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Stamp prices may be on the rise Down Under

August 28, 2015 01:35 PM

Australia Post has asked the ACCCommission to approve a 30-cent price increase for the postal rate on standard letters to $1 (Australian) and allow it two business days for delivery, according to Perth Now.

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Hoodoo Re-Do: New Canada Post Dinosaur Provincial Park stamp

August 28, 2015 01:55 PM

Canada Post issued a new stamp Aug. 21 to replace the withdrawn $1.20 Dinosaur Provincial Park stamp that had an incorrectly identified image. The original stamp was issued July 3 in Canada Post’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites series and withdrawn shortly thereafter, along with other products with the design mistake.

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Kelleher to auction Kuske collection of Canal Zone rarities Sept. 9

August 28, 2015 01:33 PM

An impressive range of elusive errors and varieties from the Canal Zone, the onetime United States territory surrounding the Panama Canal, will be offered by the firm of Daniel F. Kelleher at its offices in Danbury, Conn. on Sept. 9. The stamps are from a specialized collection formed by Donald A. Kuske, a retired chemist who grew up in North Dakota.

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Postal Service to issue new variety of Spectrum Eagle coil stamps Sept. 2

August 28, 2015 01:32 PM

The United States Postal Service will issue a new variety of the six nondenominated (25¢) Spectrum Eagle presorted first-class coil stamps. The new stamps have a Sept. 2 issue date.

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New Paul Newman stamp honors the actor’s philanthropic endeavors

August 28, 2015 12:50 PM

Paul Newman seems like a natural choice for the United States Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood commemorative series, but the new forever stamp honoring the late film star is not a Legends of Hollywood issue.

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Brigham public auction in Ontario Sept. 19 includes 20th-century Canada, unissued sets, errors and more

August 28, 2015 12:29 PM

The recent series of auctions offering material from the collection of Canadian philatelist Ron Brigham has been an eye-opening experience, with wonderfully deep explorations of the stamps themselves revealing the history behind each issue.

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Upcoming 2015 U.S. stamps revealed, collectors sound off about upright Jenny Invert: Week's Most Read

August 28, 2015 09:07 AM

Also this week, Linn's Stamp News features illegal and late uses of U.S. stamps, and reports that CCL Label is no longer printing U.S. postage.

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Retired judge gives 11,000 stamps to Minnesota museum

August 27, 2015 03:52 PM

Former judge and current Albert Lea, Minn., resident Bill Sturtz has been a philatelist for decades and has accrued a wide-ranging world stamp collection during that time, according to the Albert Lea Tribune.

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NBA's first African-American player should get a U.S. stamp, petition says

August 27, 2015 01:53 PM

The Earl F. Lloyd Foundation started a Change.org petition on Aug. 25 to bring attention to the cause, which was launched about six months after Lloyd died on Feb. 26, 2015.

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Expertizer Bill Weiss retires

August 27, 2015 09:55 AM

Philatelic expertizer Bill Weiss has retired, according to an announcement on his website. Weiss is an author of several books on United States postal history.

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Novelty stamps have that little something extra added to their designs

August 28, 2015 05:03 PM

Novelty stamps have something unusual about them that makes them distinct from normal postage stamps. It might be their shape or some gimmick, a substance other than ink that releases a fragrance, or some way to give texture or to imitate motion.

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Stamps from a little-known Polynesian paradise: Wallis and Futuna

August 28, 2015 04:23 PM

Wallis and Futuna might be the least-known islands in all of the South Pacific. Well off the beaten track, remote Wallis and Futuna’s nearest neighbors are Fiji (346 miles southwest) and Samoa (405 miles west). Wallis (also known as Uvea) Island and Futuna Island are about 100 miles apart. There are 23 islands within Wallis and Futuna, all but three of them uninhabited.

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Do some armchair traveling with Wallis and Futuna stamps

August 28, 2015 04:20 PM

In the late 1950s, the stamps became more colorful. Stamp designs began to focus on the people, the flora and fauna, and the history of the islands. This stamp era is where armchair travel kicks into high gear.

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Album cover predicts stamp for conductor Arthur Fiedler

August 28, 2015 02:06 PM

Sometimes one has to wonder about people who can predict the future. Is it just happenstance that we see occasional examples — even in philately?

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Postal cards and postcards remailed as receipts make for good hunting

August 27, 2015 04:10 PM

The period from April 15, 1925, to July 1, 1928, is an interesting one for postal cards and postcards because the domestic rate for postal cards was 1¢ during this period, while the postcard rate was 2¢.

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What is the meaning of the 'Owl Mail' handstamp on this cover?

August 26, 2015 04:26 PM

We can likely take as a given that the cover shown nearby was not sent from Los Angeles to Alameda, Calif., attached to a homing owl. But why is the cover prominently handstamped “OWL MAIL?”

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1934 cover honors golden jubilee of standard time

August 26, 2015 04:09 PM

Just about anything in human history can be found commemorated on covers, and today’s evidence is the golden jubilee of standard time in the United States, on March 13, 1934.

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George Washington revenue with inverted center is affordable

August 26, 2015 02:16 PM

In the revenue category, there are a number of inverted-center error stamps among the second- and third-issue documentary stamps. The 1874 2¢ orange-and-black on green paper George Washington inverted-center error stamp (Scott R151a) is one of the most affordable.

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Lightning McQueen, WALL-E, others shine on Disney-Pixar stamps

August 25, 2015 04:07 PM

In June 2011, five years after the success of Cars, its sequel, Cars 2, arrived in theaters. Austria released a set of four folding booklets featuring Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, Holley Shiftwell and assorted other characters from Cars 2 in its fifth Pixar-related booklet.

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Australia, Austria, U.S. stamps feature Disney-Pixar characters

August 25, 2015 03:32 PM

One of Australia’s souvenir stamp sheet series, in 2006, used a Cars/cars theme, depicting Cars characters in the labels and selvage borders of the sheet that includes stamps depicting classic cars.

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