How to provide some personal flair to your mail

August 31, 2015 03:35 PM

Perry Nelson and Molly Wigand, two authority figures in the world of greeting cards, were tapped by the United States Postal Service to teach visitors how to best sentimentilize their stamps and post cards.


Possibility of renaming Confederate Stamp Alliance meets resistance

August 31, 2015 10:15 AM

A slate of four Confederate stamp collectors hopes to upset plans to rename the Confederate Stamp Alliance when the 78-year-old group holds its midyear meeting in Asheville, N.C., Oct. 9-10. The four are troubled by plans being considered by the CSA’s current officers to possibly rename the organization and make other changes that could including removing the Confederate battle flag from the group’s stationery.


New Paul Newman stamp honors the actor’s philanthropic endeavors

August 31, 2015 07:15 AM

Paul Newman seems like a natural choice for the United States Postal Service’s Legends of Hollywood commemorative series, but the new forever stamp honoring the late film star is not a Legends of Hollywood issue.


Baby Boomers and Millennials: Can the hobby attract both generations?

August 28, 2015 01:15 PM

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds share ideas …,” and Linn’s is fortunate to have thoughtful leaders of the stamp hobby on its Editorial Advisory Board. Board members participated in a lively discussion of “The State of the Stamp Hobby” Aug. 21 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Postal Service to issue new variety of Spectrum Eagle coil stamps Sept. 2

August 28, 2015 12:30 AM

The United States Postal Service will issue a new variety of the six nondenominated (25¢) Spectrum Eagle presorted first-class coil stamps. The new stamps have a Sept. 2 issue date.


Album cover predicts stamp for conductor Arthur Fiedler

August 28, 2015 12:57 AM

Sometimes one has to wonder about people who can predict the future. Is it just happenstance that we see occasional examples — even in philately?


Upcoming 2015 U.S. stamps revealed, collectors sound off about upright Jenny Invert: Week's Most Read

August 28, 2015 09:07 AM

Also this week, Linn's Stamp News features illegal and late uses of U.S. stamps, and reports that CCL Label is no longer printing U.S. postage.


Retired judge gives 11,000 stamps to Minnesota museum

August 27, 2015 03:52 PM

Former judge and current Albert Lea, Minn., resident Bill Sturtz has been a philatelist for decades and has accrued a wide-ranging world stamp collection during that time, according to the Albert Lea Tribune.


NBA's first African-American player should get a U.S. stamp, petition says

August 27, 2015 01:53 PM

The Earl F. Lloyd Foundation started a petition on Aug. 25 to bring attention to the cause, which was launched about six months after Lloyd died on Feb. 26, 2015.


Postal cards and postcards remailed as receipts make for good hunting

August 27, 2015 12:58 AM

The period from April 15, 1925, to July 1, 1928, is an interesting one for postal cards and postcards because the domestic rate for postal cards was 1¢ during this period, while the postcard rate was 2¢.


Expertizer Bill Weiss retires

August 27, 2015 09:55 AM

Philatelic expertizer Bill Weiss has retired, according to an announcement on his website. Weiss is an author of several books on United States postal history.


San Francisco calligrapher's self-addressed covers are something to see

August 26, 2015 04:45 PM

For the better part of four decades, once a month, San Francisco calligrapher Alan A. Blackman sent himself an elegantly put-together, self-adressed envelope. Now, about 200 of them are featured in an exhibit.


George Washington revenue with inverted center is affordable

August 26, 2015 02:16 PM

In the revenue category, there are a number of inverted-center error stamps among the second- and third-issue documentary stamps. The 1874 2¢ orange-and-black on green paper George Washington inverted-center error stamp (Scott R151a) is one of the most affordable.


Check out photos from the 2015 APS Stampshow in Grand Rapids

August 26, 2015 12:15 AM


APS general membership meeting introduces new staff, plans for future

August 26, 2015 01:01 PM

Three themes dominated discussions at the American Philatelic Society’s general membership meeting Aug. 22: construction that is underway to finish the American Philatelic Research Library at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pa.; efforts to stem membership losses and build the society’s member rolls; and plans to review the long-standing operating agreement between the APS and the APRL.


