• 2016-scott-standard-catalog-volume-5
    Jul 31, 2015, 13:08 PM

    2016 Scott Vol. 5 features more than 7,000 value changes

    Vol. 5 of the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue yields more than 7,000 value changes among the listings for the countries of the world, N-Samoa. Countries that garnered significant attention from the editors this year include Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania and Russia.

  • united-states-stampless-cover-kentucky-washington-dc-1832
    Jul 31, 2015, 12:47 PM

    A brief history of U.S. stampless covers

    On July 1, 1847, the United States Post Office Department issued its first postage stamps: a 5¢ and a 10¢ stamp. Before that time and for many years thereafter, written communications between individuals were sent without stamps. These are called stampless covers, and either were carried privately by individuals, express companies and carriers, steamboats and ships, or by the post office.

  • transcontinental-western-air-boeing-stratoliner-airplane
    Jul 31, 2015, 10:17 AM

    U.S. mail across the Atlantic by land-based aircraft, Part 1, 1941 and 1942

    In the summer and fall of 1941, the United States Army Air Corps Ferrying Command (ACFC) inaugurated two air transport routes across the Atlantic Ocean that carried mail. The previously established Foreign Air Mail route No. 18 (FAM 18) commercial trans-Atlantic service operated by Pan American Airways between New York City and points in Europe employed Boeing B-314 flying boats called Clippers, with luxurious accommodations for passengers. ACFC flew austere land-based aircraft — Consolidated B-24 Liberator long-range bombers that had been refitted as transport planes.

  • united-states-scenic-american-landscapes-postal-card-booklet-2012
    Jul 31, 2015, 06:48 AM

    2012 Scenic Landscapes booklet a good buy, Ingrid Bergman getting stamp: Week's Most Read

    Also this week, a town fights the U.S. Postal Service over a stamplike mosaic design at its local post office, and a stamp collector's interest in the hobby is "reawakened by eBay."

  • whitney-young-civil-rights-black-heritage-stamp
    Jul 31, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 31: Whitney Moore Young Jr.

    A prominent leader in the American civil rights movement, Whitney Moore Young Jr. was born in Lincoln Ridge, Ky., and became the executive director of the National Urban League in 1961.

  • donna-houseman
    Jul 30, 2015, 20:04 PM

    Hobby leaders participate on Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board to help improve content and shape Linn’s future

    In the Editor’s Insights columns in the July 20 Linn’s Stamp News monthly and the Aug. 10 weekly Linn’s, I mentioned Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board without giving too much detail. Linn’s goal is to engage its audience both in print and online and to grow this audience. The role of the newly formed Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board is to assist us achieving these goals by keeping us focused on the needs of our audience and helping us adapt to today’s market.

  • united-states-1923-benjamin-franklin-coil-waste-stamps-regency-superior-sale-aps-stampshow
    Jul 30, 2015, 14:13 PM

    Regency-Superior offers U.S. and worldwide classics at APS Stampshow

    If you’re hoping to fill that empty album space for United States Scott 594, you now have a decision to make: unused, or used? The Aug. 22-23 Regency-Superior auction at the upcoming 2015 American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich., offers one example in each condition of the scarce 1923 1¢ green perf 11 Benjamin Franklin stamp created from coil waste.

  • swarts-city-dispatch-post-cover-1849-siegel-sale-2015
    Jul 30, 2015, 13:33 PM

    Benjamin Bailar collection sold: 1867 New York-China-Japan cover brings $143,750

    Former U.S. Postmaster General Benjamin Franklin Bailar’s collection of Benjamin Franklin-related autographs, letters, covers and postal history was sold by Siegel on June 25. Bailar, who was appointed by President Gerald R. Ford in 1975 — exactly 200 years after his namesake was commissioned by the Second Continental Congress — is believed to be the only postmaster general in our history who is also a serious collector of stamps and postal history.

  • pony-express-cover-1861-siegel-sale-2015
    Jul 30, 2015, 11:40 AM

    Siegel sale brings handsome prices for Lyons 'All Roads Lead to San Francisco' collection

    June 24 at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries saw the sale of Larry Lyons’ “All Roads Lead to San Francisco” collection, which documented private and local couriers operating west of the Rockies. Lyons, like Gordon Stimmell an editor of The Penny Post and also an executive director of the Philatelic Foundation, has published dozens of articles and won numerous high awards in this and other collecting areas.

