Flurry of airmail issues came to Netherlands Indies in 1928: Classic Stamps of the World

June 30, 2016 05:00 PM

Events were moving faster than stamps could keep up with them in the 13,000 islands of the Netherlands Indies in 1928.


The latest scoop: ice cream and stamps

June 30, 2016 04:09 PM

Despite the popularity of ice cream in the United States, only seven U.S. stamps feature ice cream. So let's look around the world.


Learning about the world’s first pictorial postage stamps: Unveiling Classic Stamps

June 30, 2016 01:07 PM

New South Wales issued the world’s first pictorial postage stamps in January 1850. The stamp designs feature miniature pictures that tell a huge story of a new and hopeful beginning.


Born June 30: Czeslaw Milosz

June 30, 2016 03:30 AM

Born in Lithuania in 1911, poet Czeslaw Milosz joined the Polish resistance during World War II, and became an American citizen in 1970.


More than 13,600 stamps have new values in latest Scott catalog

June 29, 2016 03:42 PM

Monaco, Malta and Liechtenstein lead the way in the number of value changes in Vol. 4 of the 2017 Scott Standard catalog.


Airmail stamps of Sweden are few but interesting: Nordic Stamp Scene

June 29, 2016 03:06 PM

The Swedish Post Office began to offer airmail service on Aug. 11, 1920, between Malmo, in the very south of Sweden, and Berlin.


China salutes opening of Shanghai Disney Resort: New Stamps of the World

June 25, 2016 05:00 PM

China commemorated the June 16 opening of Shanghai Disneyland on two stamps issued that day.


It was supposed to be ‘instant,’ so why is this Olympian getting a stamp four years late?

June 25, 2016 01:00 PM

Australia Post's latest Gold Medal stamp was issued June 17, almost four years after race walker Jared Tallent crossed the finish line.


Great Britain stamps focusing on WWI events of 1916 issued June 21

June 25, 2016 07:00 AM

In this series, Royal Mail is exploring each year of the war through stamps with the following six themes: poppies, poetry, portraits of participants, war art, memorials, and artifacts.


Why definitive stamps of Fiji from 1938-55 are so interesting: Stamps Down Under

June 24, 2016 07:00 PM

The stamps' images convey the beauty and lifestyle of this South Pacific island country, and several of the denominations are complex.


Linn’s seeking columnist to write about Asia stamps, postal history: Editor’s Insights

June 24, 2016 03:00 PM

Linn's is searching for a new columnist, feature writer, or writers to write about Asia.


Born June 24: Victor Hess

June 24, 2016 03:30 AM

Austrian-born scientist Victor Hess won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1936 for his discovery of cosmic rays and their effect on the Earth's atmosphere.


The ‘rainbow trials’ and how the Penny Black was replaced: Great Britain Philately

June 23, 2016 07:00 PM

The year 1840 must have been one of both elation and frustration for Rowland Hill, the man behind Great Britain's major postal reform.


South Africa stamp withdrawn due to religious complaints a sought-after item: Stamp Market Tips

June 23, 2016 05:00 PM

The stamps had already been distributed to South African post offices when complaints from Orthodox Jews about the use of the word “God” in a non-worship setting led South African postal authorities to withdraw the stamp.


Belarus’ European history reflected on stamps: Stamps of Eastern Europe

June 23, 2016 01:00 PM

Before Belarus was annexed by the Russian Empire, it was an integral part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.


An open letter to the philatelic community from World Stamp Show-NY 2016

June 23, 2016 09:07 AM

In an open letter to stamp collectors, Wade Saadi, president of World Stamp Show-NY 2016, reflects on the once-a-decade international philatelic exhibition that took place May 28-June 4 in New York City. Saadi called the show a “once-in-a-lifetime experience for many and truly appreciated by everyone.”


Unusual newspaper mailing discovered in New York City

June 20, 2016 01:27 PM

A recent renovation of a residential property in New York City revealed a fascinating find in the property’s attic: 45 copies of The Daily News, a London newspaper, dated from 1863 and 1864.


