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Inside Linn’s: Inspiration from 2024 Floral Geometry first-day covers

May 23, 2024, 8 AM
In Dollar-Sign Stamps in the June 10 issue of Linn’s Stamp News, Charles Snee showcases a pair of nifty first-day covers for the United States $1 Floral Geometry stamp issued April 26.

By Charles Snee

The June 10 issue of Linn’s Stamp News just landed on the presses and goes in the mail to subscribers Tuesday, May 28. And if you subscribe to Linn’s digital edition, you’re at the head of the line with early access Saturday, May 25. While you wait for your issue to arrive in your mailbox, enjoy these three quick glimpses of exclusive content available only to subscribers. 

Collectors inspire with pair of $1 Floral Geometry first-day covers

Charles Snee, in Dollar-Sign stamps, shows off a couple of unusual first-day covers for the United States $1 Floral Geometry stamp issued April 26 in Burlingame, Calif., in conjunction with the Westpex stamp show. Inside one the FDCs was a first-day ceremony autographed by the ceremony participants. The other FDC is an oversize postcard featuring a vibrantly colored design that captures the essence of the stamp’s geometric patterns.

Outrigger canoe carried mail across the Pacific in 1939

“Whether it was the fact we had a stamp collecting president in the White House, the need to find positive diversions during the Great Depression or simply the explosion of enthusiasm for stamp collecting, the 1930s arguably produced more different types of special event covers than any other time,” writes Wayne L. Youngblood in his The Odd Lot column. To make his point, he tells the fascinating account of a 1939 trans-Pacific cover carried aboard a century-old outrigger canoe that was retrofitted for its remarkable journey.

Crossword puzzle: philatelic Spanish into English

Linn’s regularly publishes three games to entertain readers: Trickies, a word scramble puzzle by Joe Kennedy; a word search puzzle by D.E. Rubin; and a crossword puzzle by David Saks. In this week’s issue, Saks begins a new run of puzzles translating philatelic Spanish into English.

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