• us-2001-statue-of-liberty-stamp
    Dec 31, 2001, 21:37 PM

    2001 U.S. Stamp Program

    Jan. 7, Federal Eagle. Six 34¢ stamped envelopes, No. 6¾ and No. 10 sizes, and No. 9 security; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's, Jan. 8, page 21; USPS item No. 268140 (No. 6¾ at 42¢), 268161 (FDC at 52¢), 268440 (No. 6¾ window), 268461 (FDC), 217640 (No. 10), 217661 (FDC), 218140 (No. 10 window), 218161 (FDC), 213840 (No. 9), 213861 (FDC), 213940 (No. 9 window), 213961 (FDC); Scott U646.

  • united-nations-2001-climate-change-stamp
    Dec 31, 2001, 11:40 AM

    2001 U.N. Stamp Program

    The 2001 U.N. Stamp Program contains information about all of the U.N. products released during 2001, including those honoringJapan and Dag Hammarskjold.

  • Dec 31, 2001, 11:28 AM

    Nondenominated stamps have values too

    Once a rate change plan is reviewed, the Postal Service may choose to put the new rate into effect very quickly. Therefore, it prints hundreds of millions of nondenominated stamps well in advance that it can sell at the new rate as soon as it goes into effect.

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    Dec 31, 2001, 11:23 AM

    2001 Canada Stamp Program

    The 2002 Canada Stamp Program contains information about all of the Canadian Postal Service products released during 2001 including those honoring Birds and NHL All-Stars

  • rc7_1224
    Dec 24, 2001, 11:07 AM

    Postal codes speed mail around the world

    An experimental postal zoning system had been tried in some U.S. cities even before May 4, 1943, at which time 178 of the largest urban areas received a one- or two-digit number, to be placed after the city name and indicating the postal delivery district.

  • rc5_1217
    Dec 17, 2001, 10:54 AM

    Understanding basic stamp terms important

    Other terminology related to stamp production, covers (used envelopes) and collecting will be addressed in future columns.

  • rc4_1210_big
    Dec 10, 2001, 10:43 AM

    Catalog options for the whole wide world

    Catalogs for non-U.S. postage stamps break down into two broad categories: general and specialized. General catalogs are usually published as part of a set that attempts to cover the whole world.

  • rc9_1203_big
    Dec 3, 2001, 10:02 AM

    Christmas customs and legends on stamps

    In some years, mailers in the United States, Canada and Mexico have inspired designs to choose from, but for the most part, the holiday stamps are more functional than they are beautiful.

  • rc9_1126
    Nov 26, 2001, 12:14 PM

    Marginal markings: Collecting on the edge

    Which person probably is the stamp collector? Yes, that's my guess too: the person who treats the margin paper, or selvage, as part of the stamp rather than as waste paper.

  • rc6_1119_big
    Nov 19, 2001, 11:43 AM

    Self-serviced covers are a satisfying option

    There are only a few basic rules to remember, but after a few tries they'll become second nature. First, you must consider the envelope you are using. Or you may use a postcard or something else entirely.

  • rc4_1112_big
    Nov 12, 2001, 11:27 AM

    Stamp catalog options for U.S. collectors

    The stamp collector's most basic tool is a stamp catalog. Indeed, ownership of or ready access to a catalog may be the dividing line between the tens of thousands of stamp collectors in the United States and the purported millions of stamp accumulators.

  • rc7_1105_big
    Nov 5, 2001, 10:59 AM

    Listen to the stories that your covers tell

    A glance at the front and back of an envelope, called a cover by stamp collectors, gives a collector a lot of information very quickly.

  • rc9_1029
    Oct 29, 2001, 09:37 AM

    The CIS is not the USSR with a new name

    While many collectors might not have particularly cared for the Soviet Union, its politics, its culture or its postage stamps, they had grown accustomed to it.

  • rc4_1022
    Oct 22, 2001, 10:20 AM

    U.S. Official Mail stamps: officially gone?

    Nothing is more official in the United States than the federal government. Official Mail stamps were developed in the 19th century as a means of accounting for postage on mail sent by various federal departments.

  • rc4_1015
    Oct 15, 2001, 09:53 AM

    Stamp information available from many sources

    Some other sources of stamp information include catalogs, societies, literature, postal authorities, dealers, auction catalogs, exhibitions and the Internet.

  • rc9_1008
    Oct 8, 2001, 17:28 PM

    Revenue or postage stamp, or a bit of both?

    What do you get when you cross a revenue stamp with a postage stamp? You get a postal tax stamp. Postal tax stamps have a low profile among collectors in the United States, probably at least partially because there are no U.S. postal tax stamps.

