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Holiday Cookies served up on new U.S. postage labels

October 31, 2017 02:50 PM

The new Holiday Cookies forever postage label is available for a limited time in selected post offices that have a self-service kiosk in the lobby.

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Two postmasters general meet on the ice; joint issues represent nations’ relationships

October 28, 2017 09:00 AM

Chopra was also gracious with his time and chatted with me about stamps. His reflection on the 2017 Canada joint issues really stood out.

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2016 certified mail cover serves as artifact of IBM-sponsored mail transit time study

October 27, 2017 03:52 PM

The United States Postal Service, keenly aware of this, regularly measures how quickly first-class letters reach their destination.

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This 1913 stamp marking the discovery of the San Francisco Bay is here for the taking

October 27, 2017 03:52 PM

You should be able to find a strictly graded, mint never-hinged example of the 10¢ orange stamp in very fine grade for a bit less than Scott catalog value.

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Editor’s Foreword to Philatelic Foreword; a nod to Linn’s legacy and hobby’s future

October 27, 2017 03:52 PM

We at Amos Media Co. have a solid commitment to the stamp hobby and are determined to create new avenues to expand the hobby.

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Have any thoughts on the hot air balloon experience? Express them for November's Caption Contest

October 27, 2017 11:30 AM

Readers: By now, you should know the drill. There will be two prizes given: one for the best philatelic line, and one for the best non-philatelic line.

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Surface appearance differentiates Hockey stamps from souvenir sheet, pane

October 27, 2017 09:00 AM

The stamps from the pane of 20 have an overall high-gloss finish with a very shiny appearance when viewed under an angled normal light source.

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USPS customer complaints once warranted 5-cent refunds; would that happen today?

October 26, 2017 09:30 AM

With higher postage rates and higher costs to process such a complaint, I wonder if today’s USPS would bother with such a claim?

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First-day cover served as campaign rallying point

October 25, 2017 04:30 PM

If not a stamp collector, permanent acting president pro tempore Lee Warren Metcalf must have been at least philatelically aware.

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Tara Murray departing as APRL head

October 24, 2017 06:00 PM

The American Philatelic Society executive director reports Murray will leave the library in November for a new position at Penn State University.

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USPS takes a bow at Museum stamp event Oct. 13 in Washington, D.C.

October 20, 2017 12:30 AM

Too many Americans have a “distorted view” of the country’s history, and the USPS hopes to raise awareness of the new museum, and embrace that history.

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The Bay Area stamp that's well worth its heavy price tag: Week's Most Read

October 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Also this week, The U.N. released their 2018 stamp program - which is always much anticipated.

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Triangular ad mail provides a glimpse into the past; Bruno Hauptmann

October 20, 2017 08:00 AM

There seem to be few survivors of any given piece, as most of this mail was opened (or not) and then deposited in the nearest trash can.

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U.S. Museum commemorative used on mail two weeks early in Arizona

October 17, 2017 02:30 PM

The likelihood that the new stamp would be sold early grew significantly after the U.S. Postal Service announced an issue date and then postponed it.

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‘Beautiful Blooms’ stamp art exhibit opens at National Postal Museum

October 16, 2017 09:16 AM

The collection was started by the U.S. Post Office Department in the 1860s, and is currently on long-term loan to the museum.

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Second Alzheimer's stamp for artist Matt Mahurin

October 16, 2017 09:02 AM

The prominent multimedia artist, whose work has appeared on the cover of Time magazine, is credited with the illustration on the upcoming semipostal.

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Upright Jenny in post office stamp buy, another USPS increase: Week’s Most Read

October 13, 2017 09:45 AM

Also this week, we saw another increase from the USPS, along with an update on the happenings here at LSN.

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Missing die-cut error discovered on 1999 Flag and Chalkboard half pane of nine

October 12, 2017 04:32 PM

The stamps were printed and processed by Avery Dennison of Clinton, S.C., a contracting security printer for the Postal Service at that time.

Precision and the use of philatelic terms for errors, two types of freaks

October 12, 2017 10:20 AM

Some collectors and dealers like to use the term to apply to any variation from normal production, no matter how minor.

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USPS reveals Hockey souvenir sheet design

October 12, 2017 08:50 AM

The two stamps are positioned so that it appears that a player from the past on one of the two stamps is a reflection in the ice of a modern player.

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What’s new in Linn’s Stamp News? New editor and online survey coming soon

October 08, 2017 08:30 AM

The first semipostal stamp to be issued under the Semipostal Authorization Act will raise funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The new semipostal stamp will be issued in November.

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Second Vintage Rose counterfeit discovered in on-paper mixture; patterns of raised dots mimic engraved printing on genuine stamp

October 07, 2017 03:00 PM

Stamp collectors, armed with the information provided via Linn’s analysis, won’t be easily fooled by these fraudulent stamps.

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Sarge is angry on this stamp, but why? These caption contest winners have the answers

October 07, 2017 08:00 AM

The face value of the stamp came in for treatment by some Linn’s readers. One that hit the nail on the head was Beetle observing, “44 must be his waist size!”

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Add $5 black Christopher Columbus to your collection, Alzheimer's semipostal stamp is coming: Week’s Most Read

October 06, 2017 09:30 AM

Also this week, we explore the fascinating happenings on eBay with exaggerated stamp claims, along with the upcoming 2018 Scott U.S. pocket catalog.

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Collector finds Jenny ‘treasure among the ordinary’

October 05, 2017 07:00 PM

“After opening the fifth package, there was the right-side-up Jenny,” Don Murphy told Linn’s. “Imagine!”

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United States, Canada reveal joint issue for history of ice hockey

October 05, 2017 04:00 PM

The nondenominated (49¢) U.S. forever stamps will be issued in two different formats: in a pane of 20, and in a souvenir sheet of two stamps.

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It’s a good time to add a $5 black Christopher Columbus stamp to your collection

October 04, 2017 09:00 PM

Shop around and buy the stamp in the best grade and condition you can afford at the best price you find.

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RF overprints: counterfeits easy to find; genuine examples more difficult

October 04, 2017 05:00 PM

Counterfeit RF overprints are not hard to find, but the genuine article is a philatelic prize — especially on cover.

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U.S. Alzheimer’s semipostal coming in November

October 02, 2017 04:30 PM

The fifth U.S. semipostal stamp will be issued to support efforts to combat Alzheimer’s, the United States Postal Service revealed Oct. 2.

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Flowers from the Garden, Father Ted Hesburgh stamps assigned Scott catalog numbers

October 02, 2017 02:45 PM

Among the recent U.S. issues receiving new Scott catalog numbers are the Flowers from the Garden stamps.
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