US Stamps

New Linn’s monthly magazine well-received; May issue brings back larger typeface

May 8, 2015, 4 AM

The second issue of our newly redesigned Linn’s Stamp News monthly magazine was e-mailed to digital subscribers Friday, May 1. Print copies began arrving in mailboxes the week of May 4.

Thus far, we can state with confidence that readers are pleased with the new look and feel, as well as with the expanded content.

Readers who were wondering about the results of of 2014 United States Stamp Popularity Poll were treated to an engaging recap of the results by Linn’s senior editor Michael Baadke.

In that cover feature, Baadke announced that the colorful and fun Circus Posters stamps were crowned as the overall favorite.

We are continuing to adjust how the content is laid out in the monthly, to ensure that all the features and regular columns will be included in each issue.

This might mean, for example, that some items will run in the even months, while others will be published in the odd months.

The biggest complaint we have received about the larger monthly issue is the size of the typeface.

A handful of readers wrote to us to say that the small type made for difficult reading.

We took a closer look ourselves, and we determined that the type could be enlarged somewhat without sacrificing space on our pages.

Specifically, a larger, sans serif typeface was used for the May monthly issue.

If the type looks familiar to you, it is the same as that used for the weekly issues of Linn’s.

About a decade ago, we did a great deal of research to determine that this particular style of type made easier reading and minimal strain on the eyes.

Other layout styles, including headlines and captions, remain the same in the monthly issue.

As always, we welcome your comments. Should you have an idea for a feature for Linn’s monthly, please contact us, linns­

Richard Frajola

On May 19, Robert A. Siegel International auctioned the marvelous collection of worldwide classic covers formed by postal historian Richard Frajola.

Announcement of the sale brought a smile to my face because I’ve known Richard since my professional association with stamp collecting began in 1999.

Not long after I joined the editorial staff of Linn’s in early 1999, I began gravitating toward postal history.

I found intriguing the myriad ways stamps could be used to move mail — in its various and sundry forms — from one point to another.

During one memorable conversation, I mentioned that I wanted to collect an area of classic U.S. postal history that wouldn’t bust my modest philatelic budget.

He suggested pursuing covers franked with the large 10¢ Banknote stamps.

I took that advice, and my collection has since grown to around 50 covers. Thank you, Richard, for getting me started.

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