  • united-states-fanciful-flowers-postal-card
    Jul 30, 2015, 11:00 AM

    National Topical Stamp Show in Oregon, July 31- Aug. 2

    The National Topical Stamp Show is taking place this year in Clackamas, Ore., a suburb of Portland. The show will host the first-day ceremony for the Fanciful Flower postal card.

  • colusa-lake-mendocino-telegraph-stamp
    Jul 30, 2015, 10:56 AM

    Strong sales for Born telegraph stamps during Rarities Week

    On June 23, Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries offered the Wilson Born collection of United States telegraph stamps, which were issued by private firms from the 1850s until the 1940s for the purpose of sending, receiving or storing telegraphic messages during the technology’s pioneering days.

  • wells-fargo-pony-express-stamp-siegel-sale-2015
    Jul 30, 2015, 10:04 AM

    Stimmell carriers, locals shine at Siegel's Rarities Week sale

    As in previous years, Rarities Week, the series of sales conducted June 22-26 by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries in New York, included several name sales. The name sales at began June 23 with Gordon Stimmell’s collection of U.S. carrier and local stamps, built over many years with items whose provenances include famous names such as Ferrary, Caspary and others.

  • henry-ford-automobile-model-t-definitive
    Jul 30, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 30: Henry Ford

    A 12¢ stamp issued in 1968 pays tribute to American industrialist Henry Ford, who was born in Dearborn, Mich., in 1863, and built the Ford Motor Co.

  • dag-hammarskjold-commemorative
    Jul 29, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 29: Dag Hammarskjold

    Dag Hammarskjold, born 110 years ago today, was a Swedish diplomat elected as secretary-general of the United Nations. A memorial stamp honoring him was issued in 1962.

  • harmon-killebrew-minnesota-twins-19621
    Jul 28, 2015, 17:16 PM

    Support a Harmon Killebrew stamp and you could win a year's worth of root beer

    Minnesota-based Killebrew Root Beer is sweetening the pot for supporters of the movement to put the company's namesake, Minnesota Twins legendary slugger Harmon Killebrew, on a U.S. Postal Service stamp.

  • united-states-unclaimed-letter-finland-switzerland-1944
    Jul 28, 2015, 10:29 AM

    No postal rule, but reality of remailing unclaimed, undeliverable mail

    In this column I will discuss unclaimed, undeliverable mail (i.e., not delivered because it was not claimed at the office of delivery) that was subsequently remailed.

  • marcel-duchamp-artist-amory-show-stamp
    Jul 28, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 28: Marcel Duchamp

    One of Marcel Duchamp's most famous paintings has been shown twice on United States stamps. It was featured in a scene on one Celebrate the Century stamp in 1998, and it was commemorated on its own in 2013.

  • united-states-world-stamp-show-ny2016-stamps
    Jul 27, 2015, 16:42 PM

    Two stamps promote World Stamp Show-NY 2016

    At the biggest stamp show in the country this year, the United States Postal Service will issue new stamps celebrating what promises to be the biggest stamp show in the country next year. The two World Stamp Show-NY 2016 stamps will go on sale Aug. 20, the opening day of the American Philatelic Society’s annual Stampshow.

  • scott-english-aps-executive-director
    Jul 27, 2015, 12:46 PM

    New APS executive director has ties with APS vice president Mick Zais

    When his friend began talking about a job running the country’s biggest stamp organization, Scott English thought his friend wanted to know if he had any stamp collecting friends who might want the job. No, the friend said, he wanted English, a well-known South Carolina political operative who doesn’t collect stamps, to apply for the executive director’s job at the American Philatelic Society.

  • united-states-scenic-american-landscapes-postal-card-booklet-2012
    Jul 27, 2015, 12:00 PM

    2012 Scenic Landscapes postal card booklet is a good buy

    Modern postal stationery is a collecting area often overlooked by many collectors, and U.S. postal stationery is underrated and occasionally undervalued. Print quantities are usually fairly low, and dealers are not stocking new postal stationery items in depth as they are issued.

