New book: Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi: Civil censorship 1940-1945

book coverThomas Lindekens of Belgium has just published a book on civil censorship in the Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi. Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi: Civil Censorship 1940-1945“includes all post offices, linear marks, tapes and cancellations used by the censorship office of the Belgian Congo and the Ruanda-Urundi 1940-1945 (illustrations, colours, sizes, dates of use). … These are each illustrated and described.”

The book’s 246 full-color A4-format pages are bound in a ring binder.

The book is available for €45 (with shipping, €52.50 in Belgium or €60 to the rest of the world). Pay by PayPal (add €2 for fees) or inquire to thomas.lindekens@philafrica.be.

Library grand opening a success

Crowd at the APRL ribbon-cutting event.
Crowd at the APRL ribbon-cutting event.

On the morning of Saturday, October 29, hundreds of people poured into the American Philatelic Research Library for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new library space.

APRL Administrator Scott English introduced APRL President Roger Brody, APS President Mick Zais, local officials, including Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson, Centre County Commissioners Michael Pipe and Mark Higgins, Bellefonte Borough Council Vice President Randy Brachbill, followed by USPS Director of Stamp Services Mary-Anne Penner and former APS Executive Director Bob Lamb. The APRL and APS presidents cut the strip of postal labels to officially open the library. Watch the ceremony on YouTube.

Ambassador Robert E. Lamb, former APS executive director.
Ambassador Robert E. Lamb, former APS executive director.

The festivities began the day before with a dinner held at the American Philatelic Center featuring an address by David Beech, former curator of the British Library’s philatelic collection. Watch David’s address on YouTube.

The weekend also featured a book fair, tours of the library and the American Philatelic Center, and ample opportunities to socialize, use the library’s state of the art research facilities, shop, and take in displays, including a 5-frame exhibit on loan from the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History.

Library Grand Opening cacheted envelope.
Library Grand Opening cacheted envelope.

The APS produced a cachet to commemorate the opening in a limited numbered printing of 100. Each cachet is autographed by the APRL president, administrator, and librarian, franked with a $2 Inverted Jenny stamp, and canceled with a Bellefonte pictorial cancel including the library’s logo. A limited number of these covers are available through the APS event souvenir shop.

Here are a couple of photographs from the event. Many more can be seen on the APS Facebook page by clicking on the photos tab.

The event was covered by the local and philatelic press:

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Larry Nix inducted into Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame

Larry NixLarry Nix, an APRL Trustee from 2007–2013, a former Philatelic Literature Review columnist, and a contributor to this blog, was inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on October 27.

Larry is well-known in the philatelic world, both for his contributions to the APRL and for his collection of “postal librariana,” which is showcased on his Library History Buff website and in several award-winning exhibits. Larry even did a single-frame exhibit on the APRL.

He is perhaps even better known in the library world. From 1983 until his retirement, he served as director of Wisconsin’s Public Library Development Team. He has also been active in the American Library Association and is respected internationally for his knowledge of library history.

Congratulations, Larry!

New books at the APRL, September 2016

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

book coverAmerican Philatelic Society. [American Philatelic Society membership records] (American Philatelic Society, 1916-2000). [R10 P4 S3 APS Membership Records CLOSED STACKS 2]

Baer, Martin. Swiss perfins: Katalog der privat gelochten Marken der Schweiz = Catalogue de timbres perforés privé de la Suisse = Catalogue of privately perforated stamps of Swizerland (Kloten [Switzerland]: Herausgebegen im Auftrag der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Perfins des Schweizerischen Ganzsachensammler Vereins = Published on behalf of the Perfin Research Group of the Swiss Postal Stationery Collectors Society, c2014). [G6041 .P438 B14s 2014]

Bearbeitung & Verkauf, Heinz Bauer. Tag der Briefmarke Schweiz = Journée du timbre Suisse (Niederuzwil [Switzerland]: Heinz Bauer, 2001). [G6041 .P857 T12t 2001]

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The library is open!

Although our Grand Opening is scheduled for the end of October, the library has been open continuously throughout our construction and move to the new library space.

Collections were moved to the new library space in May. Because we did not yet have an occupancy permit, staff and visitors continued to work in the old library space, and library staff retrieved materials from the new library space.

Staff moved in to the new library space when we received our occupancy permit at the end of August, and the first visiting researcher used the library the next day.

We are busy putting the finishing touches on the new library for the Grand Opening celebrations Oct. 28–29, but we are fully operational. If you are in Bellefonte, stop by for a visit, or contact us with your research questions and requests.

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New books at the APRL, August 2016

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

Winifred Gallagher’s How the Post Office Created America, newly published by Penguin Press, “examines the surprising role of the postal service in our nation’s political, social, economic, and physical development.”

Ainsworth, William J. Lincoln definitive 4 cent & 5 cent issues of 1890-1908 [exhibit] ([n.l.]: [William J. Ainsworth], [2008?]). [G3701 .D313 A297L 2008 EXHIBIT]

Ainsworth, William J. Lincoln on revenues: the martyred president’s immediate and enduring presence on U.S. tax stamps, 1865-1940 [exhibit] ([n.l.]: [William J. Ainsworth], [2—?]). [G3701 .R451 A297L 2000 EXHIBIT]

Ainsworth, William J. Lincoln on revenues: the martyred president’s immediate and enduring presence on U.S. tax stamps, 1865-1940 [exhibit] ([n.l.]: William J. Ainsworth, [2008?]). [Online]

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Richard Graham Papers finding aid available

Graham Papers finding aid
Richard B. Graham Papers finding aid

Over the summer, we hosted an intern, Michael Wilson, working on archival projects. The major part of Michael’s work focused on processing the papers of noted postal historian Richard Graham. Michael’s finding aid to the more than 100 boxes of Graham’s papers, slides, and photographs is available online.

The papers were donated to the APRL by Graham’s son Tom, and the processing was made possible by the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust through the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society.

Graham wrote a column on postal history for Linn’s Stamp News for many years, and the papers include a complete inventory of the column as well as his research materials for them. Linn’s published an article on the papers in the Sept. 26 issue.

Researchers are invited to use the Graham Papers and other special collections on site at the APRL’s new library space in Bellefonte, PA.

New books at the APRL, July 2016

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

book coverAdamczyk, Janusz. Krakow postal history before 1918 ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [n.d.]). [In process 000062176]

Adamczyk, Janusz. Krakow postal history before 1918; [electronic resource] ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [n.d.]). [In process CD 000062188]

Association nationale des collectionneurs de timbres, vignettes et documents Croix-rouge. La Croix rouge et la poste (Ambert, France; Grasse, France: Association nationale des collectionneurs de timbres, vignettes et documents Croix-rouge: Editions Chalier, [1976]). [In process 000062621]

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Philatelic Literature Review 3rd quarter 2016 features Inverted Jenny recovery

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 3rd quarter 2016 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you should have received an email with instructions for accessing the online edition. The 3rd quarter issue features a cover story on the recovery of the APRL’s McCoy Inverted Jenny by associate editor Jeff Stage.

Philatelic Literature ReviewFeatures

President’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Library News — Sergio Lugo
Inverted Jenny Returned — Jeff Stage
Hejaz: The Survey of Egypt Book of 1918 — Additional Information — David R. Beech

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