For free: Philatelic Foundation serves up digitized Stanley Ashbrook files

May 29, 2017 09:00 AM

The Philatelic Foundation has digitized Ashbrook’s files and made them available free on its website. The digitization was made possible through a grant from the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust. Ashbrook’s archive comes in the form of scrapbooks, index cards, and color photographic slides.


It’s all about keeping cool for the June cartoon caption contest

May 27, 2017 09:00 AM

Trying to stay cool? For the June cartoon caption contest, we promote this preoccupation by using a George Washington stamp with a winter theme.


In the path of totality: where and when the Total Solar Eclipse stamp will debut

May 27, 2017 07:00 AM

Part of the new nondenominated (49¢) Total Solar Eclipse forever stamp is printed with a thermochromic material that will normally appear as a black disk on the stamp, representing the moon blocking the sun, as viewed from Earth.


U.S. Postal Service retracts incorrect report: $2 Jenny Invert pane to remain on sale

May 26, 2017 12:15 AM

The $2 Jenny Invert stamp will remain on sale at U.S. post offices despite an erroneous report that the six-stamp pane will be withdrawn June 30.


Rocky Run and New Atlantis produced local post cinderella stamps

May 25, 2017 07:00 PM

Among the rather large field of cinderellas, there are examples that are frequently seen, and others that are more unusual. Let’s look at one of each type.


Choose your sport on new Have a Ball! round forever stamps to be issued at U.S. Open

May 22, 2017 09:00 AM

Mike Ryan designed the new stamps using illustrations by artist Daniel Nyari. USPS art director Greg Breeding also selected the typography for these stamps.


As WWI anniversary nears, expect this 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp to surge

May 20, 2017 08:00 AM

Now is a good time to look for a very fine or better example of the 3¢ violet Victory and Flags of the Allies stamp issued March 3, 1919.


Covers from cherished philatelic friends stir warm, pleasant memories

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

The covers Charles Snee cherishes the most are those received from his many philatelic colleagues and friends.


Was humorist Will Rogers a member of the House of Representatives?

May 19, 2017 07:00 PM

It turns out that the cover that started me on this trail is not related to the well-known Will Rogers, father or son. It relates to Will Rogers, representative from Oklahoma from 1933 until 1942.


The 1883 Garfield mourning cover representing the ‘perfect philatelic storm’

May 15, 2017 07:00 PM

This free franked cover by the widow of our 20th President, James A. Garfield, sheds light on all the interesting elements of mourning covers.


Looking for a new challenge? Try collecting taxpaid revenue stamps

May 13, 2017 07:00 PM

You can often find them in cinderella stamp accumulations and lots for a dollar or less each. If you find them cheap, they are generally worth picking up. And you might get lucky.


Colorful American Letter Mail reprints closely mimic the 1844 original

May 13, 2017 09:00 AM

John Hotchner has seen the colorful American Letter Mail Company labels picturing an eagle for years, and figured there must be a story behind them.


Layout, not ‘distortion,’ likely cause of poor Classics Forever centering

May 12, 2017 01:00 PM

An observant Linn's reader discovered some subtle features that likely resulted in the poor centering of United States Classics Forever stamps.


Robert Weisz, the original ‘Stamp King’ of Chicago, dead at 95

May 11, 2017 07:00 PM

After selling his store in 1990 (the business continues today, owned by Charles Berg), Mr. Weisz became a mail-order dealer and participated at stamp shows.


SOLD: APRL’s recovered Jenny Invert

May 11, 2017 02:20 PM

The Position 76 stamp from the McCoy block, stolen from an exhibition in 1955 and recovered in 2016, sold May 11 in a Robert A. Siegel auction for $295,000.


The challenges facing U.S. first-day cover collectors during 2017

May 10, 2017 07:00 PM

Here it is, five months into the year, and U.S. new-issue collectors (and that includes FDC collectors) still don’t know most of this year’s stamps.


‘On a Postage Stamp’ category highlights ‘Jeopardy!’ episode

May 10, 2017 10:40 AM

The May 9 episode of the TV game show included five clues about recent U.S. postage stamps, and contestants correctly answered them all.


Quad City club’s annual Stamp Out Cancer auction raises more than $9,200

May 09, 2017 09:00 AM

Worldwide material is offered on one side of the room, while U.S. items are auctioned on the other side. Some bidders sit in the middle so they can participate on both sides, often with great success.


Here’s a hot tip: the 79¢ Scenic American Landscapes stamp featuring Zion National Park

May 06, 2017 07:00 PM

All of the stamps in the series were issued in panes of 20, and the full mint pane is the format preferred by many collectors.


How the 1952 Commercial Railroading stamp annoyed a trucking company

May 06, 2017 08:00 AM

Atlantic Freight Lines Inc., a trucking firm in Uniontown, Pa., filed for an injunction to cancel the planned issuance of the Commercial Railroading stamp.


Linn’s 2016 U.S. Stamp Popularity Poll results, scarce Islamic revolution cover echoes political changes: Week’s Most Read

May 05, 2017 09:30 AM

Also this week, we tip a revenue stamp featuring a mythical creature, and the U.S. Postal Service's first forever stamp marks a significant anniversary.


The affordable ways to collect essays and trial color proofs

May 05, 2017 09:00 AM

Several readers asked for a sequel to my last column that would discuss affordable essays. The two other topics were Departmental proofs and an in-depth article on the various aspects of plate proofs. As a result, you have before you an introduction to collecting essays and trial color proofs on a budget.


The ‘terrible nightmare’ behind the April cartoon caption contest winner

May 04, 2017 01:00 PM

The United States Supreme Court was much in the news during the presidential campaign of 2016, and President Donald Trump’s filling the vacancy following the death of Antonin Scalia just after his Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration kept the subject on the front pages.


Keep an eye out for J.B. Rose black Centaur proprietary revenue stamp

May 02, 2017 07:00 PM

The charm of match and medicine collecting is the variety, whimsy, and appealingly idiosyncratic nature of the stamp designs and the products that they advertise.


Collectors continue to favor line-engraved, soakable stamps

May 01, 2017 07:00 PM

The Classics Forever stamps feature redrawn designs of the black 1851 12¢ Washington (Scott design number A16), the blue 1851 1¢ blue Franklin (A5), the 1860 24¢ gray lilac or blackish violet Washington (A17), the 1860 90¢ blue Washington (A19), the 1866 15¢ black Lincoln (A33), and the 1861 1¢ blue Franklin (A24). The stamps were issued June 1, 2016.


10¢ Red Pears among new U.S. stamps to receive Scott catalog numbers

May 01, 2017 01:45 PM

The latest crop of stamps to get new Scott numbers are the 10¢ Red Pears stamp, the 10 WPA (Works Progress Administration) Posters booklet stamps, and the Mississippi Statehood stamp.
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