Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Analytical Methods in Philately (Smithsonian Contributions to History and Technology, No. 57) edited by Thomas Lera, John H. Barwis, and David L. Herendeen. Published 2013 by Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. Available in hard copy or electronic PDF format at www.scholarlypress.si.edu.
This publication contains papers presented at the First International Symposium on Analytical Methods in Philately, hosted by the National Postal Museum in November 2012. Readers will find insights to research methods used across the entire spectrum of philatelic interests, from composition and physical characteristics of paper, to the chemistry and mineralogy of printing ink, to determining the genuineness of stamps, overprints, and the uses of adhesives on cover. Some of these projects were funded in part by the Institute for Analytical Philately and the National Postal Museum.