Crescent City readies for mid-January show

January 01, 2018 10:30 AM

The United States Postal Service will issue a new 2¢ Lemon coil stamp in Kenner on Friday, Jan. 19.


Feb. 2-4 show in Sarasota, Fla.

December 31, 2018 09:00 AM

The Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition is an American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately exhibition.


You be the expert: items that look like errors

December 29, 2017 12:00 PM

If you were an expertizer, how would you describe the five stamp multiples shown with this column?


Online shopping cart launched for Amos Advantage products

December 29, 2017 10:00 AM

The month of December included an online success story for Amos Media Co. with the launch of a new shopping cart and the redesign of its website.


Who hunts for stamp treasures at their local consignment shops: Week's Most Read

December 29, 2017 07:49 AM

In our last weekly roundup of 2017, we highlight the treasures that await you at your local antique shop, along with the surge of revenue and fee stamps.


Lena Horne stamp ceremony in Manhattan

December 28, 2017 11:20 AM

The 41st stamp in the long-running Black Heritage commemorative series will honor Lena Horne. A first-day ceremony will take place in New York.


Jan. 18 Love stamp ceremony location revealed

December 28, 2017 10:40 AM

The Jan. 18 first-day ceremony for the United States Love Flourishes forever stamp will take place in Phoenix, Ariz. The event is open to the public.


U.S. revenue and fee stamps remain as popular as ever

December 27, 2017 12:53 PM

A revenue stamp shows payment of or exemption from payment of a tax. Fee stamps show payment of a fee for a service or privilege.


Lunar New Year stamp ceremony in Honolulu

December 27, 2017 11:25 AM

The Jan. 11 first-day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza in Honolulu. The event is free and open to the public.


The 20¢ Fire Pumper coil stamp: Inside Linn's

December 22, 2017 02:00 PM

Also in this issue are articles about specimen stamps and snowy owls.


Symbols of good fortune celebrate the Year of the Dog on first 2018 U.S. stamp

December 22, 2017 12:43 PM

Twelve stamps are planned in this series to complete the full zodiac cycle of lunar years observed in many Asian cultures.


Who’s been hunting for philatelic treasure in consignment shops and antique stores?

December 22, 2017 08:30 AM

Other items that might be encountered include vintage mailboxes, stamp vending machines, toy mail vehicles and stamp yearbooks.


Duck Stamp Office seeks mandatory hunting element on 2019 stamp, invites public comment on proposal

December 21, 2017 06:30 PM

A proposal from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would require 2018 duck stamp contest artists to include in their artwork a waterfowl hunting element.


This Christmas seal has extensive Swiss origins

December 21, 2017 08:30 AM

Privately produced by the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society, the sheet features Henri Dunant, founder of the international Red Cross movement.


These Christmas seals served as postage

December 20, 2017 05:00 PM

If a Christmas seal collector were looking for a serious challenge, finding a seal usage in place of postage for each year since 1907 would certainly qualify.


What are the most Christmas seals on a postcard?

December 20, 2017 02:30 PM

The postcard is franked with a 2¢ Washington stamp. The front (not shown here) depicts Santa Claus and two girls and offers “Best Christmas wishes.”


Covers tell the stories behind the 1970 Christmas precancels and their validity

December 20, 2017 10:30 AM

The fifth stamp reproduces a Nativity painting by Lorenzo Lotto (Scott 1414). The first of two printings was issued on Nov. 5.


First U.S. issue dates for 2018 revealed

December 19, 2017 11:15 AM

Issue dates and locations for 10 United States stamps were recently revealed by the U.S. Postal Service. Ceremony details are still to come.


Four American publications win prizes in Gaertner philatelic literature contest

December 15, 2017 11:38 AM

The 2017 awards were presented during the Monacophil 2017 stamp show in the Top Cars Museum.


USPS reveals stamp designs for 2018: Week's Most Read

December 15, 2017 10:12 AM

Also this week, the U.S. Postal Service decided to end sales of U.S. stamps through a network of more than a dozen overseas agents.


APS offering On-the-Road stamp courses in January and February

December 14, 2017 09:00 AM

The American Philatelic Society is offering five one-day courses tailored to stamp collectors of all levels prior to the first few stamp shows in 2018.


Museum of African American History and Culture, hockey stamps get Scott numbers

December 13, 2017 01:30 PM

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


The appeal of this Civil War-era proprietary stamp will never die

December 13, 2017 09:00 AM

To help pay for the Civil War, the Revenue Act of 1862 levied taxes on a host of products, including patent medicines and matches. Stamps were used as proof.


USPS reveals a number of 2018 U.S. stamps

December 12, 2017 02:57 PM

The United States Postal Service has announced a number of stamps it plans to issue in 2018.


November’s caption contest winners are ...

December 11, 2017 05:30 PM

The next cartoon caption contest will be announced in the Jan. 8 issue of Linn’s.


Jenny Invert and late 2018 stamp reveal; top Linn’s stamp stories for 2017

December 11, 2017 09:00 AM

The year 2017 included a number of important stories involving stamps and the collector groups supporting the stamp hobby.


