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St. Thomas and Prince Islands stamps: Inside Linn's

November 17, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in this issue is a feature on stamp mixtures and a column looking at how Canada commemorates disasters.

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UNPA overprints Samba pane for show

November 14, 2017 12:07 AM

The overprinted pane was issued Oct. 24, the first day of the Brasilia 2017 specialized world stamp exhibition held Oct. 24-27 in Brasilia, Brazil.

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Menorah shines bright on Canada’s Nov. 20 Hanukkah stamp

November 13, 2017 09:15 AM

Canada’s Hanukkah stamp was designed by Angela Brown Carter of Entro Communications, a 50-year-old firm with offices in Toronto and Calgary.

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Canada Post announced its 2018 stamp program

November 10, 2017 03:30 PM

Canada Post revealed its stamp program for 2018 on Nov. 10.

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Guatemala’s iconic Quetzal stamp designs: Inside Linn's

November 10, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in this issue are articles reviewing modern American Bank Note proofs and how to service U.S.-Canada Hockey joint issue FDCs.

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Vatican City’s 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation stamp

November 10, 2017 12:45 AM

The Vatican City will issue its commemorative stamp marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Nov. 23.

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Britain’s new Christmas stamps feature children’s designs and famous paintings

November 10, 2017 08:00 AM

Four of the stamps show the two winning entries in a children’s design competition, and eight stamps reproduce Madonna and Child paintings.

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From sea to rails and France to Gambia; readers share their collecting interests

November 09, 2017 05:15 PM

Starting a collection at an early age is a familiar story for most of us. Charles Vengrove said he became a worldwide stamp collector at age 5.

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Canada features animals and 16th-century painting on Christmas stamps

November 08, 2017 08:30 AM

The sacred, or traditional, stamp, shows a 16th-century painting Adoration of the Shepherds attributed to Florentine artist Tommaso di Stefano Lunetti.

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When it comes to topical stamps, this 1965 Malaysian issue ranks near the top

November 07, 2017 08:00 PM

Peninsular Malaysia occupies the southernmost part of the Asian continent, while East Malaysia occupies the northern part of the island, Borneo.

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Italian stamps celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday have arrived

November 07, 2017 04:30 PM

The first stamp shows Mickey Mouse in the 1928 animated film Steamboat Willie created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks.

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Canada commemorates Halifax Harbor disaster

November 06, 2017 12:15 AM

On Nov. 6, Canada Post issued a stamp recalling the devastating explosion that rocked the Nova Scotia port of Halifax at 9:04 a.m. on Dec. 6, 1917.

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Postal history of the revolution in South Arabia 1963-68: Inside Linn's

November 03, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in this issue are articles on Canada's first stamps and the short-lived Stockholm City Post.

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‘Freaks & Errors: A Rare Collection’ documentary premiere at Monacophil 2017

November 03, 2017 08:40 AM

Filmmaker Mark Cwiakala, the movie’s executive creative director, told Linn’s Stamp News that he is now looking to partner with a distributor.

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Turkey and Finland triumph in separate Europa stamp competitions

October 28, 2017 07:00 PM

Third place went to Moldova’s 11-leu stamp depicting Mimi Castle, built in the late 19th century and recently restored.

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United Nations honors Paris stamp fair on souvenir sheet of three

October 28, 2017 05:30 PM

Designed by Sergio Baradat of the United Nations, the sheet highlights Paris’ famous architecture and art.

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Get on good terms with the language of stamp collecting

October 27, 2017 04:18 PM

Become familiar with terms used in stamp collecting. They will help you communicate more effectively with dealers and other collectors.

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Newfoundland’s Minnesota airmail stamp misstep: Inside Linn's

October 27, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Nov. 13 issue, columnist Matthew Healey looks at an early postcard that depicts an unissued King Edward VII £5 stamp within a collage design.

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Two-day UN Expo 17 opens in Bellefonte, Pa.

October 27, 2017 02:40 PM

Collectors traveled to the American Philatelic Center to take part in UN Expo 17, a stamp show and exhibition taking place Oct. 27-28.

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Stamp hat-trick marks Toronto Maple Leafs centennial; souvenir sheet with fabric crest, coil shaped like puck

October 27, 2017 12:30 AM

A $5 fabric crest stamp, available only in a souvenir sheet, shows the Leafs’ logo from the sweater worn by legendary team captain "Teeder" Kennedy.

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U.N. offers declaration on human rights: Week's Most Read

October 27, 2017 09:46 AM

Also this week, we ponder on whether a 5-cent refund would be paid by the USPS today.

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At only 34 total stamps issued, this Horta Island set presents rare option for your collection

October 25, 2017 10:09 AM

Stamps of Horta are popular with Portugal collectors and classic stamp collectors.

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U.N. offers wordy tribute to human rights declaration

October 24, 2017 09:00 AM

A new souvenir sheet from the United Nations Postal Administration includes the full text of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its preamble in English, German and French.

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South Korea continues stamp series showing the nature of the DMZ

October 23, 2017 01:30 PM

The first two stamps in this series were issued Nov. 22, 2016. Both of these 300-won stamps depict birds.

