• auction-regency-superior-4-cent-pan-american
    Oct 31, 2015, 07:01 AM

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

    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.

  • juliette-gordon-low-girl-scouts
    Oct 31, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 31: Juliette Gordon Low

    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-imperforate-1906-benjamin-franklin-centerline-block1
    Oct 30, 2015, 19:00 PM

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

    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.

  • usps-delivery-truck-next-generation-delivery-vehicle
    Oct 30, 2015, 09:30 AM

    Next Generation Delivery Vehicle proposed, Botanical Art stamps planned: 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.

  • john-adams-presidential-stamp
    Oct 30, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 30: John Adams

    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.

  • auction-siegel-nov-scott-9
    Oct 29, 2015, 21:40 PM

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

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

  • usa-poster-stamp-c1930-missouri-state-fair-lead
    Oct 29, 2015, 16:09 PM

    Confederate Stamp Alliance sets its 2016 Annual Meeting

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

  • cartoonist-bill-mauldin-commemorative
    Oct 29, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 29: Bill Mauldin

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

  • dollar-sign-stamps-waves-of-color-patriotic-waves-leonard-hartmann-philatelic-book
    Oct 28, 2015, 22:00 PM

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

    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.

  • mick-zais-aps-elections
    Oct 28, 2015, 21:10 PM

    Zais announces his candidacy for APS president

    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.

  • jonas-salk-polio-vaccine
    Oct 28, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 28: Jonas Salk

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

  • chad-snee
    Oct 27, 2015, 11:30 AM

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

    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.

  • theodore-roosevelt-president-stamp
    Oct 27, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 27: Theodore Roosevelt

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

  • mahalia-jackson-gospel-music
    Oct 26, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 26: Mahalia Jackson

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

  • richard-byrd-antarctic-explorer
    Oct 25, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 25: Richard E. Byrd

    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.

  • sonny-terry-american-music-stamp
    Oct 24, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 24: Sonny Terry

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

  • donna-houseman
    Oct 23, 2015, 14:18 PM

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

    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.

  • united-states-postal-service-priority-mail-price-increases-2016
    Oct 23, 2015, 07:37 AM

    Priority Mail prices to jump, A Charlie Brown Christmas press sheets sold out: 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.

  • paul-rudolph-architecture-yale
    Oct 23, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 23: Paul Rudolph

    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-flowers-pane
    Oct 22, 2015, 16:40 PM

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

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

  • united-states-women-in-military-service-stamp-photograph
    Oct 22, 2015, 04:00 AM

    Two stamps depicting service women based on images of living people

    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).

  • daniel-boone-commemorative-stamp
    Oct 22, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 22: Daniel Boone

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

  • us-stamp-notes-november-2015-cartoon-contest
    Oct 21, 2015, 20:45 PM

    Cartoon contest features 1967 Accomplishments In Space stamp

    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.

  • star-of-david-dead-letter-symbol
    Oct 21, 2015, 16:00 PM

    Interpreting geometric symbols on Dead Letter Office return covers

    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.

  • charlie-brown-press-sheets-sold-out
    Oct 21, 2015, 10:40 AM

    Press sheets for A Charlie Brown Christmas sold out

    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.

  • stamp-market-tips-liberty-series-robert-e-lee-solo-use-cover
    Oct 21, 2015, 08:00 AM

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

    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.

  • akfred-nobel-prize-joint-issue
    Oct 21, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 21: Alfred Nobel

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

  • mickey-mantle-baseball-sluggers
    Oct 20, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 20: Mickey Mantle

    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.

  • admiral-arleigh-burke-sailors
    Oct 19, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 19: Arleigh A. Burke

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

  • harvey-wiley-pure-food-and-drug
    Oct 18, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 18: Harvey W. Wiley

    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.

  • donna-houseman
    Oct 16, 2015, 14:00 PM

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

    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.

  • Oct 16, 2015, 09:30 AM

    Stolen stamps recovered, new Scott numbers assigned: 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.

  • superman-jerry-siegel-celebrate
    Oct 16, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 17: Jerry Siegel

    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.

  • noah-webster-lexicographer-teacher
    Oct 16, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct 16: Noah Webster

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

  • 2016-scott-specialized-catalogue-united-states-stamps-covers
    Oct 15, 2015, 12:18 PM

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

    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.

  • united-states-ingrid-bergman-stamp-2015
    Oct 15, 2015, 12:18 PM

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

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

  • american-philatelic-society-logo
    Oct 15, 2015, 12:14 PM

    Additional APS candidate information for 2016-19 election in May

    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.

  • first-day-cover-album
    Oct 15, 2015, 09:45 AM

    Questions and answers about creating and collecting first-day covers

    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.

  • united-states-adlai-stevenson-rejected-stamp-designs-philippe-halsman-photography
    Oct 15, 2015, 09:30 AM

    A brief philatelic history of distinguished politician Adlai E. Stevenson

    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.

  • larry-rosenblum
    Oct 15, 2015, 09:23 AM

    Definitives plus commemoratives equal defino-memoratives

    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.

  • benjamin-k-miller-collection-recovery-new-york-postmasters-provisional-block-rarity-revealed
    Oct 15, 2015, 08:45 AM

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

    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-cover-harry-truman-united-nations-korea-1951
    Oct 15, 2015, 08:30 AM

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

    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).

