• czech-1918-independence-stamp-svabinsky
    Mar 31, 2016, 20:45 PM

    Stamps evoke Czech freedom: Classic Stamps of the World

    Czechoslovakia’s final stamp issues of 1938, Scott 253-254, celebrated the nation’s 20th anniversary of independence from the Austro-Hungarian empire.

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    Mar 31, 2016, 17:31 PM

    Finding stamps for a whole year of rainy days: Topics on Stamps

    In many parts of the world, early spring is associated with rain. According to an old English folk rhyme, “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.” When it comes to postage stamps, though, you can find rain year-round.

  • canceled-1849-20-centime-black-pair
    Mar 31, 2016, 13:23 PM

    France 1849: The first stamp issue, Part II

    After that grueling day in the legislature, Aug. 24, 1848, with the authorizing law for postal reform fully in place and with the approval of the stamp design by the cabinet, France’s Postmaster General Etienne Arago set out to work assiduously towards dissemination of new postal regulations and the production of the necessary stamps.

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    Mar 31, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 31: Joseph Haydn

    An important figure in the development of classical music, Joseph Haydn was born in Rohrau, Austria, in 1732, and became renowned throughout Europe during his lifetime.

  • vincent-van-gogh-netherlands-stamp
    Mar 30, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 30: Vincent Van Gogh

    His paintings have appeared on stamps all over the world, but during his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh was little known, struggling with physical and mental illness as he created what are today celebrated as masterpieces.

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    Mar 29, 2016, 16:07 PM

    There was no shortage of die proofs at the Royal Philatelic Society London

    “I have never before seen so many die proofs in one go.” So commented Frank Walton, President of The Royal Philatelic Society London, when introducing to the Society the display of The Dutch Antilles in The West Indies.

  • thomas-clarkson-abolitionist-stamp
    Mar 28, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 28: Thomas Clarkson

    The son of an Anglican priest, Thomas Clarkson devoted his life to abolishing slavery and the slave trade in the British Empire and throughout the world.

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    Mar 25, 2016, 17:51 PM

    Stamps document the complex political evolution of New Guinea: Stamps Down Under

    It is fascinating for most people to learn how nations evolve, and even more so for stamp collectors, who can document a nation’s changes through its postal issues. New Guinea is a good example.

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    Mar 24, 2016, 11:50 AM

    Better never than late? Bulgaria’s post-WWI set caused quite a furor

    A set of five Bulgaria stamps with the printed dates of 1915-1916 was not issued until 1921. One might call them error stamps, although they reflected errors of politics rather than printing. Exhausted by defeat in the Second Balkan War in 1913, Bulgaria’s czar, Ferdinand I, at first avoided involvement in World War I. But in 1915, Ferdinand decided to join the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey). His reward was to be the land of Macedonia, which was then divided between two Allied countries: Greece and Serbia.

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    Mar 23, 2016, 17:18 PM

    Sailing Ships set tops Aland’s 2015 stamp popularity poll

    Two stamps featuring sailing vessels were voted as Aland’s most beautiful stamp issue of 2015. These stamps were issued Feb. 2, 2015, the first set in a planned six-year Sailing Ships of Aland series.

  • curtiss-jenny-biplane-world-stamp-show-ny-2016
    Mar 23, 2016, 16:51 PM

    Exciting opportunities await visitors to World Stamp Show-NY 2016

    A vintage Jenny biplane nearly identical to that shown on the 1918 United States 24¢ Jenny airmail stamp (Scott C3) and its world-famous variety, the Inverted Jenny (C3a), will be on display at World Stamp Show-NY 2016. WSS-NY 2016 will take place May 28-June 4 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center located on 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets in Manhattan.

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    Mar 23, 2016, 13:25 PM

    RPSL celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish stamps

    St Patrick’s Day proved to be the perfect occasion for members of The Royal Philatelic Society London to enjoy four fine displays on the theme of Ireland.

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    Mar 23, 2016, 11:11 AM

    Canada’s squared circle postmarks reward attentive collectors

    Squared circle postmarks originated in Great Britain in 1879 as an improvement upon duplex handstamps. In a duplex device, one part canceled the stamp, while the other recorded the date and post office. Unfortunately, duplex cancels could be awkward to ink, to apply, and to maintain.

