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Periodical Profile:  Scott Stamp Monthly merger

“The times they are a changin’”.  Even though Bob Dylan wrote those lyrics decades ago, they are still true today in the world of publishing.  We are seeing magazines and journals change course, go entirely online, and fold completely as the cost of publishing becomes more expensive and audiences demand their news and information from faster online sources.  So, it comes as little surprise that Amos Hobby Publishing in Sidney, Ohio is merging two of its stamp collecting publications, Scott Stamp Monthly and Linn’s Stamp News, effective December, 2010.  The 2011 Scott’s stamp catalogues are not affected by the merger.

Scott Stamp Monthly was “held by more libraries than any other philatelic title,” as it provided highly regarded information about stamp collecting worldwide in an attractive glossy format with color photos and interesting articles, columns and features.  The last issue is November, 2010 and you can find it on our periodicals shelf in its customary spot, filed under “S” for Scott.  We will continue to keep back issues for the past year.

Editor, Donna Houseman, explains in the November issue that Scott Stamp Monthly will now be combined with Linn’s Stamp News, formerly Linn’s Weekly Stamp News, which is “the world’s highest-circulation weekly philatelic newspaper.” Linn’s weekly newspaper format emphasizes the buying, selling, and trading of stamps, internationally, with special attention given to the United States and Canada.  It has “an extensive classified section, regular columns and news articles on stamp market tips and trends, and numerous advertisements.” The merger of the weekly newspaper and the monthly glossy magazine will result in a monthly publication called Linn’s Stamp News Special Edition that will contain most of the columns, features and look of Scott’s plus the full issue of Linn’s, as well as expanded coverage of auctions and feature articles.  The first issue of Linn’s Stamp News Special Edition will be December, 2010.  It will replace Scott Stamp Monthly, but subscribers to Linn’s will continue to get their regularly weekly newspaper along with the special edition. 

Confused yet?  I don’t know at this point when the shelf labels will catch up with the change in title, as there are some other title changes in the periodicals area too.  Our librarian is planning a shelf labeling project to encompass all the changes when the time is right.  I expect when Linn’s Stamp News Special Edition arrives in December, you will find it under “L” for Linn’s; but if you have any trouble, don’t hesitate to ask a librarian.  That’s what we are here for.

On a closely related note … for all you stamp collectors out there, we also have American Philatelist, the journal of the American Philatelic Society in our periodicals area.  The September issue is devoted to bicycling.  Unlike the above magazines, this one emphasizes history and information about issues of interest to collectors, rather than buying and selling .

I’ll leave you with this rare poem about stamp collecting by Silas Weatherby, presumed collector and actual editor and publisher of the journal Phizzleatic Phizzle (1918-1922):
Collectin’ Stamps

A feller isn’t thinkin’ mean,
Collectin’ stamps;
His thoughts are mostly good and clean
Collectin stamps;
He doesn’t knock his fellow men,
Or harbor any grudges then;
A feller’s at his finest when
He’s collectin’ stamps.

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Comments

1. Faith | Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

My pleasure.  And thank you for noticing our blog. Regards, Faith

2. Faith | Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Thank you, David, for pointing out the typo in my spelling of Sidney, Ohio.  I have corrected it. It makes me think of when I get calls from telemarketers and they mispronounce our town name by saying “mouth” at the end of Falmouth.  We locals pronounce it Fal-muth.

Hi again,

As an English-American (moved here in 1961) it is sweet to the ear, and
hear, that you pronounce it as the Falmouth Celtic Cornish do and, indeed,
as America’s former Motherland does. How could NEW England proclaim it any
other way! Take care, and thank you for responding to my initial email.
David Lodge.

3. David lodge | Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

Good Morning,
As a former advertising manager for Scott Stamp Monthly, and a resident of its home based city in Ohio for more than 50 years, I read your article about the merger and was amused to read you had misspelled “Sidney” as Sydney. I thought you would like to correct it.
Respectfully yours,
David Lodge

4. Charles Foley | Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I have not been actively collecting for several years and wondered why I didn’t see the Scott’s publication on the news stand when I looked recently.  This was a helpful article.  Thank you.

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