• new-2015-purple-heart-variety
    Nov 30, 2015, 16:15 PM

    New Purple Heart variety now in post offices

    A 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.

  • spellman-museum-of-stamps-weston-massachusetts
    Nov 30, 2015, 14:44 PM

    Spellman stamp museum gets into the holiday spirit

    Christmas 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.

  • mark-twain-samuel-clemens-commemorative
    Nov 30, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 30: Mark Twain

    American author Mark Twain has been honored on two different U.S. stamps, and some of his novels have also been featured on commemorative stamps.

  • louisa-may-alcott-stamp
    Nov 29, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 29: Louisa May Alcott

    American author Louisa May Alcott was the author of Little Women, one of the most enduring novels of the 19th century. She was honored on a stamp in 1940; the book was featured on a 1993 commemorative.

  • lincoln-memorial-henry-bacon
    Nov 28, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 28: Henry Bacon

    One of the best-loved structures in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial, was designed by architect Henry Bacon, who was born Nov. 28, 1866.

  • united-states-upright-jenny-invert-pane-number-251
    Nov 27, 2015, 13:54 PM

    More upright Jenny Invert panes found, Charlie Brown postmark available: Week's Top Stories

    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.

  • jimi-hendrix-music-icons-stamp
    Nov 27, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 27: Jimi Hendrix

    Musician Jimi Hendrix is considered one of the premier guitarists of the rock era, and a legendary music innovator. He was honored on a United States stamp in 2014.

  • american-philatelic-society-board-meeting-november-2015
    Nov 26, 2015, 12:20 PM

    APS, APRL consider options for library funding

    Scott 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).

  • mary-walker-medal-of-honor
    Nov 26, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 26: Dr. Mary Walker

    Mary Edwards Walker studied medicine at Syracuse Medical College and served as a Union Army doctor during the Civil War. She was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1865.

  • 1765-stamp-act-anniversary-plate-block-almanac-stamp
    Nov 26, 2015, 01:00 AM

    Celebrating the 250th anniversary of the historic Stamp Act of 1765

    November 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.

  • santa-claus-postmark-postal-history-museum-delphos
    Nov 25, 2015, 08:41 AM

    Postal history museum in Delphos, Ohio, sponsors Santa Claus postmark

    To celebrate the upcoming Christmas holiday, the Museum of Postal History in Delphos, Ohio, is sponsoring a postmark that shows the mail delivery coach displayed there.

  • joe-dimaggio-baseball-stamp
    Nov 25, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 25: Joe DiMaggio

    The forever stamp honoring baseball legend Joe DiMaggio is part of a 2012 set of four stamps paying tribute to some of the sport's greatest players.

  • modern-us-mail-usps-postmaster-finder-website
    Nov 24, 2015, 12:45 PM

    Use ‘Postmaster Finder’ to locate city’s postmasters and post office history

    While 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.

  • tip-of-the-week-united-states-new-york-consolidated-card-company-match-and-medicine-stamp
    Nov 24, 2015, 09:30 AM

    Tip of the week: United States 5¢ New York Consolidated Card Co. stamp

    Private 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.

  • president-zachary-taylor-stamp
    Nov 24, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 24: Zachary Taylor

    Zachary Taylor was an American war hero when he was elected president in 1848. His term would come to an abrupt end when he died unexpectedly in 1850.

  • american-philatelic-society-2016-2019-election-peter-mccann
    Nov 24, 2015, 01:00 AM

    Former APS President Peter P. McCann running for director

    Peter 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.

  • broadway-smithsonian-national-postal-museum-exhibit-002
    Nov 24, 2015, 00:00 AM

    New York stamp art focus of upcoming National Postal Museum exhibit

    "New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art" will be the latest exhibit on display at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum and will run from Dec. 10, 2015, to March 13, 2017.

  • us-stamp-notes-atlantis-labels-cinderellas
    Nov 23, 2015, 15:45 PM

    1935 cover keeps mystery of lost continent of Atlantis alive

    While 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.

  • president-franklin-pierce-prexie
    Nov 23, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 23: Franklin Pierce

    A war hero and a successful attorney, Franklin Pierce saw divisions grow in the country during his single term as president.

  • aviator-wiley-post-stamp
    Nov 22, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 22: Wiley Post

    Even though he lost one eye at age 28, Wiley Post became a world-famous pilot, setting new records and exploring new possibilities in flight.

  • coleman-hawkins-jazz-musician
    Nov 21, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 21: Coleman Hawkins

    Coleman Hawkins is a jazz legend who revitalized the music scene with his improvisational performances, paving the way for bebop to transform the genre for generations to come.

