• us-2000-stampin-the-future-stamp
    Dec 31, 2000, 21:36 PM

    2000 U.S. Stamp Program

    Jan. 6, Year of the Dragon. Single 33¢ stamp, pane of 20, AP, San Francisco, CA 94188; Linn's, Oct. 25, 1999, page 1; Dec. 20, 1999, page 1; USPS item No. 400220 (block of four), 400240 (pane), 400261 (FDC at 54¢); Scott 3370.

  • united-nations-2000-respect-for-refugees-stamp
    Dec 31, 2000, 11:24 AM

    2000 U.N. Stamp Program

    The 2000 U.N. Stamp Program contains information about all of the U.N. products released during 2000, including those honoring the World Stamp Expo and Our World 2000.

  • canada-2000-rural-mailboxes-stamp
    Dec 31, 2000, 11:23 AM

    2000 Canada Stamp Program

    The 2000 Canada Stamp Program contains information about all of the Canadian Postal Service products released during 2000, including those honoring Birds and The Department of Labor.

  • Dec 25, 2000, 12:33 PM

    Selling your stamps? Consider all options

    Yes, sometimes you hear that a stamp collector scored a tidy profit when he sold his collection, but those stories are outnumbered by tales of stamp collectors who thought the sales of their collections would bring in much more money than they did.

  • rc3_1218
    Dec 18, 2000, 12:27 PM

    Here's what you can do to save the world

    By defining a collection in this way, the collector has fewer items that he needs to look for, and he can concentrate on finding items pertaining to the subject of his choice.

  • rc1_1211_big
    Dec 11, 2000, 12:20 PM

    'Tis the season to collect stamps and seals

    The U.S. Postal Service is marking the Christmas holiday in 2000 with the widespread use of a pictorial postmark that relates to the new Universal Pictures holiday film Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

  • rc3_1204_big
    Dec 4, 2000, 12:10 PM

    Buyer beware: the fake stamps are out there

    They are fakes and forgeries, counterfeits, altered stamps and covers. Some collectors call them album weeds.

  • rc2_1127_big
    Nov 27, 2000, 12:00 PM

    Britain's Machin definitive series has it all

    Many countries make their definitive stamps fairly plain and small, usually in an effort to save on production costs.

  • rc3_1120
    Nov 20, 2000, 11:47 AM

    U.S. definitives offer collecting challenges

    Commemorative stamps from the United States are often larger and more colorful than U.S. definitive stamps, but the real telling feature is that commemorative stamps are normally sent to press only once and remain on sale for a shorter time.

  • rc4_1113
    Nov 13, 2000, 11:39 AM

    Show your collecting pride with an exhibit

    Exhibiting a collection is the highest form of show-and-tell for someone who enjoys the stamp hobby. Developing an exhibit can help you become a more disciplined and informed collector.

  • rc5_1106
    Nov 6, 2000, 11:28 AM

    This is the place to start looking for stamps

    What's the one thing that every stamp collector wants?

  • rc4_1030_big
    Oct 30, 2000, 10:17 AM

    Airmail collecting can take you anywhere

    Eventually others saw the benefits of using airplanes to carry the mail, and it was only about a decade after the Wright brothers' experimental flights at Kitty Hawk, N.C., that airmail service became a reality.

  • rc1_1023_big
    Oct 23, 2000, 11:06 AM

    Small perforation varieties are worth notice

    One way to check for a perforation difference is to measure the distance between perforations on one stamp and compare it to the perforations on another.

  • rc3_1016_big
    Oct 16, 2000, 10:56 AM

    Save the whole sheet or collect the pieces

    Stamps today are almost always printed as large press sheets in continuous rolls, but most of the time no one sees them that way except for the stamp printer.

  • rc4_1009_big
    Oct 9, 2000, 10:43 AM

    Some countries let the stamp tell the story

    When the first postage stamps were issued in 1840, no rules had been established: Great Britain set a precedent when it decided to show its young Queen Victoria on the stamp now known as the Penny Black.

