New book on the history of the USPS

book coverJournalist Devin Leonard’s book on the history of the U.S. Postal Service, Neither Snow Nor Rain, has just been published by Grove Atlantic.

Leonard visited the APRL to do research for his book and scanned material from our archives.

The 336-page book is available in hardcover and e-book editions. For more information about the book and ordering information, see the publisher’s website.

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The APRL moves into its new space

New library

Books—and boxes of furniture—in the new APRL.

The APRL—or at least its collections—has moved into its eagerly anticipated new space in the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte.

Professional movers began installing shelving and bringing books into the new library on April 27 and finished their work on May 10. They were assisted by APRL and APS staff and a crew of hard-working volunteers: Charlie Belair, Leonard and Darlene Bloom, Edward Upton, Jose, Miguel, and Pedro Ibanez, Debbie Cleeton, Kitty Wunderly, Ellen Peachey, and Bill Monsell.

Reference Desk

Library staff will be ready to help you at 3 desks in the new library.

All of the books and journals are now in the new library, but staff are still located in the old library space. The last few pieces of the new library—elevator and furniture installation—should be completed over the next couple weeks.

Until the new library is officially open, visitors should come to the old library where we have work tables available. Staff will retrieve any needed books from the new library. If you are planning a trip to Bellefonte, you can send us a list of items you’d like to use at (or use the cart feature in the online catalog) and we will have them ready for your arrival.

Remember to save the date for the new APRL’s grand opening on October 29, 2016!

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New books at the APRL, April 2016

APRL acquisitions, March 16–April 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverA.M.G. Courier: the journal of the AMG Collectors’ Club (Clemson, SC: AMG Collectors’ Club, [2015-]). [JOURNAL AMG Courier]

ABC, Aldrich Balance Lots & Collections. The 2016 premier sale, featuring the worldwide stamp collection of Dr. Morris A. Richardson & various properties from the Arell collection: February 4, 2016 (Cave Creek, Arizona: Michael E. Aldrich, 2016). [NS Richardson, Morris A.]

Allward, Maurice. An illustrated history of seaplanes & flying boats (New York: Dorset Press, 1988, c1981.). [HE6238 .A442i 1988]

American Air Mail Society. American air mail catalogue: a priced catalogue and reference listing of the airposts of the world (vol. 2) (Mineola, NY: American Air Mail Society, c2014). [HE6238 .A512ac 7th-ed. 2014 v.2]

Arthur Maury; Spink, London. Timbres de France (London: Spink: Arthur Maury, 2016). [G5830 .A1 M459c] » Continue reading “New books at the APRL, April 2016″

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Help move the library!

The library is moving and we need help!

Volunteers clean and shelve books during the first phase of the library move in July 2013.

Volunteers clean and move books during the first phase of the library move in July 2013.

In a few weeks, we will move the APRL collection from our current space to recently renovated new library space in the Match Factory. Though we are not going far—just down the hall—moving a library is time-consuming and complex. We have hired professional movers but there are many opportunities to help us prepare for the move and offset moving costs with volunteer labor.

We can use help with preparations from now through April 29, and help with the move from May 2–13. We welcome volunteers who are comfortable pushing full book carts, reaching, bending, and lifting, and comfortable around moderate dust.

Can’t come to Bellefonte? You can still help by being patient as we may need a little more time to fulfill your library requests. If you are computer savvy, we also have a few projects that can be completed from home.

Contact me by email or at 814-933-3816 for more information or to sign up.

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New books at the APRL, March 2016

APRL acquisitions, February 16–March 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAmick, George. Legends of the West Series [research]. [Archive]

Böhm, Klaus. Frontleitstellen, Frontsammelstellen, 1939–1945 (Bönstrup: Klaus Böhm, 2009). [In process 000061087]

Böhm, Klaus. Transportdienststellen der Deutschen Reichsbahn 1939–1945: Eisenbahn-Direktionen, Eisenbahn-Bezirksdirektionen, Bahnhöfe der Bezirksdirektionen, Bahnhofsoffiziere, Bahnhofskommandanturen, Transporteinrichtugen der Eisenbahn ([Bönstrup, Germany]: Klaus Böhm, [2011]). [In process 000061088]

Bolaffi, Giulio. Catalogo enciclopedico Bolaffi degli antichi stati italiani 1850–1870 e dei francobolli classici del regno d’Italia dal 1861 al 1910, aggiornamento 1982 (Torino: Edizioni S.C.O.T., c1977 [1981 printing]). [G6713 .A1 B687c 1982 +map] » Continue reading “New books at the APRL, March 2016″

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Help the APRL replace damaged auction catalogs

On March 14, the APRL suffered minor water damage due to construction activities in the new library. Read the press release for complete details. Damage was minimized by quickly putting emergency preservation measures into place, but a small number of auction catalogs were not salvageable.

