Of all the specialized collecting interests that philately affords one of the more popular areas of the hobby that combines both the intrigue of stamp and cover collecting with the thrill of flight is aerophilately. Aerophilatelists, as they are known, specialize in the study of all aspects of airmail. Through the collection and examination of philatelic material collectors of airmail document and study the development of mail transported by air from the very beginning of airmail service to the present day. Many countries have philatelic societies and organizations devoted to the study of airmail. Here in the United States the American Air Mail Society, founded in 1923, is one of the oldest American specialized philatelic societies and the longest continuing organization devoted to aerophilately in the country.
We would like to formally announce the Eleventh Postal History Symposium to be held October 29-31, 2020 at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The Postal History Symposium is a biennial event jointly sponsored by the American Philatelic Research Library, the American Philatelic Society, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum which has been alternatively hosted at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum or the American Philatelic Center since 2006. This year’s symposium is also co-sponsored by the United States Philatelic Classics Society.
The British Library Reference Division Philatelic collections (London: The British Library Reference Division, 1986). [HE6207 .B79p]
British Philatelic Trust; Association of British Philatelic Societies. General and special regulations and guidelines for the evaluation of exhibits of postal stationery at F.I.P. exhibitions: (GREV/SREVs and guidelines) (London: British Philatelic Trust, 1999). [HE6215 .B777g 1999]
Deutsche Bundespost, Herausgegeber Ministerium fur Post- und Fernmeldewesen. Postleitzahlen-verzeichnis ; Abc-Folge (Berlin: Ministerium fur Post- und Fernmeldewesen ; Deutsche Bundespost Postdienst Generaldirektion Bonn ; bearbeitet von Zentrales Post- und Fernmeldeverkehrsamt Berlin und Posttechnisches Zentralamt Darmstadt, 1990). [GOV-DOC Germany]
For anyone, beginner or advanced collector, who has had the opportunity to attend either a local stamp show or one of the larger WSP shows, one of the experiences not to be missed at the show is visiting and viewing the philatelic exhibits on display. Whether competitive or non-competitive, exhibits provide an incredible insight into the hobby showing attendees what others collect and the possibilities available for their own collecting. Exhibits tell a story using stamps, covers and other philatelic material as the medium.
Andriesen, Jurgen. Handbuch, Dienstsiegelverwendung im Bezirk der RPD Dortmund und in den anderen RPD-Bezirken der Brit. Besatzungs-zone nach dem 8. Mai 1945 (Karlsruhe [Germany]: Eigenverlag der Arge Loknot e.V., 1977). [IP72277]
Apelt, Hans. Die Barfreimachung durch Kreis- und Ellipsen-Nebenstempel mit dem Freivermerk “Gebuhr bezahlt” und “Bezahlt” als Behelf in Deutschland nach 1945 (Kronberg (Taunus) [Germany]: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Gebühr bezahlt Stempel nach 1945 in der Poststempelgilde Rhein-Donau e.V., ). [IP72217]
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.
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]
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.