insightsSanta Claus by any other name is still a great stamp subject
December 24, 2012 09:43 AMThe famous man is known in the United States as "Santa Claus," but he goes by many names, depending on where you are in the world. His image has appeared on thousands of stamps from many different countries.
insightsThe story of Thanksgiving comes to life on postage stamps
November 26, 2012 09:58 AMThanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. You gather the family, eat too much, watch football and fall asleep. But there is more to Thanksgiving than that, and maybe some of what it was designed to do for all of us has been lost in the food and football.
insightsAppreciate the beautiful detail of recess-printed postage stamps
November 12, 2012 10:06 AMWhen asked to name a favorite stamp, many stamp collectors will select one that was recess printed. Recess printing goes by a lot of names: engraved, intaglio, line engraving, dry point, etched or gravure. These terms all refer to the initial process used to create the printing plates.
insightsBeware of scary stamps that could be lurking in your collection
October 22, 2012 10:18 AMAs Halloween approaches, we become more aware of spooky things.
insightsRussia's vast stamp output illustrates its turbulent history
October 08, 2012 10:30 AMSometimes it is fun to grab an album or stock book and just thumb through it, admiring the stamps as you go along. Some of the stamps will trigger a memory; others might make you wonder why the stamp was issued or what it depicts.
insightsMissionary mail, recent stamps document life in exotic places
August 27, 2012 11:02 AMPeople who traveled the world and lived in exotic places generated some of the most interesting covers that today reside in our collections. Sailors, military, adventurers and, yes, missionaries have made tremendous contributions to our stamp and cover collections.
insightsHow developing business technology impacted mail and stamps
August 13, 2012 11:15 AMToday's business is based in bits, bytes, web sites and e-mails. I certainly receive far more e-mails on a daily basis than I ever received letters delivered to my home by a smiling, sometimes freezing and sometimes sweltering mail carrier.
insightsPuzzling over paper? Make a reference collection of paper types
May 14, 2012 12:12 AMPostage stamps have been printed on a variety of nontraditional media including steel, plastic, fabric, wood, cork and others. However, most stamps have been printed on paper, and that is where it gets complicated.
insightsWhat's the difference between dry printing and wet printing?
April 23, 2012 12:21 AMIn the routine of mounting stamps in an album or seeking information in a catalog, stamp collectors unearth terminology that may seem puzzling. Two such terms, wet printing and dry printing, are the subject of this Refresher Course column, suggested by Linn's reader Bill Stahl.
insightsWhat's wrong with my stamp? Condition is key for a collection
April 09, 2012 01:10 PMThe March 26 Refresher Course addressed condition problems that affect the appearance, and therefore the value of a stamp. That article described and illustrated aspects of condition that impact color, perforations and paper, but there are other condition factors to watch for when acquiring stamps for your collection.
insightsHow many words can dance on the face of a postage stamp?
March 12, 2012 01:43 PMSometimes it seems as though stamp designers have taken a page from those postcard contests of bygone days. It is easy to find stamps that seem to be vying for the top prize in a "most words on a stamp" contest.
insightsTake the time to put stamps in the right space in your album
February 27, 2012 01:51 PMPrinted stamp albums and stamp catalogs sometimes include wording that can stop a collector in his tracks. I had just such an experience recently when I was mounting some North Borneo stamps in my album.
insightsGeographic journeys through different worldwide stamps
February 13, 2012 02:00 PMStamp collectors have a distinct advantage when questions of geography arise. I remember receiving a phone call from my father in 1982 asking me where the Falkland Islands were located. Great Britain and Argentina had just gone to war over ownership of the islands, and that war was making the news.
insightsThe many different ways of collecting and saving postmarks
January 23, 2012 02:13 PMEach new calendar reminds me of one of my fun stamp collections that is actually mounted in a desk calendar. It is a postmark collection, and the object of it is to find a stamp with a clear dated postmark that represents every day on the calendar.
insightsCollecting a long stamp series can be challenging — and fun
January 09, 2012 02:23 PMThe first of such stamps that may spring to mind is the ubiquitous Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II definitives known as the Machins. The queen's portrait on these stamps shows a sculpture by artist Arnold Machin.