  • bugs-bunny-stamp
    Jul 27, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 27: Bugs Bunny

    Bugs Bunny made his screen debut in a 1940 animated short feature titled A Wild Hare. His first appearance on a United States stamp came 57 years later.

  • vivian-vance-lucille-ball-stamp
    Jul 26, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 26: Vivian Vance

    Actress Vivian Vance followed a career of theater and film, including a stint on Broadway, before landing the role of the lifetime as Lucille Ball's best friend on the TV series I Love Lucy.

  • maxfield-parrish-artist-illustrator-stamp
    Jul 25, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 25: Maxfield Parrish

    One of the most popular illustrators of the 20th century, Maxfield Parrish, was honored on a 34¢ stamp in the 2001 commemorative set, American Illustrators. Parrish was born July 25, 1870, in Philadelphia, Pa.

  • scott-english-aps-executive-director
    Jul 24, 2015, 17:05 PM

    Scott English hired as APS executive director

    The American Philatelic Society has hired its new executive director: Scott English, a former chief of staff for a U.S. Congressman and chief operating officer for South Carolina's Department of Education. English will begin at the APS on Aug. 10.

  • upright-jenny-invert-pane
    Jul 24, 2015, 10:48 AM

    Creation of Upright Jenny panes comes under fire, Coast Guard forever stamp release approaches: 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, according to reader metrics.

  • amelia-earhart-airmail-stamp
    Jul 24, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 24: Amelia Earhart

    The mysterious 1937 disappearance of pilot Amelia Earhart remains unsolved, though some researchers believe they have gathered clues that might finally answer the questions about the conclusion of her around-the-world flight.

  • donna-houseman
    Jul 23, 2015, 15:11 PM

    APS membership awaits announcement about hiring new executive director

    The American Philatelic Society will host the nation’s largest annual stamp exhibition Aug. 20-23. The show will take place at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich.

  • united-states-ingrid-bergman-stamp-pane-2015
    Jul 23, 2015, 13:46 PM

    Ingrid Bergman honored on Legends of Hollywood joint issue with Sweden

    Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman, who starred in one of the most famous films of all time, Casablanca (1942), is being honored Aug. 20 on a new United States stamp in the Legends of Hollywood commemorative series. The nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp is being issued in a pane of 20.

  • ebay-stamp-collecting-page-you-bought-it
    Jul 23, 2015, 11:42 AM

    You bought it: Stamp collector's interest 'reawakened' by eBay

    As part of our continued conversation with our readers, we like to ask Linn's Stamp News Twitter followers and Facebook fans to share stories about the philatelic acquisitions they've made recently.

  • united-states-first-man-on-moon-stamp
    Jul 23, 2015, 09:39 AM

    Postal notices used to prevent early release of Moon Landing stamp

    Among the most anticipated United States stamps of the 1960s was the Moon Landing issue (Scott C76). This 10¢ airmail stamp was issued Sept. 9, 1969, to celebrate the first manned moon landing earlier that year, on July 20.

  • radcliffe-harry-potter-stamp
    Jul 23, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 23: Daniel Radcliffe

    British actor Daniel Radcliffe appeared on several stamps in the 2013 Harry Potter set of 20 forever stamps. Radcliffe starred as the young wizard, Harry, in all eight of the feature films in the series.

  • lead-article-stamp
    Jul 22, 2015, 10:30 AM

    Summer Harvest stamps targeted at 'foodies, and nostalgics'

    The Atlantic's Steven Heller wrote on July 18 that the U.S. Postal Service's Summer Harvest stamps appeal to the "renewed interest in organic and locally sourced food" and young-ish folks who might be more prone to using the stamps.

  • edward-hopper-nighthawks-art-stamp
    Jul 22, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 22: Edward Hopper

    Edward Hopper's appealing artwork has appeared on four United States stamps, including two showing urban settings, and two depicting scenes of the New England coast. A 1998 stamp features a detail of his most famous painting, Nighthawks.

  • barnstamping
    Jul 21, 2015, 16:51 PM

    What exactly is 'barnstamping'?

    Barnstamping is exactly what it sounds like. Check out a photo of a postal-themed barn in West Bath, Maine.