  • rc3_1002
    Oct 2, 2000, 10:33 AM

    Come to terms with the language of stamps

    In the pages of Linn's we try to explain important terms as they come up in news or feature stories, but it's not possible to explain every term because of the great amount of space that would require.

  • rc6_0925
    Sep 25, 2000, 10:11 AM

    There's no end to the varieties of booklets

    The booklet format, with small panes of stamps between thin cardboard covers, makes it convenient for postal customers to carry and store unused postage stamps. They remain clean and undamaged, even when carried in a pocket or purse.

  • rc6_0918
    Sep 18, 2000, 10:03 AM

    Back-of-the-book stamps have specific uses

    Most postage stamps are created for use as regular postage. The majority of regular postage stamps pay the most popular letter rates, while others may fulfill rates for postcards or other types of postage fees.

  • rc2_0911_big
    Sep 4, 2000, 09:56 AM

    Use your want list to find stamps you need

    There are thousands and thousands of different stamps out there, and remembering which ones you want to have to fill the empty spaces on your stamp album pages can be quite a task.

  • rc5_0904
    Sep 4, 2000, 09:47 AM

    These stamps are the legends of the hobby

    While some stamps are so common they seem to turn up in every collection and mixture, others are much harder to find.

  • rc2_0828
    Aug 28, 2000, 09:39 AM

    Societies help you learn about your hobby

    For example, there are topical stamp collectors, single-country collectors, postal history buffs, airmail collectors, meter stamp collectors, collectors of transit markings, revenue stamp collectors, souvenir card collectors, students of stamp design and collectors of precanceled stamps.

  • rc4_0821_big
    Aug 21, 2000, 09:23 AM

    Postal stationery: holograms, stamp imprints

    Stamped envelopes, postal cards and aerograms (or air letters) are collectively known as postal stationery.

  • rc5_0814
    Aug 14, 2000, 09:13 AM

    There's always something new in coil stamps

    In the United States nearly all coil stamps have straight edges at top and bottom and perforations or wavy-line die cuts on the left and right.

  • rc5_0807
    Aug 7, 2000, 08:57 AM

    Coil development led to collecting specialty

    Figure 1 shows four current United States issues in four different coil roll sizes, stacked one upon another in full rolls

  • rc4_20000731
    Jul 31, 2000, 12:47 PM

    Defining definitives and commemoratives

    These stamps illustrate how the subjects and designs of definitive stamps can vary. The Lincoln stamp typifies the depiction of national leaders or other prominent individuals on definitive stamps.

  • rc3_0724_big
    Jul 24, 2000, 12:42 PM

    Denominations figure into postal history

    There is even available a 55¢ Ohio Class Submarine stamp, Scott 3375, that was issued March 27 as part of the U.S. Navy Submarines prestige booklet containing 10 stamps with five different designs and denominations.

  • rc5_0717
    Jul 17, 2000, 12:35 PM

    Get more involved with the stamp hobby

    You can start your stamp collection by going to the post office and buying the most interesting stamps you see. If you live in the United States, that might be an issue such as the new 33¢ Legends of Baseball stamps that were placed on sale July 6. Putting new issues like these in an album or stock book is the next step in building a collection.

  • rc3_0710_big
    Jul 10, 2000, 12:29 PM

    Check watermarks to identify valuable stamps

    The watermark found in postage stamp paper can make a big difference in the process of properly identifying a stamp. Some postage stamp varieties occur when identical stamp designs are printed on different kinds of stamp paper.

  • rc1_0703
    Jul 3, 2000, 12:20 PM

    Postage dues can take many different forms

    To begin this process, the shortpaid item is marked in some way to identify it as postage due. Often, postage due stamps are used for this purpose, applied directly on the item to show the amount due.

  • rc4_0626
    Jun 26, 2000, 12:10 PM

    Souvenir sheets come in all shapes and sizes

    The designs of most commemorative stamps are developed with this aim in mind. Even a definitive (regular-issue) stamp, which generally remains on sale for a longer period, may show a past or present political ruler or some other prominent figure. Souvenir sheets take this commemoration one step further, by announcing or promoting a present-day event.

