Philatelic Literature Review 3rd quarter 2011 features

Philatelic Literature ReviewThe online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 3rd quarter 2011 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you should have received an email with instructions for accessing the online edition.

The 3rd quarter PLR features:

  • details received from readers of this blog about our “mystery albums
  • the early history of the American Philatelic Society from our archives
  • new finding guides for post office document collections from Aaronsburg and Milford, Iowa
  • call for papers for the 2012 Postal History Symposium
  • literature palmares from APS StampShow and NAPEX

And, of course, our regular features:

  • APRL President’s Message
  • From the Librarian’s Desk
  • Library News from Larry Nix
  • new acquisitions at the APRL
  • book reviews
  • buying and selling opportunities through the Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse

Mystery item – Fort Leavenworth essay

Fort Leavenworth essayOccasionally we come across something in the library archive that doesn’t quite fit neatly into a box (physically or metaphorically) and, unfortunately, was not labeled for posterity.

This “mystery” item appears to be a hand-painted essay in two shades of reddish brown. It is for a proposed but never issued stamp honoring Fort Leavenworth. It is in the typical style for 3¢ commemoratives of the mid-1950s. The “1953” date may be when it was drawn, as we can think of no major anniversary occurring that year. We are not sure of its origins or how it came to reside in the APRL archives.

The artist’s name at the lower right is C. L. Linck.

Perhaps one of our readers will be able to shed some light on this essay?

Guest post by Neil Coker, APRL Reference Assistant

Online index to the Congress Book, part 2

Congress Book IndexIn my previous post about the Congress Book index, I neglected to mention the index that is available on the American Philatelic Congress website.

The advantage of the indexing that the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library has done for the Philatelic Union Catalog is that it allows researchers to find Congress Book articles along with articles and books from other sources. So, the researcher does not need to know that his topic has been covered in a Congress Book in order to find it.

If you know that you are looking for a Congress Book article, however, the American Philatelic Congress index may be more efficient.

Congress Book record with link to index
Congress Book record with link to index

At the APRL, we add links to online indexes to our journal records. We hope to also work with journal editors to incorporate as many of these indexes as possible into the union catalog. This is especially helpful for researchers who don’t know which journals might cover their topic, and for finding articles in unexpected sources. It also enables the researcher to do a broad search from one location, instead of having to search multiple indexes.

Online index to the Congress Books

Congress BooksDid you know that you can search the contents of the Congress Book using the Philatelic Union Catalog?

The Congress Book is published annually by the American Philatelic Congress (an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society) and each volume contains scholarly articles by philatelic researchers. The 77th Congress Book was released in August during APS StampShow.

Congress Book record
The Congress Book record in the APRL catalog. To see this record, go to the APRL home page and click on Online Catalog, which will take you to the Philatelic Union Catalog. Then search for Congress Book and select APRL from the list of locations.

Here at the APRL, we catalog the Congress Book as a journal, with each volume received added to the same bibliographic record. This is very handy if you want to see quickly which volumes we have available. However, it means we don’t record the contents of each volume.

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New arrivals at the APRL, October 2011

APRL acquisitions, September 16-October 15, 2011. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

California Pictorial Hunting & Fishing Licenses75 years of skiing history in stamps: to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Olympic Winter Games and the Swiss Academic Skiclub (SAS): 1924-1999: Olympic Winter Games: International Ski Federation FIS; Swiss Academic Skiclub SAS, c2000): 123 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm.

A.I.D.S. on stamps newsletter: awareness, education, & support [electronic resource] (Vancouver, B.C., Canada: [Blair Henshaw], 1993-1999): 1 computer optical disk: ill.; 4 3/4 in.

Airmail postal rates: UK to Europe, 1919-1930, 1st draft ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [n.d.]): 21 leaves.

American Stamp Dealers Association. Collector’s Service Division. The stamp dealer’s obligations and responsibilities when selling stamps as an investment (Glen Cove, NY: American Stamp Dealers Association Collector’s Service Division, [20–?]): 6 p.; 35 cm. folded to 22 x 9 cm.

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New arrivals at the APRL, September 2011

APRL acquisitions, August 16-September 15, 2011. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Revenues of Columbia 1858-1904Andrews, James C. Guatemala fiscal handbook (Detroit, MI: International Society of Guatemala Collectors, Inc., 2000): xii, 96 p.: ill.; 29 cm. [Call No. G4811 .R451 A567gf 2000]

Arango, Manuel. Revenues of Colombia 1858-1904: an eight-frame exhibit [exhibit] (Bogota, Colombia: Manuel Arango, 2011): 270 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [Call No. EXHIBIT Arango, Manuel]

Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner. The Duloz collection: August 30, 2011 (Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany: Auktionshaus Christoph Gartner, 2011): 172 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [Call No. NS Plantinga, Max]

Aune, Finn. Norge, skillingsmerker og brev 1855-1879 (Goteborg: Tre Punkter AB, 1990): 80 p.: col. ill.; 31 cm.

Beecher, Henry W. & Wawrukiewicz, Anthony S. U.S. domestic postal rates, 1872-2011 (Bellefonte, Pa.: American Philatelic Society, c2011): xv, 463 p.: ill., facsims., maps (on lining papers), ports., tables; 29 cm. [Call No. G3701 .P8575 B414ud 2011]

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