Unissued Audrey Hepburn semipostal rarity at World Stamp Show-NY 2016

June 18, 2016 01:00 PM

This used example of the unissued 2001 Audrey Hepburn semipostal stamp was on display at the Christoph Gaertner Auctions booth at World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


Born June 18: Paul McCartney

June 18, 2016 03:30 AM

Paul McCartney was born June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England. He rose to international fame as a member of the Beatles, and began his successful solo career in 1970.


Ireland celebrated the U.S. bicentennial with an attractive set of four stamps: Editor’s Insights

June 17, 2016 11:22 AM

In the United States, the bicentennial celebrations culminated on July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.


Weather front and center on new stamps from Norway, Poland

June 17, 2016 11:03 AM

Norway issued two stamps June 10 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. Poland shows storm and other types of clouds on four stamps issued June 15.


Thinking green at World Stamp Show-NY 2016

June 16, 2016 01:20 PM

Wayne Chen enjoyed WSS-NY 2016, but he was especially excited about the release at the show of this year’s “Think Green” stamps.


When it comes to bird stamps of Canada, the choice is all yours: Collecting Canada

June 16, 2016 10:21 AM

It takes a lot of work to make a bird stamp collection distinctly yours, even for a single country such as Canada.


Birds of Canada take flight (and land safely) on new Canada Post series

June 16, 2016 09:50 AM

On July 12, Canada Post will issue the first installment in a three-year series celebrating the official birds of Canada’s provinces and territories.


Rolling stamps? Artist creates Rolling Stones’ iconic tongue logo using 4,300 stamps: Linn’s Buzz

June 15, 2016 04:31 PM

An artist from the UK has created an impressive work of stamp art using more than 4,000 stamps to pay homage to an iconic rock symbol.


Geldert medal for 2015 awarded to David Piercey, FRPSC

June 15, 2016 12:40 AM

The Geldert Medal selection committee, in a unanimous decision, spoke highly of Mr. Piercey’s article.


The bizarre but in-demand stamps of King Farouk’s Egypt: Tip of the week

June 15, 2016 11:18 AM

Farouk commanded the Egyptian postal authorities to produce bizarrely misperforated stamps for his collection.


Royal Philatelic Society London members given overview of wide-ranging Chinese collection

June 13, 2016 04:05 PM

Paul N. Davey entertained the members of the Royal Philatelic Society London on 9 June with a display from his wide-ranging collection of China.


Born June 12: Anne Frank

June 12, 2016 03:30 AM

Anne Frank was born in Germany but hid with her family in Amsterdam in an effort to escape Nazi persecution. The diary she kept during that time has been read by millions all over the world.


Born June 11: Jacques Cousteau

June 11, 2016 03:30 AM

The underwater adventures of Jacques Cousteau were witnessed by millions around the world who tuned in to see his television programs. His books and films in the 1950s helped launch the modern conservation movement.


Linn’s the State of the Stamp Hobby event sparked lively discussion: Editor's Insights

June 10, 2016 06:00 PM

Linn’s Stamp News and the Linn’s Editorial Advisory Board sponsored its second the State of the Stamp Hobby panel discussion on May 29 during World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


Spelling error leads to two versions of new Czech Republic sheet

June 10, 2016 10:22 AM

The Czech Republic recently issued two versions of a souvenir sheet due to a spelling mistake in a Latin inscription. The souvenir sheet commemorates the 700th birth anniversary of Charles IV. Born May 14, 1316, he was crowned king of Bohemia in 1346 and holy Roman emperor in 1355.


World Stamp Show-NY 2016 recapped, letter from Pearl Harbor sells: Week’s Most Read

June 10, 2016 09:32 AM

Also this week, a letter from a sailor killed at Pearl Harbor sold, and we learned more about where the McCoy block Jenny Invert was found.


Which exhibit took top honors at World Stamp Show-NY 2016?

June 09, 2016 11:45 AM

Alvaro Castro-Harrigan of Costa Rica won the grand prix d’honneur at World Stamp Show-NY 2016. What was his exhibit about?


Lebanon’s 1971 International Labor Organization airmail stamps: Middle East Stamps

June 09, 2016 08:40 AM

Founded in 1919, the ILO celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1969. On Feb. 1, 1971, the Lebanese Directorate General of the Posts issued a set of two commemorative airmail stamps to honor the occasion.


