France’s 1900 world’s fair touted progress and optimism

April 02, 2017 08:00 AM

Commemorative stamps had not yet been issued in France, so there were no postage stamps issued for the exposition.


The dual purpose of Geneva’s first cantonal stamp

March 30, 2017 07:00 PM

After Great Britain, Zurich was the second entity to introduce stamps. Geneva, the most important and most advanced city in Switzerland, wasn't far behind.


Born March 29: Eric Idle

March 29, 2017 03:30 AM

Eric Idle is a member of the British comedy group Monty Python. He was also a member of the parody band the Rutles, and wrote the musical Spamalot.


Hotchner to sign Roll of Distinguished Philatelists

March 28, 2017 04:09 PM

Linn's columnist John Hotchner and three others to receive one of stamp collecting’s top honors, signing the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists.


Born March 28: Aristide Briand

March 28, 2017 03:30 AM

Former French Prime Minister Aristide Briand (1862-1932) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1926 for his efforts to secure peace in Europe.


Despite political changes, Norfolk Island’s attractive stamps continue

March 27, 2017 07:00 PM

Norfolk Island’s first stamps (Scott 1-12) were issued June 10, 1947, and depict the famous Norfolk Island pine trees and a view of Ball Bay.


Canada, France honor Battle of Vimy Ridge with joint issue

March 26, 2017 07:00 PM

The designs of the stamps and souvenir sheets in this issue feature the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.


Born March 26: Leonard Nimoy

March 26, 2017 03:30 AM

Actor Leonard Nimoy portrayed one of the most recognizable characters on American television: Science Officer Spock from Star Trek.


Born March 25: Elton John

March 25, 2017 03:30 AM

One of the most famous musicians of the 20th century, Elton John has been honored for his popular recordings, film scores, and Broadway musicals.


The Smurfs and emoji deliver messages of happiness on new stamps

March 24, 2017 01:00 PM

The United Arab Emirates selected a smiley face and other symbolic designs for its eight International Day of Happiness stamps.


Great Britain sends David Bowie first-day covers into space for contest

March 23, 2017 05:00 PM

All 52 covers were launched in a single, large, helium-filled balloon that included a black box with a tracking device and cameras to record the launch and the trip into the Earth’s atmosphere.


East Germany Central Courier Official stamps in demand

March 23, 2017 01:00 PM

Most of the demand appears to be for complete sets. Single stamps and multiples occasionally turn up unrecognized in stamp mixtures and cinderella lots.


Born March 23: Akira Kurosawa

March 23, 2017 03:30 AM

The famous director created more than 30 films over the course of his half-century career, earning an Academy Award in 1990 for lifetime achievement.


Born March 22: William Shatner

March 22, 2017 03:30 AM

The Canadian-born star of the the 1960s TV series Star Trek returned to the role of Captain Kirk for a successful series of Star Trek feature films.


Three-way joint issue honors 50th wedding anniversary of Denmark’s royal couple

March 21, 2017 09:00 AM

Denmark, Faroe Islands, and Greenland will participate in a three-way joint issue in May to celebrate the golden wedding anniversary of Queen Margrethe II and Prince Henrik


Born March 21: Benito Juarez

March 21, 2017 03:30 AM

An orphan at age 3, Benito Juarez rose to become chief justice of Mexico's Supreme Court, and then served as president for more than a decade.


A bouquet of spring and summer flowers bloom on recent stamps

March 20, 2017 05:00 PM

In preparation for spring, several postal administrations issued stamps in February and March depicting flowers.


The many collectible ‘nonstamp stamps’ of Great Britain: Stamp Collecting Basics

March 19, 2017 09:00 AM

If you collect stamps from Great Britain, you may have stumbled upon attractive stamps that you cannot find listed in stamp catalogs.


Silver stamps? Yes, the Netherlands has a whole series of them

March 18, 2017 07:00 PM

This silver stamp series began in 2013 to celebrate the Netherlands’ new king, Willem-Alexander. Nine other silver stamps in 3D relief followed.


New Great Britain Machin definitives issued for country’s new rates

March 18, 2017 09:00 AM

A splash of color has been added to these classic issues from Royal Mail. Five new denominations are also featured.


Born March 18: Rudolf Diesel

March 18, 2017 03:30 AM

Rudolf Diesel's new engine revolutionized industry after its completion in 1897. Diesel disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1913.


A 2006 25-shilling Kenya stamp that would make for a nice find

March 17, 2017 05:00 PM

On May 4, 2006, Kenya issued four Fish of Lake Tanganyika stamps: 25-shilling, 55sh, 75sh, and 95sh. That first one is especially elusive.


Hobby shaken by SFS developments, Iranian religious-themed stamp causes controversy: Week’s Most Read

March 17, 2017 08:30 AM

Also this week, readers were interested in posts about the issue dates for upcoming U.S. stamps, and the 2017 APS single-frame Champion of Champions.


A 528,000-stamp mosaic to honor the Machin design will enter the record books

March 16, 2017 09:00 AM

The mosaic employed more than double the number of stamps as the previous record-holder, and took 10 years to complete.


