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 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.

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.

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 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).

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.

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.

November 15, 2017 12:15 AM

Holiday issues, convertible booklet panes assigned Scott catalog numbers

Among the issues receiving new Scott catalog numbers are four stamps that depict Ezra Jack Keats’ classic children’s book, The Snowy Day.

November 15, 2017 10:09 AM

Back-of-the-book issues are always suitable for any collection

This stamp is a good buy in all grades very fine or better at the Scott catalog values.

November 14, 2017 03:20 PM

APS/APRL Nov. 14 joint board meeting: staff updates, budget, more

The meeting lasted slightly less than one hour and included farewells to APS expertizing director Mercer Bristow and librarian Tara Murray.

November 13, 2017 02:00 PM

Christmas seal collecting goes beyond obtaining each year’s single seal

In the early years, the different design types can be traced back to the fact that multiple printers were needed to produce seals for national distribution.

November 10, 2017 01:35 PM

What exactly are Christmas seals?

Also included on the inside of the flyer are statistics that show the decline in deaths from tuberculous from 1904.

November 10, 2017 11:44 AM

Flawed stamps for the taking: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, we see some refreshing creativity from the Nat'l Postal Museum in regards to a recent exhibit.

November 06, 2017 10:09 AM

Creativity at the Postal Museum

Who doesn’t enjoy a beautiful work of art? For stamp collectors it’s easy to enjoy multiple works through our hobby.

November 06, 2017 09:00 AM

2018 Scott Classic Specialized catalog now available

Special thanks also go to our many advisors who offer improvements each year to make this catalog an invaluable reference for collectors.

November 02, 2017 05:30 PM

Nov. 3 Jeopardy! clue to feature stamp

Jeopardy! fans should find a philatelic clue in the Nov. 3 episode, according to a recent message from the United States Postal Service.

November 02, 2017 04:00 PM

Collecting flawed stamps is an ideal way to start collecting

Poor relations of stampdom need a home, too. We can’t all afford the most pristine of examples for our albums.

November 02, 2017 08:45 AM

Becoming a philatelic expert: Are you ready?

Experts are students, and handling both the genuine and the falsified material that others send in forces the expert to dig deep into his or her knowledge base.

November 02, 2017 09:40 AM

USPS reveals Alzheimer's semipostal design, issue date

The United States Postal Service will issue the Alzheimer's semipostal stamp Nov. 30 with a ceremony at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

November 01, 2017 11:40 AM

United States, China collide on handsome 12¢ claret-brown Benjamin Franklin stamp

While many intermediate-level collectors have concluded their regular postage collections up to the point that they can afford, they are still working on the back-of-the-book-issues.