Unused 1901 4¢ Pan-American special printing inverted center error brings $22,800 at Regency-Superior auction

October 31, 2015 07:01 AM

Regency-Superior held a sale in conjunction with the Sescal stamp show in Los Angeles on Oct. 3-4, previewed in Linn’s Sept. 28 issue.


Born Oct. 31: Juliette Gordon Low

October 31, 2015 03:30 AM

The founder of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Juliette Gordon Low, conducted the first Girl Scouts meeting in 1912 at her home in Savannah, Ga.


Tip of the week: U.S. imperforate 1906 1¢ Benjamin Franklin centerline block

October 30, 2015 06:00 PM

Centerline blocks of the 1906 1¢ Benjamin Franklin imperforate stamp (Scott 314) are in demand. The 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the centerline block in unused hinged condition and in used condition at $130, and it is a good buy at that price.


Next Generation Delivery Vehicle proposed, Botanical Art stamps planned: Week's Most Read

October 30, 2015 09:30 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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.


Born Oct. 30: John Adams

October 30, 2015 03:30 AM

After eight years serving as vice president with George Washington as president, John Adams won the election of 1796 to become the second president of the United States.


Siegel auctions Bowman, Gilbart and Curtis collections featuring superb U.S. stamps, unique essays and rare revenues

October 29, 2015 09:40 PM

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries held a series of sales from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 at their showroom in New York.


Confederate Stamp Alliance sets its 2016 Annual Meeting

October 29, 2015 03:09 PM

Save the date April 1-3 for the Annual Meeting in St. Louis. It is being held in conjunction with St. Louis EXPO 2016.


Born Oct. 29: Bill Mauldin

October 29, 2015 03:30 AM

The commemorative stamp honoring Bill Mauldin in 2010 was the second United States stamp to feature his popular Army characters Willie and Joe.


$2 Waves of Color, $1 Patriotic Waves headline franking on media-mail parcel from Kentucky

October 28, 2015 10:00 PM

A parcel from philatelic literature dealer Leonard Hartmann of Kentucky arrived in Linn’s offices earlier this year with a colorful four-stamp franking, including the $2 Waves of Color and $1 Patriotic Waves.


Zais announces his candidacy for APS president

October 28, 2015 09:10 PM

Zais was elected to the society's board of vice presidents in 2013. He recently served as chairman of the APS executive director search committee.


Born Oct. 28: Jonas Salk

October 28, 2015 03:30 AM

Three different United States stamps have paid tribute to medical researcher Jonas Salk and those involved in developing polio vaccines in the 1950s.


Of paper clips, stamps, and donation solicitations: another exercise in close observation

October 27, 2015 10:30 AM

Not so long ago, I blogged about the heightened powers of observation common to stamp collectors. I want to hit that point home once again, this time using the two covers shown photographically cropped nearby.


Born Oct. 27: Theodore Roosevelt

October 27, 2015 03:30 AM

President Theodore Roosevelt appears not only on stamps honoring him personally, but also on stamps that depict Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.


Born Oct. 26: Mahalia Jackson

October 26, 2015 03:30 AM

Raised in the Baptist church, Mahalia Jackson became a star in the world of gospel music with a huge worldwide following.


Born Oct. 25: Richard E. Byrd

October 25, 2015 03:30 AM

Richard E. Byrd saw his Antarctic exploration efforts commemorated on a United States stamp during his lifetime. He was also honored on a 25¢ stamp issued during his birth centenary year.


Born Oct. 24: Sonny Terry

October 24, 2015 03:30 AM

The Legends of American Music stamp series includes a 32¢ stamp honoring harmonica artist Sonny Terry, born Saunders Terrell on Oct. 24, 1911.


Scott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue offers great convenience in a compact size

October 23, 2015 02:18 PM

The Scott catalog season draws to a close each year with Scott’s largest single-volume catalog, the Scott Classic Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940, and its smallest catalog, the Scott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue.


Priority Mail prices to jump, A Charlie Brown Christmas press sheets sold out: Week's Most Read

October 23, 2015 06:37 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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.


