How many experts does it take?: U.S. Stamp Notes

March 31, 2016 04:07 PM

How many experts does it take to reach a valid conclusion about any given patient? One expertizing service trumpets as a positive that it requires that three experts examine every patient (a stamp or cover submitted for authentication). In my view, this is an appropriate standard for many, maybe even most, patients, but excessive for others.


USPS reveals new stamps planned for May and June

March 31, 2016 05:00 PM

Several new stamps, including a set celebrating America's national parks, will be issued during the upcoming World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


There’s now a stamp-focused ‘This Day in History’ app

March 31, 2016 09:06 AM

Mystic Stamp Company is bringing the fun of stamp collecting and history to mobile devices. “The This Day in History app is building on the success and popularity of our This Day in History emails,” Mystic president Donald Sundman said. And best of all, it’s free.


Born March 29: Cy Young

March 29, 2016 03:30 AM

Legendary pitcher Denton True "Cy" Young threw three no-hitters, including a perfect game, during a career that included 511 victories and a World Series title.


Born March 27: Ferde Grofe

March 27, 2016 03:30 AM

Composer and arranger Ferde Grofe achieved fame with his arrangement of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and his own Grand Canyon Suite.


Born March 26: Tennessee Williams

March 26, 2016 03:30 AM

Tennessee Williams created some of the best known plays of the 20th century, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.


Garry Shandling, who died Thursday at 66, was a stamp collector: Linn’s Buzz

March 25, 2016 11:17 AM

The creator and star of the The Larry Sanders Show and It's Garry Shandling’s Show took an interest in stamp collecting when he was young, according to the Arizona Daily Sun, which reposted a blog post about Shandling and his stamp collecting originally published in 2008.


Born March 25: Flannery O'Connor

March 25, 2016 03:30 AM

From her family farm in Georgia, author Flannery O'Connor produced two novels and more than 30 short stories before she died at age 39.


Shirley Temple to be honored on 20th Legends of Hollywood stamp

March 24, 2016 12:29 AM

The 20th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood commemorative series from the United States Postal Service will honor Shirley Temple, who starred in hugely popular films as a child actress in the 1930s and 1940s, and who grew up to become Shirley Temple Black, a respected diplomat and distinguished representative of the U.S. government. The Shirley Temple forever stamp will be issued April 18 with a 1:30 p.m. first-day ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif., at the Geffen Playhouse at 10886 Le Conte Ave. The ceremony is open to the public.


Born March 24: John Wesley Powell

March 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Explorer John Wesley Powell lost his right arm during the Battle of Shiloh in the Civil War. He continued serving the Union Army, and was later the first European American to explore the Grand Canyon.


First-day cover producer Colorano sold to Mystic Stamp Co.

March 23, 2016 04:00 PM

An announcement on the Colorano website states that the first-day cover producer was sold to Mystic Stamp Co. effective Feb. 14.


More about understanding pressure-sensitive package labels: Modern U.S. Mail

March 23, 2016 11:35 AM

Labels used in identifying the first item in a sorted package or bundle for the presorting of the various classes of United States domestic mail were described in my March column in Linn’s, which introduced the pressure-sensitive package labels (PSPL). A series of pressure-sensitive labels have been used to indicate that the package identified with the PSPL received a certain type of presorting that expedited its delivery.


New U.S. Nonprofit issue April 28

March 23, 2016 10:00 AM

The new nondenominated coil stamp for use by nonprofit organizations will feature a design highlighting the letters "USA" and including a red star.


Born March 23: J.C. Leyendecker

March 23, 2016 03:30 AM

One of the most popular illustrators of the early 20th century, German-born J.C. Leyendecker moved to Chicago at age eight and became a regular cover artist for the Saturday Evening Post.


2000 Youth Team Sports stamp: Cartoon Caption Contest

March 22, 2016 07:58 PM

Spring is here, and with it baseball season. Tickets for professional games cost a whole lot more than they did when I was growing up. Add a trip or two to the concession stand and a night at the ballpark for a small family can easily cost a small bundle. But baseball is so much more than the professional leagues.


Handstamps explain mail chute clogs: U.S. Stamp Notes

March 22, 2016 07:02 PM

Convenience counts, and if you worked in a multi-story office building with a mail chute, you could save considerable time and aggravation by posting mail via a short walk to the elevator. That’s where the mail chute was usually located. Buildings I worked in starting in the 1960s had them, but as time passed, most of these chutes were closed with a sign saying “no longer in operation.”


Stamp illustration regulations changed over time: U.S. Stamp Notes

March 22, 2016 06:48 PM

I was surprised to see the 1948 3¢ Indian Centennial stamp (Scott 972) pictured on the 1951 Oklahoma Philatelic Society convention label shown nearby. Why? Because there was a long-term ban on reproducing United States stamps in such a way as to facilitate the use of such illustrations for genuine postage. Indeed, there was a total ban on showing printed images of U.S. stamps for 66 years, from 1872 to 1938.


