• george-c-marshall-prominent-americans
    Dec 31, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 31: George C. Marshall

    Famous for the Marshall Plan that assisted with European recovery after World War II, George C. Marshall was also a prominent military leader and Nobel laureate.

  • stamp-market-tips-united-states-official-mail-stamped-envelopes
    Dec 30, 2015, 21:00 PM

    Recent U.S. Official envelopes likely to rise in value

    Postal stationery is a collecting specialty with many followers in the United States. Official Mail postal stationery is a subset of the larger specialty. The first Official Mail postal stationery envelopes were issued in 1873. Since then, fewer than 100 Scott-listed major-number Official Mail postal stationery envelopes have been issued. The last three United States Official Mail postal stationery envelopes were issued at the domestic first-class rates of 39¢, 41¢ and 42¢, respectively, all of which were short-lived.

  • dollar-sign-stamps-1955-dollar1-patrick-henry-wet-printing
    Dec 30, 2015, 11:00 AM

    Liberty series $1 Patrick Henry comes ‘wet’ and ‘dry’

    The United States Liberty series of definitive (regular-issue) stamps debuted in 1954. During its 26-year run, collectors discovered a bewildering array of varieties, including the so-called “wet” and “dry” printings. My focus this month is on the $1 stamp, which was first issued Oct. 7, 1955 (Scott 1052). This first printing is known as a “wet” printing, because the paper was slightly moist when the stamps were printed. This made the inked impression on the paper appear somewhat indistinct or soft.

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    Dec 30, 2015, 08:30 AM

    USPS reveals new stamp subjects, designs for 2016

    More than 20 different upcoming U.S. stamp subjects were revealed Dec. 29, including a tribute to Star Trek and a Legends of Hollywood issue for Shirley Temple.

  • donna-houseman
    Dec 30, 2015, 08:02 AM

    BEP should consider loaning items to the National Postal Museum

    Linn’s Washington correspondent Bill McAllister reveals one of Washington’s greatest secrets in the cover feature in the Jan. 18 issue of Linn’s. Specifically, McAllister presents a look inside the vault at the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

  • bep-stamp-die-treasure-trove-garfield-history-document
    Dec 30, 2015, 07:27 AM

    Treasure trove of U.S. stamp dies lies behind vault at Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    One of Washington’s secret stamp treasures lies not at the National Postal Museum nor at the headquarters of the United States Postal Service in L’Enfant Plaza.

  • alfred-smith-governor-candidate
    Dec 30, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 30: Alfred E. Smith

    A fixture for many years in New York politics, Al Smith became the Democratic candidate for president in 1928, but he lost to the incumbent, Herbert Hoover.

  • us-stamp-notes-expertizing-iowa-state-flag-smokey-the-bear-color-misregistration
    Dec 29, 2015, 18:45 PM

    Color misregistrations can produce startling visual results

    What should be expertized? For starters, any item that is being suggested as a possible new addition to the catalog should be expertized. Over the last few years, I’ve had two questions come up where the finder thought that a new listing might be in order. In each case, though, the item turned out to be a collectible variety, not a new listing, and the finder was disappointed.

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    Dec 29, 2015, 10:02 AM

    Changes coming to Linn's newsletter in 2016

    In an effort to improve user experience by limiting the number of emails we send our readers each day, Linn’s Stamp News is making a slight change to its free newsletter send schedule in 2016. Effective Jan. 1, our Auction House Planner, which currently goes out on Wednesday afternoons, will be sent out on Sunday morning.

  • general-billy-mitchell-aviation
    Dec 29, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 29: Billy Mitchell

    Billy Mitchell fought in the Spanish-American War and in World War I, and became a leading proponent for the establishment of an independent United States Air Force.

  • woodrow-wilson-president-celebrate-the-century
    Dec 28, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 28: Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, has been featured on several U.S. stamps. the first was issued in 1925, the year following his death.

  • howdy-doody-early-tv-memories
    Dec 27, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 27: Howdy Doody

    Howdy Doody was the star of a television program named for him. The boy marionette and his friend Buffalo Bob Smith interacted with children in an entertaining program that ran for 13 years.