  • chad-snee
    Jul 21, 2015, 13:00 PM

    Upright $2 Jenny Invert is a learning experience

    Linn’s Washington Correspondent Bill McAllister recently reported that the Inspector General of the United States Postal Service has taken the nation’s mail agency to task for intentionally creating 100 upright $2 Jenny Invert panes.

  • Jul 21, 2015, 11:36 AM

    American Philatelic Society offers new expertizing search function

    A new search function on the website of the American Philatelic Society allows anyone to view images and opinions of stamps submitted for expertization.

  • ernest-hemingway-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 21, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 21: Ernest Hemingway

    The seventh issue in the U.S. Literary Arts series was a 1989 stamp honoring the American writer Ernest Hemingway, who won the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

  • armstrong-aldrin-moon-1969-commemorative
    Jul 20, 2015, 15:30 PM

    On July 20: One giant leap

    On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. Their incredible feat has been commemorated on several stamps from the United States, and on issues from countries worldwide.

  • elvis-presley-stamp-sheets
    Jul 20, 2015, 14:15 PM

    Elvis Presley press sheet details, quantities

    Along with the standard 16-stamp panes for the Elvis Presley stamp in the Music Icons series, the United States Postal Service will offer two varieties of press sheets.

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    Jul 19, 2015, 19:23 PM

    Which Scott catalog is right for you? Work begins on the specialized catalogs

    Here in Sidney, Ohio, when the hot, sultry days of summer are upon us, the Scott catalog editors begin to feel the heat of deadlines for the two Scott specialized catalogs.

  • charles-mayo-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 19, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 19: Charles H. Mayo

    Charles H. Mayo was a member of the prominent Mayo family of physicians in Rochester, Minn. The Mayo family practice was the beginning of the Mayo Clinic that exists today.

  • john-glenn-astronaut-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 18, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 18: John Glenn

    John Glenn, the former astronaut and U.S. Senator who turns 94 on July 18, has twice had his accomplishments commemorated on United States stamps: once in 1962, and again in 2000.

  • linns-stamp-news-facebook-page
    Jul 17, 2015, 16:04 PM

    From Facebook: Boy soaks stamps with grandfather, COMPEX 2016 update

    Also, the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs left a link to a story about a planned "nurse-in" at a post office in Janesville, WI.

  • elvis-presley-stamp-pane-2015
    Jul 17, 2015, 12:36 PM

    Elvis Presley returns on new forever stamp in U.S. Music Icons series

    Elvis Presley is making an encore appearance on a new United States forever stamp that will be issued Aug. 12. It’s the second U.S. postal tribute to the performer who was long ago dubbed “the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The first, in 1993, caught the attention of almost everyone with a highly publicized public vote to select the design of a stamp that would honor the worldwide music legend.

  • upright-variety-jenny-invert-hopkins
    Jul 17, 2015, 10:17 AM

    Latest upright $2 Jenny Invert find reported, U.S. stamp flies by Pluto: Week's Most Read

    Also this week, Canada's recalled Hoodoo stamps became a hot item on eBay, and Charles Snee gave some perspective on Scott No. 5000.

  • james-cagney-hollywood-stamp
    Jul 17, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 17: James Cagney

    Song and dance man, gangster, police commissioner: these roles and many others were filled on the silver screen by James Cagney, who was born July 17, 1899, in New York City.

  • Jul 16, 2015, 15:25 PM

    Commitment to promote stamp shows is essential

    When contracting to participate at a stamp show with associated table fees and travel expenses, a dealer rightfully has an expectation that the event will be promoted and marketed in such a manner so as to maximize attendance.

  • charles-sheeler-artist-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 16, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 16: Charles Sheeler

    Paintings by Charles Sheeler, an American artist in the precisionist style, have been featured twice on United States stamps, in 1998 and in 2013.

  • harmon-killebrew-minnesota-twins-1962
    Jul 15, 2015, 14:58 PM

    Push for stamp featuring Minnesota Twins great Harmon Killebrew continues

    What started as a push by the Minnesota Twins organization now has the attention and backing of Minnesota's U.S. Senators and Representatives

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    Jul 15, 2015, 10:59 AM

    APS website offers information about the society and collecting

    The American Philatelic Society’s web site, stamps.org, has been updated significantly since my last column about the site in the Jan. 2, 2012, issue of Linn’s.

