newsNew Purple Heart variety now in post offices
November 30, 2015 04:15 PMA new offset-printed variety of the Purple Heart stamp with white background first issued in 2012 is showing up in post offices nationwide. The new stamp has "USPS" microprinted along the upper left edge of the purple ribbon.
newsSpellman stamp museum gets into the holiday spirit
November 30, 2015 02:44 PMChristmas is just around the corner, and the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Massachusets is making sure families of stamp collectors are prepared. The museum will be hosting a Holiday Family Day on on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., according to Weston Patch.
newsMore upright Jenny Invert panes found, Charlie Brown postmark available: Week's Top Stories
November 27, 2015 12:54 AMIt’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.
newsAPS, APRL consider options for library funding
November 26, 2015 11:20 AMScott English addressed the areas of finances and APS membership during his presentation to the board. The society is currently experiencing a budget surplus of more than $200,000 over the planned 2015 budget, in large part because of vacancies that occurred on the APS staff early in the year, and the longer-than-anticipated effort to hire a new executive director (the position English filled in August of this year).
newsCelebrating the 250th anniversary of the historic Stamp Act of 1765
November 26, 2015 12:00 AMNovember 1, 2015, marks the 250th anniversary of the effective date of the Stamp Act of 1765. The Duties in American Colonies Act 1765, commonly known as the Stamp Act of 1765, was enacted by Parliament on March 22, 1765, effective Nov. 1, 1765.
insightsUse ‘Postmaster Finder’ to locate city’s postmasters and post office history
November 24, 2015 11:45 AMWhile the Postal Bulletin is still published today, it was not published before 1880, and the post office and postmaster information published in the various issues is incomplete. However, there is another resource for this information: the “Postmaster Finder” function of the USPS website.
insightsTip of the week: United States 5¢ New York Consolidated Card Co. stamp
November 24, 2015 08:30 AMPrivate die proprietary revenue stamps remain one of the most active segments of the U.S. market. To help fund the massive expense of the Civil War, Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1862, levying taxes on a wide variety of products, including matches, patent medicines, perfumes and playing cards.
newsFormer APS President Peter P. McCann running for director
November 24, 2015 12:00 AMPeter P. McCann, a former president of the American Philatelic Society, has filed a nominating application to run for the position of APS director at large. McCann became president of the society in the summer of 1999, after serving four years on the APS board of vice presidents.
insights1935 cover keeps mystery of lost continent of Atlantis alive
November 23, 2015 02:45 PMWhile Atlantis might have been lost to the modern world geographically speaking, like many other figments of imagination, it lives on through stamps or postal history, such as the 1935 cover shown nearby.
newsScott Standard catalog to be reorganized, another upright Jenny Invert pane found: Week's Most Read
November 20, 2015 08:35 AMIt’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.
insightsIdentifying the servicemen listed on the Vietnam War Memorial stamp
November 19, 2015 12:30 AMAfter watching a news piece in 2015 about the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first United States Marine Corps combat troops in Vietnam, Linn’s reader Paul Schroeder wanted to know if additional information had ever been published about the names that are visible on the 33¢ Vietnam Veterans Memorial stamp (Scott 3190g).
insights29¢ Hank Williams perforation variety lurks on first-day covers
November 19, 2015 10:45 AMOn June 9, 1993, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 29¢ stamp commemorating Williams’ life and music. The stamp comes in two varieties. Most of the production was perforated gauge 10 (Scott 2723), but a small part of the issue was perforated gauge 11.2 by 11.5 (2723A).
newsMaine book dealer latest to receive an upright Jenny Invert pane
November 18, 2015 11:23 AMA used book dealer in Waterville, Maine, is the most recent lucky purchaser of the upright variety of the 2013 Jenny Invert pane of six $2 stamps (Scott 4806d). Robert Sezak buys postage stamps regularly to mail customers the books they’ve purchased online from his Re-Books shop in Waterville.
insightsKendal Bevil pulls the curtain back on his 25 years of producing cachets
November 18, 2015 08:30 AMOne of the most popular cachetmakers currently producing first-day covers is artist Kendal Bevil of Port Neches, Texas. He has been producing cachets for 25 years. His first Bevil Quality Cachet was created for the Claire Chennault issue of 1990 (Scott 2187).
blogA philatelic friendship shared through a Yellowstone Park souvenir from the 1930s
November 17, 2015 10:00 AMIt’s often been said that one of the salutary benefits of collecting stamps is the friendships made along one’s philatelic journey. If I were asked to place a value on the bonds thus forged with collectors in locales near and far, I would be rich beyond measure. A few of these hobby friends I have never met in person.
newsRegulations stymie postmark hand-back service, postcard takes 16,000-mile trip: Week's Most Read
November 13, 2015 08:39 AMHave you ever gone into a post office and asked to have a mailpiece or cover canceled and returned to you? That request was the focus of this week's top story on Linns.com.
newsPut yourself in a gingerbread house for the December U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon contest
November 10, 2015 11:23 AMGingerbread houses were an inevitable central design for United States Christmas stamps. Their time came in 2013, when four forever stamps were issued with different versions of the same basic gingerbread house (Scott 4817-4820).