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‘Special Delivery’ attractively presents historic aspects of mail service

September 17, 2017 08:00 AM

A handsome new coffee-table book on the subject of America’s postal system and more debuted in 2016.

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Batum issues are few but tricky; stamps of other Georgia regions contested

September 16, 2017 08:00 AM

Stamps of Batum might be among those missing from your album, and some research will quickly tell you why.

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The stamps of short-lived South Kasai, spreadsheet stamp images: Inside Linn’s

September 15, 2017 11:00 AM

Also in the Oct. 2 issue: Charles Snee focuses on a specific $5 stamp available from the United States Postal Service — 23 years after it was issued.

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Vive la France! Paris to host 2024 Olympics

September 15, 2017 08:00 AM

Almost immediately after Paris was selected, France’s La Poste issued an overprinted sheet of stamps in celebration.

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Stamps without a name: Luxembourg Europa issue removed from sale

September 14, 2017 05:00 PM

While writing a review about China-related stamps issued in 2017 by different countries, Dingguo Dai noticed that these two stamps had no country name on them.

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New British stamps show 24 children’s books published by Ladybird Books

September 14, 2017 01:45 PM

Three books in the Key Words Reading Scheme series are pictured on the first of the two nondenominated first-class stamps.

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Unissued French colonial airmail stamp offers great bang for your buck

September 13, 2017 05:00 PM

The stamp is popular with collectors of religion on stamps as well as French colonies and India collectors.

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New British postage labels depict six events in the history of airmail

September 13, 2017 11:00 AM

Mail by Air is the third set in a series with the theme of mail transportation. The previous two sets in the series were Royal Mail Heritage.

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Newest ‘Fakes Forgeries Experts’ volume assembles 16 scholarly articles

September 10, 2017 08:00 AM

FFE editor Vincent Schouberechts has assembled 16 scholarly articles touching on recent discoveries in the world of philatelic forgeries.

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Royal Mail to feature ‘Star Wars’ droids and aliens on upcoming stamps

September 09, 2017 08:00 AM

Great Britain will issue eight stamps Oct. 12 in conjunction with the upcoming release of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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‘The One-Cent Magenta’ author James Barron to deliver 14th Maynard Sundman lecture

September 08, 2017 09:00 AM

The 14th Maynard Sundman lecture, to be presented Sept. 21 at the National Postal Museum, features James Barron, a 40-year veteran of The New York Times and author of The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World.

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Celebrating Queen front man Freddie Mercury: musical icon and childhood stamp collector

September 07, 2017 09:45 AM

Freddie Mercury, the iconic lead singer of Queen, would’ve been 71 this week. We celebrate his life by reflecting on his childhood stamp collection.

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Get on good terms with the language of stamp collecting

September 06, 2017 09:40 AM

Become familiar with terms used in stamp collecting. They will help you communicate more effectively with dealers and other collectors.

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Lengthy definitive series showcased Argentina, Tuscany’s first issue: Inside Linn’s

September 01, 2017 03:00 PM

Sept. 18 issue highlights include Fred Baumann's exploration of Argentina's 1935-51 stamp series and Sergio Sismondo's discussion of Tuscany's first issue.

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2018 Scott Classic Specialized catalog soon to be published

September 01, 2017 11:27 AM

The 2018 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 will be published in November.

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Miniature masterpieces: Degas’ art on stamps

August 31, 2017 04:51 PM

Many of Degas' works of art are reproduced on stamps, including several from his native France.

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Vols. 6A and 6B of 2018 Scott catalog are now available

August 31, 2017 03:30 PM

The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue lists more than 700,000 stamps from more than 600 stamp-issuing entities.

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This Albania Flag mini-sheet will add some diversity to your collection

August 31, 2017 09:00 AM

Since the fall of Communism in the early 1990s, Albania has issued some stamps with topical appeal in relatively low quantities.

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United Nations to issue stamps promoting peace, respect, safety, and dignity for all

August 28, 2017 08:00 AM

Stranger & Stranger, a packaging design and branding company that specializes in alcoholic drinks, designed the International Day of Peace stamps.

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Check out these living writers on stamps

August 26, 2017 07:00 PM

When the worlds of literature and stamps intersect, the result can be quite satisfying.

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Australia’s stamps produced at postal counters are very collectible

August 24, 2017 07:00 PM

Something brand new came along in 1993: counter-printed stamps. The stamps in this new format were dispensed from a postal counter machine.

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Ten Great Britain stamps celebrate popular classic children’s toys

August 22, 2017 03:15 PM

Great Britain’s Royal Mail celebrates classic toys from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century on 10 new stamps. The stamps were issued Aug. 22 in two strips of five.

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Four countries honor museums on new stamps

August 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Recent stamps from Lebanon, the Netherlands, Finland, and Romania feature different types of museums.

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RPSL presents 2017 achievement medals

August 19, 2017 05:00 PM

The Royal Philatelic Society London has presented its medals for 2017 to acknowledge notable achievements.

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Modest British Guiana stamps mimic designs of the pricey classics

August 18, 2017 01:00 PM

The British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta is the world's most expensive stamp. Fortunately, there are many affordable stamps from this country to collect.

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‘Philatelic Database’ offers online archives of articles and more about stamp collecting

August 17, 2017 07:00 PM

The site is run by Richard Turton and William Cochrane, who exemplify how wide the world wide web really is.

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Popular 2½-penny Rarotongan Chief stamp offers substance and history at a fair price

August 17, 2017 01:00 PM

British Empire stamps of the classic period are favorites with many collectors. They often feature finely engraved designs and intriguing subjects.