  • united-states-snake-in-box-cover-2013
    Jul 15, 2015, 10:28 AM

    Postage dues not valid for postage; nondelivery due to ‘snake in box’

    United States postage due stamps are not valid for postage, but shown nearby are two attempts to use them as such. Both were unsuccessful. The two covers bear postage due stamps from both ends of the face-value scale: ½¢ and $1.

  • dorothy-fields-songwriter-music-stamp
    Jul 15, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 15: Dorothy Fields

    A 32¢ stamp in the American Music series honors lyricist Dorothy Fields, who was born in Allenhurst, N.J., and found fame and success both in Hollywood and on Broadway.

  • united-states-marine-one-express-mail-stamp-2007
    Jul 14, 2015, 15:49 PM

    ‘America’s Tall Ship’ returns on new U.S. Coast Guard forever stamp

    A new United States nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp honoring the U.S. Coast Guard comes as the agency celebrates 100 years of service under that name. The stamp will be issued Aug. 4 with a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Douglas A. Munro Headquarters Building, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, D.C.

  • gerald-ford-president-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 14, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 14: Gerald R. Ford Jr.

    The most recent presidential memorial stamp was issued Aug. 31, 2007, for Gerald R. Ford Jr., who was born July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Neb. Ford also lived longer than any other president in U.S. history.

  • chad-snee
    Jul 13, 2015, 16:56 PM

    Here’s to putting more stamps in space

    It’s fitting that a stamp is hurtling toward the farthest reaches of our solar system. As Linn’s associate editor Mike Baadke reported last week, a United States 1991 29¢ Space Exploration booklet stamp depicting Pluto is aboard the NASA New Horizons probe.

  • harrison-ford-star-wars-stamp
    Jul 13, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 13: Harrison Ford

    The 41¢ Chewbacca and Han Solo stamp from the 2007 Star Wars set of 15. The role of Han Solo was played by one of the world's most famous actors, Harrison Ford.

  • oscar-hammerstein-music-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 12, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 12: Oscar Hammerstein II

    Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the words to some of the most famous songs from the Broadway stage, working with songwriting partner Richard Rodgers on Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, and many other successful shows.

  • john-quincy-adams-presidential-definitive
    Jul 11, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 11: John Quincy Adams

    The sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, was the son of the second president, John Adams. The younger Adams also served as Secretary of State under President James Monroe.

  • hawaii-liberty-postal-card-elvis-presley-christmas
    Jul 10, 2015, 11:43 AM

    Two $1 Lincoln Memorial stamps overpay Hawaii cover by $1.98

    Undoubtedly the most overpaid cover I‘ve ever come across is the Hilo, Hawaii, to Honolulu example shown nearby. Two $1 Lincoln Memorial stamps from the 1922 series (Scott 571) were used on the cover when 2¢ would have done the trick. Perhaps 2¢ is what the mailer thought he had put on the envelope?

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    Jul 10, 2015, 11:16 AM

    U.S. Notes Cartoon Contest, June 2015

    When e-mail became a well-accepted way of communicating, we suggested that cartoon caption contest entries be sent in using the computer. About a third of the entries are now received in that form. Unfortunately, that leaves two-thirds that can get lost in the snail mail, and that has been a problem with the June contest.

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    Jul 10, 2015, 10:32 AM

    NASA’s New Horizons probe carrying stamp past Pluto

    When the New Horizons space probe passes by distant Pluto this month, it will have traveled about 3 billion miles in 9½ years. And, as Rick Miller reported in Linn’s issue of Nov. 10, 2008, along for the ride is a 29¢ U.S. postage stamp. The stamp is part of the Space Exploration set issued for National Stamp Collecting Month in 1991.

  • arthur-ashe-tennis-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 10, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 10: Arthur Ashe

    A young star in the world of tennis, Arthur Ashe became a champion of the sport, and an important voice in the effort to increase public awareness of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s.

  • Jul 9, 2015, 16:41 PM

    'Stamp of controversy' profiled, USPS can't prove unsoakable paper's benefits: Week's Most Read

    Also this week, a new crop of Scott numbers were assigned and a wrong image was placed on a new Canadian issue.