U.S. stamp error newly authenticated after 22 years; horizontal die cuts missing from 1995 32¢ Pink Rose

December 09, 2017 04:00 PM

DeLaney’s error panes show plate No. S444 printed on the selvage strip directly below the top nine stamps on the pane.


Here are some Cinderella mysteries for your holiday consumption

December 08, 2017 08:30 AM

If you can provide information to better identify either the Father Christmas or Haverty’s label, drop John Hotchner a note.


Who's hot, who's not? Presenting our 2017 U.S. stamp popularity poll: Week’s Most Read

December 08, 2017 09:09 AM

Also this week, we nabbed a modern printing flaw from the BEP.


Limited distribution for Hockey souvenir sheet

December 08, 2017 08:00 AM

While the pane of 20 nondenominated (49¢) History of Hockey forever stamps is being sold in post offices, the matching souvenir sheet of two is not.


Christmas card includes revenue replicas and a quote about collecting

December 07, 2017 02:00 PM

George T. Turner (1906-1979), one of all-time greats within the hobby, created these revenue replicas.


Gifts and collectibles catalog; Linn’s 2017 U.S. stamp poll opens

December 04, 2017 05:05 PM

The tradition of the annual Linn’s U.S. stamp popularity poll continues in this issue. The poll first started in Linn’s in 1948.


U.S. Postal Service gets rate wish and more

December 04, 2017 11:43 AM

The commission proposed to give the Postal Service five years of higher rates that could exceed the rate of inflation by 2 percent a year.


Postal history of a stamp with a 1 billion plus production run: Inside Linn's

December 01, 2017 02:00 PM

Also in this issue, Ken Lawrence continues his exploration of why many South Arabian stamps from the 1960s are not listed in the Scott catalog.


Linn’s 2017 U.S. stamp popularity poll now open

December 01, 2017 12:00 AM

Online voting in Linn’s U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll begins Dec. 5. A ballot will be published in each Linn’s issue until voting ends March 1, 2018.


Discovering why a modern printing flaw occurred

November 29, 2017 11:10 AM

Let’s look at an example of how the BEP would respond to inquiries. Shown nearby are two examples of parallel lines covering the entire stamps.


Add waves to your collection with this beautiful 2012 USPS $1 definitive

November 29, 2017 10:22 AM

It appears that few dealers and almost no collectors bought panes of 10 $1 stamps in quantity at the time they were issued.


A tale of a water-logged Priority Mail cover with a happy ending

November 22, 2017 11:00 AM

More often than not, both the cover and the contents suffer. Such was the case for a partially water-logged Priority Mail flat I received in mid-October.


United Airlines and Boeing 747 aircraft: reminiscing via a first-flight cover

November 22, 2017 08:50 AM

The envelope’s cachet features a line drawing of the jet, and a map showing New York and London.


Butterfly or no butterfly: USPS is not telling

November 22, 2017 07:46 AM

While all of the other stamps announced by the Postal Service for 2017 have been issued, the California Dogface Butterfly stamp has not.


Breaking down Christmas seals: Week’s Most Read

November 17, 2017 09:32 AM

Also this week, the USPS said its controllable loss for the year was $814 million, compared to $610 million in fiscal 2016.


Readers, what do you think Columbus saw?

November 16, 2017 03:30 PM

Both winners will receive Linn’s Stamp Identifier published by Amos Media Co., or a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension).


Early Christmas card in an envelope was sent in December 1882

November 16, 2017 11:45 AM

The card is not signed by the printer or artist, but with its silk decoration around the outside and multicolor printing, it must have cost a pretty penny.


Life as contemplated via postage stamps

November 15, 2017 02:45 PM

Patton struggled with thoughts of suicide, but it was the stamp that pulled her away from those thoughts.


Holiday issues, convertible booklet panes assigned Scott catalog numbers

November 15, 2017 12:15 AM

Among the issues receiving new Scott catalog numbers are four stamps that depict Ezra Jack Keats’ classic children’s book, The Snowy Day.


Back-of-the-book issues are always suitable for any collection

November 15, 2017 10:09 AM

This stamp is a good buy in all grades very fine or better at the Scott catalog values.


APS/APRL Nov. 14 joint board meeting: staff updates, budget, more

November 14, 2017 03:20 PM

The meeting lasted slightly less than one hour and included farewells to APS expertizing director Mercer Bristow and librarian Tara Murray.


Christmas seal collecting goes beyond obtaining each year’s single seal

November 13, 2017 02:00 PM

In the early years, the different design types can be traced back to the fact that multiple printers were needed to produce seals for national distribution.


What exactly are Christmas seals?

November 10, 2017 01:35 PM

Also included on the inside of the flyer are statistics that show the decline in deaths from tuberculous from 1904.


Flawed stamps for the taking: Week’s Most Read

November 10, 2017 11:44 AM

Also this week, we see some refreshing creativity from the Nat'l Postal Museum in regards to a recent exhibit.
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