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Great Britain Philately: Children’s toys on stamps Topical Great Britain: collecting children’s toys on stamps
With around 3,000 commemoratives issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain is a rich resource for stamps for topical and thematic collections. (Read more...)

New Stamps of the World: Magic squares and optical illusions Stamps show magic squares, palindromes and optical illusions
New stamps from Macau and Belgium present challenges for the mind and the eye, respectively. (Read more...)

U.S. Stamp Notes: Christmas seal earliest uses A bumper crop of updates for Christmas seal earliest uses
It has been an exceptional year for new reports of earliest known uses (EKUs) of United States Christmas seals released in 1908 to 1935. T (Read more...)

Red, White and Blue coil second plate number found Red, White and Blue coil second plate number found
The United States nondenominated (49¢) Red, White and Blue forever coil stamp issue (Scott 4894-4897) has been found with a new plate number, C12. T (Read more...)

Winter Fun and Rudolph press sheets with die cuts sold out Winter Fun and Rudolph press sheets with die cuts sold out
Two recent press sheets issued by the United States Postal Service have sold out. (Read more...)

Modern U.S. Mail: use of invalid stamps Research uncovers new details about use of invalid stamps
The previous Modern U.S. Mail column in Linn’s Nov. 10 issue was titled “Invalid postage on domestic U.S. mail from 1954 to the present.” (Read more...)

Stamps Down Under: Capt. James Cook Stamps chronicle Capt. James Cook’s Pacific adventures
Capt. James Cook was not the first European to set sail for the Pacific Ocean. (Read more...)

Postal Service offers support for Christmas at ceremony Postal Service offers support for Christmas at ceremony
Those television commentators who believe there is a government plot to take Christ out of Christmas should have been at 1525 H St. N.W., Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19. (Read more...)

Editing, valuing for the 2016 Scott catalogs is well underway; market generally stable
Vol.1 of the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue will not be published until next April, about five months from now as I write in early November. (Read more...)

Recently discovered 1868 Large Queen of Canada sold by Eastern Recently discovered 1868 Large Queen of Canada sold by Eastern
In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Eastern Auctions held a sale of Canadian and worldwide stamps and postal history Oct. 16-18 (previewed in the Oct. 13 Linn’s). (Read more...)

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