Inside Linn’s: 1980 Sequoyah stamp first in U.S. Great Americans series
By Charles Snee
The Dec. 4 digital-only issue of Linn’s Stamp News will be available to subscribers Saturday, Oct. 21. While you wait for your issue to arrive in your inbox, enjoy these three quick glimpses of exclusive content available only to subscribers.
1980 19¢ Sequoyah stamp first in U.S. Great Americans series
Richard L. Beecher, in Modern U.S. Mail, showcases a pair of eye-catching uses of the first stamp issued in the Great Americans series: the 19¢ Sequoyah stamp issued in 1980 (Scott 1859). Of those two uses, one is notably hard to find, as Beecher explains: “The Sequoyah stamp’s quiet issuance on Dec. 27, 1980, right in the middle of a busy holiday season, is buoyed by the fact that it was issued to pay a fairly obscure 19¢ rate not commonly used by most mailers. That rate, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 1981, was for an international surface mail postcard sent to a country other than Canada and Mexico.”
SpaceX’s Starship plans to land on moon in 2025 or 2026
In Exploring Astrophilately, Charles J. Vukotich Jr. features a number of cacheted flight covers to bring readers up to speed on the progress SpaceX is making to send astronauts to the moon in 2025 or 2026 aboard Starship, the company’s super heavy-lift launch vehicle that “is larger than NASA’s Space Launch System, the Saturn V used for the Apollo missions, and the Soviet N1,” according to Vukotich. Despite the failure of the first orbital test flight in April of this year, Starship is gearing up for a launch as early as Nov. 17, pending regulatory approval.
British website is All About Stamps
In Computers and Stamps, Willam F. Sharpe takes a deep dive into All About Stamps, which Warners Group Publications started in 2018. Sharpe takes readers through the various menu choices available on the site’s home page. “The first menu choice, News, brought up the first of 69 pages describing new stamp issues, events, exhibitions and updates on organized philately,” Sharpe explains. Other menu options provide users with resources for buying stamps and stamp albums and ordering past issues of Stamp Collector (published by Warners Group Publications). Registered users of the site can enter a competition for stamp prizes.
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