  • rc5_0619
    Jun 19, 2000, 12:02 PM

    Innovations range from particular to offbeat

    Even so, stamps that are printed and sold today have a number of innovations that make them much different from the world's first postage stamps.

  • rc7_0612
    Jun 12, 2000, 11:54 AM

    Revenue stamps present a dazzling selection

    A printed label would be affixed to the reverse of the document to cover the attaching bit of metal and prevent any tampering with the secured revenue stamp. This second label is known as a cypher stamp, for it was imprinted with the Royal cypher of the reigning British monarch.

  • rc5_0605
    Jun 5, 2000, 11:36 AM

    Most postage stamps have security features

    The early revenue stamps and postage stamps of the United States shared many characteristics with United States currency, from their portraits of honored statesmen to the fine line engraving used to create intricately detailed designs.

  • rc1_0528_big
    May 29, 2000, 11:04 AM

    Even stamp collectors need the right tools

    By their nature, stamps are fragile items. Because damage can reduce a stamp's value and desirability, collectors are always concerned about keeping their stamps safe and free from harm. A number of different stamp collecting tools help collectors preserve their stamps and handle them with minimal risk.

  • May 22, 2000, 10:55 AM

    Is it time to start your next stamp collection?

    Have you ever completed a stamp collection? Most collectors haven't. There always seem to be stamps so rare that you can't afford them, or covers that you can't find anywhere, or just so many stamps to collect that it would take forever to fill the pages of your stamp album or albums.

  • rc3_0515_big
    May 15, 2000, 10:49 AM

    International Reply Coupons are collectible

    International Reply Coupons have two uses for collectors of stamps and postal history. They can be saved as interesting collectible items, and they can be useful when conducting mail correspondence or transactions with people in other countries.

  • rc4_0508
    May 8, 2000, 17:25 PM

    Stamp hobby abbreviations can be decoded

    The stamp hobby has a language all its own. Collectors and stamp dealers regularly discuss their interests using terms that are quite unfamiliar to noncollectors. That language becomes even harder to comprehend when the terminology is abbreviated in print.

  • rc1_0501_big
    May 1, 2000, 10:38 AM

    Like stamps? You'll love stamps-on-stamps

    If you purchase and save the pane of 15 Celebrate the Century stamps shown in this issue of Linn's, that's 15 first-class letters that the United States Postal Service doesn't have to deliver, even though it was paid in full for the service.

  • rc1_0427_big
    Apr 27, 2000, 10:28 AM

    Se-tenant stamps are different designs united

    Some collectors question whether self-adhesive stamps, such as the Sonoran Desert issue, are technically se-tenant.

  • rc4_0417_big
    Apr 17, 2000, 10:13 AM

    United Nations opens up a world of collecting

    The stamps of the United Nations often feature designs that promote the world causes of peace and justice, international cooperation, environmental and health issues, assistance for developing countries, and similar concerns.

  • rc2_0410_big
    Apr 10, 2000, 10:06 AM

    Some collecting terms are used frequently

    Some press sheets are much larger than the Celebrate the Century issue, with as many as 240 stamps. Years ago press sheets of 400 stamps were quite common. Each large sheet would be divided into four panes of 100 stamps.

  • rc1_0403
    Apr 3, 2000, 09:58 AM

    Postal authorities offer special mail services

    Early U.S. Express Mail covers (envelopes) bearing postage stamps are great collectibles, and the stamps on these envelopes shouldn't be soaked off. Any special delivery and most early Express Mail covers should be saved intact to show how the service was actually used. A soaked-off stamp usually provides far less interesting information.

  • Mar 27, 2000, 08:49 AM

    Many sources exist to determine stamp values

    How do you know what you should pay for that stamp? Are you paying too much? A story on page 1 of last week's Linn's Stamp News (March 20) described how the next edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue will show an increase in the minimum retail value for any listed postage stamp.

