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2016 certified mail cover serves as artifact of IBM-sponsored mail transit time study

October 20, 2017 02:30 PM

The United States Postal Service, keenly aware of this, regularly measures how quickly first-class letters reach their destination.

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USPS takes a bow at Museum stamp event Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.

October 20, 2017 12:30 AM

Too many Americans have a “distorted view” of the country’s history, and the USPS hopes to raise awareness of the new museum, and embrace that history.

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The Bay Area stamp that's well worth its heavy price tag: Week's Most Read

October 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, The U.N. released their 2018 stamp program - which is always much anticipated.

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Triangular ad mail provides a glimpse into the past; Bruno Hauptmann

October 20, 2017 08:00 AM

There seem to be few survivors of any given piece, as most of this mail was opened (or not) and then deposited in the nearest trash can.

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This 1913 stamp marking the discovery of the San Francisco Bay is here for the taking

October 18, 2017 12:41 PM

You should be able to find a strictly graded, mint never-hinged example of the 10¢ orange stamp in very fine grade for a bit less than Scott catalog value.

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U.S. Museum commemorative used on mail two weeks early in Arizona

October 17, 2017 02:30 PM

The likelihood that the new stamp would be sold early grew significantly after the U.S. Postal Service announced an issue date and then postponed it.

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Editor’s Foreword to Philatelic Foreword; a nod to Linn’s legacy and hobby’s future

October 16, 2017 09:18 AM

We at Amos Media Co. have a solid commitment to the stamp hobby and are determined to create new avenues to expand the hobby.

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‘Beautiful Blooms’ stamp art exhibit opens at National Postal Museum

October 16, 2017 09:16 AM

The collection was started by the U.S. Post Office Department in the 1860s, and is currently on long-term loan to the museum.

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Second Alzheimer's stamp for artist Matt Mahurin

October 16, 2017 09:02 AM

The prominent multimedia artist, whose work has appeared on the cover of Time magazine, is credited with the illustration on the upcoming semipostal.

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Upright Jenny in post office stamp buy, another USPS increase: Week’s Most Read

October 13, 2017 09:45 AM

Also this week, we saw another increase from the USPS, along with an update on the happenings here at LSN.

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Missing die-cut error discovered on 1999 Flag and Chalkboard half pane of nine

October 12, 2017 04:32 PM

The stamps were printed and processed by Avery Dennison of Clinton, S.C., a contracting security printer for the Postal Service at that time.

Precision and the use of philatelic terms for errors, two types of freaks

October 12, 2017 10:20 AM

Some collectors and dealers like to use the term to apply to any variation from normal production, no matter how minor.

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USPS reveals Hockey souvenir sheet design

October 12, 2017 08:50 AM

The two stamps are positioned so that it appears that a player from the past on one of the two stamps is a reflection in the ice of a modern player.

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What’s new in Linn’s Stamp News? New editor and online survey coming soon

October 08, 2017 08:30 AM

The first semipostal stamp to be issued under the Semipostal Authorization Act will raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The new semipostal stamp will be issued in November.

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Second Vintage Rose counterfeit discovered in on-paper mixture; patterns of raised dots mimic engraved printing on genuine stamp

October 07, 2017 03:00 PM

Stamp collectors, armed with the information provided via Linn’s analysis, won’t be easily fooled by these fraudulent stamps.

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Sarge is angry on this stamp, but why? These caption contest winners have the answers

October 07, 2017 08:00 AM

The face value of the stamp came in for treatment by some Linn’s readers. One that hit the nail on the head was Beetle observing, “44 must be his waist size!”

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Add $5 black Christopher Columbus to your collection, Alzheimer's semipostal stamp is coming: Week’s Most Read

October 06, 2017 09:30 AM

Also this week, we explore the fascinating happenings on eBay with exaggerated stamp claims, along with the upcoming 2018 Scott U.S. pocket catalog.

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Collector finds Jenny ‘treasure among the ordinary’

October 05, 2017 07:00 PM

“After opening the fifth package, there was the right-side-up Jenny,” Don Murphy told Linn’s. “Imagine!”

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United States, Canada reveal joint issue for history of ice hockey

October 05, 2017 04:00 PM

The nondenominated (49¢) U.S. forever stamps will be issued in two different formats: in a pane of 20, and in a souvenir sheet of two stamps.

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It’s a good time to add a $5 black Christopher Columbus stamp to your collection

October 04, 2017 09:00 PM

Shop around and buy the stamp in the best grade and condition you can afford at the best price you find.

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RF overprints: counterfeits easy to find; genuine examples more difficult

October 04, 2017 05:00 PM

Counterfeit RF overprints are not hard to find, but the genuine article is a philatelic prize — especially on cover.

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U.S. Alzheimer’s semipostal coming in November

October 02, 2017 04:30 PM

The fifth U.S. semipostal stamp will be issued to support efforts to combat Alzheimer’s, the United States Postal Service revealed Oct. 2.

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Flowers from the Garden, Father Ted Hesburgh stamps assigned Scott catalog numbers

October 02, 2017 02:45 PM

Among the recent U.S. issues receiving new Scott catalog numbers are the Flowers from the Garden stamps.

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2018 Scott U.S. Pocket catalog to be published in November

September 30, 2017 07:00 PM

The 2018 Scott United States Pocket Stamp Catalogue is a handy guide for the collector who wants basic U.S. stamp information in a portable format.

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2018 Scott U.S. Specialized catalog now available

September 30, 2017 09:00 AM

While there are many editorial enhancements in 2018, the big story is the large number of lowered values for stamps in very fine condition.