  • united-states-upright-jenny-invert-pane-number-25
    Nov 20, 2015, 15:24 PM

    Two more upright Jenny Invert panes recorded

    The United States Postal Service has confirmed that two additional panes of the upright variety of the 2013 $2 Jenny Invert (Scott 4806d)were purchased in recent weeks.

  • blog-editors-insights-scott-standard-catalog-reorganization-20181
    Nov 20, 2015, 09:35 AM

    Scott Standard catalog to be reorganized, another upright Jenny Invert pane found: 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.

  • robert-kennedy-stamp
    Nov 20, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 20: Robert F. Kennedy

    Robert F. Kennedy was a Navy veteran and successful lawyer when he became the nation's Attorney General in his brother John's cabinet. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1964.

  • us-stamp-notes-celebrate-the-century-1980s-vietnam-war-memorial
    Nov 19, 2015, 13:30 PM

    Identifying the servicemen listed on the Vietnam War Memorial stamp

    After 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).

  • stamp-market-tips-united-states-hank-williams-perforation-variety
    Nov 19, 2015, 11:45 AM

    29¢ Hank Williams perforation variety lurks on first-day covers

    On 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).

  • president-james-garfield-stamp
    Nov 19, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 19: James A. Garfield

    A Civil War hero and longtime Congressman, James A. Garfield served only briefly as America's president before he was felled by an assassin's bullets.

  • united-states-upright-jenny-invert-pane-number-27
    Nov 18, 2015, 12:23 PM

    Maine book dealer latest to receive an upright Jenny Invert pane

    A 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.

  • american-topical-association-check-list-peanuts
    Nov 18, 2015, 12:20 PM

    ATA offers free checklist of 'Peanuts' characters

    In the spirit of the holidays, the American Topical Association is offering a free checklist of stamps and related items featuring the Peanuts characters created by Charles M. Schulz.

  • first-day-covers-kendal-bevil-year-of-the-ox-hand-painted-fdc
    Nov 18, 2015, 09:30 AM

    Kendal Bevil pulls the curtain back on his 25 years of producing cachets

    One 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).

  • alan-shepard-astronaut-stamp
    Nov 18, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 18: Alan Shepard

    Mercury project astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. was the first American in space when his Freedom 7 spacecraft accomplished its sub-orbital flight on May 5, 1961.

  • chad-snee
    Nov 17, 2015, 11:00 AM

    A philatelic friendship shared through a Yellowstone Park souvenir from the 1930s

    It’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.

  • isamu-noguchi-black-sun-stamp
    Nov 17, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 17: Isamu Noguchi

    Sculptor Isamu Noguchi was honored by the United States Postal Service in 2004 with a set of five stamps showing different works created between 1937 and 1968.

  • they-deserve-a-stamp-japanese-american-veterans-world-war-ii
    Nov 16, 2015, 17:51 PM

    Website campaigning for stamp honoring Japanese-American soldiers

    As we honor those who served in our country’s armed forces, a movement is underway to put a particular group of U.S. soldiers — the Japanese-American soldiers of World War II — on a stamp.

  • william-handy-blues-music-stamp
    Nov 16, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 16: W.C. Handy

    William Christopher Handy was born Nov. 16, 1873. A musician, composer and publisher, he was instrumental in establishing the blues music form that continues today.

  • georgia-okeeffe-poppy-commemorative
    Nov 15, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 15: Georgia O'Keeffe

    Georgia O'Keeffe was born in Wisconsin On Nov. 15, 1887. She studied in Illinois and New York, and eventually settled in New Mexico.

  • robert-fulton-steamboat-commemorative
    Nov 14, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 14: Robert Fulton

    American inventor Robert Fulton developed many of his projects while working in Europe, but he completed his passenger steamboat in the United States in 1806.

  • us-stamp-notes-handback-cancellation-wedding-postcard
    Nov 13, 2015, 09:39 AM

    Regulations stymie postmark hand-back service, postcard takes 16,000-mile trip: Week's Most Read

    Have 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.

  • louis-brandeis-supreme-court
    Nov 13, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 13: Louis D. Brandeis

    Louis D. Brandeis was named to the Supreme Court in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. He retired in 1939.

  • united-states-quilled-paper-heart-2016-love-stamp
    Nov 12, 2015, 16:20 PM

    Dallas airport ceremony for 2016 Love stamp

    The 2016 Quilled Paper Heart forever stamp will be issued in panes of 20 on Jan. 12 at Dallas Love Airport in Dallas, Texas.

