US Stamps

March 23, 2018 09:32 AM

Duck stamp art contest 2018 requires hunting element

The artwork selected by judges as the best in this year’s annual contest will be reproduced on the federal duck stamp issued in 2019.

US Stamps

March 22, 2018 05:30 PM

What does the 'draft' mean to you? Let us know in our April Caption Contest

The way the new soldiers are dressed in the design of the stamp might give “draft” a dual meaning.

US Stamps

March 22, 2018 10:00 AM

Breakup of the Soviet Union caused last-minute changes to joint issue

After discussion back and forth, both the CCCP on the cosmonaut and USA on the American astronaut were replaced on the stamp.

US Stamps

March 22, 2018 09:45 AM

May 23 Sally Ride ceremony at UC San Diego

Sally Ride Science, the company founded by Ride with Tam O'Shaughnessy, is located at UC San Diego and will conduct a program after the ceremony

US Stamps

March 21, 2018 03:30 PM

USPS plans two forever stamps to celebrate U.S. airmail

Two intaglio-printed forever stamps, one in blue and the other carmine red, will commemorate the 1918 start of scheduled U.S. airmail service.

US Stamps

March 21, 2018 11:45 AM

David M. Kols dies; headed Regency-Superior auctions, St. Louis Stamp Expo

Regency-Superior presented auctions at major shows, including St. Louis Stamp Expo.

US Stamps

March 20, 2018 11:30 AM

Dragons stamps to debut at APS Stampshow

Four United States forever stamps featuring fierce dragons will be issued in a pane of 16 at the 2018 summer stamp show in Columbus, Ohio.

US Stamps

March 19, 2018 09:45 AM

Two Mississippi covers related to desegregation in the early 1960s

The Oct. 22, 1962, cover is canceled in Baldwyn, Miss., and has a blue handstamp reading "Mailed in Occupied Mississippi."

US Stamps

March 16, 2018 07:30 AM

APS Stampshow exhibits sought

The prospectuses and entry forms are available for the philatelic and literature exhibit competitions at the Aug. 9-12 American Philatelic Society Stamphow 2018.

US Stamps

March 15, 2018 07:00 PM

USPS offers STEM Education commemorative stamps; April 6 event at D.C. science and engineering festival

The United States Postal Service is issuing a set of four nondenominated (50¢) forever stamps April 6 to commemorate the subject of STEM Education.

US Stamps

March 15, 2018 11:57 AM

Remembering Erivan Haub (1932-2018)

Erivan Haub, a leading collector of United States postmasters’ provisionals, Confederate States postal history and other areas, died March 6 at age 85.

US Stamps

March 14, 2018 08:45 AM

February’s Caption Contest winner converts Olympic skier to a letter carrier

The contest featured the 2006 39¢ Winter Olympics commemorative showing a skier (Scott 3995).

US Stamps

March 12, 2018 03:05 PM

Ken Grant named American Philatelic Research Library president

The APRL trustees filled two vacancies during a telephonic meeting and vote held March 12. Ken Grant has served previously as APRL president.

US Stamps

March 11, 2018 10:45 AM

Celebration of statehood and philately at the Illinois Statehood forever stamp event

Philately shined just as bright as the sunburst on the new United States Illinois Statehood forever stamp issued March 5 in Springfield, Ill.

US Stamps

March 10, 2018 09:00 AM

Nancy B. Clark receives Neinken medal

A lifelong collector, Clark has served in numerous leadership positions in both national and international philately.

US Stamps

March 09, 2018 08:50 AM

U.S. Airmail issue date, USPS set to open new processing plant: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, the Royal Philatelic Society London announced a new location, set to open in June 2019.

US Stamps

March 08, 2018 06:00 PM

Who is pictured on the 1952 3¢ stamp honoring 50 years of 4-H clubs?

Who are the teenage boy and girl that were used as the models in a 4-H club poster that was used as the basis of the stamp?

US Stamps

March 08, 2018 01:30 PM

We remember Jerome D. ‘Jerry’ Husak (1932-2018)

Jerome D. “Jerry” Husak, who organized like-minded topical collectors and created the robust association where they share their knowledge and interests, died Feb. 22 at age 86.

US Stamps

March 06, 2018 05:20 PM

STEM Education stamp ceremony in Washington

Four stamps celebrating STEM Education principles will debut April 6 during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

US Stamps

March 06, 2018 03:00 PM

Kagin's March 8-10 auction offers encased postage stamps

The auction will offer Civil War-era encased postage stamps during the March 9 session at the American Numismatic Association's National Money Show.

US Stamps

March 06, 2018 11:50 AM

Year of the Dog, Express Mail heavyweight headline U.S. stamps receiving Scott numbers

It’s time to reveal a new round of Scott catalog numbers for U.S. stamps.

US Stamps

March 05, 2018 04:15 PM

Steve Zwillinger resigns as APRL president

The board of trustees of the American Philatelic Research Library will meet in telephone conference March 12 to elect a new president.

US Stamps

March 02, 2018 10:00 AM

1973 50¢ Lucy Stone stamp colors prompt questions

A question from Linn’s reader Greg Waldecker raised an issue that U.S. Stamp Notes columnist John M. Hotchner had not considered.

US Stamps

March 01, 2018 08:30 AM

Nojex and ASDA joint show in October

The Nojex and ASDA 2018 stamp show will be held at the Hilton Meadowlands Hotel, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, East Rutherford, N.J.

