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Santa Claus spoof souvenir sheet: Week's Most Read

Dec 28, 2018, 8 AM
This 1963 Santa Claus spoof souvenir sheet raises a number of questions, including who was behind the creation of the sheet. It was modeled on the 1947 Cipex (Centenary International Philatelic Exhibition) souvenir sheet that honors the 100th anniversary of America’s first national postage stamps.

By Jay Bigalke

It's time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.

Linn’s Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.

Click the links to read the stories.

5. 1947 Christmas greetings from soldier in Berlin: Highlighted is a Christmas card with images of United States and Danzig stamps sent by a soldier assigned to Tempelhof Air Base in Berlin.

4. Thinking outside the stamp exhibition frame: While some might think a Hot Wheels stamp issue isn’t a serious subject, Linn's editor-in-chief Jay Bigalke treated it as such, but also pushed the boundaries of what is normally done with a stamp exhibit at a show.

3. United States 2019 stamp program includes stamps for Woodstock and USS Missouri: USPS will mark the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival and the 75th of the commissioning of the USS Missouri on stamps to be issued in 2019.

2. Rare A grill sells for $401,200 at Siegel sale of Drews collection: The Dec. 12 Robert A. Siegel auction of the Richard Drews collection of United States 1861-68 issues offered many important stamps, essays and proofs of that turbulent era, including one of the top U.S. stamp rarities.

1. Creator of 1963 Santa Claus spoof souvenir sheet unknown: A 1963 souvenir sheet, probably issued by a stamp club, attempts to link Santa Claus with the first postage stamps of the United States.

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