  • chad-snee
    Nov 12, 2015, 15:30 PM

    Veterans Day: a philatelic salute to those who have served

    Today, Nov. 11, 2015, is Veterans Day. Over the years, a number of United States stamps honoring those who have served in our nation’s armed forces have been issued.

  • us-stamp-notes-hemisfair-68-color-misregistration
    Nov 12, 2015, 09:15 AM

    Keep an eye out for subtle color varieties on stamps

    Color varieties on stamps can be fun, but they often require a sharp eye because the differences between normal and the unusual may not be obvious at first glance.

  • tip-of-the-week-hawaii-1894-ss-arawa-stamp
    Nov 12, 2015, 08:30 AM

    Tip of the week: Hawaii 1894 SS Arawa pictorial definitive

    In 1894, the Republic of Hawaii issued an attractive set of pictorial definitives (Scott 74-79). The 12¢ SS Arawa stamp (Scott 78) is one of the most appealing stamps from the set.

  • elizabeth-cady-stanton-commemorative
    Nov 12, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 12: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

    An organizer of the landmark 1848 First Woman's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Elizabeth Cady Staton was born 200 years ago on Nov. 12, 1815.

  • us-stamp-notes-airplane-blown-hatch-chesapeake-bay-flight-cover
    Nov 12, 2015, 01:30 AM

    Details about cover from 'Flight BN-104' prove elusive

    Google has failed me. It doesn’t happen often, but I tried to find details to explain a printed notice from the post office included with the damaged mail cover shown nearby, but I found no answers.

  • american-philatelic-society-2016-2019-election-peter-mccann
    Nov 11, 2015, 13:47 PM

    American Philatelic Center growing its youth programs

    The American Philatelic Society's American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pa., has become a hub for the hobby's youth, according to a recent story in the Centre Daily Times.

  • george-patton-commemorative
    Nov 11, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 11: George S. Patton

    Born into a family of military leaders, Gen. George S. Patton was a vital figure during World War I and World War II.

  • romania-united-states-135th-anniversary-diplomatic-relations-stamp
    Nov 10, 2015, 12:23 PM

    Stamp marks 135th anniversary of Romania-U.S. diplomatic ties

    Romania commemorated the 135th anniversary of its diplomatic ties with the United States on a 3.60-leu stamp issued Nov. 8.

  • us-stamp-notes-december-2015-cartoon-contest-gingerbread-houses-stamps
    Nov 10, 2015, 12:23 PM

    Put yourself in a gingerbread house for the December U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon contest

    Gingerbread 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).

  • linns-stamp-news-scott-catalog-thanksgiving-greetings-2015
    Nov 10, 2015, 12:20 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving from Linn's and Scott

    The staff of Linn's Stamp News and the Scott catalogs wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!

  • martin-luther-commemorative
    Nov 10, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 10: Martin Luther

    Religious reformer Martin Luther was commemorated on a stamp in 1983 marking the 500th anniversary of his birth in Eisleben, Germany.

  • benjamin-banneker-black-heritage
    Nov 9, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 9: Benjamin Banneker

    Benjamin Banneker, born Nov. 9, 1731, played a role in surveying the District of Columbia. He was also the author of a series of almanacs, an astronomer and mathematician.

  • margaret-mitchell-author
    Nov 8, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 8: Margaret Mitchell

    The only novel by Margaret Mitchell published during her lifetime, Gone with the Wind, became one of the most important novels of the 20th century.

  • james-cook-commemorative
    Nov 7, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 7: James Cook

    A pair of stamps issued in 1978 commemorate Capt. James Cook and his third voyage, which brought him to Alaska and Hawaii in 1778.

  • charlie-brown-vended-fdc
    Nov 6, 2015, 16:30 PM

    Charlie Brown computer vended stamp issued

    A computer vended forever stamp depicting Charlie Brown is sold through selected post office self-service kiosks. The design matches the recent A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps.

  • cronkite-lead
    Nov 6, 2015, 14:28 PM

    Journalist groups pushing for Walter Cronkite stamp

    The SPJ and RTDNA are urging the USPS to honor the CBS newscaster for his 100th birthday next year.

  • cartoon-caption-contest-winner-october-intercollegiate-football-stamp
    Nov 6, 2015, 12:03 PM

    U.S. Stamp Notes cartoon contest results, October 2015

    The coach and the player sharing thoughts on the United States 1969 6¢ Intercollegiate Football stamp got many readers thinking in terms of philatelic parallels for the October cartoon caption contest. Of these entries, one stood out for the number of stamp-collecting terms used.

