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Born July 3: George M. Cohan

July 03, 2015 03:30 AM

A man with a flair for popular, patriotic tunes, George M. Cohan (1878-1942) was a top composer and entertainer in the early years of the 20th century.

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Jenny Invert Locket Copy sells, Paul Newman stamp announced: Week's Most Read

July 02, 2015 01:25 PM

Also this week, an Ingrid Bergman stamp was announced and the United Stamps Stamp Society was saluted.

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Netherlands stamp celebrates Battle of Waterloo bicentennial

July 02, 2015 12:18 AM

The Netherlands’ PostNL issued a single stamp June 22 marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The nondenominated international-rate stamp shows a portrait of the Prince of Orange, later King William II.

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Liechtenstein, Germany panoramas featured on new pairs of stamps

July 02, 2015 09:31 AM

Panoramic views of nature are shown across three recent pairs of stamps. Two of these se-tenant (side-by-side) pairs were issued by Liechtenstein June 9, the first in a Nature Reserves series. Germany issued the third pair July 1, continuing a series called Germany’s Most Beautiful Panoramas.

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Born July 2: Thurgood Marshall

July 02, 2015 03:30 AM

Thurgood Marshall was named to the United States Supreme Court in 1967.

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July 1 is National Postage Stamp Day: Linn's Buzz

July 01, 2015 04:34 PM

The topic is a hot one on Twitter, where the @USPSStamps, @FDRLibrary and @USNatArchives are all celebrating the unofficial holiday.

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Elvis sighting online

July 01, 2015 03:35 PM

The forthcoming Elvis Presley commemorative stamp made a brief appearance on the Internet — and then it was gone. Collectors reported placing orders for Elvis Presley forever stamps when they spotted the new listing on the United States Postal Service's retail website. Linn's reader Stephen J. Sullivan said he preordered uncut sheets and other Elvis stamp items, and received a confirmation e-mail for his order.

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Born July 1: Maj. Gen. Comte Jean de Rochambeau

July 01, 2015 03:30 AM

A French military strategist played a significant role in the American Revolution.

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'Augmented reality stamps' released by Singapore Post: Linn's Buzz

June 30, 2015 04:41 PM

To mark Singapore’s hosting of the 2015 World Stamp Exhibition, Singapore Post is putting out some high-tech new stamps.

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Spink USA Collector's Series sale, July 15-16

June 30, 2015 01:45 PM

An unused 90¢ blue George Washington from the 1857-61 stamp series will be offered at auction July 15-16.

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By Topic - July 2015

July 03, 2015 12:00 AM

The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the June 15 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

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Romania 1858 Coat of Arms cover top lot at Harmers sale

July 02, 2015 03:40 PM

Harmers International held a sale of worldwide stamps and postal history at the Collectors Club in New York on June 6, including a numerous array of philatelic forgeries. The sale was previewed on the front page of the June 8 Linn’s. The top lot was a cover from Romania franked with an 1858 54-parale stamp showing the classic bull’s head Coat of Arms design.

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When should you pursue expertization of a stamp or cover?

July 02, 2015 01:32 PM

Several readers have asked: In what situation should a stamp or cover be expertized? I could write several long and wordy columns on this subject, but a more meaningful way to approach it may be to show some examples over the next several columns, and say a bit about why these items need to be expertized.

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Austria produced the world’s first newspaper stamps

July 02, 2015 01:08 PM

The first newspaper in Austria was published in 1605, and for many years newspaper publishers paid postal fees, in cash, to mail copies of their publications. Writing in The Collectors Club Philatelist of January 1951, Edwin Mueller suggested that the first postage stamp of the Austrian monarchy, issued in 1850, prompted the idea of a similar adhesive stamp to prepay newspaper postal fees.

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People’s Republic of China early issues remain strong

July 02, 2015 11:32 AM

he China market is definitely weaker than it has been in recent years. Many People’s Republic of China sets that used to sell for nearly 100 percent of Scott catalog value are now selling for around 50 percent of catalog value. A speculative bubble in the China stock market has been draining Chinese investors away from stamps. This stock market seems to have overcome some of the mistrust once held by many Chinese investors, and is drawing a lot of investor money away from stamps and coins.

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Beware of faded colors on stamps described as color-omitted errors

July 02, 2015 10:32 AM

Sometimes colors can fade on stamps to the point that they look like color-omitted errors. An online auction of an apparent color-omitted error illustrates this important point. A buyer’s winning bid approached $100 for a faded stamp offered as a “color omitted error” on the online auction site eBay in September 2014. The so-called error is a mint single of the $5 stamp in the Americana series, issued in 1979 (Scott 1612).

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‘The stamp of controversy’: the 1917 unwatermarked 30¢ orange Franklin stamp, perforated 10

July 01, 2015 02:53 PM

“This is the stamp of controversy. I believe in it. BKM,” wrote Benjamin K. Miller, who donated his magnificent collection of United States postage stamps to the New York Public Library in 1925 — the most complete U.S. stamp collection that anyone had assembled up to that time. At present the Miller collection is on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., where visitors can inspect at close hand the rarities he collected. In the note attached to his album leaf, Miller was referring to a block of four 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamps with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper mounted on that page.

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A shoe-shopping expedition on postage stamps

July 01, 2015 12:26 AM

If you agree with the maxim “you can never have too many shoes,” you may want to start examining postage stamps for the variety of footwear found there. A good place to begin on a philatelic shoe-hunting expedition is Belgium’s 2008 commemorative honoring the National Footwear Museum (Scott 2337). The museum is located in Izegem, a former shoemaking center.

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Nepal is in the headlines, and in our stamp albums

July 01, 2015 11:27 AM

On April 25 of this year, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in Southeast Asia experienced a devastating earthquake that took the lives of more than 8,000 people. An aftershock on May 12 led to further death and destruction. How many people who watched the news reports of these devastating events knew where Nepal is and what the country is like? Those of us who are worldwide stamp collectors have an advantage, because we have learned global geography from our stamps.

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Jenny Invert Locket Copy sold to Virginia coin collector

June 30, 2015 10:59 AM

The famed Locket Copy of the Inverted Jenny, the United States 24¢ airmail stamp of 1918 with the biplane in the center printed upside down in error, was sold in New York on May 20 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in association with Sotheby’s.

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