  • tip-of-the-week-united-states-2013-vintage-seed-packets-booklet-stamps
    Dec 26, 2015, 07:00 AM

    Tip of the week: United States Vintage Seed Packets block of 10

    On April 5, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of 10 nondenominated (46¢) Vintage Seed Packets forever stamps (Scott 4754-4763). The stamp designs feature garden flowers as they were depicted on vintage seed packets. The stamps were issued in double-sided booklets of 20 (Scott 4763b), with eight stamps on one side and 12 on the other. They are generally collected as a mint block of 10 (Scott 4763a).

  • steve-allen-tonight-show-stamp
    Dec 26, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 26: Steve Allen

    Famous for his wide-ranging comedic style, Steve Allen was also an author, songwriter and musician. He was married to actress Jayne Meadows for 46 years.

  • humphrey-bogart-legends-of-hollywood
    Dec 25, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 25: Humphrey Bogart

    One of America's best known film stars, Humphrey Bogart, won an Academy Award for his role in the 1951 film The African Queen.

  • franz-waxman-hollywood-composer-american-music
    Dec 24, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 24: Franz Waxman

    European-born Franz Waxman moved to the United States in the 1930s and became an important force in the film music industry, winning two Oscars for his work.

  • usn-dm-sealeku-table
    Dec 23, 2015, 08:45 AM

    No new U.S. Christmas seal earliest-known uses to report this past year

    Normally the earliest-known use (EKU) of a Christmas seal has to be tied to a card or envelope by a cancellation to qualify for a listing, but in the case of the postal card shown nearby, we can allow a little leeway. The 1911 seal is not tied to the card, but because of the message typed on the reverse, dated Nov. 24, 1911, there is no doubt that it belongs.

  • madam-cj-walker-black-heritage-commemorative
    Dec 23, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 23: Madam C.J. Walker

    Madam C.J. Walker was commemorated as an entrepreneur who achieved success and economic independence in the hair care industry, and provided opportunities for others.

  • us-stamp-notes-january-2016-cartoon-caption-contest
    Dec 22, 2015, 21:00 PM

    January cartoon caption contest: 1993 29¢ Christmas Snowman

    In expectation that the meteorologists have predicted correctly, and we will have many opportunities to shovel snow, clear off cars, go sledding, and build snowmen, I have selected the snowman on the 1993 29¢ Christmas stamp (Scott 2793) for the January cartoon caption contest.

  • modern-us-mail-post-office-department-1894-request-for-better-address-form
    Dec 22, 2015, 17:00 PM

    Post Office form, letter shed light on ‘Request for Better Address’ process

    For years I have studied and exhibited the return of unmailable and undeliverable mail. A year or so ago, I was able to buy the “REQUEST FOR BETTER ADDRESS” Form B-22 shown nearby. This request form was sent to the writer of a letter or postcard when the office of delivery recognized that the letter’s address was inadequate and the item, therefore, was undeliverable.

  • lady-bird-johnson-commemorative
    Dec 22, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 22: Lady Bird Johnson

    Lady Bird Johnson was commemorated in 2012 for her efforts in preserving the environment, and to celebrate her birth centenary.

  • josh-gibson-baseball-legends
    Dec 21, 2015, 03:00 AM

    Born Dec. 21: Josh Gibson

    Josh Gibson was a powerful home run hitter and a strong defensive catcher during his 17 years in the Negro Leagues. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.

  • weeks-most-read-cost-of-mint-us-stamps-patriotic-waves
    Dec 20, 2015, 09:00 AM

    Cost to collect stamps drops dramatically, new section for world stamp collectors introduced: Week's Most Read

    Also this week, Linn's Stamp News released its top headlines of 2015, the U.S. Mint floated the idea of ending mail orders in 2016, and online voting for the Linn's 2015 U.S. stamp popularity poll opened.

  • hazel-wightman-olympics-tennis
    Dec 20, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 20: Hazel Wightman

    Hazel Wightman was born in California and became one of the earliest American stars of women's tennis. She competed in the 1924 Olympic Summer Games, winning two gold medals.

  • edith-piaf-joint-issue-commemorative
    Dec 19, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 19: Edith Piaf

    Diminutive French cabaret singer Edith Piaf was honored on a United States forever stamp in 2012. The joint issue with France also included a stamp for jazz musician Miles Davis.

