Everything you need to know about the soon-to-be-issued JFK forever stamp

January 31, 2017 07:00 PM

The fourth American postage stamp to honor John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, will be issued on Presidents Day.


The 2016 duck stamp variety that has been taken off sale by USPS

January 31, 2017 02:00 PM

The variety is still available from the Amplex fulfillment center, which conducts retail sales of federal duck stamps.


There is still time to vote for your favorite 2016 U.S. stamps

January 30, 2017 07:00 PM

The deadline is fast approaching for Linn’s 2016 United States Stamp Popularity Poll.


What is Alexander Hamilton saying on this stamp?

January 29, 2017 07:00 PM

The Founding Father is currently enjoying a revival in the mind of the American public, thanks to the Broadway musical "Hamilton."


Born Jan. 29: Albert Gallatin

January 29, 2017 03:30 AM

Though he was born in Geneva, Switzerland, Albert Gallatin became an important figure in the development of America after the Revolution.


Back when it was OK for stamp clubs to replicate stamp designs

January 28, 2017 07:00 PM

In the 1940s and 1950s, stamp designs were often replicated on souvenir sheets and in cachets produced as souvenirs of club shows.


A good place for U.S. revenue stamp collectors to start

January 28, 2017 05:00 PM

Some collectors are into revenues from the beginning, while others move on to revenues when they take their postage collections as far as they can go.


Learning more about the Oscar de la Renta stamp set

January 28, 2017 08:00 AM

The USPS will pay tribute to fashion designer Oscar de la Renta with an unusual 11-stamp pane.


Hillary Clinton, Anderson Cooper confirmed guests at de la Renta ceremony

January 27, 2017 04:15 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and journalist Anderson Cooper will be among the participants at the Feb. 16 Oscar de la Renta first-day ceremony.


Uncle Sam’s hat is returning to U.S. stamps in 2017

January 27, 2017 01:00 PM

The character of Uncle Sam has served as a patriotic symbol for the United States for many years, and his hat has long been a U.S. stamp design staple.


How six Benjamin Franklin stamps pose a question about love

January 26, 2017 07:00 PM

This Philadelphia double-weight (6¢) cover shown nearby caught John Hotchner's eye. Canceled on Feb. 13, it likely contained a Valentine’s Day card.


Born Jan. 26: Bessie Coleman

January 26, 2017 03:30 AM

American pilot Bessie Coleman became the first black woman to pilot a plane, earning her license in France in 1921. She was born Jan. 26, 1892.


Why are postage due stamps on this undeliverable mail form?

January 25, 2017 05:00 PM

Tony Wawrukiewicz is researching how United States postage due stamps have been used since they were introduced in 1879.


Boston 2026 officials express concern about Chicago 2021 plans

January 24, 2017 09:20 PM

Executives from the Boston 2026 international stamp exhibition have contacted APS officials with concerns about plans for a show in Chicago in 2021.


The USA Star coil stamp has been revised and will be issued this winter

January 23, 2017 07:00 PM

The design changes on the new coil include a smaller central design, and the addition of a blue frame along the outer edges of the stamp.


Collector voices sharp displeasure with USPS first-day cover cancellation policies

January 23, 2017 02:00 PM

Last week, I encouraged readers to use the Disqus tool to comment on stories posted to our website. Here's one comment that caught our eye.


USPS reveals press sheet quantities for 2016, 2017

January 22, 2017 07:00 PM

All it took was six months of inquiries by Linn's Stamp News and the filing of a Freedom of Information Act request.


Two U.S. stamps are making an unusual Sunday debut

January 22, 2017 02:00 PM

With the Jan. 22 increase in postage rates comes a pair of new stamps for expedited mail services.


Born Jan. 21: Stonewall Jackson

January 21, 2017 03:30 AM

After serving in 1846-48 Mexican-American War, Stonewall Jackson became a prominent Confederate military leader in the Civil War.


Army Sergeant’s whimsical ‘free’ labels found on World War II covers

January 20, 2017 07:00 PM

“Free” and other decorative labels on soldier’s mail of World War II are not often seen, but there are many different examples that can be found.


New 1983 Official Mail error variety discovered, postmark honors Trump’s Inauguration Day: Week’s Most Read

January 20, 2017 09:15 AM

Also this week, explained why FDC servicing might be quicker in 2017, and we why a Canal Zone postal card is worth looking out for.


Born Jan. 19: Janis Joplin

January 19, 2017 03:30 AM

With her powerful and passionate voice, Janis Joplin shot to stardom with Big Brother and the Holding Company, landing a No. 1 album in 1968.


Keep your eyes peeled for this Danish West Indies stamp

January 18, 2017 05:00 PM

Stamps of the colony are of interest to Danish and Scandinavian collectors as well as to collectors of U.S. stamps.


Report: Hillary Clinton slated for Oscar de la Renta ceremony

January 18, 2017 11:00 AM

The New York Times has reported that Hillary Clinton will be a featured speaker when the Oscar de la Renta stamp set is issued Feb. 16 in New York City.


