India Post are participating in a joint issue for International Women’s Day, March 8. The stamps promote the United Nations’ “HeForShe” gender-equality campaign that urges men to stand up for the rights of their mothers and sisters. The campaign was developed by UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.)
newsTip of the week: Latakia 1931 overprinted postage due stamps
February 26, 2016 12:39 AMSyria has been much in the news of late because of the ongoing civil war with tens of thousands killed, millions of refugees, the rampages of ISIS, Russian military intervention, and other sad events. Memories of a happier time can be found in the stamps of Latakia.
newsNew stamps honor achievements of six British humanitarians
February 25, 2016 05:34 PMGreat Britain’s Royal Mail honors six British humanitarians on stamps being issued March 15. The set of six includes three se-tenant (side-by-side) nondenominated, first-class stamps, and three se-tenant £1.33 stamps.
newsIdentifying animals pictured on Britain’s stamps is child’s play
February 25, 2016 01:09 PMIf there is a 2-year-old toddler in your life, you might create a future stamp collector by using stamps of Great Britain to play a game of identify the animals. Great Britain has issued more stamps depicting animals than you likely realize.
newsScott catalogs among Vancouver’s favorite library books: Linn’s Buzz
February 24, 2016 10:00 AMEarlier this week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation released a list of the top 10 most checked out non-fiction books at the Vancouver Public Library. We at Linn's Stamp News are honored to report that the Scott catalogs cracked the list.
newsRoyal Mail’s transportation heritage displayed on new postage labels
February 23, 2016 12:00 AMGreat Britain’s Royal Mail issued six self-adhesive postage labels Feb. 17 picturing mail transportation over the centuries. Great Britain’s Royal Mail calls such labels “post & go.” The denominations or service inscriptions are printed at the time of purchase.
newsPoland 1946 Majdanek Prison Camp semipostal in demand
February 22, 2016 10:15 AMOn April 29, 1946, Poland issued a 3-zloty+5z Death Spreading Poison Gas over Majdanek Prison Camp semipostal stamp (Scott B45). This stamp remembers the more than 350,000 Jews who were exterminated at this camp during the Holocaust. The macabre and striking design features an allegory of death as a skeleton dressed in a Nazi SS uniform.
newsNew Zealand glow-in-the-dark stamps feature glowworms
February 19, 2016 11:14 AMFour New Zealand stamps picturing glowworms glow in the dark. The stamps are being issued March 2. New Zealand Post said, “The stamps have been printed using glow-in-the-dark technology to replicate the effect of glowworms in the wild — simply expose them to sunlight and then step into a dark space to see the stamps light up.”
newsA philatelic six degrees of separation: Old Town Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
February 18, 2016 03:01 PM“Six degrees of separation” is the notion that everything is only a few short steps away from everything else. This term’s widespread use in contemporary culture might be a side effect of worldwide email and social media, fueling the feeling that even in our vast and populous world, connecting with others is easier every day. The same kind of connectedness is often noteworthy in stamp subjects or themes, each one connecting to another and yet another as time goes by.
newsUsing search engines and other sites to find stamp-hobby information
February 18, 2016 01:28 PMWhen you use Google, Bing or other search engines to look up information about stamps, you often get information not related to postage stamps as well. One way to avoid these extraneous results is to use sites that are limited to stamps.
newsHydrangeas burst forth as Canada’s Spring Flowers stamps March 1
February 18, 2016 09:10 AMOn March 1, Canada Post will issue nondenominated (85¢) domestic letter-rate “P” permanent Hydrangeas stamps with two designs in self-adhesive booklets of 10, coil rolls of 50, two-stamp souvenir sheets, and postal cards imprinted for delivery anywhere in the world.
newsA 145-year-old French ‘balloon letter’ turned up in Australia: Linn’s Buzz
February 17, 2016 04:28 PMThe letter, scribbled out on Dec. 6, 1870, was written by a Frenchman, Charles Mesnier (or Mesmier), and is addressed to his mother in Pont-Audemer, Normandy. At the time it was written, the Franco-Prussian War was in full swing, with German forces surrounding Paris for almost four months.
