Fifty Years Ago

The front page of Linn's issue of Sept. 14, 1964, reported that the Smithsonian Institution had recently received more than 300,000 objects that will be added to the collection of its Division of Philately and Postal History.

In his editorial, Linn's editor Carl P. Rueth wrote about the 1964 United States Christmas stamp issue, consisting of four designs, and his displeasure with the stamps.

"Instead of quality and pertinence we get quantity and something less artistic than what is found in packages of colored stickers one buys in the Five and Ten to seal gifts," Rueth wrote.

Stamp dealer David R. Herzog of Minneapolis, Minn., advertised mint singles of Canada Scott 84, the 20¢ olive green Queen Victoria stamps of 1900, for $18.40. Today, a mint, never-hinged single of the stamp catalogs at $1,200.