  • motor-city-stamp-club
    Dec 18, 2015, 07:45 AM

    Motor City Stamp & Cover Club fetes members with awards, honors

    The Detroit-based Motor City Stamp & Cover Club has a good grasp on the holiday spirit. At its recent club-wide Christmas party, members received awards and recognition for their work within the hobby, as well contributions to various events that the club has put together throughout the year.

  • ty-cobb-baseball-commemorative
    Dec 18, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 18: Ty Cobb

    Hall of Fame baseball star Ty Cobb played in the Major Leagues for 24 years, winning nine American League batting titles and baseball's Triple Crown.

  • us-stamp-notes-arthur-engler-christmas-greetings-card-art
    Dec 17, 2015, 16:45 PM

    1951 Santa Claus cinderella proof signed by Arthur Engler

    Over the years, stamp collectors have commissioned or created stamplike images for use on Christmas cards. The design of this proposed Santa Claus cinderella stamp is dated 1951 in the lower corners. The proof is signed in pencil by Arthur Engler. Handstamped on the reverse is “Arthur Engler, 6340 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland 9, California.”

  • us-stamp-notes-telegram-ocean-poste-envelope
    Dec 17, 2015, 16:15 PM

    Greetings sent via British Wireless Marine Service telegram on Christmas Eve

    What would you do if you were aboard a ship as Christmas was rapidly approaching, and you had not yet sent your Christmas cards? In 1934, you could have taken advantage of the British Wireless Marine Service, which allowed for “Season’s Greetings by Wireless.”

  • computers-and-stamps-siegel-website-homepage
    Dec 17, 2015, 13:00 PM

    More than just sales data found on websites of stamp auction firms

    I recently visited the websites of two stamp auction firms, Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries and Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, and discovered that they offer a lot of information in addition to listing their auctions and prices realized online.

  • united-states-geometric-snowflakes-stamps-scott-catalog-numbers-2015
    Dec 17, 2015, 12:24 PM

    Geometric Snowflakes stamps receive Scott catalog numbers

    In early December, the Scott editors assigned new catalog numbers to the four Geometric Snowflakes stamps issued Oct. 23 in New York City. Imperforate Geometric Snowflakes stamps from uncut press sheets without die cuts also received Scott numbers.

  • ameristamp-expo-botanical-blooms-booklet-stamps-first-day-ceremony
    Dec 17, 2015, 12:23 PM

    Ameristamp Expo headed for downtown Atlanta Jan. 29-31

    Ameristamp Expo, the nation’s second-largest annual postage stamp event, will take place in Atlanta in the Hilton Atlanta Downtown at 255 Courtland St. NE, Jan. 29-31. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Ameristamp Expo, co-located with the Southeastern Stamp Expo, is hosted jointly by the American Philatelic Society and the Southeastern Federation of Stamp Clubs.

  • stamp-market-tips-united-states-nondenominated-ferns-forever-coil-stamps
    Dec 17, 2015, 10:45 AM

    U.S. Ferns forever coil plate-number C1111 strips in demand

    The 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the plate-number strip of five at $10 in mint never-hinged condition. The plate-number strip of 11 is valued at $16.50.

  • arthur-fiedler-conductor-stamp
    Dec 17, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 17: Arthur Fiedler

    Arthur Fiedler was known to the American public as the conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra for almost 50 years. The orchestra’s many radio and television broadcasts and Fiedler’s genial nature made him a familiar figure to many around the world.

  • year-of-the-monkey-lunar-stamp
    Dec 16, 2015, 14:40 PM

    U.S. Year of the Monkey stamp coming Feb. 5

    The Year of the Monkey forever stamp continues the Lunar New Year series with images by artist Kam Mak.

  • editors-insights-top-10-stories-2015-upright-jenny-invert-giveaway
    Dec 16, 2015, 12:27 PM

    Revelations of who bought rare stamps among Linn’s top headlines for 2015

    Revelations of who purchased the world’s most famous stamp, the British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta, and the elusive United States upright $2 Jenny Invert pane were among the top stories in 2015 for stamp collecting. These stories and other philatelic reports in 2015 not only made headlines in Linn’s Stamp News, but also captured worldwide media attention, providing much positive exposure for the hobby.

  • us-stamp-notes-cartoon-contest-winner-1967-space-achievement-stamp
    Dec 16, 2015, 12:24 PM

    November cartoon contest winner: 'What happened to my better half?'