Born Jan. 18: Cary Grant

January 18, 2017 03:30 AM

A leading man who earned the respect and admiration of his fellow actors, Cary Grant was honored on a Legends of Hollywood commemorative in 2002.


How the Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society celebrated its 15th anniversary

January 17, 2017 05:00 PM

The cinderella celebrated the society's 15th anniversary and honored the founder of the International Red Cross and the first Nobel Peace Prize recipient.


Rob Haeseler (1941-2017)

January 17, 2017 11:00 AM

Former Linn's Stamp News senior editor Rob Haeseler, who served eight years as trustee of the American Philatelic Research Library, died Jan. 16.


Spellman Museum plans presidential activities

January 16, 2017 03:30 PM

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Mass., has a day of activities planned honoring presidential birthdays on Feb. 24.


One of the most interesting Christmas cards you’ll come across

January 16, 2017 02:00 PM

This red “Uncle Sam’s Mail” postcard was canceled Dec. 26, 1906, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Why is it so interesting?


APS seeks new shows manager as Orient departs

January 16, 2017 09:45 AM

As the American Philatelic Society's manager of shows and exhibitions leaves her position, the group begins the search for a replacement.


Born Jan. 16: Dizzy Dean

January 16, 2017 03:30 AM

As part of the St. Louis Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang" in 1934, pitcher Dizzy Dean won 30 games and led the team to a national championship.


The most Christmas seals we’ve ever seen on one cover

January 15, 2017 05:00 PM

We have a new champion in the category of most Christmas seals on a single cover. Have a look.


Why you can expect speedier FDC servicing in 2017

January 15, 2017 08:00 AM

Along with the consolidation of first-day cover servicing at USPS Cancellation Services comes a change in the address format that collectors should use.


Born Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2017 03:30 AM

American civil rights leader and Nobel laureate Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out against injustice and led peaceful protests in an effort to transform the nation and the world.


When and where the newest Black Heritage series stamp will be issued

January 13, 2017 07:00 PM

The new nondenominated (49¢) commemorative forever stamp will honor civil rights advocate Dorothy Height.


Collector discovers error variety of 1983 Official Mail coil stamp

January 13, 2017 05:00 PM

Robert E. Thompson found the error stamp on a cover that was part of an auction lot comprised of about 3,000 Official Mail covers.


More 2017 U.S. stamps announced, new details on JFK issue released: Week’s Most Read

January 13, 2017 08:31 AM

Also this week, we learned more about the recently resurfaced Inverted Jenny stamp error, and took a trip to a tiny country that issues a ton of stamps.


The Bowlsby split-grill coupon essays, explained

January 12, 2017 05:00 PM

By 1865, the National Bank Note Company was determined to acquire the rights to any and all prevention and reuse patents that might pose a threat to their contract to produce United States postage stamps. George Bowlsby’s coupon essay patent was one of these acquisitions.


A Canal Zone postal card to be on the lookout for

January 11, 2017 05:00 PM

Mint examples and postal cards with first-day cancels are plentiful, but you will be lucky to find one commercially or privately used.


Born Jan. 11: Alice Paul

January 11, 2017 03:30 AM

A longtime advocate for equal rights for women, Alice Paul fought successfully for passage of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.


Jan. 20 Inauguration Day postmark announced

January 10, 2017 04:20 PM

The Jan. 20 Washington, D.C., Inauguration Day postmark has a circular datestamp and four horizontal bars framing the Presidential Inauguration Day Station message.


Born Jan. 10: John A. Lejeune

January 10, 2017 03:30 AM

An acclaimed leader in both the Spanish-American War and World War I, John A. Lejeune was commemorated in a stamp set honoring distinguished Marines.


All the ways you can buy the new U.S. Flag stamp

January 09, 2017 05:00 PM

The single design will be offered in six different formats, resulting in what appear to be five major varieties.


Kennedy stamp will be issued in pane of 12

January 09, 2017 10:55 AM

Decorative selvage on the 12-stamp pane honoring President John F. Kennedy includes a detail from the official White House portrait.


Born Jan. 9: Carrie Chapman Catt

January 09, 2017 03:30 AM

Carrie Chapman Catt was a leader in the long effort to obtain the right for women to vote in the United States. She was born Jan. 9, 1859.


Prestigious Lichtenstein award to be presented to major hobby figure

January 08, 2017 05:00 PM

The philatelist being honored is a past president of the Collectors Club of New York and the American Philatelic Society.


U.S. Seashells stamps: When and where they will be issued

January 07, 2017 08:00 AM

United States stamps depicting four different seashells will be issued in panes of 20 and coil rolls of 100.


The best captions for the 1998 25¢ Christmas stamp

January 06, 2017 05:00 PM

Somehow, presidential politics seems to have entered into just about every contest in 2016. December's contest was no exception.


USPS announces another 14 stamps for 2017

January 06, 2017 01:00 PM

The latest announcement includes stamps for a legendary fashion designer and a famous American monument.


Some U.S. issue dates set; more Fruit stamps planned

January 05, 2017 05:15 PM

Issue dates for several U.S. stamps were revealed by the U.S. Postal Service Jan. 5. New varieties of the Grapes and Pears Fruit definitive stamps are planned.
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