New Books at the APRL, June 2015

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

book coverDuring a project to consolidate our journal holdings, we have added records to our online catalog describing dozens of journals. Many of those are included in this acquisitions list; while they are not new acquisitions, they were never previously cataloged and thus relatively invisible in our collections. To read more about this journal project and some of the interesting titles we’ve discovered, see the second quarter 2015 issue of the Philatelic Literature Review.

Brigham Auctions and Auktionshaus Christoph Gartner GmbH & Co. The Brigham collection of Canada. Part V, King George V, Edward VIII, George VI issues, 1917-1953: June 13 (Brampton, ON Canada: Brigham Auctions Ltd. in association with Auktionshaus Christoph Gartner GmbH & Co., c2015): viii, 164 pages: color illustrations, portrait; 23 x 24 cm. [NS Brigham Collection of Canada pt.5]

book coverCastro, Angel Laiz. Reconstrucción de las planchas de los enteros postales tipo Infante: Cuba 1898, Filipinas 1898, Puerto Rico 1898, Fernando Poo 1899 (Madrid: BHP Biblioteca de historia postal Edifil, 1998): 142 p., [26] p. of plates, [2] folded leaves of plates: ill. (some col.); 24 cm. [In process 000055887]

Cook, Christopher D. The United States Dante commemorative postage stamp of 1965 ([United States]: Dante on Stamps, November 5, 2013): 1 online resource (7 pages): color illustrations. [In process 000055873]

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Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library to host air mail lecture

Ken Lawrence will give a lecture on “FAM 22, 1941-1945: The World’s Longest and Most Important Air Mail Route” at the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held on August 1, 2015 in the Clark Center Auditorium on the University of Texas at Dallas campus in Richardson, TX. Driving directions are available.

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Philatelic Literature Review 2nd quarter issue online

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 2nd quarter 2015 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.

Philatelic Literature ReviewThe 2nd quarter issue features:

President’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Library News — Sergio Lugo
Stage Named New ‘American Philatelist’ Editorial Associate
Postiljonen offers Fakes Forgeries Experts reprints — Fred Baumann
John Coulthard and Leather Postcards — Larry T. Nix
Digital Roundtable on Registered Mail
Charles Neyhart Wins Second Helbock Prize

And our regular departments:

About the Cover
APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Collectors Club of Chicago Pratt Award
Literature Palmares — Chicagopex
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors
PLR Dealer Directory

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New books at the APRL, May 2015

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

book coverDuring a project to consolidate our journal holdings, we have added records to our online catalog describing dozens of journals. Many of those are included in this acquisitions list; while they are not new acquisitions, they were never previously cataloged and thus relatively invisible in our collections. To read more about this journal project and some of the interesting titles we’ve discovered, see the second quarter 2015 issue of the Philatelic Literature Review.

1a. Mostra Filatelica dos Selos do Imperio do Brasil: Janeiro de 1955, Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo: Instituto Historico e Geographico de Sao Paulo, 1955): 42 p.: ill.; 24 cm. [In process 000055861]

Bjaaland, Pat. Philately, the king of hobbies (Oslo, Norway: Nordmanns-Forbundet, 1986): pages 3-5: color illustrations; 30 cm. [In process 000055863]

Filatelia (Dominican Republic): revista mensual (Puerto Plata R.D. [Domincan Republic]: El Pregonero, [1912]) [JOURNAL Filatelia (Dominican Republic)]

La Filatelia (Guadalajara, Mexico) (Guadalajara, Mexico: Manuel Pardo Morato, [1987]): ill.; 21 cm. [JOURNAL Filatelia (Guadalajara, Mexico)]

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Digital roundtable on registered mail

Russ Ryle has started a digital roundtable to facilitate the flow of information about registered mail.

It is intended to overcome a basic logistical problem: it is difficult for collectors sharing interests to physically meet in person on a regular basis given hectic schedules and wide geographic separation.

Russ writes, “We all hold albums and boxes and closets full of material. Each of us have spent hours enjoying studying our treasures. Each of us hold items and information sought by others. This effort is an attempt to facilitate the flow of information.”

Now in its third month, the group of fourteen gets an email about once a week.  Members have access to the email addresses and special interests of participants and are able to share images of interesting registered material, comments, questions, and, hopefully, answers.

To join the group or for additional information, contact Russ. Prospective members are asked to supply an email address, summary of registered mail related interests, and permission to share that information with the group.

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New books at the APRL, April 2015

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

book coverAquila, Nino. I francobolli degli ultimi Re: il servizio postale in Sicilia dal 1o gennaio 1859 all’estate del 1860 (Torino: Giulio Bolaffi Editore, 1990): 374 p.: ill. (some col.); 31 cm. [In process 000055824]

Aretz, Frank. Know your stamps: listing counterfeits and varieties (Toronto, Canada: Marks Stamp Co. Ltd., c1941): 100 pages: illustrations; 24 cm. [HE6184 .F721 A683k 1941b]

“Austria” Netto-Katalog: Osterreich-Spezialkatalog (Wien: Netto-Marktpreiskatalog “Austria” (Verlag Rita Rosner), 63. Aufl. 2007/08 – 508 p.): ill. (some col.); 21 cm. [G6490 .A1 A938]

Bauer, Manfred. Hindenburg crash mail from the collection of Luftschiffkapitän Heinrich Bauer ([n.l.]: Manfred Bauer, [2005]): 16 p.: illustrations; 21 cm. [In process 000055800]

