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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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Local post Bird stamp set of five issued May 13 continues island of Lundy tradition since 1929

July 13, 2017 07:00 PM

The featured birds and denominations are water rail, 30 puffins; wheatear, 55 puffins; puffin, 70 puffins; Manx shearwater, 125 puffins; and peregrine falcon, 200 puffins. The stamps were printed by Cartor in France.

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Fresh flock of Birds of Canada definitive stamps to take flight Aug. 1

July 13, 2017 01:00 PM

Featured in this year’s installment of the Birds of Canada stamps are a trio of powerful raptors, a shy aquatic bird with a haunting call, and a beautiful blue backyard bully.

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Britain’s Landmark Buildings issue celebrates modern architecture

July 13, 2017 12:00 AM

All the stamps are nondenominated with the inscription “1st,” indicating that they pay the first-class domestic letter rate, currently 65 pence.

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Guernsey issues its own heat-sensitive stamps for the solar eclipse

July 09, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamp designs represent “six coastal locations that will be treated to a partial eclipse,” according to Guernsey Post. The issue is called Coastal Eclipses.

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Canadian Photography series concludes with a finale in black and white

July 09, 2017 09:00 AM

The designs also were reconfigured into a set of international-rate postal cards, though Canada Post did not issue any stamps denominated to pay rates abroad as it had during 2013-16.

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Sudan 50th Death Anniversary set for Charles Gordon still in demand

July 05, 2017 11:00 AM

General Gordon was an eccentric but brilliant military commander. Gordon served in the British Army in the Crimean War, but he won lasting fame in brilliantly commanding the Ever Victorious Army of the Emperor of China.

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Isle of Man ends June with the introduction of a bird stamp set

July 02, 2017 09:00 AM

The set includes six stamps celebrating the work of the Manx BirdLife census. The designs show the oystercatcher, eider, little tern, fulmar, black guillemot and razorbill.

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Austrian costumes on stamps, Sardinia’s first postage stamps, Chicago man’s trans-Atlantic solo flight record: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

June 30, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the July 17 issue, Sergio Sismondo tells of the turmoil and struggles behind the issuance of Sardinia's stamps.

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Healey makes his debut this week as Linn’s Great Britain Philately columnist

June 23, 2017 07:00 PM

Healey is well known to readers as Linn’s New York correspondent and for his coverage of the stamp auction scene, in particular his Auction Roundup columns in Linn’s monthly magazine.

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APS, ATA plan combined summer show in 2018

June 23, 2017 05:00 PM

Two popular stamp hobby organizations will combine forces in 2018 to present an annual summer show in Columbus, Ohio.

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Elusive Great Britain Official perfins, ‘The Spirit of the Nation’ cinderella, faraway islands and their stamps: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

June 23, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the July 10 issue, Stamps Down Under columnist introduces the vibrant stamps of Cocos Islands, and Wayne Youngblood reveals the fascinating history behind a Prohibition-era cinderella.

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Lander Brothers Anchorage stamp a gem among Nigerian stamps

June 21, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamp features a circular hologram, is on thick white paper, and has the denomination in black. The ink of the orange “Nigeria” inscription does not fluoresce, and there is a “NIPOST 2010” copyright inscription in the left margin.

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New stamps from Royal Mail display historic windmills and waterwheels

June 20, 2017 05:30 PM

Royal Mail’s other products for the Windmills and Watermills set include first-day covers, six postcards reproducing the designs of the stamps, and a presentation pack with mint examples of the stamps and text by Martin Watts, an expert on mills.

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American flag symbolizes different subjects on new foreign stamps

June 18, 2017 07:00 PM

The American flag is not only a popular subject on United States stamps; it appears on numerous new issues from around the world as well.

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Istanbul model for international reply coupon features dove, pair of hands, Arctic backdrop

June 17, 2017 02:00 PM

The design of the new coupon by graphic artist Nguyen Du of Vietnam shows “a pair of hands and a dove against an Arctic backdrop to represent sustainable development in the postal sector,” according to the UPU, an organization that serves as the primary forum for cooperation between postal administrations worldwide.

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Canal Zone 50¢ Blackburn Official stamp offers both international and U.S. appeal

June 16, 2017 01:00 PM

Only 1,000 of the rose-lilac stamps were issued. The 2017 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers does not value the stamp in unused condition or mint condition, because it is only known used. It is valued in used condition at $550.

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What’s in a name?: Boston 2026 World Expo seeks opportunities for philatelic inclusiveness

June 15, 2017 07:00 PM

For the leaders behind Boston 2026 World Expo, a recent name change for the international stamp show opens up opportunities to be more inclusive.

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For sale: British stamp firm Stanley Gibbons

June 15, 2017 07:30 AM

The venerable British stamp firm has confirmed it is open to takeover offers from “any interested party” as part of restructuring efforts begun last year.

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Canada 150: 10 stamps celebrate people, places, events of the past 50 years

June 13, 2017 07:00 PM

Canada Post recently completed its marathon unveiling of stamps that began on April 28, revealing the final two stamps in the 10-stamp set.

