Collector Tim Hodge joins Scott catalog editorial staff

July 01, 2017 09:48 AM

Tim Hodge has collected stamps since childhood and recently joined the team of Scott editors.


Which postage due stamp do you have?

July 01, 2017 08:30 AM

There are often two or more colors listed for each individual major number, and sometimes the only way to tell which major number stamp you have or are looking at is to properly determine the color.


1938 Eagle airmail color error revisited and verified

June 30, 2017 12:00 AM

Numerous articles on the C23 airmail have appeared in philatelic journals, magazines, and newspapers since its issuance in 1938. Most have revolved around the controversy over the existence of the ultramarine shade.


Largest U.S. national stamp show Aug. 3-6

June 30, 2017 12:30 AM

The American Philatelic Society will present Stampshow 2017vention, the nation’s largest annual postage stamp show and exhibition, Aug. 3-6 in Richmond, Va.


If you can find a booklet of these Vintage Seed Packet forever stamps, buy it

June 29, 2017 05:19 PM

A slight increase in demand is usually sufficient to wipe out whatever stocks the few dealers who have bothered with them have on hand.


Duck stamp society celebrates 25 years

June 29, 2017 10:00 AM

The National Duck Stamp Collectors Society has created a pane of 12 "society stamps" with designs by two successful young wildlife artists.


How the remaining upright Jenny panes were distributed

June 27, 2017 09:00 AM

Panes of the rare stamp variety left untouched at Stamp Fulfillment Services were eventually distributed after a verification process was completed.


Four covers help tell the narrative of immigration through Ellis Island

June 24, 2017 09:00 AM

Over the years, John Hotchner has gathered covers related to Ellis Island, and, though small in number, they help to tell the story. Four covers are pictured with this column.


Surplus of $2 Jenny Inverts available, APS donates 500,000 stamps: Week’s Most Read

June 23, 2017 04:00 PM

Also this week, 10 Disney villains will appear on 10 new forever stamps on July 15.


USPS discretionary semipostal plan inches ahead as bill threatens rule reversal

June 23, 2017 01:00 PM

So where does this leave the U.S. semipostal program? Six years have passed since the last new U.S. semipostal stamp was issued, and the Postal Service now appears to be taking a cautious approach to inaugurating the new discretionary semipostal program.


Another upright Jenny find; USPS says 32 reported

June 23, 2017 10:10 AM

A stamp collector reports buying a pane of six of the upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp in a post office in Marcy, N.Y.


Federal duck stamp art contest scheduled for Sept. 15-16 in Wisconsin

June 22, 2017 01:50 PM

Artists this year can choose to paint one of the following five species: mallard, gadwall, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, or harlequin duck.


Philatelic writers hall of fame adds Houseman, Kaufmann, Markovits, Woodward

June 22, 2017 01:50 PM

The American Philatelic Society's specialty group for philatelic writers has named four prominent writers to its hall of fame for 2017.


Same sheet, different issue: Try your luck at captioning this 24¢ Bicentennial stamp

June 22, 2017 01:00 PM

The challenge for this month’s cartoon caption contest is to put yourself in their rags, and to tell John Hotchner what you might be saying or thinking about the task at hand, the war effort, or the plight of the military grunt.


Ten of Disney’s finest villains on new U.S. set

June 21, 2017 11:50 AM

A new set of 10 Disney forever stamps featuring villains from animated films will be issued in a pane of 20 July 15 in Anaheim, Calif.


Ticket required for Sharks stamp ceremony

June 19, 2017 08:15 PM

A ticket is required to attend the July 26 first-day ceremony for the Sharks stamps. The Postal Service is offering a limited number of free tickets.


‘Sweet 16’ group of authors educate, entertain in new volume about American postal history

June 19, 2017 07:00 PM

A new book, Aspects of American Postal History, gathers together a select group of authors, dubbed the “Sweet 16” by La Posta editor Peter Martin.


The United States Postal Service’s presence is evident on this U.N. souvenir card

June 19, 2017 09:00 AM

The United Nations apparently asked the U.S. Postal Service to use the design on these cards as a means of fund-raising for UNICEF.