  • artist-john-vanderlyn-columbus
    Oct 15, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 15: John Vanderlyn

    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.

  • 2016-scott-classic-specialized-catalog
    Oct 15, 2015, 01:15 AM

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

    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.

  • spotlight-airmail-pearl-harbor-new-york-dutch-east-indies-1941
    Oct 15, 2015, 01:00 AM

    Collector interest fueling volatility in values for wartime postal history

    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.

  • president-dwight-eisenhower-stamp
    Oct 14, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 14: Dwight D. Eisenhower

    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.

  • stamp-market-tips-warren-g-harding-mint-stamp-plate-block-pane
    Oct 13, 2015, 19:30 PM

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

    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.

  • burr-tillstrom-kukla-fran-ollie
    Oct 13, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 13: Burr Tillstrom

    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.

  • elmer-sperry-airmail-stamp
    Oct 12, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 12: Elmer A. Sperry

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

  • eleanor-roosevelt-first-lady
    Oct 11, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 11: Eleanor Roosevelt

    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.

  • helen-hayes-commemorative-actor
    Oct 10, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 10: Helen Hayes

    Actress Helen Hayes, born Oct. 10, 1900, entered show business at age five and made her Broadway debut just four years later. She later starred in numerous films and on television.

  • spotlight-airmail-pearl-harbor-fam-14-cover-1941
    Oct 9, 2015, 08:48 AM

    Pearl Harbor Day a benchmark date, China error sells for $149,500: 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.

  • winfield-schley-navy-commemorative
    Oct 9, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 9: Winfield Scott Schley

    Winfield Scott Schley is one of three admirals commemorated on a 4¢ stamp in the U.S. Navy series of 1937.

  • canal-zone-official-airmail-overprint-stamp-market-tip-of-the-week
    Oct 8, 2015, 10:00 AM

    Tip of the week: Canal Zone airmail Official stamps

    In 1941, the Canal Zone issued a set of seven airmail Official stamps (Scott CO1-CO7) by overprinting “Official” and “Panama Canal” in two lines on some of the 1931-1949 airmail set (Scott C7 and C9-C14). The lower “Panama Canal” overprint was 19 millimeters to 20mm long.

  • eddie-rickenbacker-world-war-pilot
    Oct 8, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 8: Eddie Rickenbacker

    The Medal of Honor recipient served his country during World War I as the nation's most celebrated air ace.

  • september-2015-cartoon-contest-winner
    Oct 7, 2015, 12:03 PM

    U.S. Stamp Notes Cartoon Contest, September 2015

    Frustration was the dominant theme in the entries for the September cartoon caption contest featuring the U.S. Coast Guard stamp issued Aug. 4.

  • uppercase-magazine-history-lace-stamps-2015
    Oct 7, 2015, 09:30 AM

    'Uppercase' magazine highlights stamps and lace

    A recent issue of Uppercase magazine puts stamps front and center. Editor Janine Vangool writes, "The postage stamp ... is one of the smallest ubiquitous pieces of printed-on-paper graphic design that is still part of our everyday lives."

  • james-whitcomb-riley-famous-americans
    Oct 7, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 7: James Whitcomb Riley

    James Whitcomb Riley became a nationally known and loved poet who created entertaining verse, often based on his Midwestern roots and experiences.

  • holiday-2015-us-stamps-table
    Oct 6, 2015, 16:20 PM

    No shortage of holiday stamps from USPS

    Mailers in the United States have a huge selection of holiday stamps and envelopes to choose from this year, with more than 20 varieties offered by the U.S. Postal Service.

  • motion-picture-anniversary-commemorative
    Oct 6, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 6: The Motion Picture

    Oct. 6 is a significant date in motion picture history, marking the anniversary of the first public screening of motion pictures in theaters.

  • chester-arthur-presidential-definitive
    Oct 5, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 5: Chester A. Arthur

    President Chester A. Arthur was born Oct. 5, 1829. He is one of the few American presidents who was never elected to the office.

  • rutherford-hayes-president-definitive
    Oct 4, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 4: Rutherford B. Hayes

    The first stamp honoring President Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-93) was issued nearly 30 years after his death, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

  • author-thomas-wolfe-literary-arts
    Oct 3, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 3: Thomas Wolfe

    Thomas Wolfe's 1929 novel Look Homeward Angel is considered a masterpiece of 20th century literature. The 33¢ stamp honoring him includes the titles of two novels inscribed at right.

  • cordell-hull-state-nobel
    Oct 2, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 2: Cordell Hull

    The longest-serving Secretary of State in U.S. history, Cordell Hull, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his work toward establishing the United Nations.

  • circus-sheet-fdc-upright-jenny-invert-dollar-sign-stamps
    Oct 1, 2015, 13:07 PM

    Circus souvenir sheet first-day cover from Baraboo, Wis.

    On Dec. 10, 2014, the U.S. Postal Service issued a souvenir sheet containing a $1 stamp similar to one of the 2014 Circus Posters stamps. Baraboo, Wis., hosted the official first-day ceremony.

  • richard-stockton-declaration-signer
    Oct 1, 2015, 03:30 AM

    Born Oct. 1: Richard Stockton

    Shortly after adding his signature to the Declaration of Independence, Richard Stockton was captured by the British and held prisoner under harsh conditions.