  • rc3_1001
    Oct 1, 2001, 12:12 PM

    How to build a basic stamp reference library

    Many a collector makes the mistake of not factoring into the annual stamp budget the purchase of a few vital catalogs and reference works.

  • rc6_0924
    Sep 24, 2001, 11:49 AM

    Collecting perfinned stamps: the hole story

    Depending on the source you check, the word "perfin" is an abbreviation either for "perforated initials" or "perforated insignia."

  • rc7_0917_big
    Sep 17, 2001, 11:30 AM

    FDCs offer endless collecting possibilities

    A first-day cover for the 34¢ Honoring Veterans stamp is shown in Figure 1. The stamp was issued May 23, 2001. The envelope is decorated with a block of four 33¢ Distinguished Soldiers stamps. Note the four-line "First Day of Issue" cancel, the typical wording and design since 1978.

  • rc7_0910
    Sep 10, 2001, 11:16 AM

    Bane or boon: semipostal stamps and you

    L.N. Williams in Fundamentals of Philately says of semipostals, ". . . the charge in excess of postage is devoted to a named charity or relief."

  • rc2_0903
    Sep 3, 2001, 11:04 AM

    What stamps to buy and where to buy them

    Where and how you should buy stamps depends on the type of collection you are building and how far along you are in the process.

  • rc7_0827
    Aug 27, 2001, 10:31 AM

    Foreign words spice up stamp collecting

    The foreign words may describe or express something that has no simple equivalent in the English language.

  • rc5_0820
    Aug 20, 2001, 10:16 AM

    APS summer seminar serves up fun and camaraderie

    Each student was provided with a 3-ring binder filled with numerous helpful articles and pictures geared to the course topics. More importantly, many of the topics allowed for hands-on practice.

  • rc8_0813
    Aug 13, 2001, 09:41 AM

    Errors versus erros, freaks and oddities

    The lively discussion among EFO specialists continues, as the cover articles of the past two issues of The EFO Collector show.

  • rc5_0806
    Aug 6, 2001, 09:21 AM

    Working a mixture: inexpensive, fun collecting

    Mixtures are also the best place to find recent postally used commemorative stamps, used United States plate number coils and a host of stamps with flaws and varieties that would be difficult to acquire in any other way.

  • rc9_0730_big
    Jul 30, 2001, 18:10 PM

    Take another, closer look at these stamps

    Sometimes looking at a stamp closely can reveal more of the design than is readily apparent.

  • rc7_0723
    Jul 23, 2001, 18:03 PM

    Use hinges or mounts to suit your needs

    Stamp collecting is an unusual hobby in many ways. Perhaps what is most unusual is how collectors keep mint stamps in order — the way that seems most obvious is also the absolute worst way.

  • rc6_0716
    Jul 16, 2001, 17:53 PM

    Short rate periods sometimes yield treasures

    For lovers of French wine, 1959 was a very good year. For collectors of United States postal history, 1981 was a good year, and 2001 may be another one.

  • rc6_0709
    Jul 9, 2001, 17:48 PM

    Fun, knowledge can be yours at a stamp show

    The June 11 Refresher Course provided some useful tips for preparing to attend a stamp show. But the real fun and excitement awaits you at the show, so this week's column provides advice for what to do once you get to there.

  • rc8_0702
    Jul 2, 2001, 17:44 PM

    U.S. postal history 101: the fabulous firsts

    The mantra of many so-called serious collectors is, "In order to be a serious collector, you must collect postal history." Casual collectors may or may not choose to agree.

  • rc4_0625_big
    Jun 25, 2001, 17:37 PM

    ATA study units represent variety of topics

    The Refresher Course in the March 26 Linn's, was titled "Pick your favorite topic and start collecting." However, sometimes selecting a topic can be a daunting task — there are so many subjects to choose from.

  • rc5_0618_big
    Jun 18, 2001, 17:32 PM

    Postal souvenirs evoke slower, simpler time

    In the days before full postal automation, it was possible to send many objects through the mail that would not be permitted today because of their odd shapes and sizes.

  • rc6_0611
    Jun 11, 2001, 17:27 PM

    Take more than yourself to a stamp show

    These days, there are numerous ways for a collector to acquire stamps, covers and other related items for his collection.

  • rc7_0604_big
    Jun 4, 2001, 17:23 PM

    What makes a cover worth what it's worth?

    Demand makes a cover worth what it's worth. A collector willing to pay cold, hard cash for a cover (rather than for some other toy) is what makes the marketplace work.