If you have catalogs from any of these auction houses that you no longer need, you can help us rebuild our collection by donating them. Please contact Betsy Gamble by email or at 814-933-3803 ext. 242 to confirm that the catalogs you wish to donate are needed.

Rapp (Switzerland): 1988, 1995–2002

Auction catalogs are laid out to dry following a water leak.

Auction catalogs are laid out to dry following a water leak.

Rasdale Auction mail sales

Rasdale Auction public auction

Rugby Philatelic Auctions

Royal Int’l Auction

Rauch, H.D.

Rauch, H.D. mail sale


Reeves, James


Roumet Histoire postal

Russ, Vic

Ryukyu Philatelics Mail Auction

Schuyler Rumsey: no. 12–14, 23–24

Stampco (Westbury, NY): no. 44, 49, 50, 69

* Items crossed off have been replaced by donation—thank you!


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Philatelic Literature Review 1st quarter 2016 available online

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 1st quarter 2016 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are aPLR subscriber and we have your email address, you should have received an email with instructions for accessing the online edition.

The 1st quarter issue features a new look for the journal along with these articles and columns:

Philatelic Literature ReviewPresident’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Library News — Sergio Lugo
The Great Compilers — Stanley M. Bierman
San Diego Library — Jeff Stage

APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Index to Advertisers
Literature Palmares — Chicagopex
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors
PLR Dealer Directory

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On this day: the first successful transcontinental air mail flight

An historic event took place in postal history on this day in 1921 when the first successful U.S. transcontinental air mail flight arrived at New York’s Hazelhurst Field from San Francisco.

Air mail pilot William "Wild Bill" Hopson. Source: Daniel  Hines Air Mail Collection, American Philatelic Research Library.

Air mail pilot William “Wild Bill” Hopson. Source: Daniel Hines Air Mail Collection, American Philatelic Research Library.

Since September 8, 1920, airmail service had flown the mail back and forth from New York to San Francisco during the daytime only, transferring it to trains at night. As a result, the elapsed time for cross-country mail was 72 hours at best, or a mere 36-hour savings over the fastest all-railroad trip.

Congress, having supported the airmail service from its beginning in 1918 through its first three years, hesitated to appropriate additional funding to expand the service thinking that mail carried by airplanes would be too unreliable and unable to support the volume of mail necessary to make it viable.  Assistant Postmaster General Otto Praeger knew he needed a dramatic demonstration of airmail’s potential so he decided that a round-the-clock relay of mail from San Francisco to New York and New York to San Francisco in the worst possible weather would provide the best possible example of the potential of airmail as an alternative to as well as an addition to surface mail. The eventual experiment would entail night flying, strongly discouraged at the time, and seven pilots taking 33 hours 20 minutes in order to fly the 2,629-mile cross-country trip. » Continue reading “On this day: the first successful transcontinental air mail flight”

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New books at the APRL, February 2016

APRL acquisitions, January 16–February 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAlaska Collectors Club. The Alaskan Philatelist [electronic resource ([n.l.]: Alaska Collectors Club, 1959-2009): 1 computer optical disk; 4 3/4 in. [JOURNAL Alaskan Philatelist]

Ambrose, Jill R. and James A. Siekermann. A guidebook and checklist, U.S. Postal Service no-die-cut stamps 2012 to 2015 ([n.l.]: Jill R. Ambrose and James A. Siekermann, c2015): [14], 61, [5] pages: color illustrations; 23 cm. [In process 000060771; In process 000060899]

American Philatelic Society. Chapter Activities Committee. 2010 APS CAC Newsletter Competition ([n.l.]: [American Philatelic Society. Chapter Activities Committee], [2011]): 1 computer optical disk; 4 3/4 inches [APS Archives] » Continue reading “New books at the APRL, February 2016″

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New books at the APRL, January 2016

APRL acquisitions, December 16, 2015–January 15, 2016. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverBarefoot, John. British Commonwealth revenues (York, [England]: J. Barefoot Ltd., 2012): 410 pages: color illustrations; 30 cm. [G5731 .R451 B248b 2012]

Beattie, Cliff A. Canadian local & national Easter seals catalog ([n.l.]: Cliff Beattie, 2004): 52 pages: color illustrations; 28 cm. [G3401 .S438 B369c 2004]

Calhoun, Linda Culp. Ducks in miniature: designs for quick and easy projects (Little Rock, AR:Leisure Arts, c1985): [4] pages: color illustrations; 30 cm. [HE6183 .B618 C15d 1985]

Grabowski, Heinz. Lufthansa spezialkatalog. (Wurttemberg: Grabowski-Verlag, 2001): 2 v.: illustrations; 21 cm. [In process 000060660] » Continue reading “New books at the APRL, January 2016″

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