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


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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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Student volunteers help the APRL

student volunteers in the libraryFour students helped the library prepare for its upcoming move to new space today. The students, participating in Penn State’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, moved boxes of excess material out of the library. They also volunteered in the APS Education Department, assembling youth packets for the upcoming AmeriStamp Expo and sorting stamps for educational programs.

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New subject guide: Fakes, Forgeries, and Counterfeits

forgeriesWe’ve just added a new subject guide to literature on fakes, forgeries, and counterfeits to the APRL website. The guide lists some important references on this topic, as well as tips for searching the catalog for more information. We also have guides for Machins and state revenues, and will add more.

This guide was developed in collaboration with the APS Circuit Sales Division, drawing on the knowledge of Bill Dixon and Tom Horn.

We will rely on subject experts as we expand the subject guide collection. Do you know the literature on an aspect of philately? You can help build our next guide!

To contribute, all you need to do is send me a list of what you think are the key resources on a subject. This could include handbooks, catalogs, journals, journal articles, indexes, and websites. We may add resources and library tips and will format the guide. We are happy to give credit to any subject experts who contribute.

If you are interested in contributing, contact me.

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The USPS Remote Encoding Center

As the Postal Service handles the holiday mail, looks at the Remote Encoding Center and how its staff work to decipher addresses that machines can’t read, either due to damage or unique handwriting. Read the full article at

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