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New information uncovered about the elusive 1904 cover sent from Alaska to Indiana

July 29, 2017 08:00 AM

The cover was stamped when it was canceled March 2, 1904, but somewhere along the route south the envelope got wet and the stamp fell off.

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‘Stamp Show Here Today’ offers podcasts, a radio show for stamp collectors

July 28, 2017 07:00 PM

The Stamp Show Here Today podcast was created by a small group of stamp collectors and dealers from southern California.

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Postal robberies prompt secret marks, Frama stamps from Down Under, and Eric Gill’s Perpetua font: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

July 28, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Aug. 14 issue, a third-century Christian martyr lends her name to an iconic philatelic typeface, and Janet Klug explores the fascinating Frama stamps of Australia.

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Floral abundance with Flowers from the Garden stamps in panes and coil rolls

July 28, 2017 01:00 PM

According to the USPS, the paintings on the stamps were “inspired by floral still lifes created by Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th and 18th centuries.”

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Put yourself under Charlie Brown’s winter hat and tell us what he might be thinking about

July 27, 2017 07:00 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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This Hawaiian 1864 Numeral stamp is a solid buy at Scott catalog value

July 26, 2017 03:00 PM

The market for Hawaiian stamps in unused original gum condition and grades of very fine or better is perpetually strong. Even the more common and less expensive issues are in general demand.

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Linn’s reader offers promising explanation for 1858 ‘Northern Protest’ cover from Troy, N.Y.

July 26, 2017 01:00 PM

The most promising explanation comes from Linn’s reader Rich Howell, who suggested the ‘Northern Protest’ label might be related to a suffrage convention.

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Can you add to this list of state-related stamp handbooks?

July 22, 2017 09:00 AM

John Hotchner believes that this is one of many good methods to put stamp collecting before potential collectors, and he’d like to see more of this done in ways that tickle pre-existing interests.

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USPS Pollinator stamps, new National Postal Museum director: Week’s Most Read

July 21, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, recent French stamps celebrate the 200th anniversaries of three inventions: artificial cement, a forerunner of the bicycle, and the kaleidoscope.

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APS to present Luff awards to Gregory, Kane, Saadi

July 20, 2017 07:00 PM

The American Philatelic Society has announced the recipients of its 2017 Luff awards. The prestigious award is presented annually in different categories for meritorious contributions to philately by living collectors.

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Dispute over Statue of Liberty replica on 2010 U.S. Postal Service stamp ordered to trial

July 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Federal Claims Court Judge Eric G. Bruggink rejected motions by both the Postal Service and sculptor Robert S. Davidson that would have effectively ended a four-year-old lawsuit over a stamp that was based on a replica of the Statue of Liberty.

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Floral illustration by Dugald Stermer on imprinted stamp for U.S. postal card

July 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Each postal card bears an imprinted illustrated stamp and fulfills the 34¢ postage rate. The Postal Service charges 38¢ apiece, claiming a 4¢ charge for costs associated with manufacturing.

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Local post stamp, a cinderella of the hobby, honors New Mexico legislator

July 19, 2017 01:00 PM

Eugene R. Cinelli (1931-1973) was a Democrat from Albuquerque who had been elected multiple times in the 1960s to the New Mexico Legislature.

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Monarch butterfly, Western honeybee star on new stamps highlighting pollinator protection

July 15, 2017 07:00 AM

A first-day ceremony will take place Thursday in Richmond, Va., at the site of the 2017 American Philatelic Society Stampshow.

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Can you provide the stories behind these colorful, puzzling cinderellas?

July 14, 2017 07:00 PM

John Hotchner presents three cinderellas that undoubtedly have stories behind them — stories that currently are lost in the mists of time.

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Gruber succeeds Kane at National Postal Museum; envisions incredible stamp stories

July 14, 2017 11:00 AM

What attracted the Smithsonian Institution to its new National Postal Museum director were his fundraising skills and museum experience. That’s what won Elliot Gruber the job he will assume Sept. 5 as the third director of the 24-year-old Washington museum, according to Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton.

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Embracing change within the hobby, finding a scarce coil waste stamp: Week’s Most Read

July 14, 2017 09:00 AM

In other top philatelic news for the week, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., is set to host the July 26 debut of the nondenominated (49¢) Sharks stamps.

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Spend some time looking for this 3¢ violet George Washington coil waste stamp

July 12, 2017 07:00 PM

The rotary press stamps were printed on unwatermarked paper perforated gauge 11 by 10 in panes of 170. The stamp design measures 19½-to-20 millimeters by 22¼ mm.

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Explore these WWII Red Cross covers from England

July 12, 2017 10:00 AM

Hotchner illustrates and discusses a “picture folder issued to the American forces serving in the British Isles showing the work of the American Red Cross in the European Theatre of Operations.”

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Don’t know much about history? Stamp collecting can enlighten you

July 08, 2017 07:00 PM

“The phone call was a typical one for a dealer to receive,” Kaumann wrote. “A middle-aged sounding woman said she was calling for her boyfriend who had a stamp collection for sale. Predictably, she could tell me absolutely nothing about the collection. Unfortunately, I’m used to that.”

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Attention: It’s time to embrace change and move stamp collecting forward

July 08, 2017 07:00 AM

Stamp dealer Jim Lee believes it’s time for collectors and dealers alike to embrace the changes and challenges of the digital age.

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Photo essays rise to prominence with sale of Alvin Hall collection

July 07, 2017 05:00 PM

Upon Hall’s death at age 80, in 1969, his three-volume collection of photo essays and small die proofs passed to his son, who consigned it in the May 2017 Harmers International auction sale in New York City.

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Chilean crocus postal card in Ohio, Seated Liberty stamps of Peru, and ‘Bonanza’ star on a postmark: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

July 07, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the July 24 issue, Michael Baadke, in Postmark Pursuit, highlights a special postmark in honor of Dan Blocker, who portrayed Eric “Hoss” Cartwright on the long-running TV Western Bonanza.

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Postal Service plans Sharks stamps encounter for July 26 — in Kentucky

July 07, 2017 01:00 PM

The Newport Aquarium in Newport, Ky., will host the first-day ceremony for the nondenominated (49¢) Sharks stamps.

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Twitter, Trump collide in entries for June cartoon caption contest

July 07, 2017 10:45 AM

The contest stamp for June featured the stoic figure of George Washington leading the Continental Army, in, shall we say, uninviting weather, across the Delaware River to surprise British forces at Trenton, N.J.

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Examining a reader’s postage due stamp, zeppelin covers soar: Week’s Most Read

July 07, 2017 10:30 AM

Also this week, a document showing the first use of a stamp in America tops $19,000 in Kelleher sale, and we highlight all the excitement of Stampshow 2017, to be held Aug. 3-6 in Richmond, Va.

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Post office created safety notification card in 1959 for civil defense emergencies

July 06, 2017 01:00 PM

This recent letter prompted Hotchner to revisit his U.S. Notes column of May 6, 1996, headlined “How to tell a friend you’ve been H-bombed.”
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