• united-states-moon-global-forever-stamp-panes-of-10
    Feb 20, 2016, 00:00 AM

    USPS promises the moon with global forever stamp

    The newest round global forever stamp from the United States Postal Service pictures Earth’s moon. Features of the lunar surface are easily seen in the detailed image created from an existing photograph by Beth Swanson. The stamp and pane selvage were designed by Greg Breeding. William J. Gicker was the USPS art director for this issue.

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    Feb 19, 2016, 22:30 PM

    Born Feb. 20: William Prescott

    Col. William Prescott led troops during the 1775 Battle of Bunker's Hill, and was also involved at the 1777 Battle of Saratoga in New York.

  • united-states-2016-grapes-coil-stamp
    Feb 19, 2016, 08:36 AM

    U.S. 5¢ Grapes coil issued with just one day’s notice

    United States Postal Service representatives mentioned last August that a new 5¢ Grapes stamp would be issued in 2016. However, it wasn’t until Feb. 18 that the issue date was revealed: Feb. 19. No first-day ceremony is planned. Kansas City, Mo., is designated as the official city of issue.

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    Feb 19, 2016, 07:13 AM

    Linns.com gets a new face-lift

    If you are a frequent visitor to Linn’s website Linns.com, you might have noticed improvements in early February. We’ve given the website an updated, user-friendly look to make content more accessible to you, our readers. We start out with a fresh, modern color scheme with a pleasing-to-the-eyes font, or typeface, for the text and headlines.

  • Feb 19, 2016, 05:35 AM

    Tip of the week: Dalley’s Magical Pain Extractor revenue stamp

    Match and medicine revenue stamps (known formally as private die proprietary stamps) remain one of the most active segments of the U.S. stamp market. The Revenue Act of 1862 was enacted to help pay for the cost of fighting the Civil War. It levied taxes on the sale of matches, patent medicines, perfumes, playing cards, and other items.

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    Feb 19, 2016, 03:40 AM

    Upright Jenny Invert pane of six sells for $59,205 in Maine auction

    Waterville, Maine, bookseller Robert Sezak auctioned his pane of the upright $2 Jenny Invert stamp through James D. Julia Auctioneers. A high bid of $50,000 won the lot.

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    Feb 18, 2016, 05:30 AM

    Sarah Vaughan first-day ceremony ticket information

    Admission to the March 29 Sarah Vaughan forever stamp first-day ceremony in Newark, N.J., requires a ticket. Tickets can be reserved in person or by phone.

  • us-stamp-notes-s-d-day-cover
    Feb 18, 2016, 05:10 AM

    A philatelic puzzle: who remembers S-D Day?

    A label affixed to the postcard shown nearby reads “Remember S-D Day December 1.” Nothing on the card indicates what S-D Day is. It was sent from Melbourne, Fla., to Owega, N.Y., franked with a 2¢ Jefferson stamp. It is postmarked Nov. 15, 1955.

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    Feb 18, 2016, 04:57 AM

    Naval covers as a byway of first-day cover collecting

    First-day cover collecting certainly has many byways, and I like to go back to it every so often because it is one of my roots in the stamp hobby.

  • octave-chanute-airmail-stamp
    Feb 17, 2016, 22:30 PM

    Born Feb. 18: Octave Chanute

    French-born aviation pioneer Octave Chanute designed and built early gliders for manned flight, and was a friend and advisor to the Wright Brothers during their successful efforts to achieve controlled and powered human flight in an airplane.

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    Feb 17, 2016, 06:34 AM

    Society, museum to host postal history symposium

    The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History and the Mobile Post Office Society will present a symposium on surface transportation of mail in the 20th century.

  • us-stamp-notes-trade-cards-shepard-norwell-boston-advertisment
    Feb 17, 2016, 03:00 AM

    Trade cards picture 19th-century U.S. stamps

    As a fan of 19th-century trade cards that depict United States stamps, I’m pleased to share two examples of what appear at first glance to be the same card. The cards have the same margin design and show the same four stamps from the definitive series of 1870-71. However, they are not the same.

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    Feb 16, 2016, 22:30 PM

    Born Feb. 17: Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan's extraordinary basketball career included six championship seasons with the Chicago Bulls. He is now the majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.

  • stamp-market-tips-united-states-botanical-art-imperforate-uncut-press-sheet
    Feb 15, 2016, 02:45 AM

    Botanical Art no-die-cut press sheet bringing multiples of face value

    On Jan. 29, the United States Postal Service issued 10 nondenominated (49¢) Botanical Art stamps in panes of 10 and double-sided panes of 20. It also produced uncut press sheets of this issue, both with and without die cuts, which sold at face value for $78.40.

  • cyrus-mccormick-famous-americans-stamp
    Feb 14, 2016, 22:30 PM

    Born Feb. 15: Cyrus Hall McCormick

    Cyrus McCormick, an American inventor instrumental in the development of the mechanical reaper, established a company that later became International Harvester (now Navistar).

  • valentine-station-loveland-colorado-postmark
    Feb 14, 2016, 15:45 PM

    Loveland’s Valentine remailing program celebrates 70 years: Linn’s Buzz

    According to a United States Postal Service press release, more than 150,000 cards and letters were handled last year by the Valentines. Those items came from senders who wanted their mail to carry the signuture Valentine's Day themed stamp of Loveland.

  • richard-allen-black-heritage
    Feb 13, 2016, 22:30 PM

    Born Feb. 14: Richard Allen

    Richard Allen was an early civil rights leader and the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Born in Philadelphia, he obtained his freedom at age 23 and embarked on a career of religious leadership.

  • first-day-covers-artcraft-single-color-design
    Feb 13, 2016, 02:00 AM

    Demise of ArtCraft first-day covers reflected various market challenges

    The news that production of ArtCraft cacheted first-day covers was discontinued as of the end of 2015 is making waves throughout not only the FDC segment of philately but perhaps beyond.

  • chuck-yeager-supersonic-flight
    Feb 12, 2016, 22:30 PM

    Born Feb. 13: Chuck Yeager

    On Oct. 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager flew his Bell X-1 jet into the history books by becoming the first pilot to break the sound barrier. A stamp honoring his feat was issued 50 years later.

  • moon-global-forever-pane
    Feb 12, 2016, 04:30 AM

    Moon global forever stamp to be issued Feb. 22 in panes of 10

    The nondenominated ($1.20) Moon global forever stamp for international letter mail will be issued in panes of 10 on Feb. 22, according to the United States Postal Service.