Introduction by Mike Ludeman
I began to accumulate “tear sheets” of the columns in this series beginning with the first one published in Linn’s Stamp News on Nov 8, 2004. I continued saving these “tear sheets” until January 2008, when Amos Press, Inc. (changed to Amos Media Company on July 1, 2014) began to create and distribute their digital edition of Linn’s Weekly Stamp News, at which time the paper copies were filed away, and I began to extract and save the digital version of each column.
Several years ago, I became interested in compiling some sort of cumulative digital version of these columns. I began to review my paper and digital files to see how complete they might be. Tony kindly supplied me with a copy of his master list of columns, organized by date of publication and his
original title, which typically was different from the final published title. With this list at hand, I discovered that over the years, I had failed to “capture” a few columns from several years of publication. I was able to recover all of the missing columns published between 2008 through the present time from the digital archives provided on the Linn’s Weekly Stamp News website at the time.
Tony then offered to provide copies of the earlier columns I was missing.
He also informed me that his agreement with Amos Media Company returned the copyright ownership of these articles to him three months after the date of publication, which made this digital collection possible.
We have prepared the following set of five PDF files of a smaller, more manageable, size, organized by years, as follows:
Part 1 – Nov. 8, 2004 through Dec. 10, 2007 (46 MB)
Part 2 – Jan. 14, 2008 through Dec. 13, 2010 (45 MB)
Part 3 – Jan. 10, 2011 through Dec. 9, 2013 (49 MB)
Part 4 – Jan. 13, 2014 through Dec. 12, 2016 (28 MB)
Part 5 – Jan. 2, 2017 through Dec. 9, 2019 (12 MB)
Those columns created by scanning have been processed by an OCR engine to make them searchable. Columns extracted from the digital edition of Linn’s Stamp News were created with the searchable feature. A series of PDF “bookmarks”, consisting of the date of each column and its title, has been provided, and in addition, there is a detailed Table of Contents which appears at the beginning of each PDF File. You can go directly to any article by clicking on
the appropriate Table of Contents entry.