Papers and presentations from the 2014 Postal History Symposium available

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Daniel Gribbin presents a paper at the Postal History Symposium

Papers and presentations from the 8th Postal History Symposium, “Development of Transoceanic Air Mail Service,” are available on the APS website. Slides from all presenters are included, and we will continue to add papers and videos as they become available.

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StampShow attendees tour Watkinson Library

Curator Richard Ring gives an introduction to the Watkinson Library

Curator Richard Ring gives an introduction to the Watkinson Library

About a dozen APS StampShow attendees got a peek at the collections of the Watkinson Library at Trinity College while they were in Hartford, Conn.

The Watkinson Library is a public research library and also houses the rare books and special collections of the Trinity College Library. Its holdings date from the 15th century to the present.

Tour attendees admire a rare book from the Watkinson collection

Tour attendees admire a rare book from the Watkinson collection

Curator Richard Ring gave us a tour of the library, including an exhibition of artists’ books and the library’s copy of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. He then took the group into the library’s Audubon Room, where we got to see items from the collection, including a cuneiform tablet, an illuminated manuscript, and leaves from a Gutenberg Bible, among other treasures.

Ring also explained to the group how he uses rare books in teaching Trinity College undergraduates and how he sparks interest in the collections through special events at the library. We bibliophiles enjoyed a little diversion from all things philatelic—and then it was back to the stamp show!

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New books at the APRL, September 2014

£5 orange, a fraud to rival the stock exchange forgery; First day cover forgeries, the curse of the dealing class ([n.l.]: [Gibbons], [n.d.]): 14 p.: col. ill.; 21 cm. [In process 000049431]

American Air Mail Society. American air mail catalogue: a priced catalogue and reference listing of the airposts of the world(Mineola, NY: American Air Mail Society, c2014): col. ill., maps, tables; 27 cm. [HE6238 .A512ac 7th-ed. 2014]

“Austria” Netto-Katalog: Osterreich-Spezialkatalog (Wien:Netto-Marktpreiskatalog “Austria” (Verlag Rita Rosner; Verlag Chr. Steyrer), 62. Aufl. 2006/07 – 479 p.):ill. (some col.); 21 cm.[G6490 .A1 A938]

Barberis, Nino. Untersuchung über die polnische Feldpost in Italien während des Zweiten Weltkriegs: Auszug aus den Nummern 3/6 (1964) der Filatelia italiana ([Germany]: [Arbeitsgemeinschat Polen],[1979]): [23] leaves; 30 cm. [JOURNAL Mitteilungsblatt (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Polen), no.1/2, 1979.]

Biuletyn filatelistyczny (Lodz [Poland]: Polski Zwiazek Filatelistow, Okreg Lodzki, [1960?-1970]): ill.; 24 cm. [JOURNAL Biuletyn Filatelistyczny] » Continue reading “New books at the APRL, September 2014″

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Third quarter Philatelic Literature Review available online

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 3rd quarter 2014 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you can log in to the APS website and access the current issue.

Not a subscriber? Start a subscription today or contact Tara Murray for more information.


President’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Topical Time Digital Archive Now Available — Vera Felts
Library News — Larry T. Nix
John K. Tiff any and the Suppantschitsch Index of 1892–94 — Brian Birch
Simulated Stamp Had a Political Purpose — Fred Baumann
National Postal Museum Selects Daniel Piazza as New Chief Curator of Philately
The Crawford Library Digitization Project — Chris King


About the Cover
APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Index of Advertisers
Letter to the Editor
NAPEX Literature Palmares
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors
PLR Dealer Directory

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Post Haste: Quintessential India

Post HastePost Haste: Quintessential India by B.G. Verghese tells the history of India as depicted on its postage stamps. Published in February 2014 by Tranquebar Press (ISBN 9789383260973), the book is available in Kindle edition from, and paperback edition from the publisher.

Read a review of the book in The Hindu.

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APRL New Acquisitions, continued

We did not have enough space to include all of the APRL’s new acquisitions in the 3rd quarter Philatelic Literature Review, so the issue contained selected acquisitions and the remainder are listed here.


Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions. The Francis O’Hern collection of United States & possessions, Canada & BNA and Australia & states: March 28, 2014, ASDA National Postage Stamp Show, … New York, NY (Danbury, CT: Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, 2014): 64 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [NS O’Hern, Francis]

H.R. Harmer, Inc. H.R. Harmer, Inc. presents The “Arthur J. Herschmann” collection of United States and Latin America offered by order of Irving Trust Co., New York, executor of the estate of Arthur J. Herschmann, with a few associated properties of other owners: October 16–18, 1950 (New York, NY: H.R. Harmer, Inc., 1950): 52 p.: ill.; 24 cm. [NS Herschmann, Arthur J.]

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries. The world traveler collection, of elusive postage stamps of the world: June 26–27, 2013 (New York, NY: International Robert A. Siegel in Association with Charles F. Shreve, 2013): 187 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [NS World Traveler]



Prestige Philately. Australian rarities from the “Lionheart collection”: May 2, 2014 (Boronia, Victoria: Prestige Philately, 2014): 58 p.: col. ill.; 30 cm. [NS Lionheart]

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The Travers Papers online

The Travers PapersThe National Postal Museum’s Travers Papers is a collection of more than 4,000 pages making available to historians and collectors official documents relating to the production of U.S. postage stamps from 1847 to 1910. The NPM and the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society have collaborated to make this valuable collection available online to collectors around the world.

Access the collection via the USPCS website, or read more about it in the NPM’s finding guide.

You can also read more about the Travers Papers in this 2-volume book available for borrowing from the APRL:
Thomas J. Alexander, George W. Brett, & W. Wilson Hulme II, comp., & Barbara R. Mueller, ed.  United States postal history and postage stamps official records (Washington, D.C.: James E. Lee in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2011-): v. [In process 000036086; In process 000036087]

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New books at the APRL, August 2014

APRL acquisitions, July 16-August 15, 2014. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAcademie Europeenne de Philatelie. Opus XIV, 2014:  Theme central, LÁfrique = Central theme, Africa:  Academie Europeenne de Philatelie,  [2014]):  278 p.: col. ill.; 30 cm. [In process 000049274]

Academie Europeenne de Philatelie. Opus XIV, 2014:  Theme central, LÁfrique = Central theme, Africa:  Academie Europeenne de Philatelie,  [2014]):  278 p.: col. ill.; 30 cm. [In process 000049274]

Allen, Judy. Stamps and stamp collecting (Burlington, Ontario, Canada:  Usborne: Hayes; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA: EDC Publishing,  1981):  32 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [In process 000049203]

Allen, Judy. Stamps and stamp collecting (Twickenham, U.K.:  Tiger Books International PLC,  1998): 32 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [In process 000049157]

Alphabetical list of money order offices and post office savings banks in the United Kingdom (M60), January 1947 (St. Albans:  Printed by the Campfield Press,  [1947]):  213 p.; 21 cm. [In process 000049219]

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StampShow auction to feature philatelic literature

GPS Reference Manual of Forgeries

GPS Reference Manual of Forgeries

There will be two auctions at APS StampShow in Hartford, Conn. next week, one by Harmer-Schau and the other by Regency Superior. The schedules for both will be posted to the APS website.

Neil Coker, a former APRL reference assistant who is now working for Regency Superior, informed me that the Regency Superior auction on Aug. 23-24 will feature an unusually large literature section, including some items that don’t come up for sale often, like the GPS forgery manual and Higgins & Gage postal stationery catalog, some unusual books, as well as large miscellaneous lots.

You can view the literature lots on the Regency Superior website, beginning with lot 3243.


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New books at the APRL, July 2014

APRL acquisitions, June 16-July 15, 2014. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann. Briefmarken-Kunst Elisabeth von Janota-Bzowski: versteigerung 9. November 2012 (Düsseldorf, Germany: Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann, 2012): 66 p.: col. ill., port.; 21 cm. [NS Janota-Bzowski]

Cavendish Philatelic Auctions. The John Gunn collection of worldwide maritime mail & related ephemera: September 26, 2002 (Derby, England, U.K.: Cavendish Philatelic Auctions, 2002): 158 p.: ill. (some col.), port.; 27 cm. [NS Gunn, John]

Club de Monte-Carlo. Sweden in philately up to 1920 = La philatélie suédoise de ses origines a 1920: an exhibition of philately, postal history and philatelic history = une exposition concernant la philatélie, l’histoire postale et philatélique (Malmö, Sweden: Postiljonen AB, c2013): [16], 279 p.: col. ill.; 31 cm. [In process 000047836]

» Continue reading “New books at the APRL, July 2014″

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