Check out these clever look-alike U.S. stamps of an earlier era

June 18, 2017 09:00 AM

These days instead of imitations, we see actual counterfeits, which lack the creativity of the older imitations, but are equally likely to make it though the mail.


Memorable works of artist Andrew Wyeth grace set of 12 United States stamps

June 17, 2017 08:00 AM

The 12 nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps, which will be issued July 12, each show a different detail from one of Wyeth’s paintings. The issue date is 100 years to the day after Wyeth was born July 12, 1917, in Chadds Ford, Pa.


Looking for $2 Jenny Invert panes? A post office in Los Angeles has several hundred

June 16, 2017 09:30 PM

Brenda Coronado, retail manager at the main Los Angeles post office, said via a post on that she had more than 300 sealed panes in stock.


Printing $5 John Bassett Moore stamps, a website devoted to math, and the 280 stamps of Venda: Inside Linn’s Stamp News

June 16, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the July 3 issue, Charles Snee, in Dollar-Sign Stamps, explores a key change made by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing when it began printing the $5 John Bassett Moore stamp issued Dec. 3, 1966.


Wild textures and tagging on Sports Balls stamps

June 15, 2017 09:45 AM

Each of the eight new Have a Ball! stamps issued June 14 has a distinct coating that adds surface texture, and tagging applied in a circular shape.


Canada Geese federal duck stamps to be issued June 23 in Little Rock, Ark.

June 12, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service, through an online vendor, and from sporting goods stores and similar outlets.


American Philatelic Society selects Markovits, Mueller, Weinberg as 2017 hall of fame class

June 12, 2017 10:30 AM

The APS announced June 12 the selection of Robert Markovits, Barbara Mueller, and Irwin Wienberg as the 2017 inductees into the society’s hall of fame.


Winner of May cartoon caption contest looks ‘under water’ for humorous inspiration

June 10, 2017 05:00 PM

A major focus of the entries was what the captain sees when he first puts the periscope up. Several entries posited that some wag had sabotaged the view.


Sometimes it is what is inside the cover that makes the difference

June 09, 2017 07:00 PM

The cover was sent from and is addressed to Buffalo, N.Y., but according to the note at lower left, it was sent by airmail “Via Cleveland and New York”.


Fraudulent 1¢ Franklin stamp, Switzerland’s history told on stamps: Week’s Most Read

June 09, 2017 06:45 AM

Also this week, the oldest-known letter posted through mails from Florida headlines a recent Siegel auction.


James Lee tapped as first APS dealer of the year

June 08, 2017 09:00 PM

The American Philatelic Society announced June 8 its selection of James E. Lee as the first APS dealer of the year.


Postal Service leaves collectors in the dark regarding imperforate uncut press sheets

June 08, 2017 07:00 PM

Preorders for the sheets were accepted by Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Mo., but the orders all too frequently were canceled, resulting in disappointment for collectors.


Delicioso booklet stamps among dozens to receive Scott catalog numbers

June 07, 2017 09:00 AM

For June, six United States stamps celebrating prepared dishes from south of the border and the Caribbean highlight the dozens of U.S. and United Nations stamps that are now listed in the Scott catalog.


Try putting away a pane or two of the Amur Tiger Cub semipostal stamp

June 03, 2017 07:00 PM

On Sept. 20, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service issued a nondenominated (44¢+11¢) Amur Tiger Cub semipostal stamp (Scott B4) titled Save Vanishing Species.


The expectation of hope over reality: hope dashed

June 02, 2017 01:00 PM

This postcard is unremarkable, until you notice that the straight edge on the right of the 1¢ Franklin stamp is matched by a straight edge on the left.


$2 Jenny Invert still available, Ashbrook files open to the public: Week’s Most Read

June 02, 2017 11:15 AM

Also this week, a winter-themed cartoon caption contest featuring President George Washington grabbed the attention of Linn’s readers.


Issue dates announced for Sharks and Flowers

June 01, 2017 09:15 AM

Two U.S. stamp sets with great topical appeal will be issued this summer: the Sharks set of five, and the Flowers from the Garden set of four.
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