Born June 9: Michael J. Fox

June 09, 2016 03:30 AM

Canadian-born film and television actor Michael J. Fox moved to the United States at age 18 and found himself the star of a successful TV sitcom and a series of three blockbuster films before reaching age 30. He is a leading spokesman for the fight against Parkinson's disease.


Royal Mail retires only ship that goes to St. Helena: Linn’s Buzz

June 08, 2016 12:55 AM

Rob Powell of is reporting that the passenger and cargo ship that was the only means of accessing the remote island of St. Helena, in the South Atlantic, has been making a few farewell stops this week before its retirement.


Look for BAT £1 HMS Endurance stamp: Stamp Market Tips

June 08, 2016 12:24 AM

As a British overseas territory, British Antarctic Territory has issued its own stamps since the first set of 15 definitives (Scott 1-15) on Feb. 1, 1963. On Dec. 1, 1969, the set was expanded by the issuance of a £1 HMS Endurance and Helicopter stamp (Scott 24).


Born June 8: Robert Schumann

June 08, 2016 03:30 AM

Robert Schumann, born in Germany in 1810, is acknowledged as one of the great composers of the Romantic era. He has appeared on stamps from Germany and other countries.


The history behind British Guiana’s Cottonreels: Unveiling Classic Stamps

June 05, 2016 09:00 AM

Edward Dalton, an enthusiastic postmaster, placed his mark on philately by playing a major role in the creation of the first postage stamps for a British possession in the Americas.


World Stamp Show-NY 2016 comes to a close: Editor’s Insights

June 04, 2016 06:00 PM

By the time you read this, the final curtain on the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 will have been drawn. This magnificent show had much to offer its visitors.


Yugoslavia 1998 World Volleyball sheet a good buy: Stamp Market Tips

June 04, 2016 09:25 AM

A number of attractive modern issues from Yugoslavia are popular among topical collectors. Many of the earlier topicals have held their value; issues from the 1990s are overvalued.


‘Views of Constantinople’ were the first Turkey saw on its regular-issue postage stamps

June 02, 2016 03:39 PM

The 17 stamps in Turkey’s 1914 issue showing buildings, monuments, and views of Constantinople were much overprinted and surcharged. Also, the designs appeared again in a 1920 issue.


Looking back at World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Week’s Top Posts

June 02, 2016 01:25 PM

Linn’s Stamp News is keeping it all World Stamp Show-NY 2016 this week, and looking back at five big stories from a busy week in New York City.


Tripolitania stamp set of 1934 promoted Italy’s colonial arts: Classic Stamps of the World

June 02, 2016 09:11 AM

In 1934, Tripolitania, Cyrenaica, and Fezzan became part of Italian Libya, but not before the first two entities had issued stamps on Oct. 16, 1934, for the second colonial arts exhibition.


Mystery writer Lawrence Block speaks about ‘A Hit Man and His Stamps’ at World Stamp Show-NY 2016

June 01, 2016 04:05 PM

Lawrence Block, a grand master of Mystery Writers of America, spoke to a large and appreciative audience May 31 at World Stamp Show-NY 2016.


Siegel sales kick off six days of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 auctions

June 01, 2016 03:46 PM

The run of notable auctions taking place over six days at World Stamp Show–NY 2016 provide an opportunity for some lucky collectors to acquire sought-after gems.


Eiffel Tower, opened in 1889, stands tall on French stamps

June 01, 2016 11:17 AM

The Eiffel Tower, with its unique profile, is one of the most recognized symbols in the world. It’s not surprising that it appears on many French stamps and other postal items.


Spink’s April Collectors Series sale did not disappoint: Auction Roundup

June 01, 2016 11:02 AM

An 1898 registered covered that's marked 'Registered/Ascenion' led the way at Spinks' late April auction in London.


Chinese stamps realize big numbers at Cherrystone sale: Auction Roundup

June 01, 2016 11:00 AM

There were interesting items from many countries in the April Cherrystone sale, but as is often the case of late, some of the highest realizations went to stamps of China.
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