insightsGetting lost in a Romanian souvenir sheet is a history lesson: Stamp Collecting Basics
June 30, 2016 03:44 PMThe 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.
insights‘Exotic’ is in the eye, and the albums, of each collector: Stamp Collecting Basics
June 02, 2016 08:40 PMLet’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?
newsDifficult covers fun to collect, challenge to decipher: Stamp Collecting Basics
April 28, 2016 08:41 AMCollecting 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.
insightsStamps printed on colored papers can be intriguing to collect
April 14, 2016 11:07 AMIf 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.
newsNameless stamps of the Americas and Africa
April 01, 2016 02:17 PMExamples 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.
newsStamps without a country name present a special identity challenge: Stamp Collecting Basics
March 18, 2016 03:50 PMIt’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.
newsIdentifying Asian stamps if you don’t know the language: Stamp Collecting Basics
March 04, 2016 11:24 AMStamps 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?”
newsA personalized reference manual can be a beneficial problem-solver
February 21, 2016 07:00 AMIt 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.