• franz-schubert-austria
    Jan 31, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 31: Franz Schubert

    Born Jan. 31, 1797, Austrian composer Franz Schubert was prolific during his short life, which ended in 1828. His fame grew monumentally after his death.

  • classic-us-postal-history-first-bureau-utah-marquesas-islands-registered-cover
    Jan 30, 2016, 14:00 PM

    First Bureau Issues on cover can be collected in many ways

    In 1894, the government decided to have the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing print U.S. postage stamps. The first issue of stamps from the BEP came to be called the First Bureau Issue.

  • obituary-united-states-stamp-designer-howard-koslow
    Jan 30, 2016, 07:00 AM

    Howard Koslow, prolific artist of U.S. Lighthouse series, dead at 91

    Howard Koslow, one of the United States Postal Service’s most prolific stamp artists and painter of its 30 classic Lighthouse stamps, died Jan. 25 at his home in Toms River, N.J.

  • de-vries-artcraft-first-day-covers-end-worlds-fair
    Jan 29, 2016, 09:31 AM

    ArtCraft FDCs discontinued, U.S. stamp eclipses $20 denomination: Week's Most Read

    Also popular this week were a post about the APS election in May that features multiple candidates in every race, a tribute to the late Paul Newman on his birthday, and the news that the USPS abandoned its attempt to end Saturday delivery.

  • wc-fields-performing-arts-commemorative
    Jan 29, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 29: W.C. Fields

    W.C. Fields kept movie audiences laughing for years with his classic films My Little Chickadee and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break.

  • dollar-sign-stamps-dollar5-alexander-hamilton-plate-block
    Jan 28, 2016, 16:50 PM

    $5 Alexander Hamilton is top stamp of Liberty series

    On March 19, 1956, the top denomination of the Liberty definitive series, a $5 stamp depicting Alexander Hamilton, was issued. Commercial $5 Hamilton covers are scarce and highly prized.

  • elijah-wood-lord-of-the-rings
    Jan 28, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 28: Elijah Wood

    Actor Elijah Wood is best known for his starring role as Frodo Baggins in the three Lord of the Rings movies from 2001, 2002 and 2003.

  • stamp-market-tips-thaddeus-lowe-air-letter-sheet
    Jan 27, 2016, 15:54 PM

    50¢ Thaddeus Lowe letter sheet tough to find used

    Air letter sheets are one of the less well-known types of postal stationery. They differ from postal stationery envelopes in that the letter or message is written on the sheet, which is then folded up in the shape of an envelope for mailing.

  • samuel-gompers-labor-leader
    Jan 27, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 27: Samuel Gompers

    Samuel Gompers was a 19th century cigar maker turned labor leader, an instrumental voice in the founding of the American Federation of Labor.

  • paul-newman-commemorative-actor
    Jan 26, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 26: Paul Newman

    Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Jan. 26, 1925, Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman starred in many acclaimed films while establishing and funding a number of charitable organizations.

  • modern-us-mail-1945-undeliverable-letter-out-of-business-handstamp-return-to-sender
    Jan 25, 2016, 12:00 PM

    What postal rule forbade remailing in an undeliverable envelope?

    Because I ask, or am asked, numerous questions about the functions of the United States Post Office Department, I am fortunate to have available a number of official publications that somehow or other relate to those functions.

  • william-whipple-declaration-of-independence
    Jan 25, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 25: William Whipple Jr.

    William Whipple Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, also took part in the Battle of Saratoga the following year. He is depicted on stamps commemorating those events.

  • edith-wharton-literary-arts-commemorative
    Jan 24, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 24: Edith Wharton

    Edith Wharton won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1920 novel The Age of Innocence. She also authored Ethan Frome in 1911 and numerous other works.

  • first-day-covers-star-trek-hideaki-nakano-transportation-coil
    Jan 23, 2016, 06:30 AM

    2016 U.S. combo first-day covers previewed, suspicious stamp errors analyzed: Week's Most Read

    Also among this week's biggest stories on Linns.com are ones analyzing suspicious errors on a 1979 Christmas stamp, and the USPS plan for financial stability.

  • george-mcmanus-comic-strip-classics
    Jan 23, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 23: George McManus

    For decades, Maggie and Jiggs tickled the funny bones of Sunday comic strip readers. They were created by an Irish-American named George McManus, who was raised in St. Louis, but found his fame in New York City.