  • united-states-fanciful-flowers-postal-card
    Jul 9, 2015, 13:30 PM

    U.S. Fanciful Flowers postal card latest to feature nature design

    The new Fanciful Flowers stamped postal card from the United States Postal Service is the latest to feature a nature design by Ohio-based artist Cathie Bleck. The imprinted stamp shows the orange blossoms and green stems of a flower resembling a bellflower.

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    Jul 9, 2015, 11:24 AM

    How Clarence W. Brazer’s vanished papers came to be discovered

    My column this month was supposed to be part two of a three-part series on die proofs of the 20th century. However, my wife, Melanie, and I are in the midst of downsizing and moving to a new home. We just completed the first month of a 3½-month process, and all of my research materials are safety tucked away in storage until the end of August.

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    Jul 9, 2015, 10:03 AM

    U.S. 1912 2¢ Washington booklet pane worth full Scott catalog value

    As a convenience to their patrons, many postal authorities have issued stamps in booklet format. Booklets usually comprise one or more small panes of stamps between cardboard or stiff paper covers, sometimes with interleaving between the panes if there is more than one pane in the booklet.

  • elias-howe-sewing-machine-commemorative
    Jul 9, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 9: Elias Howe

    Considered by many to be the inventor of the sewing machine, Elias Howe (1819-67) created a practical machine that revolutionized the garment industry.

  • chad-snee
    Jul 8, 2015, 19:45 PM

    Time for a little perspective on Scott No. 5000

    My colleague Marty Frankevicz, senior editor for new issues at Scott, recently blogged about the assigning of Scott No. 5000 to a United States stamps. He didn’t reveal which stamp it would be, but you already know the answer if you read our report of recently assigned U.S. Scott numbers.

  • upright-variety-jenny-invert-hopkins
    Jul 8, 2015, 17:40 PM

    New find reported of upright $2 Jenny Invert

    A collector in Arizona who has been actively pursuing the rare upright $2 Jenny Invert pane finally found one. The intentional variety with the plane flying right side up came in his latest order of 10 panes.

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    Jul 8, 2015, 16:15 PM

    See how Summer Harvest stamp designs came to be: Linn's Buzz

    Artist Michael Doret walked readers of his personal blog through the development of the soon-to-be released Summer Harvest designs.

  • palo-albums-website-screenshot
    Jul 8, 2015, 12:12 PM

    Palo Albums announces new business endeavors

    Palo Albums has acquired the Lindner and Davo product lines for distribution in the United States.

  • priority-mail-moon-landing-stamp
    Jul 8, 2015, 09:52 AM

    First U.S. Priority Mail stamp issued in 1989

    On July 20, 1989, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp to celebrate the 20th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon. Fittingly, the first-day ceremony took place at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • zeppelin-1930-airmail-stamp
    Jul 8, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 8: Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

    A German count who served as an observer during the American Civil War applied the ballooning basics he learned toward the development of the aircraft that would one day bear his name.

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    Jul 7, 2015, 14:46 PM

    Pluto stamp will soon fly by Pluto aboard NASA's New Horizons: Linn's Buzz

    A 1991 U.S. stamp featuring Pluto is headed to the dwarf planet on board NASA's New Horizons robotic probe, which will soon render the phrase featured on the stamp, "Pluto: Not Yet Explored," outdated,

  • larry-rosenblum
    Jul 7, 2015, 10:27 AM

    Are Post & Go stamps really stamps?

    In 2008, Great Britain’s Royal Mail introduced a new postal product — a self-service, machine-vended label that customers could purchase and use to mail a letter.

  • satchel-paige-baseball-stamp
    Jul 7, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 7: Satchel Paige

    Satchel Paige, one of the most highly regarded pitchers in all of baseball, played the game professionally for four decades and was named to Baseball’s National Hall of Fame in 1971. He was honored on a 33¢ stamp in 2000.

  • rather
    Jul 6, 2015, 17:25 PM

    CBS Sunday Morning looks back at first Elvis Presley stamp: Linn's Buzz

    Much of the talk in the stamp-collecting hobby last week surrounded the new Elvis Presley stamp due out in August.

