insightsWhat to do when you receive a “no opinion” certificate
September 30, 2015 01:06 PMYou’ve sent in your latest find to be expertized, pretty sure that it is what you think it is. After the usual period of nail-biting while waiting for the certificate that will prove you right, the mail brings one that says, “No opinion.” Responses to this situation can range from puzzlement to anger, but after the disappointment, there is the question of what to do next.
newsBorn Sept. 27: Samuel Adams
September 27, 2015 10:00 AMSamuel Adams was a founding father of the United States, a relentless voice for independence from Britain.
newsBorn Sept. 26: T.S. Eliot
September 26, 2015 03:30 AMThe influential poet and playwright was commemorated on a stamp in 1986 as part of the Literary Arts series.
blogIntroduce the hobby to others at ASDA show in New York City
September 25, 2015 09:30 AMThe American Stamp Dealers Association will present its annual New York Fall Postage Stamp Show Oct. 23-25 in the ballroom of the New York Hilton Midtown,1335 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue and W. 53rd Street), in New York City.
insightsCampaign labels created for Alfred E. Smith, 1928 presidential candidate
September 24, 2015 01:06 PMPresidential politics can be endlessly fascinating. These days, an amazing amount of effort and money goes into the process of winnowing dozens of possible candidates down to a small field of contenders on the ballot on election day.
insightsTransient second-class: correcting a listing in the domestic rates book
September 24, 2015 01:06 PMTwo mailings of Life magazine in 1942 help uncover a mistake in the author's useful reference work: U.S. Domestic Postal Rates, 1872-1999. Presidential series stamps were used to send the magazines.
newsSenate approves sales of Breast Cancer Research semipostal through 2019
September 24, 2015 11:39 AMThe Breast Cancer Research stamp provides 49¢ first-class postage and currently costs 60¢. The additional 11¢ beyond the regular 49¢ postal rate for a domestic letter helps fund breast cancer research at the National Institutes of Health and the Medical Research Program at the Department of Defense.
newsOctober cartoon caption contest: enter to win a prize
September 24, 2015 11:38 AMI like to call this time of year the hopeful season for the sports teams I follow. Despite not doing so well last year, my college and professional football teams are looking better in the preseason (as this is being written). My basketball teams had good recruiting off-seasons. My pro baseball team is in second place and surging.
blogFrom three printers to two: Will this mean fewer U.S. stamps?
September 24, 2015 09:30 AMIn late August, Linn’s reported that CCL Label would no longer print stamps for the United States Postal Service: “The move leaves Sennett Security Products of Browns Summit, N.C., and Ashton Potter of Williamsville, N.Y., as the only two contractors currently responsible for the printing of United States postage stamps.”
insightsDr. Kilmer precancels have appeal on several levels
September 23, 2015 01:05 PMPrivate die proprietary revenue stamps, often referred to as match and medicine stamps because of the types of merchandise for which they were used to show payment of tax, is one of the most active segments of the American stamp market.
newsJourney to philatelic paradise in a stamp-decorated coffin
September 22, 2015 09:47 AMCreativeCoffins, the British company that has been making personalized coffins since 2008, is now offering stamp variations on their coffins for customers who want their loved ones buried with the stamps they treasured.
newsBorn Sept. 22: Alma Thomas
September 22, 2015 03:30 AMAlma Thomas, born Sept. 22, 1891, painted March on Washington after participating in the historic 1963 event.
newsStamp order from Postal Service delivers upright $2 Jenny Invert pane
September 18, 2015 11:41 AMAn order for postage placed through the Stamp Fulfillment Services division of the United States Postal Service turned up quite a find for one lucky New Jersey collector: one of the 100 upright $2 Jenny Invert panes.
newsAnother upright Jenny Invert pane surfaces, soakable stamps explored: Week's Most Read
September 18, 2015 09:37 AMAlso this week, the U.S. Postal Service responded to an article about religious themes on stamps, and Mary-Anne Penner announced three additions to the 2015 United States first-day cover program.