  • Jan 22, 2016, 15:27 PM

    New definitive series begins with 10¢ Red Pears coil

    A new United States definitive stamp series is underway, with fruit as its principal theme. A 10¢ Red Pears self-adhesive coil stamp was issued Jan. 17 in Washington, D.C., with no first-day ceremony.

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    Jan 22, 2016, 15:27 PM

    New and improved Linns.com keeps getting better

    Linn’s Stamp News is excited to debut this week a new site with a fresh look and a more user-friendly approach to delivering our breaking news, expert insights and collector resources.

  • editors-insights-world-stamp-show-ny-2016-share-show-experiences
    Jan 22, 2016, 14:07 PM

    Are you planning to attend WSS-NY 2016? Share your show experiences with Linn’s

    We invite readers to be our eyes and ears at the show. Our editors will be on the show floor throughout the eight-day event, but we can’t be everywhere at once.

  • united-states-2016-la-cueva-del-indio-priority-mail-stamp
    Jan 22, 2016, 09:00 AM

    Columbia River Gorge stamp eclipses $20 denomination mark

    The United States Postal Service has produced its first postage stamp to exceed a $20 denomination: the $22.95 Columbia River Gorge Priority Express Mail stamp was issued Jan. 17. It is also the first U.S. stamp printed by Banknote Corporation of America using a plate number beginning with the letter B. A second stamp intended for Priority Mail use, printed by Ashton Potter USA Ltd., was issued at the same time: a $6.45 La Cueva del Indio stamp.

  • george-balanchine-american-choreographers
    Jan 22, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 22: George Balanchine

    Russian-born choreographer George Balanchine was instrumental in the founding of the New York City Ballet. Balanchine became an American citizen in 1939.

  • united-states-year-of-the-monkey-stamp-lunar-new-year
    Jan 21, 2016, 16:55 PM

    New Lunar New Year stamp features peonies with cut-paper monkey

    The United States Postal Service will welcome in the Year of the Monkey with a new nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp that features red-orange peonies from artist Kam Mak, and a small cut-paper image of a monkey based on a previously used design by artist Clarence Lee. The Lunar New Year stamp for the Year of the Monkey has an issue date of Feb. 5.

  • us-stamp-notes-cartoon-contest-charlie-brown
    Jan 21, 2016, 16:25 PM

    February cartoon caption contest: Charlie Brown

    An empty mailbox is a disappointment at any time of year, but especially at holiday time, be it Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Charlie Brown on this forever stamp from the Oct. 1, 2015, A Charlie Brown Christmas booklet is hoping to get a card from the Little Red-Haired Girl, but seems doomed to frustration (Scott 5026).

  • tip-of-the-week-embossed-revenue-stamped-paper
    Jan 21, 2016, 16:09 PM

    Tip of the week: U.S. embossed revenue stamps on document

    Embossed revenue stamps were required on documents such as bills of exchange, promissory notes, powers of attorney, bills of lading, bonds, letters patent, leases and mortgages, and were used throughout the colonies and in the 13 original states. Not a few of these embossed revenue stamps on document are valued at $20 or less.

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    Jan 21, 2016, 12:49 PM

    Candidates for every position in APS election in May

    Along with two candidates each for the positions of president, secretary and treasurer, there are also two competing slates of three candidates to serve as the board of vice presidents, and six announced candidates for four director-at-large positions. Earlier reports published in the Linn’s Stamp News issues of Oct. 5 and Oct. 26, 2015, provided background for candidates announced up to that point: Ken Nilsestuen for the office of president; John Barwis, Alex Haimann and Yamil Kouri for the board of vice presidents; Mark Butterline and Stephen Schumann competing for the secretary position; Bruce Marsden as treasurer; and director candidates Michael Bloom, Rich Drews, Gordon Eubanks, David McNamee, and Mark Schwartz.

  • de-vries-artcraft-fdcs-end
    Jan 21, 2016, 08:53 AM

    Washington Stamp Exchange discontinues ArtCraft FDCs

    After more than 76 years, Washington Stamp Exchange has discontinued producing its ArtCraft first-day covers. According to a statement, the company “concluded that the decreasing volume of sales could no longer sustain the high costs of production.”

  • ethan-allen-fort-ticonderoga
    Jan 21, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 21: Ethan Allen

    Born on Jan. 21, 1738, Ethan Allen was a key figure in the history of Vermont, and an important factor in an early Revolutionary War victory for the colonies.