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‘Stamping Philately’ appears on ‘Jeopardy!,’ more Star Wars stamps: Week’s Most Read

September 29, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, we preview an upcoming trio of Star Wars booklets from Royal Mail that depict some of the movies’ most beloved aliens and robots.

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Beware unsupported, exaggerated claims on eBay

September 29, 2017 09:00 AM

While eBay is a wonderful resource for stamp collectors, as with just about every good thing, it can be a mixed blessing.

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USPS plans surprise Hockey issue Oct. 20

September 28, 2017 03:00 PM

A previously unannounced U.S. stamp issue will honor ice hockey during 100th anniversary celebrations of the National Hockey League.

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Bob Hautman notches third win at duck stamp contest

September 26, 2017 05:00 PM

Judging of this year’s contest took place during a two-day period in three rounds. Of the 227 original entries, 216 were actually judged.

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Museum stamp rescheduled for Oct. 13

September 26, 2017 03:00 PM

The commemorative forever stamp honoring the National Museum of African American History and Culture now has an Oct. 13 issue date.

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Contestants tackle ‘Jeopardy!’ stamp category

September 24, 2017 07:00 PM

Titled “Stamping Philately,” the category made its appearance in the first round of the Sept. 18 episode.

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Testimony concludes in Lady Liberty stamp trial; decision months away

September 23, 2017 10:00 AM

After an eight-day trial, the judge declared Sept. 20 that testimony had ended in Las Vegas sculptor Robert S. Davidson’s claim.

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Can you spot the red fibers in this 1995 Space Shuttle Express Mail stamp?

September 23, 2017 08:00 AM

The fibers vary in length and were added randomly to the pulp during the manufacturing process.

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45 years and counting: Linn’s and Scott embrace print, explore digital opportunities

September 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Donna Houseman reviews how the new millennium brought even more changes to Linn’s and the Scott catalogs.

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A valuable Presidential stamp, Paris issues 2024 Olympics stamp: Week’s Most Read

September 22, 2017 08:00 AM

Also this week, we come across some European stamps that were pulled from sale because they were missing the country's name.

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Tell us what Christopher Columbus is pointing at on this 1992 stamp honoring his voyages

September 21, 2017 05:00 PM

The important thing is to use your sense of humor, because entries with a humorous twist have the best chance of winning a prize.

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Have you come across plate blocks with no plate numbers?

September 20, 2017 07:00 PM

John Hotchner receives the following question a couple of times a year: “I have a plate block but it has no plate number. How come? Is this valuable?”

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The subtle feature of this $1 Woodrow Wilson stamp makes it worth the hunt

September 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Henry Gitner and Rick Miller last tipped this stamp in the Nov. 29, 2010, Stamp Market Tips. It is time to revisit it.

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Banned authors exhibit at Spellman museum

September 19, 2017 09:00 AM

The authors include Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Jack London, James Joyce, and many others.

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45 years and counting: a brief history of Amos-owned Linn’s and Scott catalogs

September 16, 2017 07:00 PM

When Donna Houseman began her journey with Amos Media in 1972, the company was named Sidney Printing and Publishing Co.

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Lovers are everywhere on this nifty cover

September 15, 2017 07:00 PM

Linn’s reader Thomas DeJulio of Bronxville, N.Y., has reported another album cover with a famous conductor, Annunzio Paolo Mantovani.

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U.S. Christmas Carols set of four to be issued Oct. 5 at ASDA show in New York City

September 15, 2017 09:00 AM

The nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps each depict a scene and a phrase evoking one of four Christmas songs.

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Vermont Greetings from America stamp depicts living alpine skier

September 14, 2017 09:00 AM

John Hotchner keeps track of living people shown on United States stamps. He has another example to add to the list.

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Twenty and done? USPS refuses to comment on future of Legends of Hollywood series

September 11, 2017 08:00 AM

The Legends of Hollywood series began in 1995 with the issuance of the 32¢ Marilyn Monroe stamp. The series’ future is uncertain.

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Pigpen and snowman jokes dominated August cartoon caption contest

September 08, 2017 05:00 PM

A certain resemblance between the Peanuts character Pigpen and his snowman loomed popular in our top entries for the August cartoon caption contest.

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1898 Trans-Mississippi essay eye candy, ‘First Days’ editor Sol Koved: Inside Linn’s

September 08, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Sept. 25 issue: Thomas P. Myers’ Stamps of Latin America column about Colombia’s overprinted airmail stamps of the early 1950s.

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Picture book ‘The Snowy Day’ celebrated on stamps

September 08, 2017 01:00 PM

Published in 1962, The Snowy Day won the Randolph Caldecott Medal the following year for the most distinguished picture book for children.

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Wilkinsburg Stamp Club’s souvenir sheets bring a dose of fun to the hobby

September 07, 2017 01:00 PM

The souvenir sheet’s purpose has been to help finance the Wilkinsburg Stamp Club’s annual stamp show, Wilkpex, held each April near Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Give this galloping carrier stamp a try

September 06, 2017 05:00 PM

There are many ways to collect city carrier stamps. Probably the most popular is by city of issue. This Baltimore, Md., 1¢ black stamp is appealing.

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Disney villains, paintings by Andrew Wyeth headline latest crop of Scott-official stamps

September 06, 2017 03:15 PM

Recently issued U.S. stamps, including the 10 Disney Villains stamps, were given new Scott numbers Sept. 4.
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