What is the meaning of the 'Owl Mail' handstamp on this cover?

August 26, 2015 12:58 AM

We can likely take as a given that the cover shown nearby was not sent from Los Angeles to Alameda, Calif., attached to a homing owl. But why is the cover prominently handstamped “OWL MAIL?”


1934 cover honors golden jubilee of standard time

August 26, 2015 12:05 AM

Just about anything in human history can be found commemorated on covers, and today’s evidence is the golden jubilee of standard time in the United States, on March 13, 1934.


Fillion wins youth champion of champions at Stampshow

August 26, 2015 12:00 AM


Born Aug. 26: Mother Teresa

August 26, 2015 03:30 AM

A Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to aid the suffering destitute, Mother Teresa was honored on a United States 44¢ stamp in 2010.


Born Aug. 25: Leonard Bernstein

August 25, 2015 03:30 AM

Leonard Bernstein (1918-90) became America's most famous conductor by using television in his outreach efforts to share his love of classical music with others.


Elvis CD from USPS climbing the charts

August 24, 2015 05:45 PM

The Billboard music charts are seeing the return of Elvis Presley on a CD offered by the United States Postal Service, according to a recent Los Angeles Times news story.


Schwartz wins Champion of Champions award

August 23, 2015 08:30 AM

Mark S. Schwartz’s exhibit of Boston postal history won the APS Champion of Champion awards at APS Stampshow 2015.


Born Aug. 23: Oliver Hazard Perry

August 23, 2015 03:30 AM

After the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry sent the message, "We have met the enemy and they are ours."


APS board reports to members in Grand Rapids

August 22, 2015 01:04 PM

At the society's general membership meeting on Aug. 22, APS President Stephen Reinhard announced he will not seek election for a second term.


Born Aug. 22: Dorothy Parker

August 22, 2015 03:30 AM


Ingrid Bergman forever stamp is now available from the U.S. Postal Service

August 21, 2015 03:23 PM

The Ingrid Bergman nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp from the Legends of Hollywood commemorative series was made available in panes of 20 on Aug. 20. The stamp is a joint issue with Sweden, the late movie star's birthplace. Collectors in the United States can purchase the Swedish stamps from the U.S. Postal Service in a strip of four for $7.95 as USPS item 801216.

World Stamp Show forever stamps unveiled

August 21, 2015 03:15 PM


Charlie Brown stamp has blockbuster potential, upright Jenny Invert feedback sought: Week's Most Read

August 21, 2015 11:01 AM

Also this week, the challenges of collecting cinderella stamps are explained, and an omnibus stamp issue celebrates Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch.


Confederate Stamp Alliance to take up its future, purpose at October meeting

August 21, 2015 10:06 AM

The Confederate Stamp Alliance is being roiled by an internal debate over the 78-year-old organization’s future. Following the June 17 murders of nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Richard F. Murphy, the organization’s president, questioned whether the group should continue to use the Confederate battle flag on its stationery.


Born Aug. 21: Wilt Chamberlain

August 21, 2015 03:30 AM

College and NBA basketball star Wilt Chamberlain (1936-99) was honored on two different stamps issued in December 2014.


Upcoming U.S. stamps for 2015, 2016 revealed

August 20, 2015 06:25 PM

New United States stamps planned for next year include a set of 20 showing photographs of different pets, a Music Icons stamp for singer Sarah Vaughan, and a Black Heritage stamp honoring civic leader Richard Allen.


First-day ceremony in Grand Rapids

August 20, 2015 04:45 PM

The largest stamp show in the United States this year hosted a first-day ceremony welcoming two new forever stamps promoting what will be the largest stamp show in 2016.