  • senator-stimson-hull-congressmen-white-house-cover-1941
    Jan 20, 2016, 20:48 PM

    An address for the ages

    If you want to make sure you have gotten your rant to the right people to hear it, here is the perfect address, from the May 2, 1941, envelope shown nearby: “Senator Stimson Hull & Congressmen/White House/Washington, D.C.” I bet that the letter contained in the envelope (unfortunately no longer there) was from a person weighing in on the subject of involvement in Europe’s war.

  • us-stamp-notes-valentine-marconigram
    Jan 20, 2016, 17:01 PM

    A love Marconigram for Valentine’s Day

    February 14 is the day to receive something special in the mail, and the “Love’s Marconigram” shown nearby would certainly get the recipient’s heart beating a little faster. The envelope is franked with a 2¢ Washington Shield stamp (Scott 319) canceled Feb. 11, 1904, in Austin, Texas. Opening this envelope reveals the beautiful enclosure. It is a take-off on a Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co. telegram form, and guaranteed to make a great impression.

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    Jan 19, 2016, 09:15 AM

    Do you want access to great libraries? Search the APRL’s Philatelic Union Catalog

    In this column in the Aug. 24 issue of Linn’s, I referred to the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., as a “gift to stamp collectors.” The BNAPS library and the APRL are two of many libraries available to stamp collectors, and some philatelic libraries are available online.

  • daniel-webster-dartmouth-college-commemorative
    Jan 18, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 18: Daniel Webster

    American statesman Daniel Webster was a congressman and senator before serving under two different presidents as the U.S. secretary of state.

  • benjamin-franklin-1847
    Jan 17, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 17: Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin was a senior statesman by the time he signed the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, but throughout his life he contributed much to the cause of American liberty.

  • ethel-merman-american-music-commemorative
    Jan 16, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 16: Ethel Merman

    A Broadway star and an entertainment icon, Ethel Merman won four Tony Awards and had a string of popular hit songs.

  • richard-allen-black-heritage-series-african-methodist-episcopal-church
    Jan 15, 2016, 16:45 PM

    Richard Allen, A.M.E. church founder, on new Black Heritage stamp

    A forever stamp will be issued Feb. 2 to commemorate Richard Allen (1760-1831), an important figure in the United States abolitionist movement and the founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal church. The stamp will be issued with a first-day ceremony scheduled for noon at the Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, 419 S. Sixth St. (at Lombard) in Philadelphia, Pa., the site of the first A.M.E. church established by Allen.

  • martin-luther-king-celebrate-the-century
    Jan 15, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr.

    American civil rights leader and Nobel laureate Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against injustice and led peaceful protests in an effort to transform the nation and the world.

  • united-states-scott-catalog-numbers-paul-newman
    Jan 15, 2016, 01:00 AM

    A Charlie Brown Christmas, Paul Newman, Celebrate stamps receive Scott numbers

    The Scott catalog editors assigned No. 5020 to the United States Paul Newman commemorative forever stamp Nov. 3. Other recently issued U.S. stamps to receive Scott numbers are the A Charlie Brown Christmas stamps and the Celebrate stamp with a "2015" year date.

  • us-stamp-notes-1981-insured-cover-christmas-bear-sleigh
    Jan 14, 2016, 15:53 PM

    Multiples of Christmas seals, stamps are unusual on cover

    If one Christmas seal is attractive on an envelope or postcard, multiples should be even more so. In my own collection, the best example I have is a 1937 reminder card with 10 seals in two rows. The message on the cards encourages a donation to the 1937 seal campaign. Every year there is pressure to improve over the previous year’s level of contributions, and reminders after Christmas were an effective way to help recipients recall what might have been forgotten in the pre-Christmas rush.

  • postmark-pursuit-aps-ameristamp-expo-show
    Jan 14, 2016, 09:31 AM

    Hummingbird, flowers, more on Ameristamp Expo cancels

    Three show cancels are commemorating activities at the American Philatelic Society’s Ameristamp Expo, the winter stamp show and national exhibition taking place Jan. 29-31 in Atlanta, Ga., at the Hilton Atlanta. Admission is free.

  • yellow-kid-outcault-comic-strip
    Jan 14, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 14: R.F. Outcault

    R.F. Outcault was an Ohio-born cartoonist whose pioneering newspaper feature in New York World, Hogan's Alley, introduced the character The Yellow Kid.

  • stamp-market-tips-us-1881-empire-city-dispatch-local-post-stamp
    Jan 13, 2016, 15:58 PM

    1881 Empire City Dispatch Co. local post stamp rising in value

    In 1881, J. Bevan & Son set up shop as the Empire City Dispatch Co. at 23 Dey St. in New York City for the purpose of local delivery of mail. The company produced a nondenominated stamp printed in black on green laid paper perforated gauge 12 (Scott 64L1). The government stepped in almost immediately and shut the firm down because it was in violation of the U.S. Post Office Department’s monopoly on the delivery of letter mail.

