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

July 31, 2015 01:08 PM

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.


A brief history of U.S. stampless covers

July 31, 2015 12:47 AM

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.


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

July 31, 2015 10:17 AM

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.


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

July 31, 2015 06:48 AM

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."


Born July 31: Whitney Moore Young Jr.

July 31, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


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

July 30, 2015 08:04 PM

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.


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

July 30, 2015 02:13 PM

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.


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

July 30, 2015 01:33 PM

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.


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

July 30, 2015 11:40 AM

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.


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

July 30, 2015 11:00 AM

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.


Strong sales for Born telegraph stamps during Rarities Week

July 30, 2015 10:56 AM

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.


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

July 30, 2015 10:04 AM

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.


Born July 30: Henry Ford

July 30, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


Born July 29: Dag Hammarskjold

July 29, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


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

July 28, 2015 04:16 PM

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.


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

July 28, 2015 10:29 AM

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.


Born July 28: Marcel Duchamp

July 28, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


Two stamps promote World Stamp Show-NY 2016

July 27, 2015 04:42 PM

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.


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

July 27, 2015 12:46 AM

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.


2012 Scenic Landscapes postal card booklet is a good buy

July 27, 2015 12:00 AM

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.


Born July 27: Bugs Bunny

July 27, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


Born July 26: Vivian Vance

July 26, 2015 03:30 AM

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.

Born July 25: Maxfield Parrish

July 25, 2015 03:30 AM

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 hired as APS executive director

July 24, 2015 05:05 PM

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.


Creation of Upright Jenny panes comes under fire, Coast Guard forever stamp release approaches: Week's Most Read

July 24, 2015 09:48 AM

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.


Born July 24: Amelia Earhart

July 24, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


APS membership awaits announcement about hiring new executive director

July 23, 2015 03:11 PM

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.


Ingrid Bergman honored on Legends of Hollywood joint issue with Sweden

July 23, 2015 01:46 PM

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.


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

July 23, 2015 10:42 AM

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.


Postal notices used to prevent early release of Moon Landing stamp

July 23, 2015 09:39 AM

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.


Born July 23: Daniel Radcliffe

July 23, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


Summer Harvest stamps targeted at 'foodies, and nostalgics'

July 22, 2015 09:30 AM

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.


Born July 22: Edward Hopper

July 22, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


What exactly is 'barnstamping'?

July 21, 2015 04:51 PM

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


Upright $2 Jenny Invert is a learning experience

July 21, 2015 01:00 PM

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.


American Philatelic Society offers new expertizing search function

July 21, 2015 11:36 AM

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


Born July 21: Ernest Hemingway

July 21, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


On July 20: One giant leap

July 20, 2015 03:30 PM

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 press sheet details, quantities

July 20, 2015 02:15 PM

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.


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

July 19, 2015 07:23 PM

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.


Born July 19: Charles H. Mayo

July 19, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


Born July 18: John Glenn

July 18, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


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

July 17, 2015 03:04 PM

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

July 17, 2015 12:36 AM

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.


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

July 17, 2015 10:17 AM

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


Born July 17: James Cagney

July 17, 2015 03:30 AM

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.


Commitment to promote stamp shows is essential

July 16, 2015 03:25 PM

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.


Born July 16: Charles Sheeler

July 16, 2015 03:30 AM

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


Push for stamp featuring Minnesota Twins great Harmon Killebrew continues

July 15, 2015 01:58 PM

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


APS website offers information about the society and collecting

July 15, 2015 10:59 AM

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