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Celebrating Finland’s 100 years of independence on stamps

October 31, 2016 02:00 PM

Finland declared its independence from Russia Dec. 6, 1917, and the kick-off for the year-long centennial will be on New Year’s Eve.

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New Swiss definitive stamps honor railway stations and aerophilately

October 30, 2016 07:00 PM

The aerophilately stamp pictures planes from different eras and airmail covers, complete with stamp-on-stamp designs.

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Real rocks adorn new stamps honoring world’s longest traffic tunnel

October 30, 2016 02:00 PM

Two recent stamps from Switzerland not only commemorate the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, they also contain actual rock dust from the tunnel’s construction.

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The amazing falls that thrill visitors and stamp collectors

October 29, 2016 02:00 PM

Imagine a land of lush tropical forest, where the background sound is rushing water, there are constant rainbows in the mists, and hordes of butterflies land on you if you keep still.

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Meet the talented correspondents and contributing editor of the Linn’s extended family

October 29, 2016 09:00 AM

Learn about the three talented and knowlegeable writers who serve as Linn’s contributing editor and correspondents.

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Explore options to store your collection safely, to the best advantage

October 28, 2016 07:00 PM

Because of the delicate nature of postage stamps, philatelic storage supplies an important and somewhat complex consideration for collectors.

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Stamps of Antarctica: As far Down Under as you can possibly go

October 27, 2016 05:00 PM

Despite the fact that there are no towns or cities in this area Down Under, many of the nations that have Antarctic territories have issued postage stamps for their possessions.

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The story of independent Rhodesia and why one of its stamp sets is in demand

October 26, 2016 01:00 PM

Although colonial Rhodesian issues have an avid following, independent Rhodesia is not widely collected. But there are some topical issues that are in demand.

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Born Oct. 26: Francois Mitterrand

October 26, 2016 03:30 AM

French President Francois Mitterrand was honored on a memorial stamp in 1997. A €2 coin bearing his portrait is being issued for his birth centenary.

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The children’s book characters that are on Royal Mail’s new stamps

October 25, 2016 09:00 AM

Ten characters from the Mr. Men and Little Miss series of children’s books appear on stamps issued Oct. 20 by Great Britain’s Royal Mail.

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How European postal administrations cooperate to address philatelic topics

October 24, 2016 02:00 PM

The goal of the Sepac organization and conference is to discuss various philatelic matters of interest to 13 European postal administrations.

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United Nations Postal Administration offers new issues at New York event

October 24, 2016 09:00 AM

The stamps being celebrated were the COP17 World Wildlife Conference — Eye on Africa set of three souvenir sheets of four stamps, which were officially issued Sept. 23, and the World Post set of 10 stamps, which were being officially released on the day of the ceremony.

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Isle of Man stamp shows Dorothy’s ruby slipper from ‘The Wizard of Oz’

October 23, 2016 07:00 PM

The stamps represent six shows that have been staged on the Isle of Man over the years.

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Stamps commemorate the theme days of Taiwan’s Philataipei show

October 23, 2016 02:00 PM

The international stamp show and world championship exhibition is taking place Oct. 21-26 in Taipei, Taiwan.

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U.N.’s 17 ‘sustainable development goals’ honored on new set of stamps

October 23, 2016 09:00 AM

The UNPA is highlighting its sustainable development goals on stamps being issued Oct. 24, United Nations Day.

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Born Oct. 23: Louis Riel

October 23, 2016 03:30 AM

A leader of the 1870 Red River Rebellion, Louis Riel represented the Metis communities that resisted the Canadian government.

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The Austrian semipostal stamps that raised money for war widows and orphans

October 22, 2016 09:00 AM

Of the stamps issued during the war years, William B. Hughes says the most interesting are the semipostal stamps. Of particular note is a set of five stamps (Scott B3-B7) issued in May 1915 by Austria.

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How to create stamp album pages with your computer

October 21, 2016 07:00 PM

There are three ways to obtain or create album pages with your computer. William F. Sharpe walks you through each one.

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A simple explanation of stamp-collecting terminology

October 21, 2016 01:00 PM

Linn’s receives requests from readers for stories on postal history. Sometimes the collector is referring to postal history, but often the writer is requesting stories about history on stamps, or about cover collecting. What are the differences?

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A good way to enter the very active colonial stamp set market: Tip of The Week

October 20, 2016 07:00 PM

British and French colonial issues are most popular, but don’t overlook those of Portugal and Spain.

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The easy-to-collect keytype stamps of Moheli: Stamp Collecting Basics

October 20, 2016 01:00 PM

Our latest Stamp Collecting Basics post focuses on the short-lived keytype stamps of a former French colony in the Indian Ocean.

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Born Oct. 18: Pierre Elliott Trudeau

October 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Pierre Trudeau served as prime minister of Canada for more than 15 years. He is the father of the country's current prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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