Council for Postal Collectors to be formed after recent summit meeting

November 29, 2016 09:00 AM

The new group of hobby leaders will consider a summary of points from the Summit on the Future of Philately and develop action plans.


Getting into the Christmas spirit with new cartoon caption contest

November 26, 2016 07:00 PM

There's something weird about this 1988 U.S. Christmas stamp, which makes it an ideal candidate for the December cartoon caption contest.


Stunning discovery of U.S. Columbian stamp pane reported in Germany

November 25, 2016 07:00 PM

The sheet is the only known complete pane of the $2 stamp from the very first U.S. commemorative series.


How organizations helped sell the Christmas seal

November 25, 2016 05:00 PM

Postcards with greetings from organizations are unusual, so John Hotchner was pleased to snap one up.


The stamp that features a U.S. president who might sound familiar: Tip of the Week

November 25, 2016 01:00 PM

Believe it or not, President-elect Trump has some surprising similarities to one of his predecessors.


Jack-o’-Lantern die-cut shift numbers revealed, future of philately discussed: Week’s Most Read

November 25, 2016 09:00 AM

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news. We’re looking back at our five most-read stories of the week.


Examples of postal fees for key or identification return tough to find

November 24, 2016 05:00 PM

A postal fee category was developed so that a lost room key from a hotel could be returned to the business without prepayment.


1944 cover celebrates Christmas and a beloved World War II hero

November 24, 2016 01:00 PM

Christmas 1944 was less grim than the Christmases of 1941 to 1943. And a famed U.S. general got a big share of the credit.


Happy Thanksgiving from Linn’s and Scott

November 24, 2016 08:00 AM

The staff of Linn's Stamp News and the Scott catalogs wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. Cheers!


How coin and stamp hobby demographics compare

November 23, 2016 05:00 PM

The profile of the U.S. Mint’s customer base, people who are buying coins, is in many ways similar to what we see in the stamp hobby.


Forty additional U.S. stamps for 2017

November 22, 2016 12:30 AM

The United States Postal Service has announced a new round of subjects that will be featured on U.S. stamps in the coming year.


APRL preparing to sell recently recovered Jenny Invert

November 21, 2016 02:00 PM

The trustees of the American Philatelic Research Library have decided that owning one Jenny Invert stamp is enough, and they are now taking steps to sell the long-missing stolen airmail error stamp that was returned to the APRL earlier this year.


How many Jack-o’-Lantern stamps were affected by die-cut shifts?

November 20, 2016 02:00 PM

Are the out-of-register die cuts affecting the 2016 Jack-o’-Lantern forever stamps creating any major stamp varieties?


How to navigate the National Postal Museum website

November 19, 2016 11:00 AM

The site provides collector info, details about current exhibits at the museum, and links to virtual versions of many of them.


How did a stampless Christmas card make it through the mail?

November 19, 2016 09:00 AM

Several Linn’s readers wrote in with theories about how and why the card slipped through the cracks en route to its final destination.


APS puts out new book that modern U.S. stamp collectors should love

November 18, 2016 07:00 PM

It's the first of what likely will be a series of books on U.S. commemorative stamps published by the American Philatelic Society.


When U.S. stamps featured one of two Founding Fathers

November 17, 2016 01:00 PM

Before the 1908-1909 series, U.S. definitives featured a variety of famous Americans on stamps of different denominations.


When Christmas seals were placed on mail where they shouldn’t be

November 16, 2016 05:00 PM

In the early days of Christmas seals, problems were caused when people tried to use them to pay United States postage.


There’s a new holiday-themed computer-vended forever stamp

November 15, 2016 09:00 AM

The design by illustrator William Low is a slightly cropped version of his Wreath stamp design from the Holiday Windows set of four.


And your Curious George stamp cartoon caption contest winners are ...

November 12, 2016 09:00 AM

Entries with the theme of magic dominated the October cartoon caption contest featuring the 39¢ Curious George stamp.


Born Nov. 12: Grace Kelly

November 12, 2016 03:30 AM

She moved effortlessly from the glamour of Hollywood to the glamour of life as the wife of Monaco's reigning monarch. Grace Kelly was born in 1929.


