By Donna Houseman
Controversial Map stamps and stamps that misidentify a military strongman are part of a lengthy stamp series issued by Argentina from 1935 to 1951. That story and numerous others await you in the Sept. 18 issue of Linn’s Stamp News monthly that will go in the mail to subscribers Tuesday, Sept. 5, instead of Monday, Sept. 4, because of the Labor Day holiday. If you’re a digital subscriber, you get early access Saturday, Sept. 2. To tide you over until your copy arrives, we offer this trio of teasers.
Definitive series showcased Argentina to the world
In this month’s Spotlight on Philately column, Fred Baumann explores Argentina’s Proceres y Riquezas definitive series that began in 1935. One translation of this series title is "heroes and riches," because the stamps show a variety of men who can be considered heroes and also depicts some of the country’s agriculture and scenic riches.
Tuscany’s first issue: lions, lilies, and postal reform
“Marzocco,” the watchful crowned lion and symbol of Florence, was chosen as the central figure for the first stamps issued by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany — a set of nine denominations. Sergio Sismondo provides sage advice on collecting this issue in Unveiling Classic Stamps.
U.S. Virgin Islands mark century since purchase from Denmark
Now a United States territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands were once owned by Denmark and known as the Danish West Indies. Stamps issued under Danish rule were in use from 1855 to 1917. In this month’s Nordic Stamp Scene, Christer Brunstrom discusses this period in stamps.
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