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APS donates stamps to Holocaust art project

June 13, 2017 09:45 AM

A school art project to remember the Holocaust has benefited from a donation of half a million stamps from the American Philatelic Society.

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Stamps that look scrumptious enough to eat: Netherlands’ Dutch Treats pane of 10

June 12, 2017 09:00 AM

The treats pictured were selected in consultation with the Dutch Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Utrecht. The labels attached to the stamps describe the items.

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Attractive 1960 Nepal 5-rupee Crimson Horned Pheasant stamp rising in demand

June 11, 2017 07:00 PM

This stamp is in demand and is a good buy at $75 up to full Scott catalog value. Unused hinged examples are a good buy at 50 percent to 75 percent of catalog value.

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Downward-facing dog, other yoga postures strike graceful poses on U.N. stamps

June 10, 2017 08:00 AM

The United Nations Postal Administration is celebrating the International Day of Yoga by issuing a pane of 10 stamps and se-tenant (side-by-side) labels.

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The royal Russian on an Estonian stamp, researching cacheted FDCs, and a Syrian stamp for Palmyra: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

June 09, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the June 26 issue, Lloyd de Vries, in his informative First-Day Covers column, explores the myriad sources available to help collectors learn about the artists who created their cacheted FDCs.

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U.S. exhibitors strike gold at Finlandia 2017 held May 24-28 in Tampere

June 09, 2017 01:00 PM

Finlandia 2017 in the city of Tampere was in many ways part of the celebrations marking Finland’s centenary as an independent nation.

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Royal Mail celebrates Machin 50th anniversary with souvenir sheets, prestige booklet

June 08, 2017 01:00 PM

In the last 50 years, Arnold Machin’s iconic portrait of the queen has appeared on an estimated 220 billion stamps, printed in more than 130 colors.

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Volumes 3A and 3B of the 2018 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue: what to expect

June 04, 2017 07:00 PM

The set of Vols. 3A and 3B of the 2018 Scott Standard catalog offers more than 8,800 value changes and numerous editorial enhancements.

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Fascinating history resides within borders on Switzerland’s Arms stamps

June 02, 2017 05:00 PM

Have you ever looked closely at the Pro Juventute issues of 1918 to 1926 showing Swiss cantonal arms? Of course, you say.

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‘The little horses’ of Sardinia, Civil War forts around Washington, and the 1902 postage due stamps of Greece: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

June 02, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the June 19 issue, Labron Harris, our Classic U.S. Postal History columnist, shows off covers from forts that formed a ring of protection around Washington, D.C., during the Civil War.

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Last two Canada 150 stamps pay tribute to Olympic, Paralympic Games and athletes

June 01, 2017 03:15 PM

On June 1, Canada Post completed its marathon unveiling begun April 28, revealing the final two stamps in its 10-stamp Canada 150 issue.

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Canada’s Centennial series remains a favorite

May 31, 2017 07:00 PM

They were born half a century ago in Canada, postally marking the first 100 years of that nation. And they've done nothing but grow since.

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Eighth Canada 150 stamp honors iconic Team Canada 1972 hockey team

May 31, 2017 12:30 AM

The eighth Canada 150 stamp pays tribute to the legendary Team Canada 1972 hockey team that took on the mighty Soviet Union.

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Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory, hailed on seventh Canada 150 stamp

May 31, 2017 11:15 AM

The stamp is part of a set to be issued June 1 honoring historic moments from the last 50 years as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The stamps are being revealed one at a time at different locations throughout Canada.

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Finland issues memorial stamp for Mauno Koivisto, its ninth president

May 30, 2017 09:00 AM

The stamp features a portrait of President Koivisto on a blue background. The design also includes his signature and an outline image of the Grand Cross, with collar, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, which is worn by Finnish presidents.

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Machin stamps produced in different formats over a half century

May 27, 2017 07:00 PM

Security against forgery and reuse has concerned the British Post Office since 1840. Features have been added to Machin stamps to increase security.

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Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope run by once more on Canada 150 stamp

May 26, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamp is part of a set to be issued June 1 honoring historic moments from the last 50 years as part of the celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The stamps are being revealed one at a time at different locations throughout Canada.

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King Harald stamp tops Norwegian poll for the most beautiful stamp of 2016

May 26, 2017 05:00 PM

Coming in second place in the poll was the 21kr stamp commemorating the 200th anniversary of the central bank, Norges Bank.

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Machin 50th anniversary, the Brunswick Circus Girl, and the end of U.S. postage due stamps: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

May 26, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the June 12 isssue of Linn’s, The Odd Lot columnist Wayne Youngblood reveals the fascinating origins of the Brunswick Circus Girl cinderella stamp.

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Stamp featuring Capt. Cook at Poverty Bay a bright spot in New Zealand market

May 26, 2017 01:00 PM

Captain Cook is a popular stamp-collecting topic. In 1935, New Zealand issued a 2-shilling Captain Cook Landing at Poverty Bay stamp (Scott 197). In 1937, the stamp received a vertical “Official” overprint to become an Official stamp (Scott O71).
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