New APS library facility in Pennsylvania safely stores AFDCS archives

November 11, 2016 07:00 PM

The archives are stored in file folders on movable compact shelving in a semi-public area on the mezzanine level of the new APRL facility.


When a Presidential widow’s franking privilege was overlooked

November 11, 2016 05:00 PM

Despite never being first lady, Benjamin Harrison’s widow petitioned and was given the franking privilege, which she exercised.


First major 2016 error reported, ordinary-looking stamp tops $41K: Week’s Most Read

November 11, 2016 08:34 AM

Also this week, we looked at "stamps" that might not actually be stamps, and looked back at the opening of the new American Philatelic Research Library.


Born Nov. 11: Pie Traynor

November 11, 2016 03:30 AM

A top major league third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pie Traynor later managed the team and was selected for baseball's hall of fame.


Another 4¢ Project Mercury secret rises to the surface

November 10, 2016 01:00 PM

In the January 2005 issue of The United States Specialist, Rodney Juell wrote about a discovery he had made on eBay.


Navigating the market for one of the most attractive U.S. stamp sets: Tip of the Week

November 09, 2016 05:00 PM

Be careful when buying these stamps. There are certain varieties that are not a good bargain.


The stamp that was designed by a ‘Mad’ magazine cartoonist

November 09, 2016 01:00 PM

As an unabashed fan of ‘Mad’ magazine in his teenage years, John Hotchner later discovered a philatelic connection.


2016 U.S. stamps honoring several holidays now have Scott numbers

November 07, 2016 03:08 PM

Having these numbers handy will allow you to easily locate these stamps in Scott catalogs and learn about their production and values.


Thirty upright Jenny panes reported to USPS

November 07, 2016 10:50 AM

Roughly 75 percent of the $2 Jenny Invert panes have been sold, but only 30 percent of the 100 upright variety panes have been reported to the Postal Service.


New imperforate error discovered on 2016 Quilled Paper Heart stamp

November 07, 2016 09:19 AM

An imperforate error of the United States Quilled Paper Heart forever stamp was discovered in mid-October by a collector at a small Pennsylvania post office, the first major error reported on a 2016 U.S. stamp issue.


Born Nov. 5: Ida M. Tarbell

November 05, 2016 03:30 AM

Ida M. Tarbell's investigative magazine reports led to the end of Standard Oil's industry domination in the early years of the 20th century.


How scarce are perforated examples of the 1935 Farley issues?

November 04, 2016 05:00 PM

If perforated versions of the 1935 Farley issues are unusual, they are extremely difficult to find on cover.


Nativity forever stamp issued at St. John’s Church in Washington, D.C.

November 04, 2016 09:05 AM

To issue its Nativity Christmas stamp of 2016, the United States Postal Service returned to the historic St. John’s Church.


$2 Jenny Invert pane only at post offices, real rocks on new stamps: Week’s Most Read

November 04, 2016 07:21 AM

Also this week, a Linn's editor talked about the end of a long topical stamp search, and one of our columnists explained how to store your collection safely.


Born Nov. 4: John Basilone

November 04, 2016 03:30 AM

For his heroic actions at Guadalcanal during World War II, Marine Sgt. John Basilone was awarded the Medal of Honor.


When finished with regular and airmail issues, collectors turn to this area

November 03, 2016 07:00 PM

The early engraved stamps of this collecting area have the same appealing design and production values as classic stamps.


A new Washington-Franklin error? Not likely.

November 03, 2016 01:00 PM

A totally new error coming to light after 100-plus years is at best improbable. It is not impossible, but the odds are astronomical.


Born Nov. 3: Walker Evans

November 03, 2016 03:30 AM

As a photographer for the Farm Services Administration, Walker Evans chronicled the U.S. experience during the Great Depression.


Born Nov. 2: James K. Polk

November 02, 2016 02:30 AM

James K. Polk was an unlikely candidate for the presidential election of 1844, but he won both his party's nomination and the general election.


$2 Jenny Invert only at post offices now

November 01, 2016 02:45 PM

Stocks of the $2 Jenny Invert pane of six stamps are depleted at Stamp Fulfillment Services, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
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