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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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