    Lack of oxygen and weightlessness in space were the two most popular themes for the November cartoon caption contest, which featured the astronaut half of the pair of 1967 5¢ stamps honoring accomplishments in space (Scott 1331).

  • margaret-mead-anthropologist-celebrate-century
    Dec 16, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 16: Margaret Mead

    One of the leading figures in anthropology — and one of the most controversial — Margaret Mead studied the effect of culture on human behavior.

  • cg-award-collectors-club-of-chicago
    Dec 15, 2015, 09:55 AM

    Collectors Club of Chicago takes top CG award at Monacophil 2015

    Two of the top three prizes in the 2015 CG award ceremony were claimed by American organizations. The American Philatelic Research Library was also recognized.

  • magic-letter-local-stamp-surcharged
    Dec 15, 2015, 09:40 AM

    New example of 1¢ Magic Letter Express stamp reported

    The 1¢ stamp from the Richmond, Va., firm was formerly known only as a single example on cover. This new discovery is uprated to 2¢ with a manuscript addition.

  • ap-carter-family-american-music-series
    Dec 15, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 15: A.P. Carter

    A pioneer of American country music, Alvin Pleasant ("A.P.") Carter began the Carter Family with his wife Sara and her sister-in-law Maybelle.

  • margaret-chase-smith-definitive-stamp
    Dec 14, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 14: Margaret Chase Smith

    Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman elected to both houses of the United States Congress. In 1964, Smith's name was entered into nomination as a presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention.

  • killerobliterationcancel-grant-cropped
    Dec 13, 2015, 08:00 AM

    Bloomington Stamp Club doing its part to help hobby thrive

    The Indiana Daily Student recently profiled the Bloomington Stamp Club, a group of philatelic enthusiasts has roots that date back to World War II.

  • larry-doby-baseball-all-stars
    Dec 13, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 13: Larry Doby

    A baseball All-Star and a World Series hero, Larry Doby became the first black player in the American Leagues when he was signed to the Cleveland Indians in 1947.

  • frank-sinatra-commemorative-stamp
    Dec 12, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 12: Frank Sinatra

    One of the world's best known entertainers, singer and actor Frank Sinatra, was born 100 years ago on Dec. 12, 1915.

  • cost-of-mint-us-stamps-patriotic-waves
    Dec 11, 2015, 16:49 PM

    Cost to collect U.S. stamps drops dramatically in 2015

    The cost to collect one each of all of the mint United States postage stamps and postal stationery items issued in 2015 dropped to its lowest level in a dozen years, reaching a dollar value that is nearly half of the cost tabulated for collecting last year.

  • george-mason-great-americans-stamp
    Dec 11, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 11: George Mason

    American patriot George Mason was a prominent landowner who argued for greater respect of individual rights in the United States Constitution. His ideas led to the Bill of Rights in 1791.

  • tip-of-the-week-united-states-1896-indian-maiden-newspaper-stamp
    Dec 10, 2015, 09:00 AM

    Tip of the week: United States 1896 Indian Maiden newspaper stamp

    The highest face-value stamps issued by the United States to pay a postage fee are the 1895 and 1896 $100 purple Indian Maiden newspaper stamps (Scott PR113 and PR125). The stamp designs are identical, but the stamp issued in 1895 is on unwatermarked paper, while the stamp issued Jan. 23, 1896, is on paper watermarked with a double-line “USPS.”

  • emily-dickinson-commemorative-stamp
    Dec 10, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 10: Emily Dickinson

    American poet Emily Dickinson created nearly 1,800 poems, but few knew of her writings, and only a handful of her verses were published during her lifetime.

  • sports-card-columbus-clippers-richard-b-graham-hometown-hero
    Dec 9, 2015, 12:27 PM

    Sports card honors Richard Graham as hometown hero

    Longtime Linn's Stamp News columnist and postal history expert Richard B. Graham has been honored on a sports card distributed in Columbus, Ohio, where Graham, lived, studied and worked. The card is one of 24 recognizing Columbus-area veterans in a 2015 promotion sponsored by the Columbus Clippers AAA baseball team and other local businesses. Graham died in 2012 at age 89. Fans attending the July 4 Clippers game against the Toledo Mud Hens received a set of the cards.

