Can you find this mystery report?

Encyclopedia of the Colors of United States Postage StampsIn volume 4 of R.H. White’s Encyclopedia of the Colors of United States Postage Stamps — still the most comprehensive work on the color of U.S. postage stamps to 1919 — there is a reference to a technical report published by Philatelic Research Ltd. We have not been able to find this report in any philatelic library, or even any other mention of it. If you know anything about this report (see the reference below, from volume 4, page 13 of White’s Encyclopedia), please let us know in the comments!

R.H. White, Tech. Report ENC-IV-9, 1980, Philatelic Research Ltd., Germantown, Maryland.

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APRL prepares for Grand Opening

Library reading roomThe last major component of the new library space—the elevator—has been completed. We are now waiting for final inspections so we can occupy the space.

We are also working on finishing touches, including signage and displays, and preparing for the Grand Opening festivities October 28–29. Plan now to join us Friday, October 28 for a celebration dinner and Saturday, October 29 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, a pictorial cancellation, displays, and special Saturday hours for the library and APS departments. Details will be available by August, but you can visit the APC visitors page to start making your travel plans.

During this transition time, the library is open to visitors in the old library space. The books and journals have been moved into the new library, but our staff are ready to retrieve them for you. We have even brought long journal runs on carts for researchers. If you are planning a visit, you can save some time by emailing us or calling 814-933-3803 ext. 240 to request materials to be ready for your arrival.

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New books at the APRL, June 2016

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

book coverAllen, Ron E. AFDCS Directory of current cachetmakers [electronic resource] (Lexington, KY: American First Day Cover Society, 2016–).

America’s most amazing stamp: conserving our natural heritage with federal duck stamps [videorecording] (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Duck Stamp Division, [n.d.]). [In process 000061520]

American Journal of Philately [microform] (New York: J.W. Scott and Co., 1868–1906). [MICROFORM American Journal of Philately]

American Philatelic Society. Chapter Activities Committee. American Philatelic Society Chapter News Letter (Berkeley, California ; Oakland, Calif.; Southbury, Conn.: APS Chapter Activities Committee, 1944–1978). [JOURNAL American Philatelic Society Chapter News Letter] » Continue reading…

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Philatelic librarians from around the world gather in New York

About 25 people from 7 countries gathered at the Collectors Club in midtown Manhattan on the morning of Monday, May 30. The thing that brought them all together was philatelic libraries.

All were attending World Stamp Show-NY2016 and came to the Collectors Club’s 5-story brownstone for a meeting of the Philatelic Librarians Roundtable. The group included professional librarians, library staff, board members, and volunteers, and individuals with an interest in libraries.

The group was welcomed by Bruce Marsden and Roger Brody, both members of the Collectors Club and presidents, respectively, of the Collectors Club and the American Philatelic Research Library. The club had a special display for the meeting: the original letter book of Robert Morris, postmaster of New York.

I then welcomed the group on behalf of the Philatelic Librarians Roundtable, an informal group of staff, board members, volunteers, and the interested individuals, mostly from North America. The roundtable meets every other month virtually, in person at the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow, and keeps in touch between meetings using an email list. Anyone is welcome to join the email list and the meetings. To be added to the email list, visit or contact me. Most libraries participating in the roundtable are also members of the David Straight Memorial Philatelic Union Catalog hosted by the APRL, which in turn contributes its data to the Global Philatelic Library.

Frank Walton and Steve Jarvis then gave the group a live demo of the new digital Crawford Library, to be officially unveiled at World Stamp Show-NY2016 later in the day. The project, a joint venture of the Global Philatelic Library and the British Library, has digitized the entire Crawford Philatelic Library from the British Library’s microfilm (except for about 20% of the library which was not filmed). All of the digitized material that is out of copyright under British law is now publicly accessible.

Describing the aims of the project, Walton said, “Any philatelic literature is only as good as the people who read it.” The GPL is currently running optical character recognition on the files which will eventually make the collection fully searchable. The digital library, along with the Global Philatelic Library catalog including the holdings of 27 philatelic libraries around the world, can be accessed at

Following the presentation, the group had a lively discussion about cooperation and collaboration around the exchange of duplicates and digitization efforts.

After the meeting, some attendees toured the Collectors Club while others continued to mingle and exchange contact information.

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New books at the APRL, May 2016

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

book cover1847usa: 1847 USA [electronic resource] (Stampsmarter)

Arthur Klass’ Christmas seal ads on Canadian post cards (Ottawa, ON, Canada: British North America Philatelic Society, 2016). [In process 000061429]

Artistamps [CLIPPING FILES Artistamps]

Cohn, Ernst M. The flight of the “Ville d’Orleans” [manuscript] ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [1978]).

Faucher, Christiane and Jacques Poitras. Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé Peninsula postal history: an exhibit [exhibit] (British North America Philatelic Society, 2016). [In process 000061427] » Continue reading…

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APRL New Acquisitions, 1st quarter 2016, continued

Due to space constraints, we could not include the full acquisitions list in the  2nd quarter 2016 Philatelic Literature ReviewFollowing are the new “name sale” auction catalogs and periodical titles added to the library in the 1st quarter of 2016.


Allied Occupation

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


Calgary Philatelic Society. Publications of the Calgary Philatelic Society 1961 to 1992: CPS Bulletin, Stampede, Calgary Stampeded [electronic resource] (Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Calgary Philatelic Society, [2012]). [JOURNAL Calgary Philatelic Society]

Costa Rica

Filatelia Costarricense: oficial journal of the Philatelic Club in San José- Costa Rica; official journal of the Philatelic Club of San Jose, Costa Rica [electronic resource] ([n.l.]: Society for Costa Rica Collectors, 2011). [JOURNAL Filatelia Costarricense] » Continue reading…

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New Inverted Jenny website

Inverted Jenny websiteWith the recent recovery of an Inverted Jenny missing for 61 years and the upcoming auction featuring the finest-graded Inverted Jenny at World Stamp Show-NY2016, there has been a buzz about the rare upside-down airplane stamps, in the philatelic world and beyond.

Siegel Auction Galleries has just unveiled a new website,, chock full of information about the stamp, including its production, sale records, and biographies of the individuals associated with it.

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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…

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