Born March 16: Matthew Flinders

March 16, 2017 03:30 AM

In command of HMS Investigator in 1801, English navigator Matthew Flinders was the first to circumnavigate Australia, confirming it is a continent.


Mexico’s ‘Little Mules’ have carried stamp collectors a long way

March 15, 2017 07:00 PM

The “Mulitas” stamps are “quite fascinating and enjoyable,” according to the Linn’s reader who suggested the topic.


BNAPS website is a must-see for all collectors of Canada’s stamps

March 15, 2017 05:00 PM

If you have any interest at all in Canadian stamps, you should visit the British North America Philatelic Society's website.


Born March 15: Joseph Jenkins Roberts

March 15, 2017 03:30 AM

Born in Virginia in 1809, Joseph Jenkins Roberts emigrated to Liberia with his family in 1829 and became the West African nation's first president.


Australia Post set to issue new stamps for Melbourne exhibition

March 14, 2017 07:00 PM

The Australia Post stamps issued on the opening day of the Melbourne 2017 FIAP exhibition will feature gemstones and paintings.


Born March 14: Eugene A. Cernan

March 14, 2017 03:30 AM

Selected by NASA for astronaut training in 1963, Gene Cernan flew on three space missions, and is known as the last man to walk on the moon.


Rogue operations at the Kansas City ‘caves’ shake the confidence of stamp collectors

March 13, 2017 07:00 PM

A report recently provided to Linn’s uncovers a troubling operation that took place while Khalid M. Hussain was manager of the USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services center.


When Romania opened a post office in the Ottoman Empire

March 13, 2017 05:00 PM

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, having postal offices abroad came to be considered one of the hallmarks of a great power.


Islas de Juan Fernandez 1910 overprints are collectible curiosities of Chile

March 11, 2017 07:00 PM

In 1910, a group of speculators conspired with postal officials to overprint stamps exclusively for use on the sparsely inhabited Juan Fernandez Islands.


Extremely popular stamp subject gets second United Nations set

March 11, 2017 09:00 AM

According to Thanawat Amnajanan, UNPA chief, the series is being continued because the first issue was such a success with collectors.


Born March 11: King Frederik IX of Denmark

March 11, 2017 03:30 AM

The father of Denmark's Queen Margrethe II was King Frederik IX. He served for many years in the Danish navy, and reigned as king from 1947 until his death in 1972.


The controversy in Iran over a religious-themed Cinema Day stamp

March 10, 2017 05:00 PM

Iran's philatelic bureau, Phila­Iran, was closed after the release of a stamp showing the Madonna and Child.


A Ghana definitive stamp set that is in demand with topical collectors

March 10, 2017 01:00 PM

Ghana has had a robust stamp-issuing policy, with colorful, well-designed topical stamps marketed aggressively to dealers and collectors.


Born March 10: Kate Sheppard

March 10, 2017 03:30 AM

A leader of the women's suffrage movement, Kate Sheppard was instrumental in securing the right of women in New Zealand to vote in 1893.


Born March 9: Yuri Gagarin

March 09, 2017 03:30 AM

Yuri Gagarin was hailed as a hero after he completed the first manned space mission in 1961. The Russian cosmonaut has been honored on many stamps.


Born March 8: Josephine Cochrane

March 08, 2017 03:30 AM

American socialite Josephine Cochrane, frustrated with damage to her fine china, invented the mechanical dishwasher, which she patented in 1886.


From your album collection to your stamp album

March 07, 2017 07:00 PM

Music, graphic arts, and pop culture are almost limitless collecting topics. Combining all three can lead to a small collection of album cover art.


The murky Austrian roots of Iceland’s Althing Millennium stamps

March 05, 2017 07:00 PM

A meeting of Icelanders in 930 to establish law and order has been described as the world’s very first parliament, known as the Althing.


Another Amelia Earhart stamp to watch as anniversary of disappearance nears

March 05, 2017 02:00 PM

There's broad interest in Earhart stamps, including many people with an interest in the subject who do not consider themselves to be stamp collectors.


A newly discovered Swiss rarity solves one of philately’s mysteries

March 04, 2017 07:00 PM

The stamp is the missing piece in a philatelic puzzle that has perplexed stamp collectors for many years.


144 years of Curacao postage stamp history: Stamp Collecting Basics

March 03, 2017 07:00 PM

The earliest use of Curacao postal markings dates to 1808, and the island's first postage stamp was issued in 1873.


A new discovery made among the cantonal stamps of Zurich

March 03, 2017 05:00 PM

An example of postal system devolution more thorough than 1803 Switzerland is hard to find in European history.


APS shows support for FIP changes

March 02, 2017 10:20 PM

The American Philatelic Society president will write a letter expressing support for proposed changes to the International Federation of Philately.


How Costa Rica used overprint on 1922 stamps to promote its coffee

March 02, 2017 01:00 PM

Coffee — the country’s first export and its only one until 1890 — fueled Costa Rica's economy during the 19th and 20th centuries, as it still does today.
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