Panes of United States 8¢ Pershing getting scarce: Stamp Market Tips

March 22, 2016 02:17 PM

On Nov. 17, 1961, the United States issued an 8¢ Gen. John J. Pershing definitive stamp (Scott 1214). For many years before being assigned its present number, this stamp was listed in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers as Scott 1042A, and some sellers still list it under that number.


Born March 22: Thomas Crawford

March 22, 2016 03:30 AM

American-born sculptor Thomas Crawford created statues for the U.S. Capitol, including the Statue of Freedom, which stands atop the Capitol dome and has been featured on U.S. stamps.


Vintage Curtiss Jenny biplane to be displayed at World Stamp Show–NY 2016

March 21, 2016 04:15 PM

One of the most storied aircraft in history — or at least, in philatelic history — will make a surprise appearance at World Stamp Show¬–NY 2016, offering visitors an unprecedented opportunity to see in person the plane from the most famous U.S. stamp of all time, the Inverted Jenny. The restored, hundred-year-old Curtiss JN-4H biplane, which on most summer weekends flies in vintage-aircraft shows at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Dutchess County, N.Y., is being brought to the Javits Center in Manhattan for the eight days of the once-a-decade international stamp show, from May 28 to June 4.


Born March 21: Francis Lewis

March 21, 2016 03:30 AM

Francis Lewis, a signer of the Declaration of Independence representing New York, was born in Wales. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1775.


Born March 20: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

March 20, 2016 03:30 AM

Sister Rosetta Tharpe created an exciting new sound by blending traditional gospel music with the dazzling sound of her electric guitar to captivate a worldwide audience.


Born March 19: Charles M. Russell

March 19, 2016 03:30 AM

Charles M. Russell is one of the most famous artists of the American West. His many paintings and sculptures captured images of the Western frontier and those who worked and lived in it.


U.S. Postal Service resumes direct mail service to Cuba after 53 years

March 18, 2016 09:59 AM

For the first time in more than 50 years, the United States Postal Service is transporting mail directly to Cuba. The Postal Service announced March 17 that it has resumed mail service to the island nation after President John F. Kennedy suspended it in 1963 at the height of the Cold War.


Stone Mountain stamp history told, upright $2 Jenny Invert panes top $75K: Week’s Most Read

March 18, 2016 08:39 AM

Also popular this week were stories about the high salaries earned by small-town postmasters, the sale of the second most valuable stamp in the United Kingdom, and the market for a 1950 Lebanese stamp.


U.S. 1936 Great Seal airmail special delivery stamp: Tip of the Week

March 17, 2016 08:25 AM

The 1936 16¢ Great Seal of the United States airmail special delivery stamp has one of the most striking and colorful designs of the era. It is a common and inexpensive stamp and easy to find in mint never-hinged, unused hinged, and used condition and as plate-number blocks of four.


Born March 17: Alfred Newman

March 17, 2016 03:30 AM

The winner of nine Academy Awards, Hollywood composer Alfred Newman is part of a musical family that includes his brothers Lionel and Emil Newman.


Why did a dealer label this cover “Northern Protest”?: U.S. Stamp Notes

March 16, 2016 03:41 PM

The cover from Troy, N.Y., to Massachusetts has a nicely canceled 3¢ Washington (Scott 26) dated Sept. 10, 1858. The stamp is set into a fancy illustration of undetermined origin and meaning. What is puzzling is that the dealer selling the cover labeled it “Northern Protest.” I assume this has something to do with the design, but I see little in it that speaks to me of protest.


1904 “Damaged in Transit” cover mystery: U.S. Stamp Notes

March 16, 2016 03:27 PM

To me an unsolved philatelic puzzle is like a splinter under the skin. It needs to be dealt with or it becomes a permanent irritant. Such a problem is the Alaska-origin cover shown nearby. I obtained this cover for my collection of auxiliary markings showing delays in the mail. But what was the cause of the delay?


Two computer programs that can measure stamp perforations

March 16, 2016 12:36 AM

Most collectors are familiar with perforation gauges to measure the distance between stamp perforations. The Scott Multi-Gauge, for example, is accurate enough to measure perforations at least to the nearest tenth perf size. Perf size is defined as the number of holes or teeth within a length or width of 2 centimeters.


Comment period extended for duck stamp contest changes

March 15, 2016 05:30 PM

Comments will be accepted until March 21 on the subject of a proposed rule change affecting the 2016 United States federal duck stamp art contest.


Born March 14: Casey Jones

March 14, 2016 03:30 AM

American railroad engineer Johnathan Luther "Casey" Jones sacrificed his life in an effort to save his train and passengers in a 1900 crash in central Mississippi.


Google approves for inclusion on Google News and in Google Alerts

March 11, 2016 01:57 PM

In our continued efforts to promote our brand and the stamp hobby, Linn’s sought approval and has been approved as a Google News publisher.


