• rice-cachet-frst-day-cover
    Mar 31, 2016, 17:07 PM

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

    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.

  • henry-james-literary-arts-stamp
    Mar 31, 2016, 17:00 PM

    USPS reveals new stamps planned for May and June

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

  • mystic-this-day-in-history-application
    Mar 31, 2016, 10:06 AM

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

    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.

  • cy-young-legends-of-baseball
    Mar 29, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 29: Cy Young

    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.

  • ferde-grofe-american-music-commemorative
    Mar 27, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 27: Ferde Grofe

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

  • tennessee-williams-literary-arts
    Mar 26, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 26: Tennessee Williams

    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-stamp-collector
    Mar 25, 2016, 12:17 PM

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

    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.

  • flannery-oconnor-literary-arts-commemorative
    Mar 25, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 25: Flannery O'Connor

    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-2016-legends-of-hollywood-stamp
    Mar 24, 2016, 12:29 PM

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

    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.

  • john-wesley-powell-commemorative
    Mar 24, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 24: John Wesley Powell

    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.

  • colorano-first-day-covers-mystic-stamp-company
    Mar 23, 2016, 16:00 PM

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

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

  • pressure-sensitive-package-label-presorted-business-firm
    Mar 23, 2016, 11:35 AM

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

    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.

  • usa-star-nonprofit-org-coil-stamp
    Mar 23, 2016, 10:00 AM

    New U.S. Nonprofit issue April 28

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

  • jc-leyendecker-american-illustrators-stamp
    Mar 23, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 23: J.C. Leyendecker

    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.

  • youth-team-sports-stamp-april-cartoon-caption-contest
    Mar 22, 2016, 19:58 PM

    2000 Youth Team Sports stamp: Cartoon Caption Contest

    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.

  • us-stamp-notes-mail-chute-markings
    Mar 22, 2016, 19:02 PM

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

    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.”

  • us-stamp-notes-stamp-illustrations
    Mar 22, 2016, 18:48 PM

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

    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.

  • united-states-john-pershing-stamp-market-tips
    Mar 22, 2016, 14:17 PM

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

    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.

  • statue-of-freedom-thomas-crawford
    Mar 22, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 22: Thomas Crawford

    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.

  • jenny-invert-error-auction-siegel-world-stamp-show-ny-2016
    Mar 21, 2016, 16:15 PM

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

    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.

  • francis-lewis-declaration-of-independence
    Mar 21, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 21: Francis Lewis

    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.

  • sister-rosetta-tharpe-american-gospel-music
    Mar 20, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 20: Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    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.

  • artist-charles-russell-commemorative-stamp
    Mar 19, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 19: Charles M. Russell

    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.

  • united-states-postal-service-mail-delivery-cuba
    Mar 18, 2016, 09:59 AM

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

    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-memorial
    Mar 18, 2016, 09:39 AM

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

    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.

  • tip-of-the-week-united-states-1936-airmail-special-delivery-stamp
    Mar 17, 2016, 08:25 AM

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

    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.

  • hollywood-composers-alfred-newman-music
    Mar 17, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 17: Alfred Newman

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

  • united-states-1858-cover-northern-protest-mystery
    Mar 16, 2016, 15:41 PM

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

    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.

  • alaska-indiana-1904-cover-damaged-transit
    Mar 16, 2016, 15:27 PM

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

    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?

  • computers-stamps-perforation-measurement-perfomaster-3000
    Mar 16, 2016, 12:36 PM

    Two computer programs that can measure stamp perforations

    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.

  • duck-stamp-art-contest-regulations
    Mar 15, 2016, 17:30 PM

    Comment period extended for duck stamp contest changes

    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.

  • casey-jones-railroad-engineers-stamp
    Mar 14, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 14: Casey Jones

    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.

  • linns-website-google-news-alerts
    Mar 11, 2016, 14:57 PM

    Google approves Linns.com for inclusion on Google News and in Google Alerts

    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.

  • upright-jenny-invert-pane-noblespirit-ebay
    Mar 10, 2016, 16:24 PM

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

    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).

