• retro-german-letter
    Apr 28, 2016, 05:41 AM

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

    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-colored-paper-united-states-nassau-hall-princeton
    Apr 14, 2016, 07:07 AM

    Stamps printed on colored papers can be intriguing to collect

    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.

  • unknown-egyptian-sphinx-stamp
    Apr 1, 2016, 11:17 AM

    Nameless stamps of the Americas and Africa

    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.

  • by-topic-canada-black-history-month
    Apr 1, 2016, 04:00 AM

    By Topic - April 2016

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the April 18, 2016, Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

  • queen-maria-ii-1853
    Mar 18, 2016, 12:50 PM

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

    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.

  • stamp-collecting-basics-1948-north-korea
    Mar 4, 2016, 06:24 AM

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

    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?”

  • by-topic-ghana-stamp-downtown-abbey
    Mar 4, 2016, 03:00 AM

    By Topic - March 2016

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the March 21, 2016, Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

  • canada-post-national-hockey-league-goalie-stamps-2015
    Feb 29, 2016, 07:00 AM

    2015 Canada Stamp Program

    The 2015 Canada Stamp Program contains up-to-date information about stamps and postal stationery from Canada Post.

  • united-nations-70-anniversary-headquarters
    Feb 29, 2016, 06:45 AM

    2015 U.N. Stamp Program

    The 2015 U.N. Stamp Program contains information about all of the United Nations Postal Administration products released during 2015, including those honoring World Poetry Day and Endangered Species.

  • stamp-collecting-basics-reference-book-se-tenant-tete-beche
    Feb 21, 2016, 03:00 AM

    A personalized reference manual can be a beneficial problem-solver

    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.

  • by-topics-tristan-alice-in-wonderland
    Jan 29, 2016, 03:30 AM

    By Topic - February 2016

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the February 15, 2016 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

  • stamp-collecting-basics-free-google-telegraphs
    Jan 14, 2016, 16:53 PM

    Still more free stuff for stamp collectors, from online sources

    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.

  • scott-cover-shot-cost-sheets
    Dec 31, 2015, 06:46 AM

    Scott Worldwide Stamp Cost

    The Scott Worldwide Stamp Cost chart tracks the face value and catalog value for stamps of the world from 2002 to 2014. Click on a year to see the data for that year.

  • belgium-balloon-stamp-january-2016-by-topic
    Dec 30, 2015, 04:39 AM

    By Topic - January 2016

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Jan. 18, 2016 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

  • valentines-plain-card-flower
    Dec 29, 2015, 16:15 PM

    Love travels by mail for Valentine’s Day

    The origins of valentines allegedly lie in the late Middle Ages, in the form of handwritten romantic poems exchanged by lovers.

  • blog-linns-world-stamp-show-ny-2016
    Dec 15, 2015, 06:00 AM

    2015 U.S. Stamp Program

    The 2015 U.S. Stamp Program contains information about all of the U.S. Postal Service products released during 2015, including those honoring the Battle of New Orleans and Robert Robinson Taylor.

  • austria-leather-crystals-lederhosen-stamp-2015
    Dec 5, 2015, 13:54 PM

    By Topic - December 2015

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Nov. 16, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

  • united-states-paul-newman-stamp-november-2015-by-topic
    Nov 2, 2015, 12:17 PM

    By Topic - November 2015

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Nov. 16, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

  • united-states-spectrum-eagle-coil-stamps-2015
    Oct 2, 2015, 11:05 AM

    By Topic - October 2015

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Oct. 19, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.

  • Sep 8, 2015, 06:43 AM

    By Topic - September 2015

    The new stamp-issue listings from the Scott New Issues Update in the Sept. 21, 2015 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Edition fall into the following popular topical collecting areas.