Born Oct. 23: Paul Rudolph

October 23, 2015 03:30 AM

Architect Paul Rudolph, who was born Oct. 23, 1918, is mentioned on the back of the 37¢ stamp that shows his design of the Yale Art and Architecture Building in New Haven, Conn.


Botanical Art stamps to be issued by the USPS Jan. 29

October 22, 2015 04:40 PM

The United States Postal Service has announced that its Botanical Art set of 10 Flower stamps will be issued Jan. 29, 2016.


Two stamps depicting service women based on images of living people

October 22, 2015 03:00 AM

I have in the past spent a good deal of space in this column identifying living people shown on United States stamps. One of the enduring mysteries has been the identity of the models who were posed to come up with the design for the 3¢ Service Women stamp issued Sept. 11, 1952 (Scott 1013).


Born Oct. 22: Daniel Boone

October 22, 2015 03:30 AM

American frontiersman Daniel Boone established settlements in Kentucky and was responsible for creating the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap.


Cartoon contest features 1967 Accomplishments In Space stamp

October 21, 2015 07:45 PM

Put yourself in the space suit, floating in space, and tell me what you think the astronaut might be saying or thinking about NASA, the space program, philately, the current presidential sweepstakes, or anything else that occurs to you.


Interpreting geometric symbols on Dead Letter Office return covers

October 21, 2015 03:00 PM

I collect Dead Letter Office return envelopes, and many of them have various geometric figures stamped on them: circles, squares, triangles and Stars of David. I am frequently asked what these figures symbolize, so that will be the subject of this column.


Press sheets for A Charlie Brown Christmas sold out

October 21, 2015 10:40 AM

The 2,000 press sheets for the A Charlie Brown Christmas issue offered by the United States Postal Service sold out less than three weeks after the stamps were issued.


Keep an eye out for solo uses of Liberty series 30¢ Lee to international destinations

October 21, 2015 07:00 AM

Recent attempts to write the Confederacy out of American history have ironically backfired with collectors. There is a great deal of renewed interest in stamps and covers with topics relating to the Confederacy.


Born Oct. 21: Alfred Nobel

October 21, 2015 03:30 AM

Alfred Nobel was born in Stockholm, Sweden on Oct. 21, 1833. The terms of his will established the foundation for the Nobel Prize awards.


Born Oct. 20: Mickey Mantle

October 20, 2015 03:30 AM

New York Yankees center fielder Mickey Mantle was born Oct. 20, 1931. After 18 seasons in the major leagues, Mantle was inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.


Born Oct. 19: Arleigh A. Burke

October 19, 2015 03:30 AM

Amiral Arleigh A. Burke, born Oct. 19, 1901, is honored on a 44¢ stamp in the 2010 Distinguished Sailors set of four.


Born Oct. 18: Harvey W. Wiley

October 18, 2015 03:30 AM

American scientist Harvey W. Wiley served during the Civil War, and then became a spokesman for legislation to regulate food and medicine production during the early 20th century.


A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps delayed at two Rochester, N.Y., post offices

October 16, 2015 01:00 PM

Linn’s recently received a complaint from reader Kelly Armstrong, who was upset because he was unable to buy the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps on the first day of issue, Oct. 1. Linn’s saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the United States Postal Service and to help a fellow collector.


Stolen stamps recovered, new Scott numbers assigned: Week's Most Read

October 16, 2015 08:30 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. Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order.


Born Oct. 17: Jerry Siegel

October 16, 2015 03:30 AM

The name of Jerry Siegel, the young comic book writer who developed the character of Superman, appears on a 32¢ stamp honoring Superman in the Celebrate the Century commemorative series.


Born Oct 16: Noah Webster

October 16, 2015 03:30 AM

A strong supporter of American independence, Noah Webster is particularly remembered for his dictionary of the English language, the first published in the Americas.


Imperf stamps from press sheets listed in 2016 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog

October 15, 2015 11:18 AM

The biggest editorial advance in the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers is the addition of minor-number listings for imperforate stamps from uncut press sheets without die cuts.