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    Mar 22, 2016, 17:09 PM

    Machin news includes security overprint, new denomination, color error: Great Britain Philately

    Great Britain’s Royal Mail has introduced yet another security feature for its definitive stamps: an overprint on the backing paper. The overprint reads “ROYAL MAIL” in all capital letters in two sizes and is printed in a diagonal pattern across the backing paper of self-adhesive stamps. The overprint is showing on the backing paper on the right of the nondenominated second-class blue stamp pictured nearby.

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    Mar 22, 2016, 15:27 PM

    Watermarked Mexico 1977 Nuclear Power stamp: Tip of the Week

    On Feb. 14, 1977, Mexico issued a 1.60-peso Mankind Destroyed by Nuclear Power airmail stamp (Scott C533). The stamp commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Agreement of Tlatelolco banning nuclear weapons in Latin America. The striking stamp design features Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man shown as a skeleton against the background of a nuclear explosion.

  • 2016-pobjoy-mint-penny-red-coin
    Mar 21, 2016, 13:21 PM

    The Penny Red stamp now has its own coin: Linn’s Buzz

    The Pobjoy Mint is celebrating the stamp design by issuing a red colored coin, part of a series of colorful coins honoring famous stamp designs, like the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue stamp.

  • swedish-royalty-souvenir-sheet-king-carl-gustaf-queen-silvia
    Mar 18, 2016, 15:16 PM

    Royal celebrations: European monarchs and their families on stamps

    Ever since Great Britain pictured Queen Victoria on the world's first postage stamp issued in 1840, royalty has been a popular topic for postal commemoration. Several recent stamps honor European royalty.

  • russian-composer-rimsky-korsakov-stamp
    Mar 18, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 18: Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, renowned as a composer and music teacher, created Scheherazade and The Flight of the Bumblebee, which are considered among the greatest Russian classical works.

  • woo-collections-ice-house-cover-abraham-lincoln
    Mar 17, 2016, 18:01 PM

    Book showcases award-winning collections of Arthur K.M. Woo

    I recently had the opportunity to explore a fascinating book titled Extracts from the Dr. Arthur K.M. Woo Collections. Edited and published by dealer Brian Moorhouse, the book was printed in a very limited edition of just 50 copies. As the title suggests, the book presents highlights from a number of Woo’s collections, many of which contain world-class rarities and other choice gems.

  • italy-ban-fascist-nazi-stamps
    Mar 17, 2016, 14:12 PM

    Italian bill would ban sale of fascist-themed stamps: Linn’s Buzz

    Sixty-four members of Italian Parliament have thrown their support behind a bill that would eliminate the trade, sale, and overall circulation of postcards, stamps, coins, or medals that depict any fascist or Nazi symbolism, mottos, faces, or swastikas, according to an article in the Spring 2016 issue of Fil-Italia.

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    Mar 17, 2016, 12:43 PM

    American Philatelic Society World Series of Philately exhibiting changes considered

    Proposed changes to the American Philatelic Society’s guidelines for judging philatelic exhibits at APS World Series of Philately national shows have been under discussion by the APS Committee on Accreditation of National Exhibitions and Judges (CANEJ). Among the changes proposed would be a focus on exhibit classes rather than divisions by type or purpose, and an increase in the number of medal levels available for awarding, from five to eight.

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    Mar 17, 2016, 10:23 AM

    Canadian Photography series continues with seven new designs

    Canada Post will continue its series of commemorative stamps honoring Canadian photography April 13 with seven new designs on stamps in booklets, in souvenir sheets and on international-rate postal cards. Now in its fourth year, the five-part series continues Canada Post’s stated goal “to showcase the best Canadian photographers and photography of the past 150 years, as chosen by leading curators and gallery owners.”

  • stamp-market-tips-angola-1953-african-wildlife-set
    Mar 17, 2016, 08:02 AM

    Look for Angola African Wildlife set: Stamp Market Tips

    In 1953, Angola issued one of collecting’s most attractive and popular African Wildlife sets (Scott 362-381). The animals featured on the stamps include elephant, lion, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, and hippopotamus. The sole reptile is the African crocodile.