  • aape-website-screenshot
    Mar 10, 2016, 15:49 PM

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

    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-legends-of-hollywood
    Mar 10, 2016, 14:00 PM

    Shirley Temple stamp planned for April 18

    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.

  • united-states-richard-allen-commemorative-stamp
    Mar 10, 2016, 12:25 PM

    USPS provides Richard Allen stamp technical details

    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.

  • united-states-sarah-vaughan-commemorative-forever-stamp
    Mar 10, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Vocalist Sarah Vaughan in the spotlight on Music Icons stamp

    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.

  • essays-proofs-charles-steel-grill-washington-imperforate-pair
    Mar 9, 2016, 16:03 PM

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

    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.

  • stamp-market-tips-1893-columbian-never-hinged
    Mar 9, 2016, 15:18 PM

    Classic United States can be minefield online: Stamp Market Tips

    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.

  • us-stamp-notes-february-cartoon-caption-contest-winner
    Mar 9, 2016, 13:13 PM

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

    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.

  • us-stamp-notes-20-1881-franklin-stamps-cover
    Mar 9, 2016, 12:58 PM

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

    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.

  • yearofthemonkey
    Mar 8, 2016, 16:56 PM

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

    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.

  • sarah-vaughan-press-sheets
    Mar 7, 2016, 10:45 AM

    Small supply of Sarah Vaughan press sheets

    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.

  • thomas-masaryk-champion-of-liberty
    Mar 7, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 7: Tomas G. Masaryk

    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.

  • bob-wills-american-music
    Mar 6, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 6: Bob Wills

    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.

  • charles-goodnight-legends-of-the-west
    Mar 5, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 5: Charles Goodnight

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

  • original-gum-15-cent-1867-lincoln-stamp
    Mar 4, 2016, 18:36 PM

    Cherrystone sales offer affordable 19th century proofs, essays

    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.

  • yellow-hat-nondenominated-stamps
    Mar 4, 2016, 18:29 PM

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

    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.

  • used-imperforate-3-cent-washington-dull-red-type-i
    Mar 4, 2016, 18:24 PM

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

    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.

  • walt-disney-civil-war-stamp
    Mar 4, 2016, 18:16 PM

    Stone Mountain, Georgia: its history, monument, controversy, and commemorative stamp

    It rises 780 feet from the surrounding area, is seven miles in circumference, covers 563 acres, and gives its name to a small town at the base of the rock, located about 16 miles east of Atlanta, Ga.

  • casimir-pulaski-revolutionary-war
    Mar 4, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 4: Casimir Pulaski

    Polish-born freedom fighter and military leader Casimir Pulaski joined the American cause in the Revolutionary War and developed the Continental Army's cavalry force.

  • stamp-market-tips-united-states-thomas-jefferson
    Mar 3, 2016, 11:36 AM

    United States 1879 10¢ Thomas Jefferson stamp: Tip of the Week

    Now is a good time to look for the 1879 10¢ Thomas Jefferson stamp printed by the American Bank Note Co. on soft porous paper (Scott 187) in used condition. The stamp is perforated gauge 12 and lacks the secret mark found on the 10¢ Thomas Jefferson stamp listed as Scott 188.

  • chief-joseph-commemorative
    Mar 3, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 3: Chief Joseph

    Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph has been honored on United States commemorative stamps issued in 1968 and 1994.

  • us-stamp-notes-expertizing-zip-code-color-freak
    Mar 2, 2016, 12:23 PM

    Changed colors from offset and gravure printing: U.S. Stamp Notes

    It is often said that an expertizing certificate is an essential when considering purchase of a stamp (or postal stationery item) represented to be a missing color. In the last couple of weeks, Linn’s readers have provided some excellent examples of why this is so.

  • sam-houston-commemorative
    Mar 2, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 2: Sam Houston

    Sam Houston (1793-1863) was a soldier, Congressman, and president of the independent Republic of Texas. He also served as governor of two different states.

  • ralph-ellison-literary-arts-commemorative
    Mar 1, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 1: Ralph Ellison

    Born in Oklahoma City, author Ralph Ellison studied at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, and lived in New York City.