  • rc8_0528
    May 28, 2001, 17:16 PM

    Much information found in Scott catalogs

    Scott Publishing Co. recently announced (Linn's, May 7, page 8) the new Vol. 1 of the 2002 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog.

  • rc8_0521
    May 21, 2001, 17:11 PM

    Ads on postal items appear in many forms

    The United States Postal Service recently revised the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee guidelines regarding the use of advertising on stamps.

  • rc7_0514
    May 14, 2001, 17:04 PM

    Spend a relaxing afternoon soaking stamps

    What is your earliest recollection as a stamp collector? If you're like me, it probably relates to the time-honored tradition of soaking used stamps from envelope paper.

  • rc7_0507
    May 7, 2001, 16:59 PM

    Typography means printing stamps by relief

    When it is used to describe a method of printing, the word "typography" is peculiar to stamp collecting.

  • rc1_0430_big
    Apr 30, 2001, 17:48 PM

    Do you know the important parts of a cover?

    The word "cover" refers to an envelope, postal card or similar item that has been mailed or that bears a postal marking or postal imprint.

  • rc5_0423_big
    Apr 23, 2001, 17:45 PM

    Covers from the U.S. stamp glut of 1948

    In last week's Refresher Course, I told how the United States Post Office Department created a stamp glut in 1948 by issuing 30 stamps

  • rc3_0416_big
    Apr 16, 2001, 17:40 PM

    1948 U.S. stamp politics: no gluts, no glory

    Stamp gluts fascinate me. They occur when more stamps are issued than collectors can absorb.

  • rc6_0409
    Apr 9, 2001, 17:32 PM

    Selvage can bring knowledge and value

    Stamps sometimes come with attachments that can often reveal clues about their origins and, in some cases, enhance their value.

  • rc4_0402_big
    Apr 2, 2001, 17:27 PM

    Blank pages can fulfill your collecting dreams

    The blank page has a long tradition of evoking terror in the hearts of many stamp collectors.

  • rc5_0326_big
    Mar 26, 2001, 17:23 PM

    Pick your favorite topic and start collecting

    When you decide to build a topical collection of stamps, you may find that you're heading into uncharted territory.

  • rc3_0319
    Mar 19, 2001, 17:19 PM

    International agreements create joint issues

    A story on page 1 of this issue of Linn's Stamp News tells of a new joint stamp issue from the United States and Sweden to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first awarding of the Nobel Prizes.

  • rc4_0312_big
    Mar 12, 2001, 17:15 PM

    Stamp hobby is alive among dead countries

    Centuries ago an unknown philosopher counseled, "De mortuis nil nisi bonum," which roughly translates as "Never speak ill of the dead."

  • rc4_0305
    Mar 5, 2001, 17:11 PM

    Self-adhesives belong in your mint collection

    In recent years the use of self-adhesive postage stamps has increased significantly.

  • rc4_0226
    Feb 26, 2001, 15:29 PM

    You can enjoy the stamps you can't afford

    Only a privileged few stamp collectors can add the rarest stamps in the world to their collections.

  • rc5_0219
    Feb 19, 2001, 15:23 PM

    Modern covers and stamps are always vital

    What arrives in your mail today may be the showpiece of an award-winning postal history exhibit someday.

  • rc4_0212_big
    Feb 12, 2001, 15:13 PM

    Here's what you can collect instead of stamps

    Several months ago I attended a stamp show in New York City and visited a well-known stamp collector at his home.

  • rc6_0205
    Feb 5, 2001, 15:08 PM

    Stamps, the hobby that offers you the world

    How many fun hobbies can you think of that have existed for more than 150 years?

  • rc5_0129
    Jan 29, 2001, 15:01 PM

    Three little words can make a big difference

    At one time or another everyone has seen a parcel or box marked "HANDLE WITH CARE" in bold red letters.

  • rc5_0122_big
    Jan 22, 2001, 14:56 PM

    Different formats suit different collectors

    How many ways can there be to make and sell postage stamps? The answer is probably more than you think.

  • rc3_0115_big
    Jan 15, 2001, 14:50 PM

    Save money while building your collection

    It's easy to spend a lot of money on your stamp collection. The costs of collecting often depend upon the choices you make.

  • rc3_0108_big
    Jan 8, 2001, 14:46 PM

    Stamp hobby souvenirs are saved, enjoyed

    Everyone knows that stamp collectors collect postage stamps, but most of them don't stop there.

  • rc5_0101
    Jan 1, 2001, 14:38 PM

    Hail to the chiefs in your stamp collection

    United States presidents have appeared with great regularity on stamps and souvenir covers, not only from the United States but also from many other countries around the world.