Two upright $2 Jenny Invert panes top $75,000 each on eBay

March 10, 2016 04:24 PM

NobleSpirit, a top stamp seller on the eBay online commerce platform, reports that it has achieved “the two highest world record prices” for two panes of six of the rare upright variety of the United States 2013 $2 Jenny Invert stamp (Scott 4806d).


Book of exhibiting tips set for WSS-NY 2016 release: Linn's Buzz

March 10, 2016 03:49 PM

After a 28-year publishing hiatus, the AAPE will come out with a 200-page, eight-chapter publication in early June at World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


Shirley Temple stamp planned for April 18

March 10, 2016 02:00 PM

The United States Postal Service plans to honor actress and diplomat Shirley Temple with a forever stamp that will be issued April 18 in the Legends of Hollywood commemorative series.


USPS provides Richard Allen stamp technical details

March 10, 2016 12:25 AM

The United States Postal Service released the production details for the Richard Allen commemorative forever stamp well after the stamp's Feb. 2 first day of issue.


Vocalist Sarah Vaughan in the spotlight on Music Icons stamp

March 10, 2016 10:45 AM

The seventh stamp in the United States Music Icons commemorative series will honor one of America’s greatest popular singers, Sarah Vaughan. The square forever stamp will be issued March 29 during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall, 1020 Broad St., Newark, N.J.


Charles F. Steel developed first production grill for United States stamps: Essays and Proofs

March 09, 2016 04:03 PM

Charles F. Steel of Brooklyn, N.Y., was granted patent No. 70,147, dated October 22, 1867, for the grilling process. Steel was superintendent for manufacturing of postage stamps for the National Bank Note Company and is considered the father of the grill.


Classic United States can be minefield online: Stamp Market Tips

March 09, 2016 03:18 PM

We sometimes look at online auctions and results while researching tips. We are truly shocked by how much misrepresented and mis-described U.S. material is offered. Almost all of the early high-value U.S. stamps described as being in mint never-hinged condition that do not have certificates are either obviously not mint never-hinged or are clearly reperforated.


February cartoon caption contest winner announced: U.S. Stamp Notes

March 09, 2016 01:13 PM

No doubt that the Peanuts comic strip enjoys great popularity, but I was surprised to receive about twice the normal number of entries for the February cartoon caption contest featuring the stamp from the 2015 A Charlie Brown Christmas issue showing the ever-forlorn Charlie Brown peering into his forever-empty mail box.


19th-century cover bears 20 examples of the same 1¢ Franklin stamp: U.S. Stamp Notes

March 09, 2016 12:58 AM

A worthy challenge is to find covers with multiples of a stamp being used to pay a genuine rate, and I look especially for covers with five or more examples of the same stamp. Among the most unusual that I’ve seen is the oversize cover shown nearby.


Year of the Monkey, Botanical Art stamps receive Scott catalog numbers

March 08, 2016 03:56 PM

The following Scott numbers have been assigned to recently issued United States and United Nations stamps. All of the numbers appear in the Catalogue Update section of the Mar. 21, 2016 Linn’s Stamp News.


Small supply of Sarah Vaughan press sheets

March 07, 2016 10:45 AM

Only 200 press sheets of the forthcoming Sarah Vaughan stamp have been printed, according to information from the U.S. Postal Service, and all have die cuts.


Born March 7: Tomas G. Masaryk

March 07, 2016 03:30 AM

The first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomas G. Masaryk, was featured on two United States stamps in 1960 as part of the Champion of Liberty series. Masaryk was admired as an advocate of democracy.


Born March 6: Bob Wills

March 06, 2016 03:30 AM

Bob Wills was a legend of Western swing music, forming His Texas Playboys in the 1930s and releasing hit records like San Antonio Rose and Faded Love.


Born March 5: Charles Goodnight

March 05, 2016 03:30 AM

Confederate scout, cattle king and successful businessman, Charles Goodnight was a Texan legend who established important cattle trails and became a community leader.


Cherrystone sales offer affordable 19th century proofs, essays

March 04, 2016 06:36 PM

One lot in January comprised three unaccepted stamp designs dating from the early 1850s, starting with an orange 3¢ Benjamin Franklin design modeled on Great Britain’s Penny Black and printed on India paper.


1851 cover with rare 1¢ Franklin strip fetches $47,200 at Kelleher auction

March 04, 2016 06:29 PM

The firm of Daniel F. Kelleher held a sale in its Flagship Series at the headquarters in Danbury, Conn., on Feb. 2-4, offering U.S. and worldwide stamps and covers.


$33,600 for inverted-center 4¢ Electric Automobile in Regency-Superior sale

March 04, 2016 06:24 PM

The stamp boasts full original gum, “exceptional” centering and no faults, something that cannot be said for all of the 200-plus examples of this rarity.
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