There was a very cool live Periscope broadcast from the APS Stampshow

August 20, 2015 10:17 AM

Stamp Show Here Today (@StampShowHT) broadcasted via the Periscope app live a stroll around the 2015 APS Stampshow, which opened Thursday morning in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Born Aug. 20: Benjamin Harrison

August 20, 2015 03:30 AM

American president Benjamin Harrison, born Aug. 20, 1833, was descended from a signer of the Declaration of Independence; his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the nation's ninth president.


Future APS shows planned for Reno and Omaha

August 19, 2015 05:40 PM

One stamp show site change came about because the original venue is no longer available. Another site was selected following discussion among APS board members.


Illegal and late uses of U.S. stamps; Circus souvenir sheet misregistration

August 19, 2015 03:34 PM

United States stamps are good forever, right? Well, pretty close — but not 100 percent. The United States’ first-issue stamps of 1847 were declared invalid as of July 1, 1851, when the 1851 stamps were released.


Stamp collectors speak their minds about the scarce upright $2 Jenny Invert pane

August 19, 2015 01:58 PM

In an unusual development for our hobby, the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service is blogging about stamp collecting.


APS Stampshow set to kick off in Grand Rapids

August 19, 2015 11:41 AM

The American Philatelic Society's Stampshow, the APS' largest annual event starts Thursday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. The event is being held at the DeVos Place Convention Center (303 Monroe Ave., NW) in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Federation of New York Philatelic Societies’ journal is free online

August 19, 2015 10:22 AM

Online access to many stamp publications is limited to paying subscribers or members of the society. That’s not true of Stamp Insider, the journal of the Federation of New York Philatelic Societies.


Born Aug. 19: Orville Wright

August 19, 2015 03:30 AM

Orville Wright and his older brother Wilbur were pioneers in aviation, developing the first successful powered manned aircraft.


Born Aug. 18: Roberto Clemente

August 18, 2015 03:30 AM

Pittsburgh Pirates baseball star Roberto Clemente was also a military veteran and a humanitarian. He claimed the National League batting title four times and was named Most Valuable Player in 1966.


Record number of coil stamps for 1-ounce fund-raising letter

August 17, 2015 09:32 AM

A recent political fund-raising campaign featured what must be a record number of United States postage stamps used to pay postage on a 1-ounce mass-mailed letter.


Born Aug. 17: Davy Crockett

August 17, 2015 03:30 AM

Frontiersman, Congressman and Alamo defender Davy Crockett was commemorated on a 5¢ stamp in the American Folklore series.


Born Aug. 16: Hal Foster

August 16, 2015 03:30 AM

The long-running Prince Valiant comic strip, created in 1937 by Hal Foster, is written and drawn today by other contributors. Foster retired in 1980.


New Elvis stamps leak out early, USPS quarterly financials released: Week's Most Read

August 15, 2015 10:22 AM

Also this week, the U.S. Coast Guard rolled out its nautical welcomes as it greeted the first U.S. commemorative stamp to honor the service since 1945 (Scott 936).


Color shifts, varieties offer an affordable way to add to duck collection

August 15, 2015 11:15 AM

Just as with postage stamps and despite a printer’s best intentions, mistakes on duckstamps do slip through the system and thankfully make it into the hands of collectors.


Born Aug. 15: Julia Child

August 15, 2015 03:30 AM

For many years, Julia Child hosted popular cooking programs on public television. Her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, was a bestseller.


Could ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ be the next U.S. blockbuster stamp issue?

August 14, 2015 09:46 AM

Will the United States Postal Service issue a Christmas stamp this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic television musical special A Charlie Brown Christmas?


Born Aug. 14: Ethel L. Payne

August 14, 2015 03:30 AM

The four-stamp Women in Journalism commemorative set issued in 2002 included one 37¢ stamp for Ethel L. Payne, longtime writer for the Chicago Defender.


Posters, pages and panels are first-day-related philatelic collectibles

August 13, 2015 02:25 PM

Knowing in advance what stamps will be issued, where they will be issued and on what dates is important information for those servicing first-day covers, whether dealers or individual collectors.
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