To collect Martinique, begin and end with the stamps of France: Stamp Collecting Basics

August 21, 2016 02:00 PM

Martinique is a small island in the Eastern Caribbean, within the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles.


Looking at the affordable stamps of an overlooked dead country: Stamp Collecting Basics

August 15, 2016 08:00 PM

There are many stamp-issuing countries that no longer exist. Some of these so-called “dead countries” are so obscure that they get overlooked and bypassed by many collectors.


The Virgin Islands: an explorer, a legend, and many beautiful stamps

July 15, 2016 07:00 PM

The use of British stamps in the Virgin Islands lasted until 1860, and the first Virgin Islands stamps were issued in 1866. These first stamps had images recalling the history of the islands’ name.


Getting lost in a Romanian souvenir sheet is a history lesson: Stamp Collecting Basics

June 30, 2016 03:44 PM

The stamps on a 1937 souvenir sheet seemed to provide more questions than answers. A study of related Romanian issues led to a better understanding of that country’s turbulent history.


Eureka! Finding stamps with curious overprints: Stamp Collecting Basics

June 14, 2016 09:08 AM

It is kind of amazing how one little stamp can incite a collector to go off on not just one but several tangents. Here is a good example.


‘Exotic’ is in the eye, and the albums, of each collector: Stamp Collecting Basics

June 02, 2016 08:40 PM

Let’s face it: Some of the stamps in our albums are mundane in appearance and others are breathtaking. But how many people have been converted to the stamp-collecting hobby simply because of the image of an exotic stamp?


United States territorial history and stamps make an interesting study: Stamp Collecting Basics

May 20, 2016 09:05 AM

Often during “man on the street” interviews, when the questions pertain to geography, the person is likely to be clueless. Not if they're a philatelist.


Difficult covers fun to collect, challenge to decipher: Stamp Collecting Basics

April 28, 2016 08:41 AM

Collecting covers as postal history is a lot of fun, and it also can be quite challenging. The fun of covers, especially difficult ones, is in working out where they went, how they got there and why.


Stamps printed on colored papers can be intriguing to collect

April 14, 2016 11:07 AM

If you have been collecting stamps for a while, you will have noticed that most of them are printed on white paper. Every once in a while, however, you might find a stamp that seems to have been printed on colored paper, and this makes it stand out among the other stamps that live in your stamp albums.


Nameless stamps of the Americas and Africa

April 01, 2016 02:17 PM

Examples of stamps from Europe and Asia that do not have country names were addressed in previous Stamp Collecting Basics columns (March 21 and April 4 issues of Linn’s). Fewer stamps were issued without a country name from the Americas and Africa, and these two continents will be discussed in this column, beginning with the stamp in the first illustration.


Stamps without a country name present a special identity challenge: Stamp Collecting Basics

March 18, 2016 03:50 PM

It’s surprising how many of the world’s postal administrations have issued stamps without the country’s name. So many, in fact, that it is taking more than one of these columns to cover all of them.


Identifying Asian stamps if you don’t know the language: Stamp Collecting Basics

March 04, 2016 11:24 AM

Stamps printed without a country name, especially from countries using a different alphabet than ours, present a definite challenge for stamp collectors. Having a stamp identifier book nearby is helpful. Linn’s Stamp Identifier is extraordinarily useful, though even with that handy reference it sometimes can take a while to be able to answer the question, “Where is this stamp from?”


A personalized reference manual can be a beneficial problem-solver

February 21, 2016 07:00 AM

It may not take long for a new stamp collector to become discouraged both with stamp-collecting terminology (often a language all its own) and stamps that are difficult to identify. Let’s face it: It isn’t always easy for longtime collectors, either.


Still more free stuff for stamp collectors, from online sources

January 14, 2016 09:53 PM

In Linn’s issue of Jan. 4, a number of free resources for stamp collectors were presented in this column, and that theme will be continued here.
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