newsPossibility of renaming Confederate Stamp Alliance meets resistance
August 31, 2015 10:15 AMA 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.
newsNew Paul Newman stamp honors the actor’s philanthropic endeavors
August 31, 2015 07:15 AMPaul 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.
blogBaby Boomers and Millennials: Can the hobby attract both generations?
August 28, 2015 01:15 PMEleanor 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.
insightsPostal cards and postcards remailed as receipts make for good hunting
August 27, 2015 12:58 AMThe 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¢.
newsSan Francisco calligrapher's self-addressed covers are something to see
August 26, 2015 04:45 PMFor 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.
insightsGeorge Washington revenue with inverted center is affordable
August 26, 2015 02:16 PMIn 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.
newsCheck out photos from the 2015 APS Stampshow in Grand Rapids
August 26, 2015 12:15 AM
newsAPS general membership meeting introduces new staff, plans for future
August 26, 2015 01:01 PMThree 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.
newsFillion wins youth champion of champions at Stampshow
August 26, 2015 12:00 AM
newsBorn Aug. 22: Dorothy Parker
August 22, 2015 03:30 AM
newsIngrid Bergman forever stamp is now available from the U.S. Postal Service
August 21, 2015 03:23 PMThe 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.
August 21, 2015 03:15 PM
newsCharlie Brown stamp has blockbuster potential, upright Jenny Invert feedback sought: Week's Most Read
August 21, 2015 11:01 AMAlso 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.
newsConfederate Stamp Alliance to take up its future, purpose at October meeting
August 21, 2015 10:06 AMThe 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.
insightsIllegal and late uses of U.S. stamps; Circus souvenir sheet misregistration
August 19, 2015 03:34 PMUnited 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.
insightsFederation of New York Philatelic Societies’ journal is free online
August 19, 2015 10:22 AMOnline 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.
insightsPosters, pages and panels are first-day-related philatelic collectibles
August 13, 2015 02:25 PMKnowing 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.