  • us-stamp-notes-1981-santa-claus-christmas-tree-ornament-stamp
    Jan 13, 2016, 13:15 PM

    Is this 1979 Christmas stamp an error or printer's waste?

    There has been suspicion ever since color-omitted errors were found on the 15¢ Santa Claus, Christmas Tree Ornament stamp of 1979 (Scott 1800) that some of these errors came from printers’ waste. Printers’ waste is incomplete or misprinted, misperforated and misgummed product that was somehow improperly taken from the printer’s facility, rather than being sold over a post office counter.

  • horatio-alger-commemorative
    Jan 13, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 13: Horatio Alger

    Author Horatio Alger was a popular writer in the late 19th century. His "rags to riches" stories include the Ragged Dick series depicted on the 20¢ stamp honoring him.

  • first-day-covers-star-trek-hideaki-nakano-transportation-coil
    Jan 12, 2016, 16:00 PM

    2016 U.S. stamp program: great potential for combo first-day covers

    This year’s United States stamp program is rife with possibilities for combination first-day covers: that is, FDCs with additional stamps related to the new issue. This article will address only some topical combinations; less popular but still doable are combinations by date or city of issue or even stamp-design artist.

  • jack-london-great-americans-definitive
    Jan 12, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 12: Jack London

    The author of the popular novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, Jack London was born in San Francisco on Jan. 12, 1876. He is honored on two 25¢ stamps in the Great Americans series.

  • alexander-hamilton-bicentennial-commemorative
    Jan 11, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 11: Alexander Hamilton

    A Founding Father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton became an important voice in the creation of the Constitution, and served as Treasury Secretary under President George Washington.

  • poet-robinson-jeffers-commemorative
    Jan 10, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 10: Robinson Jeffers

    A complex poet with narrative themes that evoke the classics, Robinson Jeffers was commemorated on an 8¢ stamp that was issued in 1973.

  • botanical-art-stamps-first-day-ceremony-atlanta-aps-ameristamp-show
    Jan 9, 2016, 08:00 AM

    Botanical Art stamps to debut at Ameristamp Expo

    Century-old paintings of flowers are prominently featured on 10 new United States Botanical Art stamps that will be issued Jan. 29 in panes of 10 and in double-sided panes of 20. The Postal Service identifies these formats as booklets. The stamps will be introduced with a first-day ceremony at the American Philatelic Society’s annual winter stamp show, Ameristamp Expo 2016.

  • president-richard-nixon-commemorative
    Jan 9, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 9: Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon was elected as a Congressman and Senator before becoming vice president of the United States in 1952. Elected U.S. president in 1968, his term ended with his resignation six years later following the Watergate scandal.

  • dollar-sign-stamps-1955-patrick-henry-wet-printing
    Jan 8, 2016, 11:06 AM

    A stamp that comes 'wet' and 'dry'; worldwide stamp cost files updated: Week's Most Read

    Also this week, Linns.com visitors were interested in the USPS' busy January. Aside from the Quilled Paper Heart Love stamp and Botanical Art booklet stamps that had already been announced, there will be a new Forever-rate flag design, to be issued in booklets and coils, as well as a 10c Pear stamp.

  • elvis-presley-stamp-music-icons
    Jan 8, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 8: Elvis Presley

    The man known as the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, was born in Tupelo, Miss., and raised in Memphis, Tenn. He was honored on U.S. stamps in 1993 and 2015.

  • shurnk-collectors-club-of-chicago-website-002-1
    Jan 7, 2016, 13:25 PM

    Collectors Club of Chicago launches website

    The Collector’s Club of Chicago (CCC) announced this week that they’ve launched an official website for a collectors of all ages and experience. CollectorsClubChicago.org, which was constructed by volunteer members of the club, took just under three years to complete.

  • us-stamp-notes-mystery-postcard-dr-cs-hitchins-new-haven-philatelic-society
    Jan 7, 2016, 12:00 PM

    Hitchins 1949 season's greetings card: mystery solved

    In the Dec. 15, 2014, Linn’s, I pictured the 1949 Christmas greeting card shown nearby and asked if a Linn’s reader could advise just who C.S. Hitchins, M.D., might be. Campbell Buchanan, vice president of the New Haven Philatelic Society, has solved the mystery: Buchanan wrote: “C. Stanley Hitchins, M.D., was a prominent member, and former president of the NHPS during the 1930s and 1940s. Campbell Buchanan, vice president of the New Haven Philatelic Society, has solved the mystery. Buchanan wrote: “C. Stanley Hitchins, M.D., was a prominent member, and former president of the NHPS during the 1930s and 1940s.