Scott editors assign new numbers to World Stamp Show, Ingrid Bergman, Spectrum Eagle coil stamps

October 15, 2015 11:18 AM

New Scott catalog numbers have been assigned to a handful of stamps issued during the past month, including the Ingrid Bergman forever stamp.


Additional APS candidate information for 2016-19 election in May

October 15, 2015 11:14 AM

The Oct. 5 Linn’s Stamp News reported details of seven announced candidates for offices of the American Philatelic Society, the nation’s largest club for stamp collectors. The organization holds elections every three years for its officers: president, three vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, and four directors at large.


Questions and answers about creating and collecting first-day covers

October 15, 2015 08:45 AM

Every so often, it is good to step back and review some basic elements of our philatelic specialty of first-day cover collecting. Longtime collectors might enjoy a review of certain topics, while newer collectors might appreciate some words of advice.


A brief philatelic history of distinguished politician Adlai E. Stevenson

October 15, 2015 08:30 AM

The United States Post Office Department honored Adlai E. Stevenson II on a 5¢ stamp issued Oct. 23, 1965, shortly after he passed away suddenly on July 14, 1965, while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.


Definitives plus commemoratives equal defino-memoratives

October 15, 2015 09:23 AM

In Great Britain, definitive stamps, which are used for everyday mail, have a very long life. The current Machin design, with the sculpted portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, was introduced in 1967.


Block of three 1845 New York postmaster’s provisional stamps from Miller collection recovered

October 15, 2015 07:45 AM

A block of three of the 1845 5¢ New York postmaster’s provisional, once part of a larger block of 10 that was stolen from the famous Benjamin K. Miller collection in 1977, was recovered in late September.


Douglas MacArthur, storied U.S. Army general and national icon

October 15, 2015 07:30 AM

Beyond people in the sports and entertainment worlds, there are not many who become genuine legends in their own time, and it is interesting to find covers addressed to such a person. One man arguably in that category was Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964).


Born Oct. 15: John Vanderlyn

October 15, 2015 03:30 AM

John Vanderlyn's paintings have been shown on several United States stamps; his Landing of Columbus was a stamp subject in 1869, 1893 and 1992.


More than 35,000 value changes made in 2016 Scott Classic Specialized catalog

October 15, 2015 12:15 AM

Thousands of value changes, hundreds of new listings, and myriad editorial improvements, including many hundreds of revised and expanded listings, can be found in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940. The 2016 edition of the catalog, the 22nd edition, widely regarded as the best single-volume catalog for the classic-era stamps of the world, incorporates more than 15,850 value changes.


Collector interest fueling volatility in values for wartime postal history

October 15, 2015 12:00 AM

Values on scarce wartime postal history covers have grown increasingly volatile as collectors’ interest has intensified. This Oct. 29, 1941, airmail cover from New York City to the Dutch East Indies sold recently on the eBay Internet auction website for $1,225 after spirited bidding by 10 competitors.


Born Oct. 14: Dwight D. Eisenhower

October 14, 2015 03:30 AM

Dwight D. Eisenhower was born 125 years ago in Texas. He has been honored on several U.S. stamps, including one issued on his birth centenary in 1990.


Mint plate blocks, mint panes of 2¢ Warren G. Harding elusive in marketplace

October 13, 2015 06:30 PM

The 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values the flat-plate printed 2¢ Warren G. Harding stamp perforated gauge 11 (Scott 610) at $1.10 in mint never-hinged condition. The stamp was printed in plates of 400 subjects, which were divided into four panes of 100 for distribution and sale.


Born Oct. 13: Burr Tillstrom

October 13, 2015 03:30 AM

Burr Tillstrom, who was born Oct. 13, 1917, created the television program Kukla, Fran and Ollie, which was commemorated on a United States stamp in 2009.


Born Oct. 12: Elmer A. Sperry

October 12, 2015 03:30 AM

On an airmail stamp issued in 1985, Elmer Ambrose Sperry is shown with his son, the aviation inventor Lawrence Sperry.


Born Oct. 11: Eleanor Roosevelt

October 11, 2015 03:30 AM

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt was active politics and world affairs for many years after the death of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1945.
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