Moving Beyond Scott Catalogs

By Charles Snee

The June 20 monthly issue of Linn Stamp News just landed on the presses and is mailing out to subscribers on Monday, June 6. And if you are subscribed to by Linn digital edition, you’re ahead of the game with early access on Saturday, June 3. While you wait for your issue to arrive in your mailbox, enjoy these three quick previews of exclusive content available only to subscribers.

Moving Beyond Scott Catalogs

“Collectors often come to a point where they run out of steam in their chosen industry. They’ve acquired all the affordable stamps they can find, and they don’t know exactly what will happen next,” begins Matthew Healey of Great Britain Philately. To pave the way for further expansion and exploration, Healey takes readers on an informative guided tour of UK philatelic resources that go beyond standard references such as the Scott Classic Specialized Catalog of Stamps and Letters 1840-1940. He also discusses in detail a handful of specialist areas that might entice a British collector to dig deeper, such as “unlisted types of Penny Reds, Victorian revenue stamps used in the post, constant faults on Victoria and four kings, and changes in the sizes of the King George V photogravure stamps. If you’re looking to expand your collecting horizons, be sure to read Healey’s chronicle.

Discover the time and place of the first air mail flight

Ken Lawrence, in Stamp Spotlight, kicks off the first of a two-part voyage of discovery to find out when and where the first airmail took flight. Part 1, featured this month, focuses on the airmail flights that took place in 1910. In 1910, the benefits of airmail transport seemed indisputable, but airmail collectors are not agreement on the pilot on what date and in which country was the first to achieve this. objective. To provide essential context for these pioneering early airmail flights, Lawrence introduces four categories of related postal history: pilot favored airmail, flight sponsor favored airmail, airmail dedicated to aviation events ( including airmail dedicated to privileged aeronautical events) and ordinary airmail. An understanding of these groupings will allow you to get the most out of Lawrence’s scientific examination of the nine elements illustrated in the column.

Business Opportunities for US Stamped Envelopes

Joe Brockert opens his Philatelic Backstory column thus: “Around 1989, serious consideration was given to creating envelopes stamped in the United States for professional sports teams, Disneyland and other popular subjects considered too commercial for stamps. These efforts only lasted a few years, but their brief history is nonetheless interesting. Brockert took on this postal stationery development project shortly after joining the U.S. Postal Service’s stamp division. The main drivers were the inherent profitability of franked envelopes, as they were sold for pennies above face value, and the looser rules regarding the suitability of subjects that could be depicted on them. One of his earliest mock-ups shows the helmet of a certain National Football League team that recently changed its name after years of social and political pressure. The name of the team and much more await you in this fascinating story.

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