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Philatelic Libraries and Philatelic Exhibiting

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Exhibits at stamp shows are a major attraction for those attending the shows. I’ve been attending state and national level stamp shows for almost twenty years and exhibiting at those shows for almost a dozen years. As both an attendee and an exhibitor I am always in awe of how much philatelic knowledge is represented by the exhibits, and how much knowledge is required by the judges to evaluate the exhibits. While personal philatelic libraries play a large role in obtaining that knowledge, organizational philatelic libraries also play a significant role. Most exhibitors prepare a synopsis of their exhibits which often includes reference sources to help judges evaluate their exhibit. If an exhibit judge is fortunate he/she may have easy access to a philatelic library which includes the reference sources cited by exhibitors. If not, exhibit judges can make remote use of the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL), and they often do. Any member of the American Philatelic Society can borrow books by mail from the APRL. The APRL will also send digital copies of periodical articles for a small fee, and even do customized research, also for a reasonable fee. Some of the nation’s other organizational philatelic libraries such as the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library will also loan books by mail if you are a member of the library. In addition to exhibitors and judges of exhibits, anyone who enjoys viewing philatelic exhibits is a beneficiary of organizational philatelic libraries. Thus the value of philatelic libraries extends beyond those who make direct use of the library. That’s one of the reasons I’m a supporter of the APRL and other philatelic libraries.

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Not a Small World, After All

The American Philatelic Research Library regularly lends up to five books by mail to APS members wherever the U.S. Postal Service can reach them. This standard five-week loan by mail allows for time in transit. If seven weeks go by and the books have not been returned, we take the first steps to get them back.

On March 3, I emailed an overdue reminder to a 27-year member of the APS to whom we had sent the two volumes of Intercontinental Airmails 55 days before. I was not prepared for his reply:

“What a coincidence!  The books arrived YESTERDAY.  I am constantly amazed (dismayed?) at how long it takes for surface mail to get here from the Mainland.”

Seven weeks and five days in transit? It was my turn to be amazed. No wonder he’s interested in Intercontinental Airmails!

Then I noted the last line in his address: Saipan, MP  96950

For those of you unfamiliar, as I was, with that obscure postal abbreviation, “MP” means the Northern Marianas Islands. Military history buffs will recall Saipan as the scene of a Pacific battle ― now there’s an oxymoron on which no one ever remarks ― in the summer of 1944. » Continue reading “Not a Small World, After All”

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What’s Your Favorite Philatelic Literature?

Two more inches of snow politely held off until after the February meeting of the Mount Nittany Philatelic Society at the American Philatelic Research Library in Bellefonte, Pa., postponed from the prior week when sub-zero wind chill brought central Pennsylvania to a standstill. The APRL is where the club usually holds monthly meetings, but was an especially appropriate venue for the late February get-together of a dozen hardy souls, because the subject was philatelic literature.

Passing in ReviewMNPS members were asked, “What stamp-related books have you found indispensable, and why? Which publications would you recommend to others in the stamp hobby?”

One of the first recommendations by a MNPS member was Robert B. Morgan’s Hungarian Hyperinflation of 1945-1946: the Postage Rates and Postal History of History’s Most Impressive Inflation, published in 2003 by the Collectors’ Club of Chicago. Hungary’s postwar economic collapse, reflected in mail rates and stamps, was literally unimaginable. At its peak, which came about in July 1946, inflation was 41,900,000,000,000,000,000,000,000%. That’s 41.9 quadrillion percent, as Europe calculates it.

Another club member had words of praise for Passing in Review, LTC. Herman L. Halle’s account of the political chaos that engulfed post-WWII Germany, largely told with original documents from that turbulent era. » Continue reading “What’s Your Favorite Philatelic Literature?”

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1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago

catalog-1893-columbian-exhibit-72-reducedIn 1893 the American Philatelic Association (now the American Philatelic Society) created an exhibit of postage stamps and other postal artifacts for the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Putting the exhibit together was similar in some respects to what is happening now with World Stamp Show-NY 2016. An Executive Committee was established that “had entire charge of securing the stamps, arranging them on sheets, raising the necessary money, issuing the official Catalogues, securing the cases, etc.”. The exhibit was in cooperation with the United States Post Office Department and was located in the Government Building at the Exposition. In working on an exhibit about world renowned philatelist and APS Hall of Fame member Hiram E. Deats, I managed to acquire a copy of the catalog for the exhibit (see cover above). The official title of the catalog is Catalogue of the American Philatelic Association’s loan exhibit of postage stamps to the United States Post Office Department: at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. A digital copy of the catalog is available on the Hathi Trust website. The Hathi Trust is a consortium of research libraries that has created a digital library of their contributions to Google Books and digitized publications from their own efforts. In searching the APRL’s Union Catalog I also discovered that the APRL has a digitized copy of the Official Circular (pdf file), a preliminary announcement about the exhibit and a solicitation for funding and for stamps to include in the exhibit. In looking through the catalog I found that Hiram E. Deats not only played a prominent role in organizing the exhibit, but also contributed a substantial amount of the philatelic material that was exhibited. That material was phenomenal even by today’s standards. The March, 1986 issue of the American Philatelist includes an article by Robert L.D. Davidson (pdf file) about the participation of the APA/APS in the World’s Columbian Exposition.

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