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New Zealand created special seedless version of Grow Your Own stamps

October 21, 2017 12:30 AM

The seed and seedless versions of the souvenir sheet appear similar because an image of the seed paper has been printed on the stamps.

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BIOT language challenge; 'ford to Kansas 5' cover

October 20, 2017 02:00 PM

Also in the Nov. 6 issue, author Paul Albright notes that the close examination of a cover was prompted by its auxiliary markings.

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Corinphila auction to feature classic Swiss treasures, stamps and postal history from the Luder collection

October 19, 2017 02:30 PM

The stamp on the cover includes the frame around the full design plus a segment of the stamp from the row above.

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United Nations Postal Administration announces its 2018 stamp program

October 17, 2017 10:51 AM

The UNPA 2018 stamp program will begin Jan. 12 with eight $1.15 stamps in the Flag series.

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ATA offers free spooky topical checklist

October 13, 2017 03:13 PM

The American Topical Association's checklists are usually available to members only, but a special list is being offered to all for free.

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Switzerland’s national day, Grandpa’s mixture: Inside Linn’s

October 13, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Oct. 30 issue, a collector’s question about a stamp inscribed in French and Arabic is answered in Collectors’ Forum.

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Ireland faces criticism for Che Guevara stamp; first printing sells out in less than a week

October 13, 2017 10:00 AM

Criticism of the commemorative was swift, especially from the Cuban-American community.

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Souvenir sheets show off landmarks, geographical features, giraffe

October 12, 2017 02:30 PM

Indonesia's new souvenir sheet contains a 10,000-rupiah stamp with a cartoonlike design showing a man holding a giant postcard and other landmarks.

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Topical African butterfly stamp adds a valuable piece to your collection

October 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Its stamp-issuing policy since independence can only be described as out of control, adding some substance to this stamp, and your collection.

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Smokey Bear collector strikes gold; sports-related stamps from Lebanon: Inside Linn’s

October 06, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Oct. 23 issue, a collector’s question about a Netherlands stamp is answered in Collectors’ Forum.

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Australia Post issues reduced-rate ‘concession’ stamp

October 05, 2017 01:00 PM

Australia Post issued its first concession stamps March 24, 2014. Those featured a beach, along with a Kangaroo.

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APS president may leave for U.S. education role

October 04, 2017 01:45 PM

Mick Zais could be resigning as president of the American Philatelic Society if he is confirmed as Donald Trump’s pick for a top education post.

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Mystic donates stamps to student Holocaust project

October 03, 2017 09:00 AM

Each Holocaust project collage will include at least one dove stamp to represent the hope for peace and the end of discrimination and bullying.

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Saar’s history and limited number of issues make it collectible

October 02, 2017 09:00 AM

Their history is interesting, many of the designs are attractive, and you will be surprised at how quickly you can complete these pages in your album.

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UN Expo 17 welcomes collectors to Bellefonte, Pa.

October 01, 2017 04:00 PM

The two-day show is sponsored by United Nations Philatelists Inc., in association with the American Philatelic Society.

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Revenue stamps paid postage on 1986 Guyana letter

September 29, 2017 07:00 PM

A shortage of foreign exchange and soaring domestic inflation in the 1980s left Guyana short of postage stamps.

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Charming stamps from a tropical paradise, first issue of classic Denmark: Inside Linn’s

September 29, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Oct. 16 issue: Kathleen Wunderly highlights the eight stamps Rhodes issued in 1935 to commemorate the 1933-34 Holy Year.

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Superstars dazzle in Canada Hockey Legends finale

September 29, 2017 11:45 AM

The stamps commemorate the 100th anniversary of the NHL and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.

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Front door stamps: On the back page

September 28, 2017 07:00 PM

Senior editor Denise McCarty explores some of the colorful stamps from around the world picturing front doors and their associated architecture.

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Space travel, a dog, and Sputnik? 2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina stamp has plenty to offer

September 27, 2017 05:00 PM

The design of the stamp shows Laika in her space harness prior to the launch of the satellite.

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American Philatelic Society names Martin Kent Miller as new editor

September 26, 2017 09:00 AM

While Miller’s primary responsibilities will be managing the two publications of the APS and APRL, he also will lead efforts to revamp the APS website.

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Australian Antarctic Territory stamps recount story of Macquarie Island

September 24, 2017 08:00 AM

Macquarie Island was politically part of Tasmania beginning in 1900, and became a Tasmanian State Reserve in 1978.

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Royal Mail to issue three booklets featuring its 2017 Star Wars stamps

September 23, 2017 07:00 PM

One of the booklets will be issued on the same date as the stamps, Oct. 21. The other two are slated for release on Dec. 14

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Cats purr-fect for Canada Post latest children’s semipostals

September 22, 2017 05:00 PM

Canada Post first issued semipostal stamps in 1974-76, when a dozen helped fund the 21st Olympic Games in Montreal, Quebec.

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First Canada-India joint issue celebrates Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights

September 22, 2017 04:30 PM

The five-day Diwali festival, which falls on Oct. 19 this year, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.

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A macabre device for preserving corpses, down a philatelic rabbit hole: Inside Linn’s

September 22, 2017 03:00 PM

Also in the Oct. 9 issue: Tony Wawrukiewicz explores how a U.S. Post Office Department form was used to document return of other than first-class mail.
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