  • us-stamp-notes-mystery-postcard-e-tudor-gross-1946-nude-eel-stamp
    Jan 7, 2016, 11:15 AM

    What do you know about E. Tudor Gross and the 'Nude Eel' stamp?

    Shown nearby is a Christmas card sent in 1946 by E. Tudor Gross. A longtime philatelist, Gross was 67 in 1946. He had joined the American Philatelic Society in 1915, and had served as president of the Rhode Island Philatelic Society in 1921-22. Gross also had written articles on postal stationery for national journals. Attached to the card is a stamplike label, perforated gauge 12½, showing Gross.

  • us-stamp-notes-mystery-postcard-montclair-new-jersey-1923-postmark
    Jan 7, 2016, 10:15 AM

    Can you solve this 1923 Christmas postcard mystery?

    Every so often, a philatelic pink elephant comes along; something that shouldn’t exist, but it does. Such an item is the 1923 stampless postcard with a neat machine cancel from Montclair, N.J., dated Dec. 27, 1923. Because of the placement of the cancel, it is clear that there was never a stamp on the card.

  • essays-and-proofs-prevent-reuse-washington-steel-grill-essay
    Jan 7, 2016, 05:00 AM

    National Bank Note Co. pursued methods to prevent reuse of stamps

    In April 1861, the events in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina changed the course of history. The ensuing four-year American Civil War would tear apart the fabric of our republic. Something as simple as a postage stamp would become a grave concern for the United States Post Office Department. Montgomery Blair, President Lincoln’s postmaster general, realized that the Southern states possessed large quantities of United States postage stamps.

  • president-millard-fillmore-stamp
    Jan 7, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 7: Millard Fillmore

    Millard Fillmore, the one-time comptroller of New York, rose to the office of president of the United States following the death of President Zachary Taylor in 1850.

  • smt-dm-us-f2-bg
    Jan 6, 2016, 20:45 PM

    Recent Great Seal Official coil stamps tough to find

    Many Great Seal of the United States Official stamps issued from 1993 on are getting harder to find in mint never-hinged condition. The coil stamps are particularly difficult. Few dealers or collectors put these stamps away in quantity at the time they were issued. The next-to-last to be issued, the 41¢ coil stamp of June 25, 2007 (Scott O162), is a good one to look for. We think it is undervalued in the 2016 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, at only $1 for a mint never-hinged single.

  • danny-thomas-commemorative
    Jan 6, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 6: Danny Thomas

    Entertainer Danny Thomas devoted much of his life to establishing a charitable hospital for children with life-threatening illnesses: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

  • alvin-ailey-choreographer-commemorative
    Jan 5, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 5: Alvin Ailey

    Texas native Alvin Ailey studied dance in Los Angeles and started his own dance company at age 27. Ailey was honored on a commemorative stamp in 2004.

  • everett-dirksen-senator-commemorative
    Jan 4, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 4: Everett Dirksen

    Everett Dirksen represented the state of Illinois in the House of Representatives, and later in the U.S. Senate. He was first elected to Congress in 1932.

  • john-mccloy-distinguished-sailors
    Jan 3, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 3: John McCloy

    John McCloy was one of four Navy men honored in a set of stamps issued Feb. 4, 2010: the Distinguished Sailors commemoratives.

  • oscar-micheaux-black-heritage
    Jan 2, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 2: Oscar Micheaux

    Pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux produced more than 40 films in his lifetime, a self-made entrepreneur who also wrote several books.

  • us-2016-shirley-temple-single-small
    Jan 1, 2016, 15:01 PM

    USPS reveals 2016 stamp plans, BEP holds stamp treasure trove: Week's Most Read

    Also this week we announced that our Auction House Planner, which currently goes out on Wednesday afternoons, will be sent out on Sunday morning, and Donna Houseman reviewed Vol. 2 of 'The Philatelic Book of Secrets.'

  • paul-revere-liberty-series-definitive
    Jan 1, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Jan. 1: Paul Revere

    A successful artisan and businessman, Paul Revere was also a veteran of the French and Indian War, and a courier for Boston patriots. His famous midnight ride in 1775 alerted colonists of approaching British troops.