insightsMost Roosevelt small die proof albums of 1903 have been broken up
September 17, 2015 01:04 PMThe Roosevelt small die proof albums were produced in the early part of 1903 during President Theodore Roosevelt’s administration. The use of his name by philatelists, to identify these proofs, is the sole connection that he has to these albums.
insightsU.S. Official postal savings mail stamp is a good buy
September 17, 2015 01:04 PMStarting in December 1910, Official postal savings mail stamps were issued in denominations of 1¢, 2¢, 10¢, 50¢, and $1 (Scott O121-O126). Use of the stamps was discontinued in October 1914, and unused stocks in the hands of postmasters were returned and destroyed.
insightsHandstamped date on back of Washington stamp explained
September 17, 2015 01:04 PMAbout a year ago (Linn’s, June 30, 2014), I asked in the U.S. Stamp Notes column if any Linn’s reader could explain the date “JUL 6 ’12” handstamped in red on the back of the mint 1¢ green George Washington stamp (Scott 498), shown here front and back.
newsUpright Jenny Invert pane received in USPS stamp order
September 17, 2015 11:42 AMA stamp collector in Oklahoma is the latest lucky buyer of a $2 Jenny Invert pane showing the biplane in the center of all six stamps flying right side up. As a promotional scheme, the United States Postal Service intentionally created 100 panes of the upright variety of the 2013 Jenny Invert issue (Scott 4806).
newsU.S. Postal Service responds to article about religious themes on stamps
September 17, 2015 11:42 AMIt is true that no new U.S. stamps with religious themes are planned this year. The Postal Service currently has three different traditional Christmas stamps showing religious scenes available for purchase in standard formats: the 2011 Madonna of the Candelabra Christmas forever stamp (Scott 4570), the 2013 Virgin and Child by Gossaert forever stamp (4815), and the 2012-13 Holy Family forever stamp (4813).
newsSeven announce candidacies for 2016-19 American Philatelic Society election
September 17, 2015 11:40 AMKen Nilsestuen, current treasurer for the American Philatelic Society, announced his candidacy for APS president at the APS Stamshow held Aug. 20-23 in Grand Rapids, Mich. In mid-September, Nilsestuen and five others posted candidate statements on the Stamp Collecting Forum and the Virtual Stamp Club, two websites devoted to stamp collecting.
insightsU.S. mail across the Atlantic by land-based aircraft: Part 2, 1942-46
September 15, 2015 01:02 PMKen Lawrence resumes his story about how the U.S. Army Air Transport Command and its contract carriers, mainly Pan American Airways, built the world’s longest and most important airmail route during World War II, employing land-based aircraft over routes that have seldom been fully understood and appreciated by airmail collectors.
insightsNewest ATA unit devoted to 'Halloween Spooktacular Stamps and Stuff'
September 15, 2015 01:02 PMThe newest study unit of the ATA, the Halloween Spooktacular Stamps and Stuff Unit, formed just a few months ago, issuing the first issue of its quarterly newsletter, The Bubbling Cauldron, in June. The unit received its charter at the National Topical Stamp Show held July 31 through Aug. 2 in Portland, Ore.
insightsThe word 'almost' does not appear on expertizing certificates
September 15, 2015 01:01 PMI often receive questions that go something like this, “There is a nice pair of stamps I have that is almost imperf and I think I should get it expertized as such.” Or sometimes the writer says that the stamp is missing almost all the black, or another color.
blogSubmit your proposal for stamp subjects; Linn’s editor has a suggestion for 2018
September 15, 2015 09:15 AMOnline petitions have cropped up in recent months proposing stamps for various subjects. One petition urges visitors to the website to sign a proposal for a stamp for American entrepreneur and distiller Jack Daniels, who is best known for the whiskey that bears his name. Another petition seeks signatures for a stamp to honor Earl F. Lloyd, the NBA’s first African-American player.
newsBorn Sept. 15: William Howard Taft
September 15, 2015 08:00 AMThe first United States stamp to honor the nation’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, was issued June 4, 1930, less than three months after Taft died on March 8. After serving as president from 1909 to 1913, Taft was appointed chief justice of the United States by President Warren G. Harding in 1921, and served in that office until he resigned in 1930, one month before his death.