Resource of the Month – New Issues for a New Year

May 1952 Netherlands New Issues

For those that frequent the American Philatelic Society web page one of the most popular destinations on the website is the page that lists the new U.S. stamp issues. Collectors are eager to find out what the latest issues are and when they are due to be issued. Similarly here in the library, one of the lesser known items that are regularly received and added to the American Philatelic Research Library collection on a daily basis are what are known as New Issues announcements and forms. These often pamphlet-shaped materials are received in the library from numerous worldwide national stamp issuing agencies as a form of announcing their newest issues and providing ordering information.

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New Resources at the APRL, December 2019

Adler, Stephen  & Grunwald, Lisa. Letters of the century: America, 1900-1999 (New York: Dial Press, 1999). [IP72118]

American Philosophical Society. Center for Digital Scholarship. Franklin’s Philadelphia post office ledgers [electronic resource]: a glimpse into colonial correspondence networks (American Philosophical Society’s Center for Digital Scholarship, 2019). [Online]

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APRL Volunteer Opportunity – Indexing Journal Articles

As has been written about in previous library blogs as well as in the Philatelic Literature Review and the American Philatelist, one of the most important and vital resources we have here at the APRL are our volunteers. Our volunteers regularly perform a number of useful and necessary tasks. Among the tasks that assist in the day-to-day operations of the APRL are the mending and repair of used materials in the collection, the processing of incoming donations for inclusion in the collection or for resale, the shelving of journals and auction catalogs that come to the library via subscriptions or donations as well as any number of other tasks as they arise in the library.

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Resource of the Month – Christmas Card and Postcard Books

British Christmas cards from the 1850’s

In this digital age when tweets, direct messaging and emails are a more convenient manner of communication, during this wintry season the mailed Christmas card and postcard has endured as a heartfelt and personal way of sending best wishes across the miles to family and friends. As one might expect philatelists as well share in this sending, collecting and researching of these special paper missives. This month’s highlighted resources detail the history, variety and color of Christmas cards and postcards, specializing in the earliest renderings of these yuletide philatelic treasures.

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New Resources at the APRL, November 2019

Crown, Francis J., Jr. The 3c Nashville provisional adhesive: a study in postal history research (Confederate Stamp Alliance, 2018). [IP71945; IP71946 c.2]

Deutsche Briefmarken-Zeitung (DBZ). Katalog Philatelistische Bibliothek Munchen (Bad Ems: Deutsche Zeitung für Briefmarkenkunde, DBZ-Verlag, 1983). [IP71992]

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New Resources at the APRL, October 2019

Allen, Thomas F. Civil War POW Mail [exhibit] : to, from, and between northern prisons ([No location]: Exhibition Photocopy Committee of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, 1992). [Kaufmann Room]

American Helvetia Philatelic Society. American Helvetia Philatelic Society membership directory ([No location]: American Helvetia Philatelic Society, March 1975). [MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES]

Amrein, Rene. Automatenmarken Katalog (Küsnacht ZH [Switzerland]: René Amrein, [1982]). [IP71809]

Auckland, R.G. Aerial propaganda leaflets produced by the United Nations Joint Forces for Operation ‘Desert Storm’ Persian Gulf 1991: fully illustrated with translations, also leaflets prepared by Iraq for use against the U.N. Joint Forces (Leeds, GB: The Psywar Society, 1992). [IP71725]

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Resource of the Month – American Bank Note Company Archive Files

ABNC Files in Archival Document Boxes

At the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) we are truly fortunate in not only the number but also the type of philatelic literature donations that are received for inclusion into the research collection. One of the truly remarkable donations to the APRL special collections was given by donor Arthur Morowitz in the form of several hundred archival, mostly correspondence, files. Housed on the second floor of the library, partly in the public space in a series of two three-drawer lateral file cabinets and also in the non-public archives area in over eighty archival document boxes resides a significant collection of donated files from the American Bank Note Company Archives.

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New Resources at the APRL, September 2019

Albuquerque Philatelic Society. The hinge remnant ([Albuquerque]: Albuquerque Philatelic Society, [2014-]). [JOURNAL Hinge Remnant]

Gorley, Marvin. Postmarked Paris, Texas (Paris, Texas: Harrison, Walker & Harper, 2018). [G4034 .P4 G67p 2018 NEW]

Hobbs, John E.O. Postal service of the British Forces in Egypt, 1932-1940 (Worthing, Sussex [England]: John E.O. Hobbs, 1984). [G5741 .M642 H682p 1984]

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Resource of the Month – USPS Stamp Posters

As has been mentioned in previous blog posts and library columns, the collections of the American Philatelic Research Library truly span a wide variety of topics as well as formats. This diversity is a testament to the varied collecting interests of our members and of philatelists in general. This month’s highlighted resource is an example of such diversity. Back in the summer during Volunteer Work Week here at the APRL, there were two volunteers who spent their time during the week sorting and inventorying this month’s special resource, stamp posters. On the second floor of the library in the Archives area is a significant collection of promotional stamp announcement posters. In the collection we have two different types of these posters.

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Resource of the Month – Billig’s Philatelic Handbooks

One of the earliest and most detailed handbooks to explore various aspects of philately are what are commonly known today as the Billig’s Philatelic Handbooks. The 44 volumes that comprise the Philatelic Handbooks series are the product of Viennese philatelist, author, editor, auctioneer and stamp dealer Fritz F. Billig. Billig was born in 1902 in the Austrian capital and immigrated to the United States in 1938 where he took up residence in Jamaica, New York.

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