  • asda-midwest-postage-stamp-show-lombard-illinois
    Mar 16, 2016, 16:04 PM

    Another two-night stay during WSS-NY 2016 is being given away: Linn’s Buzz

    The American Stamp Dealers Association is giving away yet another two-night stay in New York City duringWorld Stamp Show-NY 2016 at its show this weekend in the Chicago area.

  • canada-governor-general-ray-hnatyshyn
    Mar 16, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 16: Ray Hnatyshyn

    Canada's 24th governor general, Ray Hnatyshyn, held that position from 1990 to 1995 after having served in the country's House of Commons for 14 years.

  • astronaut-alan-bean-biot-souvenir-sheet
    Mar 15, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 15: Alan Bean

    Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon, has also created paintings documenting American space travel. His artwork appeared on several stamps in 2009.

  • euro-cup-football-soccer-stamps-northern-cyprus-paris-landmarks
    Mar 14, 2016, 19:57 PM

    Pair of Northern Cyprus stamps honor Euro Cup hosted by France

    The upcoming Euro Cup soccer championship in Paris is honored on a pair of stamps from Northern Cyprus.

  • plate-77-penny-red-bg
    Mar 14, 2016, 14:00 PM

    Extremely rare Penny Red stamp sells for £495,000: Linn's Buzz

    This example of the Plate 77 Penny Red stamp is one of five used examples known to philatelists, and is highly regarded as one of the most valuable stamps in the UK.

  • prime-minister-charles-grey-stamp
    Mar 13, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 13: Charles Grey

    As prime minister of the United Kingdom, Charles Grey oversaw the 1832 reforms that included the abolition of slavery.

  • canada-sir-john-abbott-stamp
    Mar 12, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 12: Sir John J.C. Abbott

    A successful attorney and a member of the House of Commons, John Abbott was chosen as Canada's prime minister following the death of John A. Macdonald.

  • lithuanian-national-anthem-stamp
    Mar 11, 2016, 15:41 PM

    Suvalkija, the first set in Lithuania Ethnographic Regions series: Stamps of Eastern Europe

    In 1992, shortly after regaining its independence after 50 years of captivity in the Soviet Union, Lithuania began a series of stamp issues celebrating traditional 19th-century dress in the country’s five ethnographic regions.

  • personalized-liechtenstein-stamps
    Mar 11, 2016, 14:41 PM

    Liechtenstein offering panoramic panes of personalized stamps

    In its announcement of the panorama pane, Philately Liechtenstein pictured two examples, one of a photograph of a large group of people and the other showing an assortment of pastries.

  • kelleher-flagship-auction-hawaiian-missionary-stamp
    Mar 11, 2016, 09:51 AM

    John Lennon’s stamp collection heads to U.S., iconic Hawaii issue crossing block: Week’s Most Read

    Also popular this week on Linns.com were stories about the small supply of Sarah Vaughan press sheets that will be made available by the USPS, and an in-depth history of the Stone Mountain Memorial and its commemorative stamp.

  • prime-minister-harold-wilson-stamp
    Mar 11, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 11: Harold Wilson

    Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was a Labour Party leader who first became prime minister in 1964. He was born March 11, 1916.

  • easter-greeting-stamps-2016-vatican-city-stained-glass-church
    Mar 10, 2016, 16:02 PM

    Easter greeting stamps picture rabbits, bobbin lace, and stained glass

    Rabbits, eggs, and religious artwork are featured on Easter stamps issued this year. A photograph of a lop-eared rabbit with a basket filled with pastel-colored eggs is pictured on Finland’s Easter stamp. This nondenominated first-class self-adhesive stamp was issued Feb. 26. The designer, Anna-Mari West, put a bow on her own pet rabbit, Eli, and took his photograph for the stamp’s design.

  • earl-of-wessex-prince-edward-stamp
    Mar 10, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 10: Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex

    The Earl of Wessex was born March 10, 1964, at Buckingham Palace. He is the father of two children with his wife, the Countess of Wessex, and is involved in activities supporting Queen Elizabeth II.

  • latin-america-argentina-1899-1903-seated-liberty-vertically-imperforate-pair
    Mar 9, 2016, 16:50 PM

    Argentina’s attractive Seated Liberty issue offers full collecting range: Stamps of Latin America

    Argentina’s Seated Liberty stamps of 1899-1903 offer an inviting field for specialization. First, and most important, the stamps are attractive, depicting an allegorical female figure of Liberty sitting with her left arm resting on a shield that displays the coat of arms of Argentina, with the sun rising over the ocean behind her.