newsPenny Red's 175th anniversary celebrated at Stampex
February 17, 2016 11:20 AMThe Penny Red replaced the Penny Black in 1841, which was taken out of circulation due to the potential of fraudulent reuse. Prior to the Penny Red’s launch the Rainbow Colour Trials was conducted to find the ideal color for the stamp.
newsStamps honor 500th anniversary of organized mail service in Britain
February 11, 2016 09:15 PMGreat Britain’s Royal Mail is celebrating 500 years of regular, organized mail service in 2016, and is issuing 10 stamps Feb. 17 to commemorate developments in its postal service. A booklet and other items are being released the next day, Feb. 18. The stamp set is called Royal Mail 500.
insightsStamps trace evolution of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
February 11, 2016 05:09 PMThe Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, a name expressing more truth than poetry, arose out of the ashes of World War I as a marriage of convenience. It issued stamps from 1918 until the name of the country was officially changed to Yugoslavia (land of the Southern Slavs) on Oct. 3, 1929.
newsHow to win a free two-night stay at World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn’s Buzz
February 11, 2016 09:08 AMThe American Stamp Dealers Association is giving away a two-night stay in New York City during World Stamp Show-NY 2016 at its show this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The ASDA Winter Postage Stamp Show runs Feb. 12-14 at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th St. in Ft. Lauderdale. Admission is free.
newsUnited Nations issues Free & Equal stamps for worldwide LGBT equality
February 10, 2016 01:31 PMSix new stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration promote a public education campaign to raise awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The name of the campaign “Free & Equal” is inscribed on each of the six UNPA stamps issued Feb. 5.
newsIndia Post dedicates ‘all-women’ post office: Linn’s Buzz
February 10, 2016 10:20 AMOn Feb. 3, an all-women post office was dedicated and opened as a in the Indian town of Singjamei in the Manipur province, according to KanglaOnline.com. In addition to having a female postmaster and staff, KanglaOnline.com reports, “This Sub Post Office serves postal and financial requirements of [a] large number of people, among them [a] majority are women.”
newsJordan’s UPU issue overprinted ‘Palestine’ has many varieties to pursue
February 10, 2016 08:00 AMOn May 14, 1948, following the proclamation of the state of Israel, the armed forces (the Arab Legion) of Jordan entered Palestine and occupied an area of the Palestinian territories. Jordan was able to seize the old city of Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin, and Tulkarm among others.
newsFour countries feature exotic mineral specimens on stamps
February 08, 2016 08:00 AMFrance’s La Poste issued a booklet of 12 stamps Jan. 7 called Mineral World. The stamps picture minerals from the collection of the Mineralogy Museum at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris. This engineering school is often referred to as MINES ParisTech.
newsAustralian ‘emergency’ stamps hot on eBay, well-known artist's stamp designs profiled: Week's Most Read
February 06, 2016 07:00 AMAlso this week, we preview an Eastern Auctions sale that covers the world, John Hotchner gets a belly laugh from a reader's expertizing inquiry, and the late prolific stamp artist Howard Koslow is remembered.
newsShould Canada drop Queen Elizabeth from its stamps?: Linns Buzz
February 03, 2016 05:57 PMThe Toronto Sun is reporting that a group called Canada’s Republic Now, is insisting that the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post remove Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in modern history, from the country's stamps and coins.
news1950-58 Italy at Work series: timeless stamps honor ceaseless toil
February 03, 2016 05:43 PMThe Italia al Lavoro series of pictorial definitives came upon the scene Oct. 20, 1950, as a series of 19 vertically formatted, monochrome pictorial definitives (Scott 549-567). Denominated from 50 centesimi to 200 lire, the 24-millimeter by 40mm stamps were initially printed in sheets of 50 on paper with one of three Winged Wheel watermarks at the State Printing Institute Office of Securities in Rome.