  • elvis-presley-stamp-design-music-icons
    Jul 6, 2015, 14:40 PM

    Another appearance by ‘young Elvis’ on new forever stamp for Presley

    The new stamp honoring musician and entertainer Elvis Presley — known worldwide as the King of Rock 'n' Roll — will feature a photograph dating from 1954 or 1955, when Presley was 19 or 20 years old.

  • bill-haley-rock-music-commemorative-stamp
    Jul 6, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 6: Bill Haley

    Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Bill Haley was among the key music pioneers featured on stamps in the 1993 American Music series.

  • david-farragut-civil-war-navy-definitive
    Jul 5, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 5: David G. Farragut

    Union Naval officer David G. Farragut has been honored on three United States stamps, but his heroic actions during the Civil War also feature in the subject matter of other U.S. stamps.

  • calvin-coolidge-president-stamp
    Jul 4, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 4: Calvin Coolidge

    The 30th American president, Calvin Coolidge, first assumed the office after the unexpected death of his predecessor, Warren G. Harding. He was later voted in for a four-year term that began in 1925.

  • george-cohan-performing-arts-commemorative
    Jul 3, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 3: George M. Cohan

    A man with a flair for popular, patriotic tunes, George M. Cohan (1878-1942) was a top composer and entertainer in the early years of the 20th century.

  • zne-mb-aucforweb1
    Jul 2, 2015, 14:25 PM

    Jenny Invert Locket Copy sells, Paul Newman stamp announced: Week's Most Read

    Also this week, an Ingrid Bergman stamp was announced and the United Stamps Stamp Society was saluted.

  • expertization-warren-harding-stamp-fake-pair-1923
    Jul 2, 2015, 13:32 PM

    When should you pursue expertization of a stamp or cover?

    Several readers have asked: In what situation should a stamp or cover be expertized? I could write several long and wordy columns on this subject, but a more meaningful way to approach it may be to show some examples over the next several columns, and say a bit about why these items need to be expertized.

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    Jul 2, 2015, 10:32 AM

    Beware of faded colors on stamps described as color-omitted errors

    Sometimes colors can fade on stamps to the point that they look like color-omitted errors. An online auction of an apparent color-omitted error illustrates this important point. A buyer’s winning bid approached $100 for a faded stamp offered as a “color omitted error” on the online auction site eBay in September 2014. The so-called error is a mint single of the $5 stamp in the Americana series, issued in 1979 (Scott 1612).

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    Jul 2, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 2: Thurgood Marshall

    Thurgood Marshall was named to the United States Supreme Court in 1967.

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    Jul 1, 2015, 16:34 PM

    July 1 is National Postage Stamp Day: Linn's Buzz

    The topic is a hot one on Twitter, where the @USPSStamps, @FDRLibrary and @USNatArchives are all celebrating the unofficial holiday.

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    Jul 1, 2015, 15:35 PM

    Elvis sighting online

    The forthcoming Elvis Presley commemorative stamp made a brief appearance on the Internet — and then it was gone. Collectors reported placing orders for Elvis Presley forever stamps when they spotted the new listing on the United States Postal Service's retail website. Linn's reader Stephen J. Sullivan said he preordered uncut sheets and other Elvis stamp items, and received a confirmation e-mail for his order.

  • Jul 1, 2015, 14:53 PM

    ‘The stamp of controversy’: the 1917 unwatermarked 30¢ orange Franklin stamp, perforated 10

    “This is the stamp of controversy. I believe in it. BKM,” wrote Benjamin K. Miller, who donated his magnificent collection of United States postage stamps to the New York Public Library in 1925 — the most complete U.S. stamp collection that anyone had assembled up to that time. At present the Miller collection is on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., where visitors can inspect at close hand the rarities he collected. In the note attached to his album leaf, Miller was referring to a block of four 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamps with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper mounted on that page.

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    Jul 1, 2015, 10:28 AM

    Controversial U.S. 1917 30¢ orange will remain unchanged in Scott catalogs

    In the Spotlight on Philately column this month, Ken Lawrence presents a lengthy and fascinating history of the United States 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamp of 1917 with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper.

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    Jul 1, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born July 1: Maj. Gen. Comte Jean de Rochambeau

    A French military strategist played a significant role in the American Revolution.