  • dollar-sign-stamps-usps-priority-mail-window-envelope-glade-creek-grist-mill-stamp
    Dec 9, 2015, 11:30 AM

    Taking a peek inside Priority Mail window envelopes

    As a courtesy to its customers, the United States Postal Service provides Express Mail and Priority Mail envelopes free of charge at many of its post offices. For a number of years now, I’ve collected postally used examples of these envelopes franked, of course, with dollar-denominated stamps.

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    Dec 9, 2015, 07:45 AM

    APRL trustees approve bank offer for line of credit

    The American Philatelic Research Library board on Dec. 7 reviewed details of a line of credit made available for the completion of new APRL facilities.

  • us-stamp-notes-1945-cover-christmas-day-postmark-iwo-jima-stamp
    Dec 9, 2015, 03:45 AM

    How to explain Christmas Day postmarks on 1857 Washington, 1945 Iwo Jima covers?

    The 1857 and 1945 Christmas Day covers shown nearby bring up an interesting question: How could they be canceled on Dec. 25, a federal holiday. In fact, Christmas has not always been a federal holiday. The June 28, 1870, legislation creating federal holidays covered four days: New Year’s, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas.

  • us-stamp-notes-century-of-progress-block-christmas-overprint
    Dec 9, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Christmas greeting overprinted on 1933 Century of Progress block

    What would be nicer for a stamp collector than a Christmas greeting in the form of a philatelic souvenir? The souvenir, probably sent by dealer J.L. Portwood to his customers, is an imperforate block of nine 1¢ yellow-green Chicago Century of Progress stamps from the American Philatelic Society issue souvenir sheet (Scott 730) mounted on red paper.

  • american-filmmaking-stamp-directing-cassavetes
    Dec 9, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 9: John Cassavetes

    The 37¢ stamp for directing in the 2003 American Filmmaking set pictures John Cassavetes at work on the 1970 movie Husbands. Cassavetes starred in the film and was also the director.

  • us-stamp-notes-december-2015-cartoon-caption-contest-winner
    Dec 8, 2015, 12:27 PM

    December cartoon caption contest winners announced

    The fact that there are no chimneys on the 2013 Gingerbread House Christmas stamps (Scott 4817-4820) provided a starting point for several readers entering the December cartoon caption contest featuring the Gingerbread House stamp with the red door (4817).

  • linns-2015-us-stamp-popularity-poll-maya-angelou-stamp
    Dec 8, 2015, 12:26 PM

    Linn’s 2015 U.S. stamp popularity poll opens for voting

    In 2015, the United States Postal Service issued 100 face-different stamps and postal stationery items. It was the smallest annual total since the 60 produced by the USPS in 1990. However, the year’s count rises to 162 when it includes imperforates — stamps without die cuts — from uncut press sheets of conventionally issued stamps, which the USPS offers for sale on a limited basis at face value.

  • eli-whitney-famous-american-stamp
    Dec 8, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 8: Eli Whitney

    The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 made it possible to process cotton crop much faster. Eli Whitney, the machine's inventor, was shown on a 1¢ stamp in 1940.

  • pearl-harbor-letter-december-7-1941
    Dec 7, 2015, 10:00 AM

    'Day of Infamy' mail reminds Americans of Pearl Harbor

    December 7, 1941. On this date 74 years ago, a Japanese surprise aerial attack on Navy ships and military installations at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, brought World War II to America.

  • willa-cather-author-american-arts
    Dec 7, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 7: Willa Cather

    Willa Cather's popular Prairie Trilogy, beginning with O Pioneers!, grew from her Nebraska upbringing. Cather was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1922.

  • william-hart-cowboys-silver-screen
    Dec 6, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 6: William S. Hart

    Actor, director and producer William S. Hart captivated early movie audiences with his honest portrayals of Western life during the silent film era.

  • president-martin-van-buren-stamp
    Dec 5, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 5: Martin Van Buren

    Martin Van Buren came from a predominantly Dutch area in New York to become the eighth president of the United States.

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    Dec 4, 2015, 17:25 PM

    CHICAGOPEX 2015 Palmares Show yields plenty of winners, exhibits

    The show featured four societies this year, one from Australia (Australasian Specialists/Oceania), India (The India Study Circle), and two from the states (The Eire Philatelic Association and The Institute for Analytical Philately).

