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Here are the winners in Linn’s 2016 United States Stamp Popularity Poll

April 29, 2017 09:00 AM

You can’t beat the classics. The set of six stamps known as Classics Forever was selected by Linn’s readers as the overall best stamp issue of 2016.

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The controversy behind a 6¢ Eagle airmail variety

April 28, 2017 07:00 PM

Is the ultramarine version of Scott C23, the 1938 6¢ Eagle airmail stamp real? The controversy centers on whether it is a differentiable color, or merely a shade of the normal dark blue.

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USPS plans 2017 Total Solar Eclipse stamp with thermochromic ink

April 27, 2017 10:45 AM

In advance of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new forever stamp on June 20 printed with special thermochromic ink.

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Tell us what the submarine commander on this stamp might be thinking

April 23, 2017 02:00 PM

Your challenge for the May cartoon caption contest: Put yourself at the periscope on the 29¢ Officer at Periscope stamp from the 1994 Road to Victory pane of 10 that was part of the World War II series.

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Here’s all you need to know about second U.S. stamp for Henry David Thoreau

April 22, 2017 07:00 AM

The nondenominated (49¢) Henry David Thoreau stamp will be welcomed with an 11 a.m. first-day ceremony at Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center, 915 Walden St., Concord, Mass.

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There was a time when U.S. stamps were valid on U.N. mail

April 21, 2017 03:00 PM

The United Nations Postal Administration issues its own stamps for use from the post office at U.N. headquarters in New York City, but there was a time when United States stamps were used on U.N. mail.

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2012 Four Flag coil stamps counterfeited, rare Jefferson stamp heads to auction: Week’s Most Read

April 21, 2017 09:00 AM

In other top stories, we learn it took quite some time for John Jay, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court, to appear on a U.S. stamp, and a new Flag For All Seasons coil error was sold on eBay.

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Mailed envelopes illustrate two types of nonprofit discounted rates

April 20, 2017 05:00 PM

To qualify for these special discount rates, at least 200 identical pieces, or 20 pounds of identical pieces, must be in a special bulk/quantity-discount rate mailing.

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The fiery 1910 train crash behind a ‘Delayed in Wreck’ postal marking

April 19, 2017 07:00 PM

Unless there was major loss of human life, it’s frequently difficult to ferret out much information about an incident — and that’s if we’re lucky enough to have some sort of auxiliary marking connected with an event. Such is the case with the postcard illustrated nearby.

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There was once a time when postage played a big part in Hollywood

April 18, 2017 09:15 AM

The text on the back of this particular postcard reads in part: “Earl Carroll’s, the favorite gathering place of celebrities from stage and screen, is located in the heart of romantic Hollywood.

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New type of Flag For All Seasons coil error sold on eBay

April 17, 2017 01:00 PM

After more than a quarter of a century of normal production of so-called “sticks” of United States coil stamps, a new type of error recently surfaced.

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1934 3¢ Mother’s Day stamp played an important role in U.S. stamp history

April 17, 2017 08:00 AM

The BEP printed the stamps on two presses. More than 193 million stamps were printed on the Bureau’s rotary press, and more than 15 million stamps were printed on the flat-plate press.

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Four Flags coil stamps latest issue to be counterfeited; one bogus version more convincing than its competitor

April 14, 2017 07:30 PM

Of the two counterfeit versions of the Sennett-produced Four Flags coil stamps, one is a crude, easily spotted mimic of the genuine issue, while the other is a dead-on lookalike that would fool many collectors.

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New Wawrukiewicz book provides ‘insights’ into U.S. postal history

April 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Topics include (but are not limited to) held for postage mail (an illustration-rich subject), attempted use of invalid postage, U.S. domestic and international airmail forwarding, and use on international mail of the A- through G-rate definitive stamps.

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A long wait for a stamp for the first chief justice of the Supreme Court

April 14, 2017 01:00 PM

When was a John Jay stamp requested? The first instance I found was on a postcard sent May 27, 1935, by Rice’s Weekly Postal News ($1 for 52 issues!).

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APS dealer council members chosen

April 14, 2017 09:00 AM

The council members were selected by APS dealer members, who voted using ballots sent to them by the society.

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StampSmarter website offers a multitude of tools for collectors

April 11, 2017 03:38 PM

The tools on this site include a stamp identifier, eBay listings - both sold and available, a glossary with illustrations, and a vast library of stamps.

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Views of Our Planets issues were a quick sellout

April 11, 2017 03:00 PM

If you find the pane of 16 offered at slightly more than postal value, putting a few of them aside might be worthwhile.

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Fruit series grows with 3¢ Strawberries coil

April 11, 2017 02:30 PM

A 3¢ Strawberries coil stamp will join the Fruit definitive series, which began a little more than a year ago. The new stamp will be issued May 5.

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What to do when you can’t find a definitive stamp in the Scott U.S. Specialized catalog

April 10, 2017 07:00 PM

The same definitive designs are frequently used for several different formats, making it difficult for collectors to determine what stamp they have.

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The newest round global forever stamp features a succulent plant

April 10, 2017 09:00 AM

Popular succulents in U.S. households include the jade plant and the aloe. Most varieties of cacti are also considered succulents.

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Life and work of legendary FDC cachet artist the subject of new book

April 08, 2017 02:00 PM

First-day covers with hand-painted Dorothy Knapp cachets are the gold standard of FDC collecting. A new book details Knapp’s designs and the woman herself.

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‘Yuuuuge’ number of entries for Trump-related cartoon caption contest

April 08, 2017 08:00 AM

The cartoon caption contest featuring the 33¢ 200th Anniversary of the White House commemorative drew three times the usual number of entries.

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Checking out the other side: three artistic additions to 1¢ McKinley postal card

April 07, 2017 07:00 PM

We collectors are funny people, and the message side of a postal card might actually be the more interesting in some instances.

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‘Fargo’ goes philatelic to promote its new season

April 07, 2017 11:40 AM

Fans of the movie the show is spun-off from know that this is not the first time ‘Fargo’ has featured stamps prominently.

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The demand for modern United States commemorative stamps

April 06, 2017 07:00 PM

Many stamps issued since 2010 are proving to be elusive and in demand in the secondary market. Some issues are really hard to find.

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Two new U.S. stamps revealed, unassuming cover carries hidden treasure: Week’s Most Read

April 01, 2017 07:15 AM

Also this week, the USPS advocated to lift a 10-year cap on stamp price increases.
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