Postal Updates

November 23, 2017 08:30 AM

Disappearing blue collection mailboxes; routine density tests performed

The Postal Service’s curbside blue collection boxes around the neighborhoods are dropping like flies.

World Stamps

November 22, 2017 06:00 PM

Switzerland adds an extra dimension to its Christmas Carols stamps

Swiss Post is taking the Christmas stamp craze one step further by letting you hear the actual carols. The four stamps were issued Nov. 15.

US Stamps

November 22, 2017 11:00 AM

A tale of a water-logged Priority Mail cover with a happy ending

More often than not, both the cover and the contents suffer. Such was the case for a partially water-logged Priority Mail flat I received in mid-October.


November 22, 2017 11:59 AM

Rumsey’s Dec. 13-14 auctions offering U.S. classics and more, including Civil War-era stamps, covers

The offerings in the first sale include a large package front franked with the United States 1860 90¢ blue George Washington (Scott 39).

Postal Updates

November 22, 2017 10:43 AM

The Jenny Invert distribution saga continues: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, the USPS shared some news regarding some forms that will phase out starting in 2018.


November 22, 2017 08:50 AM

United Airlines and Boeing 747 aircraft: reminiscing via a first-flight cover

The envelope’s cachet features a line drawing of the jet, and a map showing New York and London.

Postal Updates

November 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Postal Service blamed for late ballot delivery in Virginia election

Election officials across the state declined to process many absentee ballots that were delivered after the polls closed.

US Stamps

November 22, 2017 07:46 AM

Butterfly or no butterfly: USPS is not telling

While all of the other stamps announced by the Postal Service for 2017 have been issued, the California Dogface Butterfly stamp has not.

Postal Updates

November 21, 2017 06:00 PM

Four postal forms to be phased out starting in January

Some post offices have already implemented the changes, and others still have some of the forms readily available in some lobbies.

World Stamps

November 21, 2017 04:30 PM

With collectors, these colonial stamps will simply never go out of style

The set is a good buy at the Scott Standard catalog values, especially in mint never-hinged condition and very fine grade.

World Stamps

November 21, 2017 10:32 AM

Royal Mail honors 70th wedding anniversary on souvenir sheet

The six stamps in the souvenir sheet are arranged in three se-tenant (side-by-side) pairs, with each pair including a first-class stamp and a £1.57 stamp.

World Stamps

November 20, 2017 09:55 AM

Washing machine and new postal emblem on Slovenia’s stamps

Two of the stamps showing food are part of the Gastronomy series. The other stamp is the first in a new series called Slovenes in the World.

World Stamps

November 17, 2017 03:00 PM

St. Thomas and Prince Islands stamps: Inside Linn's

Also in this issue is a feature on stamp mixtures and a column looking at how Canada commemorates disasters.

Postal Updates

November 17, 2017 12:15 AM

New details revealed about upright Jenny Invert distribution

When the inspector general staff came to Kansas City, they conducted an inventory of the upright Jenny Invert panes and found 22 were still at the facility.

US Stamps

November 17, 2017 09:32 AM

Breaking down Christmas seals: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, the USPS said its controllable loss for the year was $814 million, compared to $610 million in fiscal 2016.


November 17, 2017 09:00 AM

InterAsia auctions to conduct eight sales Dec. 4-7 offering classic and modern Asia treasures

The greatest rarity of the entire sale is the unissued 1967 stamp marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Jing Gangshan Revolutionary Base.


November 16, 2017 07:00 PM

Spink USA offers important rarities from Brazil, Russia in Dec. 6-7 auctions

The first of the two specialized Spink USA auctions offers Inclinados stamps of Brazil, including rarities on Bull's Eye paper.

US Stamps

November 16, 2017 03:30 PM

Readers, what do you think Columbus saw?

Both winners will receive Linn’s Stamp Identifier published by Amos Media Co., or a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension).

US Stamps

November 16, 2017 11:45 AM

Early Christmas card in an envelope was sent in December 1882

The card is not signed by the printer or artist, but with its silk decoration around the outside and multicolor printing, it must have cost a pretty penny.

US Stamps

November 15, 2017 02:45 PM

Life as contemplated via postage stamps

Patton struggled with thoughts of suicide, but it was the stamp that pulled her away from those thoughts.