  • us-stamp-notes-handback-cancellation-wedding-postcard
    Nov 6, 2015, 10:30 AM

    Confusing regulations stymie postmark hand-back service for wedding postcard

    Have you ever gone into a post office and asked to have a mailpiece or cover canceled and returned to you? Many collectors can and do tell stories about how they were treated. I have heard everything from the granting of the request to outright denial – with all sorts of negotiating between.

  • us-stamp-notes-postcard-benjamin-franklin-stamp-mailed-four-times
    Nov 6, 2015, 10:30 AM

    Postcard odyssey: four 1¢ stamps buy a 16,000-mile journey

    And in the category of most miles a domestic postcard has traveled, we have the entry reported by Linn’s reader Daniel Richmond, of Frederick, Md. Mailed in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 4, 1910, it was sent Detroit, Mich., and then to Agana in the United States territory of Guam in the Western Pacific.

  • john-philip-sousa-famous-americans
    Nov 6, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 6: John Philip Sousa

    John Philip Sousa first performed with the United States Marine Band at age 13. He would become the group's leader 12 years later, and compose some of the nation's best loved marches.

  • roy-rogers-cowboys-silver-screen
    Nov 5, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 5: Roy Rogers

    Though he was born in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up on a farm, young Leonard Franklin Slye would come to be known as the singing cowboy named Roy Rogers.

  • chad-snee
    Nov 4, 2015, 19:30 PM

    Paper-clipped Purple Heart stamp mystery solved

    My previous blog post focused on a mystery: the apparent indentations of paper clips on United States Purple Heart forever stamps that were used to mail payments to the circulation department of my employer, Amos Media in Sidney, Ohio.

  • stamp-market-tips-george-washington-imperforate-type-iv
    Nov 4, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Imperforate 1919 2¢ George Washington undervalued in Scott

    The value for a mint never-hinged stamp is about right, but the stamp is undervalued in both unused hinged condition and used condition. If you find it at Scott catalog value, it is an excellent buy.

  • will-rogers-performing-arts
    Nov 4, 2015, 09:00 AM

    Born Nov. 4: Will Rogers

    American humorist Will Rogers was one of the nation's most beloved entertainers in the early decades of the 20th century.

  • essays-and-proofs-united-states-olympics-large-die-proof
    Nov 4, 2015, 08:45 AM

    Bureau of Engraving and Printing die proofs created between 1923 and 1961

    The dawn of the golden age of United States commemorative postage stamps began with the issuance of the Harding Memorial stamp in 1923. From that point forward, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing started to ramp up the design and production of stamps that would commemorate events marking the history of our nation.

  • bronko-nagurski-football-stamp
    Nov 3, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 3: Bronko Nagurski

    Pro football star Bronko Nagurski played nine years for the Chicago Bears and created a successful career for himself as a professional wrestler.

  • us-stamp-notes-expertizing-kansas-nebraska-overprints
    Nov 2, 2015, 11:30 AM

    More than reference works needed for expertization

    Austrian philatelist and philatelic author Edwin Mueller (1898-1962) once wrote: “ … Only decades of experience and knowledge far above even that of an advanced collector enable the expert to do his job.

  • statue-of-liberty-stamp-las-vegas
    Nov 2, 2015, 11:29 AM

    Mental Floss revisits infamous Statue of Liberty error

    Mental Floss revisits a famous error made by the USPS in 2010, when they portrayed not the Statue of Liberty itself, but a Las Vegas replica.

  • warren-harding-memorial-stamp
    Nov 2, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Nov. 2: Warren G. Harding

    President Warren G. Harding died while in office. He was memorialized on a 2¢ black stamp issued one month later; additional stamps honoring him followed soon after.

  • blog-editors-insights-scott-standard-catalog-reorganization-2018
    Nov 2, 2015, 01:15 AM

    Scott to reorganize Standard catalog beginning with the 2018 edition

    The 2017 edition will bring to an end the six-volume organization of the Standard catalog. Scott most likely will make a decision about the 2018 edition before Vol. 1 of the 2017 catalog is published next April.

  • spotlight-on-philately-sinclair-lewis-great-americans-perforation-color-errors
    Nov 1, 2015, 07:30 AM

    Errors, freaks, oddities and blunders: from the sublime to the ridiculous

    “Stamps that have some major, consistent, unintentional deviation from the normal are considered errors.” So begins the brief paragraph on that complex subject that you’ll find — and that all interested collectors would do well to read — in the introduction to the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.

  • mackinac-bridge-commemorative
    Nov 1, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Opened Nov. 1: Mackinac Bridge

    Michigan's famous Mackinac Bridge was opened to traffic 58 years ago on Nov. 1, 1957. Two United States stamps have depicted the five-mile-long structure.