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North Korean stamps honor recent missile tests

August 14, 2017 09:00 AM

Previous stamps from North Korea have commemorated events that led up to the intercontinental ballistic missile launch, including the launch of the Kwangmyongsong 2 rocket in 2009.

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Calle pays tribute to father, Calle stamps at APS show

August 13, 2017 07:00 PM

Chris Calle, who also is a stamp designer, worked with his father on the 1994 Moon Landing 25th anniversary stamps (United States Scott 2841-2842).

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Postage due stamps capture the beauty of Lebanon’s iconic places

August 12, 2017 08:00 AM

These stamps were the first permanent postage due issue of Lebanon. Prior to this set, Lebanon’s postage due stamps were postage due stamps of France surcharged in either French or French and Arabic.

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The single hot stamp from Jasdan, Children’s Health semipostals are no more: Inside Linn’s

August 11, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Aug. 28 issue, Ronald Blanks explores the many ways the United States Fruits series of low-denomination definitive stamps are being used to make mass mailings more enticing to their recipients.

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New Brunswick ship stamp picks up steam, Hepburn stamp tops $175,000: Week’s Most Read

August 11, 2017 09:30 AM

Also this week, James P. Mazepa took home the 2017 Champion of Champions award at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Richmond, Va.

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Britain’s WWI series continues with stamps focusing on events of 1917

August 10, 2017 01:00 PM

Royal Mail’s other products for this WWI set include first-day covers, six postcards reproducing the designs of the stamps, and a presentation pack.

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Vols. 5A and 5B of 2018 Scott catalog available

August 07, 2017 09:00 AM

The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue lists more than 700,000 stamps from more than 600 stamp-issuing entities.

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Mazepa’s ‘Colonial Central America’ crowned Champion of Champions at APS Stampshow

August 05, 2017 10:30 PM

Mazepa’s “Colonial Central America” exhibit bested 24 other grand award-winning exhibits from national-level shows in the APS World Series of Philately. Mazepa became the sixth multiple winner of the top philatelic exhibit award given in the United States.

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Born of frustration, France’s Sower design took time to get right

August 04, 2017 07:00 PM

Disappointment with designs introduced in 1900 led to France’s much-improved Sower design.

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New Brunswick 12½¢ Steam and Sailing Ship stamp is a fine, and affordable buy

August 04, 2017 01:00 PM

The market for BNA stamps is active, and there are bright spots here and there that are even better than the market in general.

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Hang ten: Surfing around the world

August 04, 2017 01:00 PM

While surfing dates back to ancient times, Duke Kahanamoku, honored on a United States stamp of 2002, is considered the “father of modern surfing.”

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Rich traditions of Swiss folk festivals highlighted on stamps

August 02, 2017 09:00 AM

The extended cover feature in the Aug. 21 Linn's monthly magazine examines Switzerland's rich tradition of local, regional, and national folk festivals.

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Stamp blogs of the world, solar eclipse postmark arrives: Week’s Most Read

July 28, 2017 10:00 AM

Also this week, Linn’s editorial director Donna Houseman examined the preliminary design for one of the two U.S. Hot Rods stamps, which can be seen on post office counter display magnets.

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United Nations continues World Heritage series with ‘Along the Silk Roads’

July 27, 2017 01:00 PM

A section of the Silk Roads was inscribed as a cultural heritage site on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2014.

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Australia Post depicts dragonflies on Stamp Collecting Month issue

July 25, 2017 09:00 AM

Australia Post introduced its Stamp Collecting Month in 1993, and has issued stamps each year with a special theme that appeals to children and is educational as well.

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Say Cheese! Four European countries feature the delectable dairy product on stamps

July 24, 2017 09:00 AM

A new stamp from Lithuania honors cheese as part of its culinary heritage. Recent stamps of Austria, Germany and France also feature cheese.

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‘Howards End’ star Sam West has soft spot for Great Britain’s 1867 Two Shilling Blue

July 23, 2017 09:00 AM

Sam West, who starred in the acclaimed 1992 film Howards End, is an avid stamp collector, reports the Financial Times.

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A look at a few of the hundreds of stamp blogs that can be found on the internet

July 21, 2017 05:00 PM

A blog, short for web log, doesn’t usually provide as much information as a standard website, but can be a source of fascinating stamp details.

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Spanning bridges in China, 16 months of Canary Islands airmail stamps, and a 2012 U.S. stamp tip: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

July 21, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in our Aug. 7 issue, Stamp Collecting Basics columnist Janet Klug artfully reviews the 16-month history of Canary Islands airmail stamps. All 53 stamps, she reports, are “budget friendly.”

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Media focuses on North Korea’s anti-American stamps; Fox quotes Scott editor Frankevicz

July 21, 2017 01:00 PM

North Korea’s latest anti-American stamps received wide media attention, with news outlets from CNN to Fox News reporting on them.

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Scarce 2008 Nigeria set with subtle design change worth the hunt

July 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Stamp market tipsters Henry Gitner and Rick Miller are not suggesting that you buy these stamps at $100 or more. Just keep them on your radar, they recommend.

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Stamps celebrate bicentennials of cement, the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope

July 16, 2017 09:00 AM

A €1.30 French stamp issued June 6 is inscribed “1817 - Invention Du Ciment Artificial,” which translates to invention of artificial cement.

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Growing your own philatelic garden, an unissued stamp from Ceylon, and forerunners from Slovenia: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

July 14, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the July 31 issue, Henry Gitner and Rick Miller, in Stamp Market Tips, discuss the marketplace performance of an unissued 1968 stamp from Ceylon.
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