  • old-stamp-albums-1939-scott-international-junior-stamp-album
    Dec 4, 2015, 09:36 AM

    Paying attention to stamp albums, 'Postmaster Finder' a fun resource: Week's Most Read

    It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.

  • president-james-polk-bicentennial
    Dec 4, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Elected Dec. 4: James K. Polk

    When the election of 1844 ended on Dec. 4, James K. Polk had been chosen as the nation's 11th president, defeating Henry Clay. During Polk's single term in office, the first U.S. postage stamps were issued.

  • classic-us-postal-history-depreciated-currency-covers-uruguay
    Dec 3, 2015, 15:45 PM

    Depreciated currency markings and economic hard times

    In my August column, I wrote about domestic mail and pictured covers addressed within the United States. This month, I’m writing about international mail — in particular, depreciated currency covers. But first, I need to provide some background on the subject of early overseas mail between the United States and foreign countries.

  • linns-buzz-school-librarian-teaching-geography-topical-stamps
    Dec 3, 2015, 12:18 PM

    Teaching with stamps: school librarian has it figured out

    Karla Norman, a librarian from the outskirts of Memphis, has been teaching young students geography by way of international stamps and postal notes. Her resources include her own 150 count topical collection, along with those that belong to members of the Memphis Stamp Collectors Society, which she is a member of.

  • stamp-market-tips-united-states-cincinnati-city-delivery-mail-carrier-local-post-stamp
    Dec 3, 2015, 11:30 AM

    Attractive and affordable: Cincinnati City Delivery Mail Carrier local post stamp

    One of the least expensive local post stamps with a good deal of eye appeal is the (1¢) Cincinnati City Delivery Mail Carrier stamp (Scott 39L1). The design shows a bearded and uniformed mail carrier striding purposefully down the street with a letter in his right hand and a mail pouch in his left.

  • spotlight-on-philately-circular-die-envelopes-surcharged-washington-last-issued
    Dec 3, 2015, 11:00 AM

    Spotlight on Philately: centennial of U.S. Circular Die stamped envelopes

    The United States’ first Circular Die embossed stamped envelopes were issued 100 years ago, ushering in a postal stationery era that spanned World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and the first decade of the Cold War.

  • gilbert-stuart-artist-famous-americans
    Dec 3, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 3: Gilbert Stuart

    Gilbert Stuart's painting of George Washington known as "The Atheneum" has been reproduced on numerous United States postage stamps and is featured on the U.S. $1 bill.

  • us-stamp-notes-expertizing-rh-white-encyclopedia-colors-united-states-stamps
    Dec 2, 2015, 15:45 PM

    U.S. Stamp Notes mailbag: questions about stamp identification and color

    Linn’s readers have reacted to my expertizing columns, and I appreciate receiving questions and observations from you because this really is your column. In that spirit, let’s look at some of the mail.

  • great-britain-star-wars-stamps-harrison-ford-carrie-fisher-2015
    Dec 2, 2015, 10:29 AM

    With 'Star Wars' buzz in full swing, Craigslist user offers stamp collecting kit

    A 'Star Wars' stamp collecting kit from 1977 is now available from a seller in Chicago who might be trying to capitalize on the hysteria surrounding the latest release in the movie series, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' which has already caused a stir in the stamp-collecting world.

  • charles-ringling-brothers-circus
    Dec 2, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Dec. 2: Charles Ringling

    Charles Ringling and his brothers created an entertainment empire, buying the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus. Charles was also a key figure in the development of Sarasota, Fla.

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    Dec 1, 2015, 13:30 PM

    Some examples of reused stamps are more blatant than others

    I see examples of reused stamps on a regular basis while sorting through subscription-reply mail sent to the circulation department of Linn’s parent company, Amos Media. For the most part, the reused stamp has been carefully and closely cut from its original envelope and either glued or taped in place.

  • rosa-parks-commemorative-stamp
    Dec 1, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Dec. 1: Rosa Parks arrested in Montgomery

    On Dec. 1, 1955 — 60 years ago today — 42-year-old seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her public bus seat to a white passenger, taking a historic stand in defiance of unjust segregation laws.