  • tip-of-the-week-burkina-faso-1996-unicef-anniversary-set
    Mar 9, 2016, 15:37 PM

    Burkina Faso 1996 UNICEF 50th Anniversary set: Tip of the Week

    Burkina Faso has occasionally issued stamps without prior warning. Such stamps often come to light only when they begin to show up in kiloware mixtures. One such set is the 1996 50th Anniversary of UNICEF set of four stamps (Scott 1086A-1086D).

  • italy-amerigo-vespucci-stamp
    Mar 9, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 9: Amerigo Vespucci

    Italian-born navigator and explorer Amerigo Vespucci sailed westward to South America in 1497. On his voyages he discovered that the lands he encountered were previously unknown to Europeans.

  • kenneth-grahame-wind-in-the-willows
    Mar 8, 2016, 03:30 AM

    Born March 8: Kenneth Grahame

    British stamps have been issued showing characters from The Wind in the Willows, a popular children's book written by Kenneth Grahame and published in 1908.

  • canada-suffrage-vote-stamp-march-8
    Mar 5, 2016, 05:58 AM

    Canada honors women’s suffrage centennial on stamp issued March 8

    On March 8, International Women's Day, Canada Post issued a stamp marking the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada.

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    Mar 4, 2016, 16:53 PM

    Pair of essays linked to Riel rebellions top $1,800 in Eastern auction

    A couple of mysterious essays for a stamp inscribed “Republique Canadienne – Canadian Republic” were said to date from the time of Louis Riel’s rebellions in 1869 and 1885.

  • fresh-five-cent-canadian-stamp
    Mar 4, 2016, 16:33 PM

    Three examples of iconic St. Lawrence Seaway invert error sell at Brigham auction

    Brigham Auctions continued its multi-part sale of the Brigham collection of Canada with a session on Jan. 23 near Toronto, offering material from the reigns of King Edward VII and Queen Elizabeth II.

  • wove-paper-dragon-mizuhara-collection-essays
    Mar 4, 2016, 15:55 PM

    Gems from Mizuhara collection shine at Spink sale in Hong Kong

    The international award-winning exhibit of Chinese Customs Posts put together by the late Meiso Mizuhara was last shown competitively in London in 1990.

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    Mar 3, 2016, 14:23 PM

    On eve of independence, Finland gave thought to stamps

    Time was short to produce new stamps and put them on sale, so Finland’s greatest architect of the era sketched a version of the venerable Finnish lion as the design of the 1917-30 set.

  • stamp-market-tips-lebanon-conference-emigrants-souvenir-sheet
    Mar 3, 2016, 12:40 PM

    Lebanon Conference of Emigrants sheet in demand: Stamp Market Tips

    On Aug. 8, 1950, Lebanon issued a set of two postage stamps and four airmail stamps (Scott 243-244 and C150-C153) to commemorate the Conference of Emigrants. In addition to the stamps, an imperforate souvenir sheet of six on chamois paper (Scott C153a) was also issued.

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    Mar 3, 2016, 11:52 AM

    John Lennon's stamp collection headed to World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn's Buzz

    According to Rolling Stone, the extensive collection of the late John Lennon, legendary singer and songwriter who helped turn The Beatles into one of the most popular musical groups in the history of entertainment, will be on display during the May 28-June 4 show.

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    Mar 3, 2016, 09:11 AM

    Postal reform in France met with intense opposition: Unveiling Classic Stamps

    Critics resisted postal reform in 19th-century France because they were convinced that reducing postal rates would subsidize the rich. The arguments for and against reduced rates were politically charged.

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    Mar 2, 2016, 09:57 AM

    Channel Islands Specialists’ Society opens 2016 with competition meeting

    The C.I.S.S. commenced its 2016 program with its Competitions Meeting held at the Royal Philatelic Society's headquarters in London on Feb. 20.

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    Mar 2, 2016, 09:38 AM

    Volunteers needed for World Stamp Show-NY 2016

    More than 125 people have signed up to serve as volunteers at World Stamp Show-NY 2016, but many more are needed, according to Mark Butterline, the show’s volunteer chairman. WSS-NY 2016 will take place May 28-June 4 in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. (at 12th Avenue).