newsFinding stamps for a whole year of rainy days: Topics on Stamps
March 31, 2016 04:31 PMIn 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.
newsFrance 1849: The first stamp issue, Part II
March 31, 2016 12:23 AMAfter 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.
newsThere was no shortage of die proofs at the Royal Philatelic Society London
March 29, 2016 03:07 PM“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.
newsStamps document the complex political evolution of New Guinea: Stamps Down Under
March 25, 2016 04:51 PMIt 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.
newsBetter never than late? Bulgaria’s post-WWI set caused quite a furor
March 24, 2016 11:50 AMA 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.
newsExciting opportunities await visitors to World Stamp Show-NY 2016
March 23, 2016 04:51 PMA 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.
newsCanada’s squared circle postmarks reward attentive collectors
March 23, 2016 11:11 AMSquared 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.
newsMachin news includes security overprint, new denomination, color error: Great Britain Philately
March 22, 2016 05:09 PMGreat 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.
newsWatermarked Mexico 1977 Nuclear Power stamp: Tip of the Week
March 22, 2016 03:27 PMOn 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.
newsRoyal celebrations: European monarchs and their families on stamps
March 18, 2016 02:16 PMEver 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.
newsBook showcases award-winning collections of Arthur K.M. Woo
March 17, 2016 06:01 PMI 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.
newsItalian bill would ban sale of fascist-themed stamps: Linn’s Buzz
March 17, 2016 01:12 PMSixty-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.
newsAmerican Philatelic Society World Series of Philately exhibiting changes considered
March 17, 2016 12:43 AMProposed 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.
newsCanadian Photography series continues with seven new designs
March 17, 2016 10:23 AMCanada 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.”
newsLook for Angola African Wildlife set: Stamp Market Tips
March 17, 2016 08:02 AMIn 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.
newsSuvalkija, the first set in Lithuania Ethnographic Regions series: Stamps of Eastern Europe
March 11, 2016 02:41 PMIn 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.
newsJohn Lennon’s stamp collection heads to U.S., iconic Hawaii issue crossing block: Week’s Most Read
March 11, 2016 08:51 AMAlso 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.
newsEaster greeting stamps picture rabbits, bobbin lace, and stained glass
March 10, 2016 04:02 PMRabbits, 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.
newsArgentina’s attractive Seated Liberty issue offers full collecting range: Stamps of Latin America
March 09, 2016 04:50 PMArgentina’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.
newsBurkina Faso 1996 UNICEF 50th Anniversary set: Tip of the Week
March 09, 2016 03:37 PMBurkina 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).
newsThree examples of iconic St. Lawrence Seaway invert error sell at Brigham auction
March 04, 2016 04:33 PMBrigham 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.
newsLebanon Conference of Emigrants sheet in demand: Stamp Market Tips
March 03, 2016 12:40 AMOn 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.
newsJohn Lennon's stamp collection headed to World Stamp Show-NY 2016: Linn's Buzz
March 03, 2016 11:52 AMAccording 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.
newsPostal reform in France met with intense opposition: Unveiling Classic Stamps
March 03, 2016 09:11 AMCritics 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.
newsVolunteers needed for World Stamp Show-NY 2016
March 02, 2016 09:38 AMMore 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).