  • rc4_0320
    Mar 20, 2000, 08:39 AM

    Stamp hinges aren't prefect, but they do help

    Other collectors have simply used the gum on the stamp to stick the stamp to the page. That's not a good idea, either.

  • Mar 6, 2000, 09:20 AM

    Let's play "Who Wants to Be Philatelist"

    Each night, 10 contestants vie for a chance in the hot seat, where program host Regis Philbin asks general knowledge questions of increasing difficulty. Each question has four possible answers, only one of which is correct.

  • rc4_0228
    Feb 28, 2000, 18:13 PM

    Handle and store your collection with care

    There are really two important reasons why collectors go to great lengths to keep their stamps and covers in the best condition possible.

  • rc3_0221
    Feb 21, 2000, 17:44 PM

    At the auction, you get to name your price

    Stamp auctions provide collectors (and dealers) with an opportunity to set their own prices when they purchase stamps or covers.

  • Feb 14, 2000, 17:39 PM

    Frequently asked questions and answers

    Where is this stamp from? When was it issued? How much is it worth? It doesn't take long for the collector to find references that help him answer such basic questions on his own.

  • rc3_0207
    Feb 7, 2000, 17:36 PM

    Stamps of Lundy pay for local post service

    Although most of us take daily postal service for granted, there are some areas of the world where this type of convenience does not exist.

  • rc4_0131
    Jan 31, 2000, 17:32 PM

    Variable-denomination stamps used worldwide

    Postal customers in the United States are accustomed to vending machines in post office lobbies that offer postage stamps in coils, booklets or small glassine packages.

  • rc1_0117
    Jan 17, 2000, 17:28 PM

    Sets and series are tailor-made for collecting

    Stamps issued in sets and in series appeal to many collectors for a variety of different reasons.

  • rc1_0110_big
    Jan 10, 2000, 17:21 PM

    Chances are you're already a philatelist

    Is there a big difference between a stamp collector and a philatelist?

  • Jan 3, 2000, 17:11 PM

    New millennium resolutions, one year early

    As a writer and editor I try to use words properly, so I won't call this new year the start of a new millennium.

  • Jan 1, 2000, 13:53 PM

    What are souvenir cards?

    Privately made souvenir cards have been known for decades. They can be of postcard size or larger. Many bear a stamp or group of stamps.

  • Jan 1, 2000, 13:52 PM

    What is a postmark?

    If you are a postal history collector, postmarks will be more important to you than the stamps themselves. Even for the collector of used stamps only, some postmarks are more desirable than others.

  • Jan 1, 2000, 13:50 PM

    What is postal stationery?

    The term, "postal stationery," refers to all types of forms and stationery issued by governments for either public or official government use.

  • Jan 1, 2000, 13:46 PM

    What are essays and proofs?

    Essays are designs for stamp vignettes, stamp borders, or both combined, that were never approved and used in the final printing of a stamp.

  • news4d
    Jan 1, 2000, 13:43 PM

    European travel guide: Travel good for mind, soul, stamp collection

    Together with impressive monuments and mansions, parks and palaces, squares and boulevards, my voyages of discovery have taken me to stamp markets, postal museums and historic post office buildings across the European continent.

  • Jan 1, 2000, 13:36 PM

    How to order stamps

    Mail orders for mint stamps, uncut press sheets, postal stationery, and the Postal Service's uncacheted first-day covers (FDCs) should be sent to Stamp Fulfillment Services

  • Jan 1, 2000, 13:34 PM

    How to order first-day cancels, stamps and first-day covers

    The grace period for collectors to send covers for first-day cancels ends 30 days after a stamp's issue date, unless stated otherwise in the listing.

  • Jan 1, 2000, 13:27 PM

    What to do when you inherit a stamp collection

    You've recently inherited a stamp collection. The only thing you know stamps are good for is sticking them on an envelope that's to be mailed. What do you do with this collection of stamps?

  • rc4_0719
    Jan 1, 2000, 13:25 PM

    How to get started in stamp collecting

    If you've never collected stamps before, you'll find that you have a lot of interesting choices to consider. The following paragraphs discuss the basic choices we all face.