US Stamps

February 28, 2018 03:00 PM

New stamp for U.S. Airmail; issue dates announced

The United States Postal Service has revealed the issue dates for four previously announced stamps, and for a new issue commemorating U.S. Airmail.

US Stamps

February 28, 2018 10:30 AM

Numeral postage due stamp to hunt for

One stamp that many collectors are looking for is the high-value 50¢ brown Numeral postage due stamp (Scott J7) from the 1879 series.

US Stamps

February 28, 2018 08:30 AM

The latest U.S. Flag stamp celebrated with Feb. 9 Fort Lauderdale ceremony

About 50 stamp enthusiasts attended the Feb. 9 first-day ceremony for the new nondenominated (50¢) United States Flag forever definitive stamp.

US Stamps

February 26, 2018 02:00 PM

APS plans Stampshow 2018 gatherings

The American Philatelic Society is planning several social gatherings during APS Stampshow 2018.

US Stamps

February 26, 2018 11:00 AM

What are your thoughts on college football? Share them in March’s Caption Contest

The stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of intercollegiate football competition, but for purposes of the March cartoon caption contest, it represents the sport from youth flag football up through the pros.

US Stamps

February 26, 2018 11:30 AM

Stamp club banquet and anniversary souvenirs

A souvenir from the Springfield Stamp Club mystifies Linn's U.S. Stamp Notes columnist.

US Stamps

February 24, 2018 09:00 AM

Cleveland’s March Party show March 22-24

The show also will feature the annual convention of the United Postal Stationery Society, which was founded in 1945.

US Stamps

February 23, 2018 04:30 PM

Bioluminescent life stamps' first-day ceremony

Ten dazzling forever stamps unveiled at Feb. 22 dedication in Florida.

US Stamps

February 23, 2018 02:00 PM

Unintentional event cover found: Inside Linn's

Also in this issue are a stamp mixture purchase review and an article explaining what British counterfeits mean for collectors.

US Stamps

February 23, 2018 01:00 PM

Ameristamp Expo show in Birmingham opens

Ameristamp Expo 2018, the annual winter stamp show and American Philatelic Society convention, is underway in Birmingham, Ala.

US Stamps

February 23, 2018 11:54 AM

Celebrating Fred Rogers March 23 with a forever stamp and 50 years of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ show

The stamp celebrates both Rogers and the groundbreaking television series he created and hosted for 33 years.

US Stamps

February 23, 2018 10:00 AM

Spellman Museum readies for sixth annual postal history symposium

The symposium will take place May 3 on the campus of Regis College (College Hall 202) in Weston, Mass., starting at 9:30 a.m.

US Stamps

February 23, 2018 09:24 AM

Imperforate 2013 Jenny pane pops up at the APS: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, consignment and antique shops continue to be philatelic goldmines — if you're patient.

US Stamps

February 22, 2018 06:00 PM

Mr. ZIP graces stamp-related memorabilia

Mr. ZIP made his first appearance in 1963 to promote the use of five-digit Zone Improvement Program (ZIP) codes to speed mail service throughout the United States.

US Stamps

February 22, 2018 05:30 PM

St. Louis Stamp Expo to take place over St. Patrick’s Day weekend

The convening societies are the Polonus Philatelic Society and Scouts on Stamps Society International.

US Stamps

February 21, 2018 09:00 AM

New location for Chicago’s Compex show

The stamp show of the Combined Philatelic Exhibition of Chicagoland Inc., will take place June 1-3 at a new location.

US Stamps

February 21, 2018 08:25 AM

Hidden gems from antique and consignment shops

Hunting for philatelic treasure in consignment shops and antique stores proves fruitful for readers.

US Stamps

February 16, 2018 10:15 AM

Amazon jabs, Twitter jokes earn January Caption Contest recognition

Several other entries have Santa reflecting on the first-class postage rate increases in January.

US Stamps

February 16, 2018 09:00 AM

Reprints made of fake stamps created for use in movies in the 1940s

Labels that resembled stamps were created in the early 1940s for use movie props. Reprints later were made of these fake stamps

US Stamps

February 16, 2018 09:55 AM

This first lady didn’t take advantage of her franking privilege: Week’s Most Read

Also this week, after five years of service, the Canada Post's CEO stepped down.

US Stamps

February 16, 2018 07:30 AM

Imperforate 2013 Jenny pane and more on Priority Mail flat-rate box sent to APS

A USPS large flat-rate Priority Mail box mailed to the American Philatelic Society in November 2016 included an imperf $2 Jenny Invert pane of six, plus more postage.

US Stamps

February 15, 2018 07:15 PM

Illinois stamp celebration March 5 to mark 200 years of statehood

The state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have been recognized on numerous U.S. stamps in the past.


February 14, 2018 11:00 AM

A proposal for multidenomination coils; could such a format help nonprofit mailers?

The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers published a brief stamp-related report in early 2017 about the use of low-denomination stamps on mailings.

US Stamps

February 14, 2018 11:45 AM

Silver Bells Wreath global forever stamps are a good buy in panes of 10

Imperforate press sheets of this stamp also were produced and sold by the U.S. Postal Service, but this tip is for the regularly issued stamps with die cuts.

US Stamps

February 11, 2018 09:30 AM

Why was a “water damaged” handstamp added to this cover?

Who handstamped the cover: A collector? A retail establishment? You decide.

US Stamps

February 09, 2018 02:55 PM

First-day cancel request deadline extended: Inside Linn's

Also in this issue are articles explaining how a forger ruined a major Saudi Arabia cover and a feature on a Lithuanian label.