• western-australia-3-penny-internal-revenue-stamp
    Feb 29, 2016, 09:21 AM

    Let’s get fiscal with stamps doing double duty: postage and revenue

    There are stamps that carry the mail, stamps that pay taxes and fees, and stamps that do both. The multitasking postage and revenue stamps issued by many nations made good sense and saved money.

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    Feb 28, 2016, 07:00 AM

    Romania celebrates curiosities and superlatives on new stamps

    Romania’s philatelic bureau, Romfilatelia, presents what it calls “curiosities and superlatives” on four stamps issued Feb. 24. In announcing the issue, Romfilatelia described the stamps as depicting “examples from areas such as art, coins, crafts and natural heritage, which impress by extraordinary sizes, spectacular shapes and stories … ”

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    Feb 27, 2016, 17:00 PM

    United Nations-India joint issue promotes gender-equality campaign

    The United Nations Postal Administration and India Post are participating in a joint issue for International Women’s Day, March 8. The stamps promote the United Nations’ “HeForShe” gender-equality campaign that urges men to stand up for the rights of their mothers and sisters. The campaign was developed by UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.)

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    Feb 26, 2016, 12:39 PM

    Tip of the week: Latakia 1931 overprinted postage due stamps

    Syria has been much in the news of late because of the ongoing civil war with tens of thousands killed, millions of refugees, the rampages of ISIS, Russian military intervention, and other sad events. Memories of a happier time can be found in the stamps of Latakia.

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    Feb 25, 2016, 17:34 PM

    New stamps honor achievements of six British humanitarians

    Great Britain’s Royal Mail honors six British humanitarians on stamps being issued March 15. The set of six includes three se-tenant (side-by-side) nondenominated, first-class stamps, and three se-tenant £1.33 stamps.

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    Feb 25, 2016, 13:09 PM

    Identifying animals pictured on Britain’s stamps is child’s play

    If there is a 2-year-old toddler in your life, you might create a future stamp collector by using stamps of Great Britain to play a game of identify the animals. Great Britain has issued more stamps depicting animals than you likely realize.

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    Feb 24, 2016, 10:00 AM

    Scott catalogs among Vancouver’s favorite library books: Linn’s Buzz

    Earlier this week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation released a list of the top 10 most checked out non-fiction books at the Vancouver Public Library. We at Linn's Stamp News are honored to report that the Scott catalogs cracked the list.

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    Feb 23, 2016, 12:00 PM

    Royal Mail’s transportation heritage displayed on new postage labels

    Great Britain’s Royal Mail issued six self-adhesive postage labels Feb. 17 picturing mail transportation over the centuries. Great Britain’s Royal Mail calls such labels “post & go.” The denominations or service inscriptions are printed at the time of purchase.

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    Feb 22, 2016, 10:15 AM

    Poland 1946 Majdanek Prison Camp semipostal in demand

    On April 29, 1946, Poland issued a 3-zloty+5z Death Spreading Poison Gas over Majdanek Prison Camp semipostal stamp (Scott B45). This stamp remembers the more than 350,000 Jews who were exterminated at this camp during the Holocaust. The macabre and striking design features an allegory of death as a skeleton dressed in a Nazi SS uniform.

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    Feb 19, 2016, 11:14 AM

    New Zealand glow-in-the-dark stamps feature glowworms

    Four New Zealand stamps picturing glowworms glow in the dark. The stamps are being issued March 2. New Zealand Post said, “The stamps have been printed using glow-in-the-dark technology to replicate the effect of glowworms in the wild — simply expose them to sunlight and then step into a dark space to see the stamps light up.”

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    Feb 19, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born Feb. 19: Prince Andrew

    The United Kingdom's Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Prince Andrew was born Feb. 19, 1960, and has been depicted on many stamps from the British Commonwealth.

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    Feb 18, 2016, 15:01 PM

    A philatelic six degrees of separation: Old Town Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

    “Six degrees of separation” is the notion that everything is only a few short steps away from everything else. This term’s widespread use in contemporary culture might be a side effect of worldwide email and social media, fueling the feeling that even in our vast and populous world, connecting with others is easier every day. The same kind of connectedness is often noteworthy in stamp subjects or themes, each one connecting to another and yet another as time goes by.

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    Feb 18, 2016, 13:28 PM

    Using search engines and other sites to find stamp-hobby information

    When you use Google, Bing or other search engines to look up information about stamps, you often get information not related to postage stamps as well. One way to avoid these extraneous results is to use sites that are limited to stamps.

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    Feb 18, 2016, 09:10 AM

    Hydrangeas burst forth as Canada’s Spring Flowers stamps March 1

    On March 1, Canada Post will issue nondenominated (85¢) domestic letter-rate “P” permanent Hydrangeas stamps with two designs in self-adhesive booklets of 10, coil rolls of 50, two-stamp souvenir sheets, and postal cards imprinted for delivery anywhere in the world.

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    Feb 17, 2016, 16:28 PM

    A 145-year-old French ‘balloon letter’ turned up in Australia: Linn’s Buzz

    The letter, scribbled out on Dec. 6, 1870, was written by a Frenchman, Charles Mesnier (or Mesmier), and is addressed to his mother in Pont-Audemer, Normandy. At the time it was written, the Franco-Prussian War was in full swing, with German forces surrounding Paris for almost four months.

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    Feb 17, 2016, 11:20 AM

    Penny Red's 175th anniversary celebrated at Stampex

    The Penny Red replaced the Penny Black in 1841, which was taken out of circulation due to the potential of fraudulent reuse. Prior to the Penny Red’s launch the Rainbow Colour Trials was conducted to find the ideal color for the stamp.

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    Feb 16, 2016, 11:00 AM

    Tip of the week: Newfoundland 1937 King George VI set

    On May 12, 1937, Newfoundland issued a set of 11 stamps with designs showing scenes of Newfoundland with an inset portrait of King George VI (Scott 233-243).

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    Feb 11, 2016, 21:15 PM

    Stamps honor 500th anniversary of organized mail service in Britain

    Great Britain’s Royal Mail is celebrating 500 years of regular, organized mail service in 2016, and is issuing 10 stamps Feb. 17 to commemorate developments in its postal service. A booklet and other items are being released the next day, Feb. 18. The stamp set is called Royal Mail 500.

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    Feb 11, 2016, 17:09 PM

    Stamps trace evolution of Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes

    The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, a name expressing more truth than poetry, arose out of the ashes of World War I as a marriage of convenience. It issued stamps from 1918 until the name of the country was officially changed to Yugoslavia (land of the Southern Slavs) on Oct. 3, 1929.

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    Feb 11, 2016, 10:08 AM

    How to win a free two-night stay at World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn’s Buzz

    The American Stamp Dealers Association is giving away a two-night stay in New York City during World Stamp Show-NY 2016 at its show this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The ASDA Winter Postage Stamp Show runs Feb. 12-14 at the War Memorial Auditorium at 800 NE 8th St. in Ft. Lauderdale. Admission is free.

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    Feb 10, 2016, 13:31 PM

    United Nations issues Free & Equal stamps for worldwide LGBT equality

    Six new stamps from the United Nations Postal Administration promote a public education campaign to raise awareness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The name of the campaign “Free & Equal” is inscribed on each of the six UNPA stamps issued Feb. 5.

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    Feb 10, 2016, 10:20 AM

    India Post dedicates ‘all-women’ post office: Linn’s Buzz

    On Feb. 3, an all-women post office was dedicated and opened as a in the Indian town of Singjamei in the Manipur province, according to KanglaOnline.com. In addition to having a female postmaster and staff, KanglaOnline.com reports, “This Sub Post Office serves postal and financial requirements of [a] large number of people, among them [a] majority are women.”

  • middle-east-stamps-jordan-upu-palestine-red-overprint-error
    Feb 10, 2016, 08:00 AM

    Jordan’s UPU issue overprinted ‘Palestine’ has many varieties to pursue

    On May 14, 1948, following the proclamation of the state of Israel, the armed forces (the Arab Legion) of Jordan entered Palestine and occupied an area of the Palestinian territories. Jordan was able to seize the old city of Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Jenin, and Tulkarm among others.

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    Feb 8, 2016, 08:00 AM

    Four countries feature exotic mineral specimens on stamps

    France’s La Poste issued a booklet of 12 stamps Jan. 7 called Mineral World. The stamps picture minerals from the collection of the Mineralogy Museum at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines de Paris. This engineering school is often referred to as MINES ParisTech.

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    Feb 7, 2016, 14:00 PM

    Revised edition of ‘UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961’ a must have

    The 2015 revised edition of James Bendon's UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961 will be the go-to reference work on this subject for decades to come.

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    Feb 6, 2016, 07:00 AM

    Australian ‘emergency’ stamps hot on eBay, well-known artist's stamp designs profiled: Week's Most Read

    Also this week, we preview an Eastern Auctions sale that covers the world, John Hotchner gets a belly laugh from a reader's expertizing inquiry, and the late prolific stamp artist Howard Koslow is remembered.

  • stamp-market-tips-bolivia-1912-justice-revenue-overprint-invert-error
    Feb 4, 2016, 08:30 AM

    Bolivia 1912 Justice revenue inverted overprint error in demand

    In 1912, Bolivian postal authorities overprinted in red and surcharged a 1-centavo blue Justice transactions revenue stamp to 10c for use as a postage stamp.

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    Feb 3, 2016, 17:57 PM

    Should Canada drop Queen Elizabeth from its stamps?: Linns Buzz

    The Toronto Sun is reporting that a group called Canada’s Republic Now, is insisting that the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post remove Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in modern history, from the country's stamps and coins.

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    Feb 1, 2016, 12:34 PM

    East Midlands members entertain at the Royal

    Fifteen members of The Royal Philatelic Society London, all living in the East Midlands, presented the displays shown to members during the afternoon of 28 January.